RATTLE AND HUM


The iconic rock band U2 is bringing their latest tour to New York City this weekend — perfect timing to share photos of a 40th birthday party that featured an awesome U2 tribute band!

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U2 — the real deal!

I loved planning this party with a friend who was very clear about what she wanted for her husband’s 40th: great food, lots of quality time with close friends and family and a band that could do his all-time favorite band -U2- some justice.  The result was an unforgettable evening:

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That began with cocktails on their inviting patio…

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Complete with cocktail napkins bearing the patio’s nickname

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And a sleek, light up bar… matches_drink_menu

That served as a beacon of light as the night wore on.

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Artful hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Chef Jerwin:

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Which segued into a lavish dinner buffet, featuring: Balthazar Salad, grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, bamboo wrapped Chilean sea bass, grilled assorted vegetables and forbidden rice.

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Guests made their plates and found their way to a seat on the lawn:

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Succulents on the tables were masculine and minimal by design and were intended to be a riff on U2’s record breaking album, The Joshua Tree.

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The ceramic pots and candle holders are from West Elm.

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More succulents and driftwood on the buffet table:

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Ikat napkins in blue and orange tied up with twine for a jolt of color and pattern.

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We used the same ikat to trim out the drink and dinner menus:

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Hanging lanterns in the trees:

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Following a few heartfelt toasts, guests were enjoying passed desserts such as these mini S’mores when they received the biggest surprise of the night…

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U2 cover band – Unforgettable Fire- burst onto the front porch (which doubled as the stage for the evening), belting out “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

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You have to admit, the lead singer is a pretty good Bono look alike.  Lead singer of Unforgettable Fire:

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The really McCoy:

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Glow sticks and glow in the dark bracelets added to the concert-style feel as the band plowed through the best of the best of U2.  At one point the Greenwich Police made a little inquiry into the noise level but they left soon thereafter with the comment: “They sound awesome!!!”

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The night capped off with a fun little cake for the birthday boy — an avid cyclist.

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I loved how personal this party was.  The hostess chose everything with her husband in mind and guests clearly enjoyed being a part of such a thoughtful celebration…And, I think everyone left even bigger U2 fans.  Cheers to those of you who are headed to one of their concerts.  Seeing these pictures makes me wish I was!

xo,

Cath

Photos: Eric Vitale.

 



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