Paula’s Birthday Celebration…Mardi Gras Style!

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By Paula Deen

I can’t believe it.

Another year has come and gone! This year, I added 66 candles to my birthday cake, and I wasn’t sad about it at all. I’m another year older, but y’all, I’ve got say that I’ve never felt better before in my life. I’m taking better care of myself, and I’m paying attention to the things that mean the most to me, like my friends and the ones I love.

Usually, I use my birthdays as a moment to pause and reflect. I think about the previous year, and what I’ve done and where I’m going. And trust, me I always count my blessings. I thank God for every thing and every person he has blessed me with, and I don’t take any of it for granted. I always say that any day the good Lord lets me wake up on the right side of the dirt, it’s a good day. And I mean it.

This year, though, I have to admit, was a little more special than most. For anyone that knows me, they know that I love a good celebration, and birthdays aren’t any different. I just love any excuse to gather my family and closest friends and laugh, cut up, and all-in-all, just have a good ol’ time!

My sweet Brandon Branch, my faithful design director and right-hand man, threw me the party of a lifetime this year. He went all out and planned a beautiful Mardi Gras soiree. Y’all, it completely took my breath away! I got such a kick out of seeing all of my friends and family dressed up in purple, gold and green get-ups. They were all decked out in festive beads and masquerade masks – it was priceless!

Take a look at some of the fun we had!

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My wonderful friends at Back in the Day Bakery, Cheryl and Griff, baked me a fabulous cake! Brandon also ordered two King cakes from Paul’s Pastry Shop. My beautiful friend, Susan Mason, pictured at the far left, planned an exquisite Mardi Gras menu! We had parmesan cheese rounds, crawfish pies, shrimp corn dogs, red beans and rice, grits and grillades, and of course, a chicken, sausage and shrimp gumbo! We also had these adorable macaroons from my new favorite sweet shop, Maison de Macarons. Y’all, it was all so finger-lickin’ good.

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It was definitely a night to remember! I had a house full of love that night, that’s for sure. When guests entered my house, they were greeted with beads, masks, and even Hurricanes from Pat O’Brien!

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My absolute, most favorite memory of the evening had to be the sky lanterns. My guests and I lit and flew 66 lanterns into the night sky. We all formed a parade in the house and marched out to the dock where we lit them. It was so beautiful to see them turn into precious stars as they floated away. I was immediately reminded of how loved I am. They were like 66 little blessings to me.

 

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I think my dear friends, Cheryl and Griff, of Back in the Day Bakery, were the best dressed of the evening. What do y’all think?

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My darlin’ niece, and her handsome husband, Brian, were in attendance. I was so delighted that they brought their little bundle of joy, Sullivan!

Photography by Christine Hall Photography.

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Paula, I'm am turning 50 this fri. August 8th @2014! I'm in the process of booking tickets to come to your show on fri 8/82014. I have always wanted to meet you! My friends & family call me Tammie Dean. People say all the time, "You remind me of....and I say " I know Paula Dean." Huge compliment to me. I am a friend of Rachel Reese. She use to house sit for you back in the day. I would love to meet you & Michael. I don't know if you will ever read this e mail but I'm sending it anyway! Pray you have a blessed week! Tammie

By Tammie Collins on August 05, 2014

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I made the peanut butter cookies very very easy for me, because I do not bake cookies...Tasty....

By Ainamor Llih on January 25, 2014

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Happy Birthday Paula! I cooked for a family of eight as a young girl and then went on to care for and cook for my family of five. I understand that food means love. I relate so well to your mission as a homemaker and see the love and sincerity you bring to your work both on screen and off. I hope that you are doing well and know that your true fans are people who love others. Thank you for all you do to brighten our days and fill our kitchens with heavenly aroma, God Bless you and yours, Joyce McPhhe Beloit, WI

By Mcphee on October 27, 2013

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09/24 I'm missing you and your recipes on television these days. In my oven at this minute are stuffed red peppers, your own recipe with rice, sausages, and sour cream plus everything else. I tasted it before I put it in the oven and it was good that way. Seems you are busy, way to go. Maybe it is time for you to R&R just a wee bit? Enjoy the grandchildren, you won't be sorry for any time spend with family, I think you know that. You have so many supporters, and this is one of life's situation that you have to brush off and forget about. It is all pretty silly to my way of thinking.

