My 40th Birthday

My 40th Birthday – Bond Style


One of my favourite things to do is Party Planning! I worked in Conference and Banqueting in The Red Cow for many years in my early 20’s and loved every minute of it and learnt so much.

It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing and particularly when it is for myself or a family member. Planning my wedding day was obviously my biggest event and I would honestly do it all over again.

I’m a bit of an organiser and grab hold of any opportunity that involves party planning. For my 30th Birthday 10 years ago, I had a Casino themed party night in The Keadeen Hotel and it was such a successful night that I decided to do it all over again for my 40th! Heres how the night went.

The Venue

I choose the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge Co Kildare for my 40th birthday party venue. We have had many an occasion in this hotel, big and small and it is one of my favourite hotels to throw a party because firstly, its local and close to my home and secondly, It’s such a warm, homely, friendly hotel with beautiful grounds and function rooms.

Nothing is every an issue for the staff here and they are all so helpful. Aoife in Conference and Banqueting is a pleasure to work with and very accommodating. I had the Beech Room for my party and it’s my favourite function room in the hotel.

When I arrived on the day it was set up to perfection and when I requested an extra table the staff were super helpful and efficient and had it straight away. All the round tables had snow white table cloths and the chairs had pretty covers on them. Tall tables were scattered around the room with big champagne tulle bows around them which was very effective. Everything in the room was perfect and they even had tall standing signs with “Gail’s 40th Birthday” written on the with arrows, directing everyone to the function room.

Keadeen Hotel
Keadeen Hotel

The Theme

The theme of the night was always going to be a Casino Royale James Bond party night. I hired and event company called MCE Events who I had used previously for my 30th Birthday.

Having used this company before, I had complete confidence in what they were capable of and what they could deliver. I dealt with a lady called Gaynor Hickey, who was so on my level when I came to party planning. She was so thorough in everything she did and If I had a suggestion or request, she would have it all confirmed by email in a crystal clear format by the following day.

On the day her team arrived at 4.30pm to set up the room. I had 3 Blackjack tables and 1 Roulette Table. They had a huge James Bond backdrop with scatted life size James Bonds boards around the room which was so effective! But what really created the ambiance of the room was their lighting! They had up-lighters around the room that changed colour and created an amazing effect throughout the room, that really finished off the Casino look.

Kick off was at 9pm just after my speech, which went really well but I think it was the couple of vodkas that settled my nerves! Phelam was our MC for the night and he was fantastic at getting everyone involved and getting the crowd going. And by 10pm he had everyone engaged with super fun games and laughter filled the air.

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40th Birthday
40th Birthday
40th Birthday

The Prizes

Every table had 2 winners that went on to one table at the end of the night and there was 6 overall winners who all received some fantastic prizes. These prizes were kindly sponsored by Therapie Ireland, George and Milly, Siltex Safety and Chelmsford Motors. So everyone went home very happy.

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Therapie Ireland

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Siltex Safety

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Ruth from George & Milly

The Magic Mirror

While the casino was going on, there was also a lots of shenanigans going on in the corner of the room (no…….not that sort of shenanigans ;-)))
I booked The Magic Mirror, which is a very large touch screen mirror that takes photos. Keith was our operator on the night and her was just fantastic! Such great fun with crazy props for everyone to get a laugh out of! It was a huge success and a great ice-breaker.

40th Birthday
40th Birthday
40th Birthday

My Cake

My amazing cake was made by my good friend Frances by My Enticing Icing in Newbridge, Co Kildare. A lady who is an artist in my eyes and I was so over joyed with it. She designed a chocolate biscuit CHANEL cake that was absolutely delicious but it did kill me to cut into it! It was so beautiful. A real work of art!

The Food

We served food at 10.30pm which consisted of platters of amazing finger food. Now sometimes at parties the finger food can look a bit nasty and not very appetising!! But the Keadeen Hotel presented it really beautifully with perfectly arranged cocktail sausages, mini pizzas, vol au vent and much more. Everyone devoured it and the plates were cleared!

40th Birthday
40th Birthday

My Photographer

My Photographer was Suzanne Behan! An absolute lady who mingled into the crowd and everyone loved her! A very easy photographer to be around and fades into the crowd unbeknownst to anyone which gives her the perfect opportunity to get those special non posed, affectionate shots that I love!

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My Outfit

Finally my outfit! Well, I travelled far and wide to put this outfit together! I travelled to Castle Island in Kerry to a boutique called Hannons for my skirt. It was part of a 2 piece set but decided not to wear the top just the skirt! It was a high low hem line in a very full taffeta fabric! I absolutely adored it! My top was an altered Buy Design bodysuit that I added sleeves to and my shoes were JIMMYCHOO that I got in New York City in April. My hair was done by my girls in The Hair Emporium in Kilcullen, Co Kildare and my makeup was done by Linda from Perfect Images in Kilcullen, Co Kildare!

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So that was it!! I had one of the best nights of my life and my legs are still sore from all the dancing! Thank you to everyone who came and especially to MCE Events who truly made the night happen!
See you all in 10 years for my 50th ;-))))


Gail x

Contact details

The Keadeen Hotel – – 045 431 666
The Magic Mirror – – Phone – 053 94 31 022
MCE Events – – 01 42 42 058
My Enticing Icing –
Suzanne Behan Photography – 087 243 3328
The Hair Emporium – 045 484 687 (Sirena)

40th Birthday