Mariah and Nick Pop Champagne for Her Lavish Birthday Party in Barbados

We knew Mariah Carey would toast her 40th birthday with an over-the-top bash in a faraway place, and she didn't disappoint us. Mimi celebrated her cumpleaños with a private, beachfront dinner at Wispers on the Bay restaurant in Barbados complete with a mouth-watering menu, bottles of Dom Perignon, hundreds of pink balloons and a live band, reports the new issue of People. The singer was joined by a small group of close friends and, of course, her doting hubby, Nick Cannon, who did all the party planning with the goal of giving his wife the gift of "the most romantic and beautiful vacation possible," a source tells the magazine. "Because she's been working extremely hard for the past few months
recording new music for the album, it was important to Nick that the
trip be a very relaxing one, where Mariah and her friends could truly
enjoy themselves."

For her special birthday meal, Mariah dined on salmon with cranberry, sautéed asparagus and vodka white wine butter sauce and lemon scented herbal rice before topping things off with her favorite dessert: yellow cake with chocolate frosting, flown in from New York, of course!

But that's not all. Cannon himself dished to Us Weekly that he gave Carey an 8-week-old Jack Russell Terrier named Cha Cha for her special day (not a bald eagle, as he'd previously joked). "She's the most incredible woman," said the 28-year-old. Being in a strong union and being
there for each other is something that I'd never really experienced
before, so to experience it with my wife is remarkable. We're together
as one, and that's important to me."

After their dinner, the happily betrothed couple got cozy on the beach together, a waiter from Wispers told People. "We watched them stroll down to the beach for a romatnic walk. They were very playful and affection the entire time."

Hmm...this lovefest is starting to sound as over-the-top as the birthday party. Maybe they're just feeling extra-enamored because their 1-year anniversary is approaching...or, could babies be in this couple's future? Whatever the case, we're starting to wholeheartedly believe that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are a match made in heaven. What about you?