"It was such a nice night. But of course, people were sad that Joe is leaving soon," a source tells PEOPLE

By Aurelie Corinthios
March 22, 2016 04:20 PM
Source Milania Giudice/Instagram

brightcove.createExperiences(); Joe Giudice enjoyed a special evening with his family and friends before going to prison.

On Monday night, Joe, 43, some took time to say his goodbyes before he reports for his 41-month sentence on Wednesday.

A source tells PEOPLE “one of Joe’s closest friends” hosted a get-together at a New Jersey restaurant for Joe, his wife Teresa and the couple’s four daughters, as well as their family and friends.

“Everyone had a great time,” says the insider. “It was such a nice night. But of course, people were sad that Joe is leaving soon.”

According to E! News, the goodbye party took place at Blu Alehouse in Riverdale, which is owned by one of the Giudice’s good friends John Harms.

“It was a family reunion,” Harms told E!, adding that there no Real Housewives of New Jersey cameras were rolling. “There ended up being about 150 people. The restaurant was filled. It was great. About 50 kids.”

“There were toasts, [and] Joe had a few words to say. He told everyone, ‘Stop making me cry, I’m not going to the electric chair,’ ” Harms told E! “His attitude is as good as it can be. You can tell he’s being strong for everyone else. There were a lot of tears.”

The event also featured a mechanical bull, which Joe and Teresa’s daughter Milania, 10, showed off on Instagram.

Milania also posted two selfies with her father from the evening, gushing: “Love my wonderful daddy!!!”

Joe and Teresa, 43, are also parents to daughters Gia, 15, Gabriella, 12, and Audriana, 6.

“My kids are very smart, and they know what he deal is,” Giudice recently told PEOPLE. “The younger ones don’t understand why you have to go, what you did – I don’t think either one of them know exactly why you are going in, but you we just told them that we did some things wrong and we gotta go in.”

That being said, he did admit to having “a little meltdown” the other night with Gabriella, though he added, “we will be all right, we will get through it.”

Giudice’s upcoming sentence comes just months after Teresa returned home in December after nearly a year at Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. The two were convicted of bankruptcy fraud in October 2014 and allowed to serve time separately.

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