Friday the 3rd was the chosen date because many of our friends also have Dec 9 birthdays. I got told that Heather was going to take me out to dinner and then she would bring me somewhere. So, I knew, knew for weeks, that "something" was happening.
What happened was beyond awesome. I can't even express how awesome and all the things that happened. The best I can do is to give you some highlights:
Arrival: Heather brought me to a place I'd never been and we parked in front of outdoor bathrooms. There were no cars around us. She said, "We're here." And I said, "Seriously?" I got out of the car and looked around. The place looked abandoned. "Seriously?" Then I thought we were going to walk into the woods and suddenly my joke about "I'm going someplace I've never been for my birthday. In a horror novel, this would be a sacrifice or an initiation" wasn't so funny.
Of course, everything was fine. Though, walking up to the place, I saw the room and some of the decorations but NO people. It made me wonder, again, what was going on. Of course, they all were hiding and yelled "Surprise!"
Plus, Heather put a tiara on before I walked in. I have a tiara. I'm wearing it now.
Theme: My darling husband and his party cohorts chose the movie Labyrinth as the theme of the party. This is a favorite movie of mine. Everything was in white, purple, black and clear. The cake had a Labyrinth theme. As did all of the party favors and such. Jeff put out cards with still pictures from the movie with me photo-shopped into them. Mostly with me standing next to Ludo in my Aussie hat. One of these was put on the cake.
Gifts: The gifts were even better. There I was, photo-shopped into a Labyrinth movie poster and another gift, I was put into a clear crystal snow globe. The party favor cards? Everyone at the party had grabbed one and written nice things on the backs of them for me to keep. I also got books (of course) and a blank notebook that is sure to become a LARP prop some day. But, the biggest gift of all was....
Private Concert: A private concert by Nathanial Johnstone and the Brazilian Surfboard Mafia...AKA The Miscreants... who change their name at every concert and were "The Wastelanders" just for me and my party. Paul and Mel are from Civita. Nathan is from Abney Park. The drummer, Jesse, no idea what band he is from but they all sounded awesome. Even though their instruments were right out there in the open, I had no idea they were going to play. I just thought that Nathan and Paul had come to the party and brought Mel and Jesse with them. I didn't realize it because I'd never been to the place and figured the instruments were part of the set up. I mean, who brings instruments to a birthday party? Then, when I saw them picking up their instruments, I went into "OMG! OMG!" mode and didn't stop until they started playing.
After Party: After the concert, we chatted some more, ate and then moved the party to my house where we were allowed to drink. I had three bartenders catering to me but I did not get a hangover. We were there laughing, partying and generally having a good time until about 3am when my husband sent me to bed, gave pillows to the people who were staying the night and kicked everyone else out.
I have to admit, it was the best darned birthday party ever. Jeff is the most wonderful husband and he really did make a big fuss over me with the help of Heather and some friends. I'm still smiling thinking about the night.
Thank you to all who helped make my 40th birthday as awesome as it was.