A few months ago I asked Matt what he wanted for his 30th birthday and he promptly answered, “I want to go to Hawaii.” I said, “You and me both, but that’s not gonna happen.” We don’t have the time nor money to take another trip to Hawaii, so I decided to do the next best thing. Bring Hawaii to Matt in the form of a surprise luau birthday party for this epic 30th occasion.
It all went down two Sunday’s ago at Matt’s parents house in Long Island. It took place poolside where delicious Hawaiian grub was served, and the most amazing, authentic Hawaiian singer played renditions of Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, Elvis, and an array of other Hawaiian tunes.
About three years ago when Matt and I got engaged, he had the ukulele version of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” playing while he proposed. He told me then that he wanted that song to play at every milestone in his life, so we also danced to it at our wedding, too. He probably forgot that he told me that, but I didn’t. The day of his party, I arranged for the singer to be playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” live when he walked into the surprise.
When we arrived at his parents house for the shindig, we could hear “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” faintly playing in the background. Matt asked, “Do you hear music coming from somewhere?” I said, “Yeah, I do, but I can’t hear what.” I had to laugh, because it took him a while to actually hear what song it was. As I led him to the backyard, where everyone was waiting, he was shocked to see all of his closest friends and family there to celebrate his birthday.
Matt may not have gotten to go all the way to Hawaii, but I’m pretty sure he was transported. The next day and after it was all over, he declared, “I miss my party. I wish I could do it all over again!” <–Success!
Oh and Matt? You might be 30, but don’t worry, you’ll always be my teenage dream.