Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday!

My FIL turned 60!  My MIL wanted to throw him a surprise party but the frequently asked question arose, where?  Oh yes, that would be me with my hand in the air.  Thankfully my husband quickly agreed that the party should be at our house.  We had such a great night celebrating my FIL with family and friends.  This party was the motivation behind our Living Room Project and inspired several little projects along the way, which you will see below!

We ordered food from Oregano's, one of our favorite restaurants!

Dessert was an array of my FIL (and MIL's, because, who are we kidding?) favorite desserts.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait and a Lemon Berry Cheesecake Parfait along with my coconut cupcakes.

We wanted the desserts displayed at different levels  so we put chargers on top of cake plates.  You can see in the pictures that we put chargers on top of an upside down charger to help with the effect we were aiming for.

The chocolate peanut butter parfaits were the hit of the party!  SO SO SO good!

Since my FIL was born in 1954, my MIL found all sorts of events associated with that year and I designed a chalkboard poster to display.  This is a 16x20 that we had printed at Wal-Mart and she mounted onto canvas.  Wal-Mart does an awesome job at mounting photos, which we learned later when I made my Christmas Subway and Chalkboard Art.  But for these, my MIL did them herself the same way I did them in my son's Vintage Farm Nursery.  They looked great!

Have you heard of Wordle? It's a fun website that lets you create word collages.  We attempted to use the website but we couldn't download it and save it to print in this large of a format so we made it ourselves.  Wal-Mart photo lab to the rescue. 

I used the same fonts from the 1954 print to make drink and food labels.  It's all in the details!

On the tree in our living room, we hung black and white photos of him as a child.  I made these adorable Light Bulb Vases to hang on the tree too.   I love the pops of yellow against the gray wall.  It turned out so cute, don't you think?

What a great reason to express our creative side!  Happy Birthday Papa!  We are so blessed by you!