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Behind the Scenes at Martha Stewart's 70th Birthday Party

Sep 29 2011 - 12:30pm

When Martha Stewart [1] turns 70, you know it's going to be a fabulous party. Today's episode of The Martha Stewart Show on the Hallmark Channel gives us an inside look at Martha's big bash thrown this Summer by Darcy Miller, celebrations expert for The Martha Stewart Show and editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings.


Our very own Rebecca Gruber of LilSugar [2] attended the taping and scored some exclusive party pics. Click through for a look at the menu, the sweets, the adorable Scrabble- and puzzle-themed decor, and inspiring yet easy to re-create crafts and favors. Happy birthday, Martha!

Photo by Donna Newman Copyright 2011

Scrabble Greetings

The party, held at the apartment of the show's celebrations expert, Darcy Miller, used a Scrabble and crossword puzzle theme throughout, including this precious tile banner.

Photo by Donna Newman Copyright 2011

Good Eats

The three-course menu was prepared by Peter Callahan, based on all of Martha's favorites. For dessert, Brooklyn's Baked bestowed its salty caramel birthday cake.

Take the Cake

Event planner David Stark created these picture-perfect cakes, which Martha showed off on her show today.


Photo by David E. Steele; courtesy of The Martha Stewart [3] Show on Hallmark Channel

Personalized Puzzle

Guests received a customized crossword puzzle featuring questions about Martha and art by Darcy Miller. You can create your own using Super Crossword Creator (a one-year subscription is $29.95), and this version features calligraphy by Bernard Maisner and design by Cheree Berry.

Photo by Donna Newman Copyright 2011

Martha Martha Martha

Decorations included an assortment of adorable Martha illustrations by Darcy Miller.

Photo by Donna Newman Copyright 2011

Martha Maptotes

I adore pretty much anything by Maptotes [4], but I really wish I could get my hands on the company's specially designed Martha's Manhattan tote bag created for the party.

Photo by Donna Newman Copyright 2011

Cake Walk

On today's episode, Martha makes a grand entrance through a giant cake drawing, which would be fun and easy to re-create at your own celebration. Can you believe Martha is 70? She looks great.

Photo by David E. Steele; courtesy of The Martha Stewart [5] Show on Hallmark Channel

Party Planning Pros

Celebrations guru Darcy Miller and Martha Stewart [6] demonstrate how to make your own Scrabble party favors and decor on today's episode.

Photo by David E. Steele; courtesy of The Martha Stewart Show on Hallmark Channel


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