The surprise party was held at Paschal's restaurant in Castleberry Hill - http://www.paschalsrestaurant.com/castleberryhill.htm - they have a great private space.
All photos are courtesy of the wonderful team at Blue World Studios - http://blueworldstudios.com/
The colors of the party were a dramatic red, gold and black.
In the reception area guests were greeted with a fruit display
and of course masks for the masquerade
The ballroom was set up with tables covered in gold organza linens
For the guest tables we alternated 3 different centerpieces:
A glass bowl with floating red orchids and a candle
A circular vase with red roses and votive candles
And for drama, a tall vase with floating gold spheres topped with an arrangement of red roses and black feathers
The cake table was equally dramatic with a centerpiece of red flower balls on branches
And the birthday cake - a masquerade mask to go with the theme
The table for the birthday girl and her close family was draped in red pintuck linen and at the last minute my florist (Angie at Birch Blooms http://birchblooms.com/) draped extra flowers in gold satin for the birthday table
I love this close up of a candle centerpiece on the birthday table - it almost looks as though the candle is floating on top of the red rose
As a surprise for the guests and to get the dancing started after dinner, we had Brazilian dancers perform
A great time was had by all!