Saturday, June 13, 2009

An Epic Surprise Party

I had the most amazing 30th birthday celebration! Last Friday, Adam told me that we were going for a day trip to celebrate my birthday. I had no idea what he was up to but I went along with it and the three of us piled into the car and headed out. Once we got on I-87 South I realized that we were heading to NYC. I asked him what we were going to do there and he told me that we could do anything I wanted until our dinner reservation at 6:45pm. Because it was pouring out, I decided that we should finally go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET had been on my to-do list for years but I never feel like spending my NYC time at a museum. Unfortunately, we had a somewhat frustrating time because Gavin was an absolute pill! He had missed his nap so he proceeded to scream bloody murder in the middle of the Modern Painting Exhibit... my apologies to Picasso. I was a little confused as to why Adam didn't take our friend Toyin up on her offer to babysit Gavin. Don't get me wrong, love him dearly, but I was just thinking our day could have been a little more relaxing without him! We did manage to see most of the museum in between temper tantrums but eventually we had to spare the other patrons.

After driving around trying to figure out what to do on a rainy NYC day with a grumpy toddler, 6:45 finally came. We arrived at Bar Americain, Bobby Flay's restaurant. We were shown to our table where it was set for 9! Ok, what's going on?!? Looks like a surprise party! But, nobody was there! Poor Adam had been texting my friends all day trying to keep his plan organized. I explained to him that none of my friends are particularly punctual (sorry girls, but it's true). It was still an amazing surprise as I watched my friends arrive- first Allison Engman and Chelea Kent. Then my three fabulous NY friends, Michelle Barson, Toyin Weaver, and Ryan Cowper. Finally, my original college roommates, Melissa Ardales, Jenny Goodman, and Emily Adamson! At that point, Adam scooped up little Gavin and said that he was leaving! He explained that he had booked us all a hotel suite for the weekend! He had been planning this for a year! It didn't go as he had hoped- he had thought we'd have a fun family day but the weather really killed his plan of walking around the village and central park. It didn't matter- it was absolutely perfect! 
Here are all the amazing gals that were in on the surprise! We had a great dinner at Bobby Flay's complete with a sampling of desserts.
The gals had maneuvered a deal with a limo driver - could it get any better? We then proceeded to have a fun night out and those details I will not share! HaHa! It was all clean fun, don't worry!
The next day we split up to go see the city. There is so much to do that some decided to shop, others wanted to sight-see. We all met up for dinner and then hit a Broadway show, Rock of Ages, a new musical featuring 80s music. It was awesome! I am so grateful to have so many good friends and an amazing husband that put this all together. It was a fabulous way to ring in my next decade!

1 comment:

Emily said...

What a weekend!!!