Elizabeth Taylor Throws 77th Birthday Dinner!

Recent health complications could not stop Dame Elizabeth Taylor from celebrating her 77th birthday with an intimate dinner party at her Bel Air home on Friday, a party-goer confirms to Celebuzz exclusively.

“We all felt so lucky to be there and to have another birthday with Elizabeth Taylor,” the diner says. “We’ve had 77.”

A small group of friends and family (“it was like 20-25 people tops”) gathered in Taylor’s Bel Air living room for the intimate affair. The entrance of her home was laid out with a royal purple carpet and festive birthday balloons.

“It was Elizabeth, her family and her closest friends,” says the diner. “Very plain and simple. She’s like that lately. Her lifestyle is all about good friends and family.”

“She came down and hung out with everyone,” says the diner. “She looked really happy. She will always love being social.”

“We all had a small dinner, great dessert and listened to great music.”

While cancer survivor Taylor was not in full-party mode − the party broke up by 8 p.m. — the guest described Taylor as “sharp as a tack, as always.”

“There was a feeling of great appreciation of the day,” says the source. “But we’re looking forward to many more.”

Taylor was last seen publicly at the Abbey in West Hollywood in December. The gay bar is one of her favorite haunts and features a VIP section named in her honor with one of Taylor’s donated portraits. During the December foray, she held court with friends from a wheel chair while wearing a cowboy hat and boots.