I’m very luck that my birthday lands on the first day of fall, making it the perfect weekend to be outdoors! For my birthday this year, I took a road trip with a few close friends to a beautiful Gilded Age estate about 40 minutes from New York City. We took a private tour of the house and gardens. This estate has been beautifully preserved. You may recognize it as the set for the movie Cruel Intentions! After the tour, they provided us with a picnic lunch on the lawn. We served the Brooklyn Blackout Cake from Ovenly, quite possibly the most delicious chocolate cake I have ever tasted. This was one of the most memorable birthday parties ever. Thanks to all my friends for helping me celebrate!