Sophisticated 40th Birthday Party in Milwaukee

Lauren Wakefield of Ryder Sloan Events Throws Her Husband's 40th Birthday Celebration

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Laurelyn Savannah
09/09/2016

When your wife is an unbelievably talented wedding and event planner, you know you’re in for a treat when your 40th birthday comes around! San Francisco based event designer, Lauren Wakefield of Ryder Sloan Events, planned her husband’s 40th birthday fete in his hometown of Milwaukee; bringing together family members, and friends old and new, to enjoy delicious eats and a convivial atmosphere at the Braise Culinary School and Restaurant. Lauren infused her thoughtful and stylish touches into every detail creating an elegant yet masculine dinner party that her husband will never forget!

Lauren gives us all the details behind the planning and design, “While planning my husband’s 40th birthday party, we quickly realized how fun it would be to bring everybody back to his hometown of Milwaukee for the celebration. Having recently gotten married, we knew how fun combining friends and family at a party can be and we wanted that same atmosphere for his special day. I guess you could say we sort of recreated our wedding! Aunts and uncles rubbed elbows with some of our new California friends and college friends from Boston toasted with his parents. These connections and hilarious conversations are what we remember most from the three day long celebration.”

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“I first reached out to Aerialist Press, a local letterpress studio in San Francisco to create a beautiful but masculine invitation suite to get everyone excited to visit Brew City. Because we felt it was a reflection of the foodie atmosphere here in San Francisco and a passion of ours, we rented out Braise Culinary School’s private event space and rooftop garden (where they forage much of their food from).” 

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The man of the hour and his lovely wife. They are too sweet for words!

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TAP Plastics based in San Francisco cut gray acrylic squares for me to write 42 custom copper calligraphed menus which also acted as place cards for each guest.”

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“As a wedding planner, I couldn’t stop at just the invites and tried to bring in some beautiful decor without going too feminine! Flower and Bee made lovely loose table garlands accented with succulents and local flowers. And as a custom touch, we rented vintage cocktail glasses and brass candlestick holders from Relic Vintage Rentals in which I used three different shades of gray tapers. “

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The honey flavored birthday cake was made using fresh honey from Braise Culinary School’s beehive. Delish!

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Always make your guests feel comfortable. This means music is softly playing to fill any empty spaces, drinks and bites are always readily available in case someone just got off a flight or off work, the lighting is low because everyone looks better in lower light, and make introductions so they don’t have to! Lauren Wakefield

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“We were lucky to have Laurelyn Savannah document the memorable night and we even snuck away early in the night to get a few Christmas card worthy shots of just the two of us.”

They definitely got some beautiful pictures! You can feel all the love that Lauren put into this celebration for her husband. I’m starting to think I may have to up my birthday throwing game for my husband next year!

 

Meet the designer Lauren Wakefield of Ryder Sloan Events
Bio:

Ryder Sloan Events is a 3yr old wedding and events planning company that I started here in the Bay Area after a career in events in NYC. After a few seasons of  learning the ins and outs of the wedding industry here from some fabulous mentors, I felt I was ready to build my own company and brand. My background as an art major in college helps to enhance the creative ideas we develop for our clients to personalize and make their events memorable. And my type-A attention to detail allows me to help guide my clients to make solid and important choices for their big day. We offer a Full Coordination+Design package and also a joint package with a local florist for smaller, more intimate weddings of 75 guests or less called “Sobremesa Events.” Sobremesa meaning, the time spent around the dinner table after the meal with family and friends that you shared the meal with. We love this word at Ryder Sloan Events and want to bring the same mentality to our events, to slow down, appreciate the laughter and special moments at an event, and be present.

What are some important entertaining tips you can share with our readers?
CANDLES, ALWAYS CANDLES: I put them in the window sills, on the dinner tables, in the bathrooms, I line the driveway with candle-filled lanterns. They give off such soft gorgeous light and always make a space feel more seductive and special.

BRING SOMETHING OF YOUR PERSONALITY INTO THE DESIGN OF AN EVENT: We used blue and white vases at our wedding and I make it a point to use those same vases at our dinner parties. And I often prepare dishes (or have the caterer prepare dishes,) that have some significance as well. For example, I’ve often been teased about my love affair with macaroni and cheese. There was no way that delectable dish wasn't going to make it onto our wedding menu!

MAKE PLAYLISTS: It’s so awkward to stop what you’re doing to change a song or stop those awful Pandora commercials. With a playlist, you can forget about the music and just let it fill the empty space, at least until your favorite song comes on and a dance party ensues! :)
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