updated 01/09/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/09/2012 AT 10:15 AM ET
Betty White is getting the best of both worlds when it comes to celebrating her 90th birthday – a giant party with all her friends and a nice quiet afternoon at home.
The first part of the festivities happened Sunday in Los Angeles, where NBC taped a TV special, Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl, at which friends and colleagues feted White.
But come Jan. 17, her actual birthday, White – a renowned animal lover – plans to kick back with one special friend in particular.