Jennifer Aniston turned 51 on Tuesday with her closest friends by her side

By Ale Russian
February 12, 2020 10:59 AM

Jennifer Aniston kept it more low key to celebrate her 51st birthday.

One year after throwing an all-out star-studded bash to celebrate her big milestone, the actress returned to West Hollywood’s Sunset Tower Hotel for a much more intimate dinner with her closest friends on Tuesday, a source tells PEOPLE.

Among her dinner guests were some of her closest longtime friends, including Courteney Cox, jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer and writer and producer Molly McNearney.

While Aniston kept a low profile as she arrived at the party, Cox and Meyer were later seen leaving the venue hand-in-hand.

Earlier that day, Cox wished Aniston a happy birthday with a snap on Instagram of the duo wearing the same glasses and sporting a very similar haircut.

“No matter how hard you might try… there’s only one Jennifer Aniston,” Cox, 55, wrote in the caption. “Happy birthday my dear friend @jenniferaniston! I love you!♥️♥️♥️.”

Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston
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The quiet evening is a contrast to her party celebrating her 50th birthday last year, attended by a long list of celebrities including Brad Pitt, George and Amal ClooneyReese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.Ellen DeGeneresBarbra StreisandKeith RichardsKate HudsonLaura Dern, Demi Moore and Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.

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Courteney Cox and Jennifer Meyer
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Aniston’s latest birthday comes weeks after the actress picked up her first solo Screen Actors Guild Award for her return to TV in Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, which she co-executive produced alongside Reese Witherspoon.

Aniston also recently broke Instagram’s record for the fastest account to reach one million followers, and even broke the site for a time when she first joined early in the morning.

Hours before her party, Interview magazine released its latest cover story, which featured a conversation between Sandra Bullock and Aniston, where Bullock remarked that the Friends actress has “a way of pushing joy and positivity.”

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