Devon on April 17th, 2012

I had an amazing surprise birthday! It all started when I got home from running errands around 4 pm Saturday. The house was empty, so I knew something was up. I was told to get ready and have an overnight bag packed by 6:45 pm. When the time came around, a black BMW town car arrived to pick me up. The chauffeur drove me around for a few and then dropped me off at The Hotel Zaza. Once I got out of the car, an employee met me at the front door and took me to the room.

We walked all over the hotel. I almost thought he was walking us in circles — until we walked through a locked glass door with a neon sign over it displaying “The Magnificent Seven.” He opened the door, so I walked in. As I turned the corner of the foyer, everyone yelled “surprise”! My first — just like in the movies — surprise party! But not just a surprise party, a surprise party in a Magnificent Seven 2,125 square feet suite, catered, full open bar, silver platter ‘strolling’ hors d’oeuvres, and full scale in-room dinner for 8! When I saw everyone (Jay, Meryl, Sheldon, Clay, Danny, Moses, & Hector), I was in shock. I always wondered what I would do in a surprise party situation — now I know. I stood there with a blank look on my face and my mouth open — like a deer in headlights! LOL.

Once it sank in, I ran around the room giving everyone hugs. There was so much to take in. First, seeing everyone, but also the room! The room was superbly decorated in two ways — the hotel itself and also for the party. The room was a cozy, romantic, dark, gothic style — red couches and all. And for the party, it was done up with candles, balloons, and presents!

After giving everyone hugs, the hors d’oeuvres began ”strolling’ the room. 3 servers began rotating the room with Brisket, Bacon, and Cheddar Slider; Pickles Shitake and Cashew Chicken Spring Rolls; Mini Kobe Corndogs with Spicy Mustard; and Micro Tuna Taco with Avocado Pico — all of which start the party off right! They also brought you any drink you wanted (because of the in-room platinum level open bar). With the party in full swing, we all sat down at the 8 person dining table and picked out our entrees for dinner. Once ordered, we all talked around the table and had glasses of champagne. Dinner rolled in a few minutes later and everyone enjoyed a meal from the hotel’s 4-star restaurant, Dragonfly. We all enjoyed sea scallops, steak, salmon, mac & cheese, truffle tater tots, and more. I had the salmon which was divine, if I do say so myself — a perfect complement to the h’orderves from earlier.

Once dinner was done, the servers brought out a 2 layer carrot cake covered in custom cream cheese frosting! With one candle on top Two of the servers stood on either side of me — with at the time appeared to be flame throwers — I was later told, industrial size sparklers! The cake was frosted with trees and white picket fences on the sides. I found out later it was from my favorite bakery in Dallas, Celebrity Bakery. It was perfectly moist and spiced just how I like it.

After dinner, we all sat in the living room again and I opened presents. Can you believe it? After all of this, there was even presents! A bar of chocolate once told me “your presence is often the best present,” and it’s right. So thank you everyone who could make it to my birthday! You being able to celebrate this experience with me was a gift in itself. And the actual gifts, were cherries on top of a perfect night! Thank you!

And one more thing specifically to Jay: a birthday like this most people only get to see on TV or in a movie — needless to say, only dream about even. To have actually had the chance to experience it — and to experience it with you and all my friends, is, well — I am speechless again — just like when I turned the corner of the foyer and saw everyone! This birthday experience was truly a surprise and a memory I will never forget. It was truly surreal and made me feel like a celebrity — I new I liked Celebrity Bakery for a reason. LOL. Thank you!

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