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Babble Exclusive! Trista Sutter Turns 40 — A Peek Inside Her Special B-day Bash! (Photos)

Trista, Ryan, Max and Blakesley Sutter!

Turning 40 is something Hollywood has been dealing with for some time now! Celebrities like Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Gwen Stefani and others make it look easy and they get better with age!

Trista Sutter the former (and first!) Bachelorette celebrated her 40th birthday in Vail, Colo., with her husband Ryan Sutter and 150 of their closest friends and family.

I have had so much fun over the last few years getting to know Trista!  I have helped her organize birthday parties for both Max and Blakesly… But I am not sure I ever thought I would be emailing with Ryan helping him (very little might I add) plan a surprise vacation and 40th birthday for Trista.

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  • The Getaway! Ryan, tell us all about your trip to Santa Barbara. Easy or hard to surprise Trista? 1 of 13
    The Getaway! Ryan, tell us all about your trip to Santa Barbara. Easy or hard to surprise Trista?
    The trip to The Biltmore Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara was the surprise element of Trista's 40th celebration. I managed to keep it a surprise up until revealing it the day before we left (so she would have time to pack without stress). The folks at Four Seasons were a tremendous help in organizing the trip. We had a very relaxing time touring the wine country, visiting the spa and touring the beach on beach cruiser bikes. It was awesome!
  • What was the inspiration behind planning a party for Trista? 2 of 13
    What was the inspiration behind planning a party for Trista?
    Well, I love her of course and wanted her to focus on celebrating her birthday rather than dreading it or worrying about getting older.  I know she has wanted a party for sometime and, though I could not provide a surprise party, I thought a surprise get away and subsequent birthday bash would suffice.  Trista is a beautiful woman whom works very hard day to day to provide love to me, our family and our friends.  I wanted her to see how much we all love her back.
  • Details! Food, location, and drinks? 3 of 13
    Details! Food, location, and drinks?
    Location was Bol Vail, we rented out the whole place.  Food was simple gourmet pizza and cupcakes provided by the chefs at Bol.  We had a variety of specialty drinks created for the occasion.  Several used Sambazon Acai juices as well as Vodka and Martini and Rossi Asti.  New Belgium provided a keg of Fat Tire and Oskar Blues did too.  Brett Dennen and DJ Logic provided entertainment along with bowling of course and a photo booth (which was tons of fun) from Ear 2 Ear and by music Brett Dennen and DJ Logic.
  • We hear you added a charity component. Can you tell us more about that? 4 of 13
    We hear you added a charity component. Can you tell us more about that?
    Love Hope Strength is a charity I have recently become aquatinted with and inspired by.  They work on a cancer awareness and bone marrow donor list platform by utilizing the power of Rock n Roll.  Brett Dennen is one of the many artists involved in the cause.  He will be traveling to Nepal with them in a few weeks to perform in a concert that will take place at Mt. Everest Base Camp (highest concert ever performed).  Rather than presents, Trista asked that donations be made to Love Hope Strength.  Sambazon made a $5k contribution.
  • Trista, tell us about your trip to Santa Barbara, were you really surprised? 5 of 13
    Trista, tell us about your trip to Santa Barbara, were you really surprised?
    I honestly had no idea, and that's saying a lot since I'm dialed into most of what is going on in our house.  I was so surprised that I actually bought tickets and costumes we would wear to a Halloween costume that we ended up missing because we left that morning.  I will admit that I was a bit bummed to not attend what my friends had told me was the party of the year, but I got over it very quickly.  Santa Barbara is now one of my favorite spots.  It has everything…especially the Four Seasons!  Stunning scenery, incredible dining, wine country, the beach, and luxurious accommodations.   Tips…just be ready to relax and gain weight!  :)
  • One of the Top 3 Nights of my life! 6 of 13
    One of the Top 3 Nights of my life!
    He then worked with a couple of my girlfriends to throw me a party that will go down as one of the top three best nights of my life.  It was at one of our favorite Vail hotspots, Bol, where we had the place all to ourselves.  We invited 300 of my friends from high school, college, grad school, Bachelor nation, and our hometown of Vail, with about 150 able to make it. I can't tell you how much fun it was to see people I knew and loved everywhere I looked.  
  • Tell us about your birthday! Give us the details! 7 of 13
    Tell us about your birthday! Give us the details!
    Right out the gate I will say that it has been my favorite birthday by FAR! Ryan started my week long celebration with a surprise trip to Santa Barbara where we were able to spend time "igniting the spark" at the Four Seasons.  We had perfect weather and filled our days with biking to the beach, pampering spa treatments, incredible dinners and good quality alone time…which is an amazing gift in itself as the parents of pre-schoolers!
  • Mmm…the party details! 8 of 13
    Mmm...the party details!
    Martini and Rossi as well as Sambazon provided drinks like the Cougar Cosmo and the Fountain of Youth. DEEEEElicious!!  
  • More details… 9 of 13
    More details...
    We even paid the location to stay open later because everyone was having so much fun.  To add to the fun… Ear 2 Ear Photo Booths was there and who doesn't like a photo booth??  The best part of the night, though, for me, was having my husband tell everyone there just how much I meant to him.  There were lots of happy tears shed!  Now, I am thinking all my friends need to get together for an annual birthday celebration for everyone…it was just too much fun!
  • The music! 10 of 13
    The music!
    Brett Dennen (who shares my actual birthday of October 28th) was able to give us a private concert (AMAZING!), then they opened the bowling lanes and the dance floor and DJ Logic made it so that I didn't want to stop dancing!!  
  • The gift bag! 11 of 13
    The gift bag!
    Guests went home with gift bags filled with candles and  Sushumna Chocolats which is a unique and the most delicious line of artisanal chakra-based chocolates. They have seven flavor profiles paired with dark, milk or white chocolate, each bar has been artfully crafted with special foods and spices honoring the chakra it's named for.
  • How special did it feel to have Ryan plan your party? 12 of 13
    How special did it feel to have Ryan plan your party?
    The night was that much better because I knew how much work went into it…how much work Ryan put into it.  I will always love him unconditionally, but he went all out and that did not and will not go unnoticed.  It made me feel tremendously special and loved and blessed, even more than I do everyday.
  • Trista, you have small children so over the last few years you have been focusing on milestones… how do you feel about meeting a milestone? 13 of 13
    Trista, you have small children so over the last few years you have been focusing on milestones... how do you feel about meeting a milestone?
    Honestly…not so happy about it.  With the kids, milestones are a marker of their growth and successes, but for awhile, 40 didn't seem much like success.  It just seemed to be the age that my wrinkles would be more noticeable and I would have to fight that much harder to stay healthy and fit.  That is, until I spoke with a friend who changed my perspective.  She made me focus on the celebration and blessing of making it through 40 years…something that close friends and family members did not have the opportunity to do. So, now, I try to look at it as a blessing.  

(Photo Source: Zach Mahone)

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