Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday Freebie. 40th Surprise Birthday party!

I hope your week has been a great one so far! I always struggle a bit at the beginning of a new week. The transition from the weekend to a brand new week is always a bit challenging for my family.  Today we are off to a good start though! :)

Surprise party for my 40 old hubby!

When my husband turned the age of 40 a few weeks ago he was NOT happy about it. He was actually a bit depressed!
I decided that I wanted to lift his spirits a bit by throwing him a surprise party! You have to know my husband. He does not like being the center of attention at all! So, I decided to keep it to just close friends and family.

I scheduled a room at our near by church. After all, my husband has a rather large family and couldn't fit everyone in my home.

Having the party at the church ended up being a wonderful idea! We ended up having about 30 guests.

Since my husband was already having a difficult time with his new age I wanted to make the party light and happy.

Being the sentimental person that I am, I made all of the decorations. This made it very personal and inexpensive too!
I made a 12 x12 birthday card for the guests to sign so I could file away with all of the rest of my scrapbook pages.

My favorite part about the party was reading the funny and nice things our friends and family had to say about my husband. (As the guest arrived, I had them write on a piece of paper something about my husband. And it could be ANYTHING!) It was really fun and touching.

I made everything digitally and with Heritage Collector Storybook and Designs by Krista's "Revive" kit.

The invitation

Fun photo Pin Wheel center pieces

These center pieces were very easy to make and VERY inexpensive!
I just used a mason jar. Filled it with three different kind of beans,
and tied a raffia bow around the top. The placed the photo pin wheel
and another smaller solid pin wheel . This cost about $8.00 to make
6 center pieces!

Close  up of photo pin wheel

I created a 12 x12 page on photo paper and had the guests
sign as they came in.

Photo Birthday banner.

Another close up of part of the center pieces.

The party seemed to be a huge success! My husband was completely surprised and had a great time! Even though he was put on the spot, he had a wonderful time talking with family and friends.

Tuesday Freebie!

Designs by Krista is participating in another blog train full of adorable freebies.

Thanks for stopping by today! Come back again really soon! -Kathleen


  1. fun..fun!!great job on all the decorations for the

  2. what a great party set up - love all your personalized decorations