My lovely friend, Ashley, decided we should go to the first annual SparkleFest, from the folks at Bar Ferd’nand and The Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island. “It’s called SparkleFest and it’s on your birthday, so it’s like they created this event just for you!” I couldn’t disagree. That was obviously the case. They are throwing me a party, so of course I have to go.

We loaded up the car with blankets, lawn games, and picnic must-haves; hopped on the Fauntleroy ferry to Vashon; and made our way to The Old Chaser Farm for our fill of sparkling wine and rosé from around the world.

We sampled delicious food—like wood-fired pizzas and whole roasted lamb—made in the open kitchen of the farm house. Ashley and I needed even more sparkle, so we headed for the face-painting tepee, and adorned each other with a little glitter on our cheeks (you know, when in Rome Vashon).

It was the perfect way to spend my birthday and celebrate the end of summer!

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Photos by Bobby Arispe (also why he’s not in any of them!)

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