Clicking/Kicking Ruby Heels to the Curb

Twenty-fifth anniversaries are silver, thirty-fifth anniversaries are jade and fortieth anniversaries are ruby. However, if the honorees don’t like that color…you punt it and do watercolor pastels!

Thus, when coordinating the anniversary party for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Khoury, the owners of PB&J Restaurants, that was the color scheme I pulled together. Ya Ya’s is one of my mostest favoritest restaurants in the city, but due to its popularity, it didn’t close until almost 3:00 p.m. for a party for 200 people that started at 5:00 p.m! Yikes! That’s a lot of hustle and panting when it comes to installing extensive decorations and wedding memorabilia displays. All of this just happened last Sunday, June 12, exactly 40 years to the day they were married.


Hundreds of white satin streamers floated from the outdoor patio fairy lights, the front door sconces and all the chandeliers. Tied in the ribbons were fresh pink roses, clusters of baby’s breath and white ostrich feathers. Fiddly Fig did a fabulous job with dozens of Mercury glass Julep cup nosegays on crisp white linens and fresh greenery and baby’s breath nestled in the chandeliers as well.

Ya Ya's Patio

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Ya Ya's Chandelier

“Atlantic Express” played and the Khoury’s friends danced like no one was watching! The cake was an encore from Andre’s and I positioned them in the same pose for the official cake cutting. Their children Pat and Molly offered touching toasts and hilarious Quiz Show questions and prizes. Studio Chyree photographed the celebration.

I put Cindy’s Priscilla of Boston gown on display as well as their registry place settings (which Paul picked and Cindy never liked), their wedding album and a life size cut out of the youngsters. People signed the second half of the original Guest Book.


Ya Ya’s was my neighbor here at Hawthorne Plaza for many years and was the scene of my daughter’s Rehearsal Dinner as well. As caterers and wedding coordinator, we’ve done many weddings together and the low turnover staff is the best in town. So lots of happy memories. It was fun to give back to such a couple that gives back so much to our community.  What cool role models for their descendants!

MN at Ya Ya's Party

Congrats Cindy and Paul! So glad we’re friends! MJN