as is tradition, i love to spend a good amount of time away from the phoenix heat at the beach. it is definitely my happy getaway place, and it doesn’t hurt that one of my dearest friends lives down the street. you may remember her charming cottage we featured on the old blog. it was a hit! with my birthday usually takes place at the beach, and this year being a big one, my sweet friend and I put together a charming intimate dinner with friends at her stunning home. the dahlias we had just picked were perfect to set the table. as always the food was outstanding and a fun night was had by all! considering myself incredibly blessed entering a new year of life. cheers to big birthdays and dinner with long lasting friends!