The actor, who turned 54 on Wednesday, hosted close friends for an intimate party at his L.A. home

By Michael Miller
Updated May 08, 2015 07:25 PM
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George Clooney celebrated his 54th birthday with Amal Alamuddin and an intimate gathering of their close friends at his L.A. home on Wednesday.

After both enduring busy schedules on the East Coast – George filming Money Monster in N.Y.C., while Amal defends the incarcerated former president of Maldives in Washington D.C. – the couple jetted back to Clooney’s L.A. home to spend his birthday with friends.

The actor’s The Monuments Men production partner Grant Heslov, Cindy Crawford, and her husband Rande Gerber, were in attendance at the cocktail party, along with around 50 other guests.

Earlier in the day, party planners spent hours setting up tables, chairs, and space heaters in the home’s backyard, a source tells PEOPLE. Clooney’s guests started arriving around 6:00 PM, many of them in limos, and could be heard laughing and mingling over smooth jazz and lounge music setting the mood in the background.

Clooney, his wife, and her niece later had a private celebration together on Thursday, going out for a sushi date at Asanebo, one of their favorite haunts.

“It was just a casual dinner,” an onlooker says. “They looked happy and relaxed. They were talking, kissing and stayed for a couple of hours. They are both adventurous sushi lovers and enjoyed the Omakase meal.”

Mrs. Clooney was spotted outside the restaurant wearing a white, one shoulder top and skinny jeans, while her husband opted for a black leather jacket, navy collared shirt, and jeans.

While there’s still no word on what gift he received from the barrister, Clooney put the rumors that he received a new Porsche to rest during an Extra interview on Thursday.

“I can’t tell you,” the star said at first when asked about the birthday present, joking, “But it wasn’t a Porsche. Did you see that? Didn’t get a blender, didn’t get a Porsche. What the heck?”

Perhaps his greatest gift was spending time with his wife, who he recently gushed over at the Met Gala, saying “She’s an amazing human being. And she’s caring. And she also happens to be one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. And she’s got a great sense of humor.”

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