Friday, April 20, 2012

40th Birthday Party!

Well, after a couple months of sickness around our house, I've finally gathered together photos of my husband's SURPRISE 40th Birthday Party!

decorating the hall . . . 
{clockwise from top left} I made this fabric banner from photos of my husband's growing-up years; with some help from friends, we hung 28 chinese paper lanterns {it gave the place such a cozy feel}; I printed up a "what happened in 1972" trivia sheet for every place setting; centerpieces were decoupaged mason jars with battery-operated flicker candles, and a family photo of years-gone-by, and scalloped "40" confetti

I think he was CERTAINLY surprised!

With old-fashioned games like a penny drop, ball toss, and paper airplane-making, and food: a variety of soups, breads, and cookies, brownies and cupcakes, I think everyone had a great time!

The hall filled right up! We even had to set up a couple more tables! What GREAT friends and family!

I LOVED organizing this Hot Cocoa Bar! Steamy hot cocoa with flavorings, whipped cream, shaved chocolate and homemade marshmallows. The kids swarmed around it all evening!

{our 9-year-old snitching goodies while we started cleaning up}

We handed out tags to everyone asking them to share a few words of wisdom or well-wishes. The tree was FULL by the end of the evening!

While I specified no gifts were to be given, my husband received this homemade cheesecake from a dear friend who wins several blue ribbons every year at the fair for her baked pies and goodies! Needless to say, my husband was DELIGHTED!

Our youngest son, niece, and friends help take down the paper lanterns

John and I after a long and wonderful evening!

A special thanks to my WONDERFUL mother-in-law who came down to help set everything up, and brought the table linens! To three wonderful friends who helped string up the chinese lanterns! And to all our family and friends who came to celebrate my husband's birthday and make it a memorable day!

Sweetly, Kate


  1. It looked gorgeous Katie! & so much fun :)

  2. Looks like a good time was had by all! What fun!

  3. Love all your decorating ideas Kate. The banners were darling. You gave your hubby a wonderful memory for his heart and mind :)

  4. WOW!!! what a wonderful time everyone had! the decorations are amazing and everyone looks so so happy!!!! this is one that will remember for eternity for sure! hugs...