It is so refreshing to design a birthday celebration for a longtime client. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on this special day; 70 degrees with a soft breeze and dappled sunlight on the deck. After guests arrived, delectable tapas were served by the talented, Two Cooks Catering. Champagne cocktails and Sangria were also offered. The menu was inspired by classic Spanish tapas, guests were able to enjoy five different tapas starting with a Spinach and Arugula Salad, fresh from Farmer’s Market. Next course were Catalonian Cabbage Rolls, followed by Spring Lamb Paella then Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Fierce Potatoes, and Galician Scallops. For all you dessert lovers out there, a choice of layered carrot cake was served in the host’s honor and rich a chocolate chiffon cake was served in honor of the birthday girl. Guests were able to enjoy the celebration on beautiful natural wood tables from Got You Covered, adorned runners from famed linen source; La Tavola. The centerpieces were designed by me and reminded me of Spanish Flamenco skirts. The scenery was breath-taking, located at the top of San Luis Obispo Country Club with the coastline in the distance. Guests were treated to the gifted James Edwards and his guitar. Classical Spanish, Flamenco and Jazz underscored the entire afternoon. I really enjoyed this event, it was something different for me to design during a wedding season and it’s always nice to design a celebration for a cherished client.