Friday, January 11, 2013

Napa November Photo Reveal!

Happy January!  Remember Napa?  I started talking about 'The Countdown' in October, 2012.

I shared some of the craftiness that went into the planning for this party in early November.

For those of you that may not recall, I hyped my Napa November trip pretty heavily and promised to share photos as soon as I had them.  And then, I didn't!   Ha, really, I'm quite embarrassed about sharing photos in January from an event that happened in November. But I'm going to blame it on the holidays

If you're late to the party and have never heard me talk about 'Napa November' , in a nutshell, my husband (EG) and I both turned 40 last fall and decided to host a weekend in Napa to include a handful of our closest friends from grade school to present. 

Twenty five guests in total; some arrived as early as Wednesday but all were there by Friday for our big party.  I selected the Farmstead in St. Helena as the venue because of the authentic barn-style decor (the restaurant itself is housed in a former nursery barn).  Once I started planning the party with their event coordinator, we moved our party to their private dining area space.  It has the same authentic feel.  I really wanted to give guests a Napa feel with a chic barn house flair. 

I wanted the table scape to be filled with wild flowers and seasonal vegetables that were not the traditional autumnal colors (red, orange, brown).  I envisioned eggplants, aubergine, celedon (purples and crisp greens).  I wanted mixed vases and vintage containers.  Come on, ya'll, this is Vivid Hue...Nothing matchy matchy here!  (smile)

I found a photo of each guest pictured with EG or me at a point in our friendship and used those to create this photo clothes line.  It was a great way to commemorate our many friendships. 

Here is a close up of EG and me in NYC.  Each year we try to celebrate our wedding anniversary weekend by returning to NYC (without kids) and visiting all of the places we used to go when we were dating.  I * think* this was taken on our 7 year anniversary weekend.  (photo removed)

This weekend really was about celebrating our vast and meaningful friendships with so many special people (I know, I know, as much as I hyped MY birthday leading up to this...) This was a weekend filled with so many wonderful memories and hysterical laughter. 

These are the girls I go on my annual mom's Vegas trip with...

Even though there were 25 of us, I wanted the dining room setting to seem intimate.  I had the table set up like one long barn table.  We all set at a long table and it was pretty easy to converse with each other!   I had originally thought about sticking to white table linens but then decided to be true to myself and add a spice of color and pattern.  Yes, it was supposed to resemble a barn like setting, but I asked everyone to wear cocktail attire.  So I was already mixing things up.  Adding a fun table cloth just provided some additional flair. 

My theory is that you don't have to follow the rules all of the time.  This was my party so I did exactly what I wanted.  And it was exactly as I envisioned. 

There were some shabby chic and vintage elements in the room that added personality such as a vintage wheelbarrow with old barn doors.  An old birdcage and accents of orange. 

I made  a banner that said "Happy 40th Grahlings" from burlap and stencils and had the venue string it with twine and clothes pins. 



Here's a group shot of our happy group.  We really had a wonderful time.  My motto has always been "let's make a memory," and we certainly did.  It was a weekend that I'll remember forever. 
It's an amazing thing when there are years between when you see an old friend but when you get together, it's as if no time has been lost.  You're able to pick back up where you left off.  That's how you know you're really great friends.  As we get older and our own families demand more of our time, it becomes more difficult to give devote daily time to friends from childhood and college.  But when you can get together with friends and continue a conversation as if you have seen each other just yesterday, that is a sign of a friendship that can endure the test of time.  I cherish every single one of my friends.  I'm truly blessed. 
Happy 2013.
All photos courtesy of Matt Edge Photography 

xoxo Heather
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Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

wow...One great time was had by all!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for sharing these personal pics! What a wonderful party! The tablescapes were gorgeous. LOVE your dress, and your sister is adorable... Love the name Kurby!! She is very adorable at 6 mo pregnant. Lastly, what a fantastic group shot. Such a lovely group. Happy Weekend!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I love all the photos, they really make me want to be there right now. And you and your sis are just adorable!

Jessie said...

What a fantastic party! Love the beautiful tablescapes, tablecloth and the overall decor! Thanks for sharing these photos with us.

Enjoy your weekend, Heather!

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Unknown said...

Wow Heather, that is a remarkable celebration! I love your dress-you look so great! Every detail seems so well thought out and personal. Im so glad it was a memory for the yearbooks. Best wishes for at least 40 more great years!
xo Nancy

Karena said...

Heather what a great party! I love that so many of your friends could come!

I agree, it is very special when you know you can just pick up where you left off with a friend!

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charmaine said...

Wow, what a great party! Love the photo clothes line.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time.....there is nothing more precious than good friends and celebrating together! Love your look great!

Lorri@ReturnToHome said...

What a fantastic party and what a great idea to bring everyone together! I'm not far behind you - next year, my college girlfriends and I are planning to do a long weekend away with each other to celebrate the big 4-0, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't do what you did...!!

ALLIE NYC said...

What a great way to ring in 40, beautiful party, beautiful photos. LOVE the photo garland.

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EG said...

thanks so much for planning a party rich with love and laughter. One of the best nights of my life. I am not worthy of calling you my wife. truly, you are beyond any beauty found on Earth. much love - your boyfriend - EG

Kim said...

Heather, these images are beautiful ... and memories, fabulous memories, you made!! Thanks for sharing with us ... and you are so correct. My biggest accomplishments in life ... family and my friends!! xo

Brooke said...

What a gorgeous party!! I pinned your tabletop decor- so beautiful!!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

what an amazing party!! so beautiful and you can see all the work you put in in every detail. I'm so wanting to do a big bash on my 40th as well!! To be with old friends is the best of all presents. As for posting late...better late than never!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Now that is the way to throw a party sister! What a blast!! And you and your sister are the cutest btw. :)

Barbara Matson said...

Wow, what an impressive shindig!

The Governors Daughter said...

It looks so magical! Love that fabric on the table. Is it Kravet? I have seen it in another colorway, black and it was sharp.