TODAY | January 29, 2014
>>> we mentioned earlier, oprah celebrating a milestone birthday, one of more than 4 million americans turning 60 this year.
>> and if you want to throw a party like oprah or a rock star , entertaining and lifestyle expert colin cowie has planned oprah 's parties for many, many years. good morning. we've got to start by saying, though, oprah 's party has been postponed.
>> we spent seven months planning this amazing party and when the guest list was north of 450 people, she decided not to go ahead with it.
>> oh, no.
>> but her best friend threw her 50th birthday party , throwing an 80th birthday party .
>> maybe you'll take some of this design.
>> this is quite lovely.
>> tell us about this theme. i notice the colors are gorgeous.
>> the color scheme here is nude champagne and oyster, which is very beautiful.
>> and i think the big take here is the runner. i think it makes it elegant, very inexpensive to do. i found these at home depot . less than $12 for the entire table.
>> the tiles here.
>> and it reflects everything so beautifully.
>> you line them in the middle of the table.
>> right down the middle of the table.
>> and you layer with the flowers.
>> layer with the flowers. all the flowers are very low and see very clearly across the table. there's one flower per vase and each vase has a vintage collected feeling. this is a signature one.
>> that's gorgeous. is that an orchid?
>> so you put it inside of a very beautifully --
>> what flowers do you like this time of year?
>> roses are not very expensive, tulips are not very expensive. the roses.
>> and it's all very low and lots and lots of candles.
>> lots of candles.
>> and you want to be able to have a conversation with someone across the way.
>> always lower than 12 inches .
>> now, tell us about the place settings.
>> the place settings are gold and i wanted everything to be transparent and very elegant. so all of this is rentable. the glasses and the flatware. one thing we love to do, and oprah 's a stickler about making sure that every guest is sitting next to the right person.
>> and i've seen her spend literally hours in a room over a guest list agonizing making sure the right person is seated next to the right person. a sign of a great host.
>> it is. when you have 450 people you're planning on inviting. that's a lot of organizing. the other thing i think we have to dim the lights we can get this special effect . this is a really cool idea.
>> goes under the table, i put these common lanterns. i found these at home depot , you can use them year round and gives the table a beautiful, wonderful soft glow.
>> that is lovely. and adds such an intimacy.
>> it is. and makes it look very glamorous.
>> and there's always a colin cowie signature cocktail.
>> i do take credit for introducing oprah to tequila. this is the breakfast version of a wonderful cocktail we like to serve at the parties.
>> wow. what is that? cocoa?
>> chocolate. chocolate. i'm going to put these over here. we actually walk around the dance floor with these just like this.
>> oh, cool.
>> and this is the morning version. there's no tequila in this one.
>> come on.
>> it's guaranteed to keep you dancing for hours.
>> there's no tequila in this one.
>> i'm sorry. i didn't mean to walk into a segment.
>> this is the mock version of it.
>> this is so lovely.
>> this is great.
>> it's nice.
>> this will buy you another two hours on the dance floor .
>> the beautiful decor and the decorations, the flowers, i believe there's somebody --
>> yes, helping us put together flowers. that's the pieces we made. look how beautiful.
>> oh, that's tasty. just inhaled it. thank you.
>> happy birthday .
>> happy birthday , oprah . thank you, colin. we are back with much more on a wednesday morning.
>> that's good.
>> thank you, colin.
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