Inside Lea Michele’s Cozy Birthday Dinner

09/02/2014 at 01:44 PM ET

Lea Michele Birthday Dinner
Courtesy Claire Thomas for The Kitchy Kitchen

Lea Michele didn’t need a Birkin bag cake or a baking therapy session to enjoy her birthday: A relaxed dinner with girlfriends at her home was the perfect fête for the Glee star, who turned 28 on August 29.

To help with the plan, Michele turned to chef and cookbook author Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen in Los Angeles to create a custom menu of seven different dishes. On the lineup were two decadent takes on burrata (it was used in both salad and lasagna), a Brie-cauliflower soup and a devil’s food cake decked out with sparkler candles.

“So much fun with the most amazing friends and such delicious food! What an amazing birthday!” the actress gushed of the set table:

Because it’s really not a girls’ night in until you have a girly, fruity, cocktail, Thomas whipped up some sangria made with white wine and a fruity rose syrup:

Lea Michele Birthday Dinner
Courtesy Claire Thomas for The Kitchy Kitchen

We wish we could jump into the shot of this appetizer platter of luscious-looking burrata that’s paired with summer standouts like nectarines, arugula and mint:

Lea Michele Birthday Dinner
Courtesy Claire Thomas for The Kitchy Kitchen

Thomas posted this shot while she was prepping the lasagna, which was one of the two main dishes — it’s the best use of burrata we’ve seen in a while:

Click HERE for the burrata roasted tomato lasagna recipe!

Michele gave the kale salad the classic social media seal of approval (“#yum” she wrote) — it’s pictured with one of the low, casually chic rose-studded centerpieces that coordinates well with the mason-jar glasses:

And when you have a cake this decadent, the only adornment needed is a set of festive sparkler candles:

Click HERE for the devil’s food cake recipe!

Finally, for those of you who love to obsess over (er, ponder) a good menu, the full details are below:

Lea Michele Birthday Dinner
Courtesy Claire Thomas for The Kitchy Kitchen

And though Michele tends to be quite health-conscious (her Instagram feed is packed with photos of virtuous choices like avocado toast from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook and kombucha), Thomas did send an indulgent birthday wish via Instagram: “I hope you had a fabulous birthday & had a slice of cake for breakfast,” she wrote on a shot of herself with the actress.

—Lexi Dwyer

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Glen Glanh on

She needs to have someone steal her boyfriend and protest outside her house!!!

thekitchykitchen on

Hi Everyone, Claire the cook here. Lea doesn’t eat meat, but some of her friends do. The menu was chosen to accommodate everyone. Hope this clarifies! xo

Kara on

I thought she was a vegan?

Joe on

Lea has not been vegan since at least Dec of 2011. She switch it up between vegetarian and pescetarian

Kim on

Looks good. My bday is like a cupcake.

esi on

Why can’t I stand this woman?

DJ on

The menu looked and sounded delicious! Glad to see Ms. Michele looking happy and healthy.

glad I am not esi on

@esi maybe because you are a vile person and just likes to hate on things? Not sure what this nice catering lady did to you.