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.”
“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).”
The man of the hour and his lovely wife. They are too sweet for words!
“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.”
“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. “
The honey flavored birthday cake was made using fresh honey from Braise Culinary School’s beehive. Delish!
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
“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!