When I turn 50 (not for many, many, many, many years!) please call my friend Allison and have her spearhead my birthday festivities please! She -and her husband George – are some of the most generous and fun-loving people I know. They also love to throw over-the-top celebrations for each other’s birthdays, and true-to-form Allison went all out to celebrate George’s 50th earlier this month!

Months ago when she reached out to me to ask if I would help her plan an epic beach week with daily events, delicious meals and drinks, and a few surprises sprinkled here and there, my obvious answer was a resounding “yes”!

Allison rented a beautiful beach house on St. George Island in Maryland where many guests stayed during the week. Other guests stayed at a beach hotel less than 5 minutes from the house. From the beginning, Allison said she wanted people to feel as if they were staying at a resort so we set the tone of the week to make sure it included guests feeling pampered, well-fed (with good food and drinks!), laid back, and ready to have fun!

Honey & Lavender sourced and executed adorable welcome bags for each family/party. Each bag consisted of personalized, colorful beach towels for every family/party, a hangover kit (medicine, wet wipes, etc), and various yummy treat favorites of George (personalized M&Ms, Old Bay Chips).

In addition to the amazing house amenities – private beach, a dock, a beach volleyball court, kayaks, and every chair and beach toy under the sun, there was always a fun cocktail to drink, jet skis available every day, a massage therapist that came two days during the week, and amazing dinners at two local restaurants, The Pier on Solomon’s Island, and the Ruddy Duck, right by the beach house.

Party Planners in Crime at the Pier.
Group dinner at the Ruddy Duck.

Allison also scheduled Kona Ice to come to the house twice during the week for a sweet, cool, treat.

The Birthday Boy clearly enjoying himself some Kona!
Kiddos on the beach volley ball court!

Warning – delicious food photos coming next.

You can’t be in Maryland without eating crabs!
One of the guests is a professional baker so she made several amazing fruit tarts, like this one. And decorated absolutely beautiful and delicious sugar cookies illustrating many of George’s hobbies.
Each family/party was asked to make/provide a lunch or dinner one day of the vacation. Yours truly leaned in to the Greek theme on our last full day of vacation.

Speaking of the Greek theme, two other events that Honey & Lavender helped plan and execute were our version of the Olympic Games – complete with six activities and obstacles – and then a Toga Party that night. George had never and thus has always, wanted to go to a toga party, so ask and you shall receive!

We had so much fun planning and attending this amazing celebration honoring an extraordinary dad, husband, and friend!

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