By Liz Howell on September 24, 2013

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Paula I can't understand why people over react but your the best in my book! I would like to know how you are loosing weight! You look great! Paula I love your ideas on cooking but have a picky eater. Also my mom & dad are having their 50th wedding anniversary & would love some ideas for the celebration! It's a big deal because my mom & dad dated 6 months & got married! I hope to hear from you & get some great ideas from " Life may give you speedbumps but God gives us wings to fly! " Elizabeth Howell

By Elizabeth Howell on September 18, 2013

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Paula - I can't find the words to say how I feel about your past few months Everyday is a new day and I have missed you on TV. Your sons I watch all the time. Jamie on Food Network and Bobby on Cooking Channel. You are a good person. People say things they regret, but in your world it came tumbling down. I don't have facebook just e-mail. I've missed you on TV. I love to cook from my thoughts and going on line I found a recipe and was so happy to see that you are doing OK. I have been wanting to say in my words to you and finally God gave me this time to say to you..... Happy Birthday!!!! Donna

By Donna Mills on August 08, 2013

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Paula, I was born at Phoebe-Putney in Albany and grew up there and in Moultrie...went to school in Statesboro but spent the fun days in Savannah. I've always been a fan of yours and wish you all the best. We recently hosted a low country boil at our 170 year old farm house in Lithonia, GA, and toasted you with the "Paula Deen...sweet tea and proseco with a lime and a splash of blood orange bitters..." Keep the faith, learn from the world and lean into the next great chapter of your life...we are with you...The Ploughmen of Lithonia

By Kit on August 06, 2013

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Im so happy you had such a great birthday celebration. You deserve it and all the love and support for your special day. What fun!

By Dianna Bealmer on July 23, 2013

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PAULA YOU ARE THE BEST . DON'T WORRY BY HAPPY .

By ADRIANA MACIAS on July 17, 2013

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I have always been a Paula Dean fan,will ALWAYs be a Paula Dean fan. Love your receipts, humor and love for family. God bless you and yours.

By Nora Lambert on July 05, 2013

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Paula, I could not find an e-mail to send this to you - "Judge not lest ye be judged" is all I can say. I don't know why this is happening to you but you have been through hell and back before, and I know you will recover this time too. I am so so sorry for you and your family. This is totally unfair and it makes me ill. You are a warm, gracious, and loving lady, and who on this earth has not uttered something they wished that they hadn't - just as you said. Blessings to all of your family. Jeanne Scheffert

By jeanne scheffert on June 28, 2013

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Paula, I have been a fan of yours for a very long time and I just adore you. I also have Type 2 Diabetes and was diagnosed only a year and a half ago. I am 69 years old and in this time since discovering I had Diabetes they have found many other problems. My thing is I made myself angry. After the diagnosis I first lost 27 pounds. but thought that was so good that I went back to my normal eating habits and gained it all back and more. My ideal day in Savannah would be to go to Tybee Island Beach and seeing you, whether it would be at your house(which I would love)or the restaurant. I know I don't stand a chance, but that is just this 69 year old (on Tuesday) Feb. 26th birthday wish. Anyway, I love you and Michael and the BOYS. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. i AM NOT SURE OF THE DATE OF YOUR BIRTH, BUT LOVE YA.

By Anne Bishop on February 24, 2013

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Paula, you are an inspiration....you have IT all together !!!! Go Girl !!! You've only just begun!! Have a wonderful year ahead......no wonder you feel "The Love" 'cause Darlin' it's Out There For You !! One southern woman to another, Nita Leftwich, Naples, Fl

By Anonymous on February 23, 2013

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I am a huge fan of you and your son's. You have inspired myself and my family to be healthy.

By Catherine Mitchell on February 06, 2013

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I MADE THE CAULIFLOWER, ZUCHINI AND VEGGIE SALAD WITH MARRINATE. MY HUBBY WENT WILD OVER IT. SO LOOKS LIKE I WILL MAKE IT AGAIN WITH REST OF VEGGIES. WE USED IT AS A MEAL ITSELF. LOOK FORWARD TO SOME OF YOUR NEWER AIRED PROGRAMS. I AM TAPING SOME. BEST DISHES FROM CT.ROSIE

By R,Herdman on February 04, 2013

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Sorry I missed your birthday So Happy Haappy. New to twitter Love you and yoursSee yall resl soon...Betty

By bettyboopsdogs on February 02, 2013

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WE GROWN-UPS MAY NOT ALWAYS ADMIT IT, BUT WE LIKE A PARTY ALSO. YES EVEN ON BIRTHDAY. FINDING SOMEONE TO THROW ONE FOR U, NOW THAT IS ANOTHER STORY. kEEP HAVING DUN. rOSIE IN cT.

By R.herdman on February 02, 2013

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dear paula i hope you had a wonderful birthday....i just love the lanterns you lit and let float off in the night sky......you are the most beautiful person inside and out......i have a postcard that you sent me back a few years ago and i have it framed......my husband and i watch you every chance we get......happy belated birthday my dear......lisa smile xo

By lisa campbell on January 28, 2013

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My birthday is in June. My #1 wish is to meet you. Maybe this year. Happy Birthday Paula, wishing you many more. It looked like everyone had a great time. Frankie

By Frankie Whitfield on January 27, 2013

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Hey Paula....Happy Birthday I'd like to say May all your dreams come true but I beleive the dreams have become a reality. Love the recipes you share with us...your family/friends are such a delight. May you have another 66 years of happiness. God Bless you. Melinda from Ohio

By Melinda Beatty on January 27, 2013

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm