My 50th birthday celebration (also featured on PARTYSLATE) is a moment in time that will indelibly be etched in my mind. As I reflect back to my remarkable 5-day birthday getaway, the memories elicit feelings of gratitude, joy, and, most of all, reverence. I am truly blessed to live a life that I prayed for, and, most of all, planned for.
Party planning being my superpower, it was only natural for me to commemorate my special day, the Tara Melvin way: with an exceptional destination celebration. This was more than a special occasion; this event was a capsulating moment, a tribute in the tropics, that truly honored my one and only beautiful life in a deeply, soul-satisfying way.
Around me, friends who love and support me.
Within me, all the happiness and fulfillment I needed.
Before me, my dreams in fruition.
I chose ” Living My Life Like It’s Golden” as the celebratory theme to encourage myself and others to live life to the fullest authentically, abundantly and wholeheartedly.
I invite you to read on as I reveal reflections from the planning of my very own 50th Birthday Celebration in the relaxing and rejuvenating paradise-like setting of Nassau Bahamas.
If you’re planning a 50th birthday celebration of your own, I hope these tips will ensure your day is a successful and joyous occasion that leaves your guests with a remarkable experience that will be remembered for years to come.
This sounds like an easy question, but it requires a bit of soul searching. Turning 50 is a milestone event and it’s important to treat it with the special consideration and respect it deserves. I sparked the thought process by asking myself the following questions:
The key to answering these questions was to think about what brings me joy! At a mature (but youthful) age of 50 this is a poignant thought process because life takes on a truer meaning based on our unique experiences and the achievements we’ve accomplished.
Above all else, I yearned for an unencumbered, exotic excursion, where I could immerse myself in another culture, partake in palate-pleasing fine dining experiences, and reconnect with my closest friends and family.
The outcome: 5 golden days in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas.
The elements I infused into my multi-day celebration are akin to the high-level criteria I implement when planning phenomenal events for my esteemed clients, to include: location/venue, cuisine, entertainment & activities, and details.
As with any event I conceptualize, I wanted my 50th birthday celebration to encompass an integration of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. The beautiful islands of the Bahamas (Nassau) ignited and satisfied all five!
Local Eateries: To create a true Bahamian experience, I created an agenda which highlighted “where the locals eat” – to immerse in the authentic culture! Most notable was the Arawak Cay fish fry; the “real deal” Bahamian eats! The Arawak Cay fish fry is a seaside stretch filled with hand-painted wooden stands, dinged up food trucks, and rainbow-hued standalone restaurants, all with deep roots in Caribbean history. It boasted the true unique flavors of Bahamian culture with everything from guava duffs to conch salads, and fresh fish from steamed to cracked.
4-Course Experience: The evening of my 50th Birthday Celebration, Sapodilla Estate prepared an exquisite 4-course experience that best represented their flair for European and Bahamian gourmet fusion cuisine.
My celebration was black-tie event, therefore my guests were treated to a 4-course plated dinner in which they had the opportunity to pre-select from 3 main entrees prior to the party. Each element of the course was a superb, savory representation of the culture of the Bahamas.
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
Nothing is more underwhelming than to attend a party and observe guests leaning against a wall or having the awkward look of not knowing what to do or what’s next.
Immeasurable love and exacting preparation went into planning every fine detail for my 50th birthday celebration. Oftentimes it is the fine details, intimate personalizations, and the unexpected special touches that leave long-lasting impressions upon your guests.
VENDORS: Choosing the ideal vendors (caterers, floral designers, entertainment, AV suppliers, etc.) is critical to the planning of any event. If a vendor is not up to par, it will reflect poorly in the minds of your attendees, dim the shine, and dampen the overall success of your event.
I was proud to work with a team comprising 100% of minority-owned businesses; 99% black-owned. My vision was magnificently manifested by the following trusted industry partners:
MY GREATEST & TRUEST GIFTS:
For my 50th birthday celebration, my greatest gift came from within. It was the feeling of absolute bliss I experienced lavishing my guests with one-of-a-kind, world-class experiences and sharing this once in a lifetime momentous occasion with them.
Each day was filled with distinct, intentional, sensational wow moments that captivated our senses, but my truest gifts were the intangibles that captured our hearts: the exhilarating joy, the surrendering to tranquility, peace and serenity, and the strengthened bonds of friendship and love. That is the truest celebration and an inner paradise that should be experienced by all.
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