Jennifer Garner in great spirits as she celebrates her birthday with close friends

By: Hayley Bradbrook

Jennifer Garner’s Easter weekend was extra celebratory thanks to some pre-birthday festivities at Little Beach House in Malibu on Sunday (Apr. 16).

The actress, who turned 45 on Apr. 17, was feted by close friends like Reese Witherspoon, as well as her manager and publicist.

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Jennifer Garner had some pre-birthday festivities with close friends in Malibu

The mother-of-three appeared to have a wonderful time at the event as she mixed and mingled with guests. "She had the best evening….Jen was in a great mood, smiling and chatting with everyone,” an insider told E! News.

The Mother’s Day star was delighted to spend her birthday eve with her nearest and dearest and delivered an impromptu speech, in which she thanked her friends for making time in their busy schedules to attend the soiree. “She gave a little speech and thanked everyone for coming,” the source told the publication.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERY Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were spotted attending a Easter church service after the two filed for divorce a week earlier.

The timing of the get-together couldn’t have been better, especially after news of her divorce from Ben Affleck made headlines around the world on Apr. 14. The former couple finally filed papers to dissolve their marriage more than two years after announcing their separation. And while many Hollywood breakups lead to fractured relationships, Ben and Jennifer’s friendship appears to be unbreakable. The duo’s dedication to put their three children first was on full display over the weekend when they attended an Easter Sunday church service as a family.

Ben and Jennifer announced their split in June 2015 after ten years of marriage. Confirming the news in a statement, they said: "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."

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