Mary’s Birthday on the Woodwind

I spent my weekend enjoying the summer at home again. A close family friend, Mary, chartered out the Tahoe Woodwind Saturday night to celebrate her 50th birthday. There was no question if I would be there or not.


I hadn’t seen Mary for almost a decade. In those 10 years, I have never lost my admiration for her and her journey. Mary is one that you think of fondly. A woman that glows with strength and love. Through her travels, vivacity and turmoil, I continuously look up to her. It’s inevitable for her to make you want to be a better person, each and every day.

Mary and my mom.

Mary and my mom.

The Tahoe Woodwind is one of a few sailboats on the lake that can charter large groups. The Woodwind itself can hold up to 49 passengers. After everyone boarded the boat, we set sail at 7pm. A majority of the early evening was spent chatting over wine and beer while admiring the beauty of the sunset.





Inside the sail boat was a nice lounge area for guests to sit. There was a catered spread of tacos with delicious chicken, rice, sauteed veggies and beans. I was so enamored with all other aspects of the evening, I forgot to take a picture of my food. In the midst of balancing my plate on my wine glass, all while the boat was sailing, my camera was actually the last thing on my mind.


I did manage to get a picture of the gourmet cupcakes made by Flour Girl Wedding Cakes out of South Lake Tahoe though. They were a hit with the guests. My mom and I both had the lemon, lemon curd cupcake and loved how light and airy they were. My dad couldn’t pass on the Chocolate-Ganache-Salted Caramel Buttercream cupcake. It sounded like it kicked his sweet tooth into high gear (aka. it was delicious enough to go back for seconds.)


Overall, it was an enchanted evening. Before we knew it, it was time to say goodnight to the birthday girl and her guests. It was a birthday to top the charts on a wonderful venue that I hope to enjoy again in the future.


Happy Birthday MARY! We are so blessed to be able to spend such as sweet and lively evening with you. Many joyful and wonderful memories ahead!