Happy Birthday, Ree Drummond!
The Food Network host had every intention of ignoring her 50th birthday on Sunday—but her husband Ladd wasn’t going to let that happen, and instead threw her a surprise party filled with friends, family and good food.
“I was truly surprised,” she said of the party. “My sister was there from Seattle, my closest high school friends came from San Diego, Dallas, Kansas City, and Atlanta, and my oldest/dearest childhood friends were there, too. Friends and family from Pawhuska showed up, and our Mercantile chefs and bakers made a spread of food I’ll be daydreaming about for the rest of my life.”
Ree showed off the impressive array of sweets that were prepared including macarons, cream puffs, cookies, dessert cups, and a birthday cake decorated with her signature vintage floral design.
To end the night, the guests, which also included the couple’s daughter Paige, “gathered around a fire pit laughing so hard about old stories and memories that our ribs hurt,” she said.
The mom of four had originally told Ladd that she “really wanted the whole birthday thing to blow over this year and just pretend it never happened,” but once she was surrounded by all the love from her friends and family, she clearly let her reservations wash away.
“I’m so glad the little booger decided not to listen to me,” added Ree.
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“This isn’t the answer for everybody, but we go to church together every Sunday,” she told PEOPLE in 2017. “It’s something that we do no matter what comes up. No matter how tired we are. I’ve seen the times that we’ve slipped away from that, and disaster is lurking in the bushes.”