Here's How Martha Stewart Celebrated Her 80th Birthday

Of course, Martha Stewart would celebrate her birthday with a gorgeous meringue-frosted cake decked with fresh sunflowers. The queen of all things beautiful posted a photo of the luscious confection to her Instagram page with the caption, "Yummy birthday cake! Yellow sponge layers filled with orange curd and lemon curd with meringue frosting lightly browned. Utterly delicious!!" along with a shoutout to its creator, Chef Pierre at PS Tailored Events.

Stewart, who turned 80 on August 3, also shared details of her pre-birthday family celebration at Skylands, her sprawling summer residence on Mount Desert Island in Maine (via Architectural Digest), where celebrants popped the cork on a bottle of Dom Perignon. She posted: "PRE birthday dinner at Skylands for close family and skylands staff started with [a] magnum of @domperignonofficial rose on terrace." What was on the menu? Two different paellas, according to another Instagram post showcasing the spread: "@pstailoredevents chef Pierre, sous chef Moises, me, and chef in training Federico, behind the two massive paellas on left meat and vegetable, on right seafood. Table covered in waxed butcher paper. A perfect night for a perfect 'Backyard paella Party!!!!!'"

How Martha Stewart lives the good life

Offering birthday felicitations, the official Martha Stewart Instagram page shared a series of throwback pics to celebrate. "Happy birthday to our founder, @marthstewart48, who has taught us that it's never too late to learn the Good Things in life," the account wrote.

The good things in life have been good to Martha Stewart. Her advice for living well? "Just eat well, exercise well, garden, climb mountains," she shared. "I climbed Kilimanjaro. For goodness sake, I went up into the Himalayas. You have to do that kind of stuff. That's the kind of stuff that keeps one vibrant and young and it's important," (via ET Online). The former model was in her 50s when she pivoted to begin building her brand. Three decades later, her name is ubiquitous with the elegant lifestyle she touts via bestselling books, television programs, publishing, and merchandising. What's left on her to-do list? A hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.