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March 23, 2012



Have you read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver? She has an amazing 50th celebration which does not break the bank and sounds like a lot of fun. Hay bales were involved.

The book is excellent and a worthwhile read, but if you want to find out about the party without slogging through the whole book, I think it's around page 100ish. Happy Birthday!!!


I had that pleasure last October, chose to share a party with a friend, similar circle of friends and kept the costs in control. Next time I am going to do something for me, like the NY marathon! OK, maybe the Barcelona half marathon....


What about taking a cooking class from Joanne Chang or the chef at Oleana? Splurge like that? Or do the "half" birthday celebration at home with friends, wine and appetizers.


Maybe plan something for six months from now, so your birthday will keep going and going. We are planning a cruise to Key West for 4 days for MY big day in September!So what if I have two kids for whom I am paying tuition and my house needs to be painted?

Rachel K

I agree with Kate! Who cares about all your Bar Mitzvah expenses?! That's what the credit card is for! But I do understand the difficulty of just up and leaving when the kids are so busy with sports and activities. That's the real issue. I agree you need a few months to plan it all out, but in the meantime, how about hiring a personal chef to come to your house some Saturday night and have an intimate dinner party for you, Andy, and 2 or 3 other couples?

Rachel K

Wait! How about this?
http://www.giltcity.com/boston/wilmingtoninn?affid=19&oaff=bdaffiliate&PID=3966477&AID=10963909. OK, well maybe moving sheep and loading hay wagons isn't exactly what you had in mind for your 50th, but the rest of it sounds fun, doesn't it?


I plan on doing the Ironman when I hit the half century mark. Kind of hard to do at the last moment, but should my plans fall through I will be happy to hang out with my closest friends.

Happy early Birthday.


My friends threw me a surprise party for my 50th. That was wonderful! No planning on my part!


Mine is in May and Amy's was yesterday. We are planning a weekend away to somewhere we have both never been...maybe Santa Fe!


If you come up with any great ideas, please share them. I’m turning 48 in 2 weeks, and I suddenly thought, “Oh my God! I’m turning 50 in two years!” I’m realizing that if I want anything special to happen for that monumental milestone, I’d better start thinking up ideas now! Much of what you said applies to me as well, as far as those kinds of friends and beans and such.

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