By Melanie Maxwell
Saxophonist Richard Elliot invited family and friends to celebrate his wife Camella’s 50th birthday at their Escondido, California, home on Saturday, April 4.
In addition to the couple’s five children (Candice, 25; Bub, 21; Mikayla, 16; Eli, 15; and Julian, 10), Camella’s parents (Cam and Dolly Vidal) and her sisters (Kim Kemp and Lani Calgaro), Steve Chapman and his wife Lori Stoll, Leslie and Scott Pedersen, Kathy and Willie Payne, and Kelly Cole were among the revelers dancing to a poolside DJ and partying from sunset till a near eclipsed moon rose in the star-filled sky.
Guests were treated to hand-passed caprese and pancetta bruschetta appetizers, an open bar, pizza from Red Oven Artisanal Pizza (baked fresh onsite), and white birthday cake.
As guests arrived, Camella led them on a tour of their 10-acre property, which includes a newly planted vineyard. A few steps from the sprawling patio area, infinity pool, jacuzzi and bar, guests could feed friendly goats, two alpacas, a miniature horse, goats, bunnies and a pig housed in pens.
The family’s indoor pets include two dogs, Moose (a Newfoundland) and Lucy (an English bulldog) and another pig, 3-month-old Dora, who was dressed for the occasion in a frilly pink tutu.
Although Camella’s glamorous style is quite stunning when she accompanies her husband to the GRAMMY awards or other public appearances, she is equally adorable kicking off her Christian Louboutin heels, slipping on some jeans and boots and cleaning the animal pens. Lisa Douglas, Eva Gabor’s character in the 1960’s TV sitcom “Green Acres,” could have learned a few things about country life from the birthday girl.
So, when it came to choosing an appropriate 50th birthday gift for his wife, Richard didn’t make a trip to the jeweler. Instead, he decided on a shiny, brand-spanking-new John Deere tractor for her. And, of course, she loved it!
Happy birthday, Camella Elliot!