Photographed by: Union Photographers

It was a night of crazy shenanigans and laughs, as my closest friends and family gathered together at L’Abattoir in Gastown, to celebrate my 40th birthday.  I wanted to create a casual, yet elegant experience for all of my 45 guests and was thrilled with my decision to host my event in the private dining room at L’Abattoir.  The space is completely separate from the actual restaurant itself, and the Private Dining Manager, Nathan Collins, was a delight to work with and handled everything with great care.  The staff, service and attention to detail that went into making my soiree run smoothly exceeded my expectations.  I worked directly with Sales and Events Manager, Kimberly Fok, to select the most tasteful and beautifully presented family style menu.  I chose Dalana of The Cake and The Giraffe to create my adorable cakes, and enlisted the help of Flower Factory to design my flowers that decorated the already gorgeous space.  The inspiration behind my event began with a gorgeous fashion illustration designed by, Michelle Yu.  That illustration turned out to be my invitation, which was designed by Lele Chan, and once my publicist and dear friend, Chella Levesque, sent out the e-vites, the rest was history!

Here’s a little peek at the action, captured perfectly and candidly by my dear friends of Union Photography…

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers, The Cake and The Giraffe

I had a hard time deciding on one cake, so I went with ten adorable miniature ones!  These semi-naked drippy cakes, adorned with mini donuts and flowers, were so fun!  Dalana of The Cake and The Giraffe made a variety of flavors, including Carrot Cake, Vanilla Strawberry with Coconut, and Double Chocolate!  Placed as center pieces down the long table, they were the perfect size to share among a group of 4 guests.

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers, The Cake and The Giraffe

 And can we talk about my custom “Holy Chic Nad’s Forty” cake topper for a minute!? (…I DIE!!).  I ordered it from my friend, Jenny DeJong, co-founder of Shop Tineke.    Everything is locally designed and you can choose from a variety of pre-made (or custom) styles on there Etsy page.  You can also check them out on Instagram @Shop Tineke !

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers, Michelle Yu, When I'm an Old Man

As part of the entertainment for the evening, I hired my friend and incredibly talented illustrator, Michelle Yu, of When I’m an Old Man to live-sketch my guest.  Lele Chan created custom 8×10 sketching sheets which read, “Holy Chic, Nad’s 40” along the top, with my party hashtag #holychicnads40 as a footer.  These were great keepsakes and definitely a huge hit!  I can’t wait to frame mine and hang it in my home office!

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers, Michelle Yu, When I'm an Old Man

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Team NadittudeTM in the house!! xoxo

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Meet the talented women who make my blog and real life look so beautiful in photography! From left to right: Holly Truchan, Daniela Ciuffa and Daniella Guzzo.  I couldn’t ask for a more talented, smart, beautiful, kind, generous and fun group of women to be creative with and hang out with on a weekly basis!  I adore you girls- xo

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Signature “Nadittude” drinks were served to each guest as they arrived.  The head bartender at L’Abattoir mixed these refreshingly sweet drinks with Havana 3 year old rum, Aperol, lemon and mint.  They were topped with cava and served in a flute, with a lemon string.  So delicious!

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

To set the tone for the evening, my stylist (and official music curator) Roberto and I created a public play list on Google Play called “NADITUNES”.  It contains roughly 16 hours of my favorite music hits from the 70’s all the way to now, ie. George Micheal, Janet Jackson, Salt N’ Pepa, Sofi Tukker, Drake, DMX and more!   Let’s just say, it’ll make you want to get up and dance!  Check it out HERE!

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

A milestone event would not have been complete without a surprise.  And boy was I surprised to see that my big sister, Milena, who flew in from Edmonton especially for me!  My entire family was in on the secret, and I had absolutely no clue she was going to be there.  I was seriously beyond thrilled that she was able to make it! xo

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers, The Cake and The Giraffe

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Thank you, Holly (Union Photographers), for capturing all the behind the scenes action at my party.  These photos are EXACTLY what I was hoping for; fun, candid and full of life!

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

It was also a huge honor to have my Aunt and Uncle here from Italy to celebrate with us.  This was there first time to ever travel to Canada and it’s still hard to believe they were really here!!  They definitely put the “Crazy” in the term Crazy Calabrese; despite the language barrier.  Good thing we Italians like to talk with our hands – Haha!  Grazie, Zii – xoxo

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers

Nadia Albano, 40th Birthday, Holy Chic Nad's 40, L'Abbortoir, Union Photographers, Flower Factory

THANK YOU everyone for making this’ol lioness feel so loved!  You are my tribe and my life-long companions.  I value and appreciate each and every one of you unconditionally and with an open heart!  This milestone event wouldn’t have been the same without you!  Big love and adoration to those of you who were unable to make it out; you were deeply and regrettably missed!  The good news is that I plan on celebrating my 40th every month, for the rest of the year, so we have plenty of opportunities to make more memories together.  I say, there’s always an excuse to celebrate life, right?

Cheer! xoxo