Happy New Year!
Things around here have been going at a frenetic pace…not a unique feeling being the holidays and all…but on Saturday I managed to throw my husband a 21st, I mean a 40th birthday party.
Having his birthday the week before Christmas has been a complaint of his since, well, since the day he was born. So I decided that for once we would celebrate his birthday when I was so sick of christmas I couldn’t even possibly wrap his presents in santa paper.
But here is the fault in my plan. Not only was I sick of Christmas, I was sick of entertaining, and tired, and slightly lazy.
So enter the birthday party planned by pinterest.
Thank you pinterest. Without you I wouldn’t have an original thought of my own.
So here is what I did:
A photo wall. Made from brown craft paper, a spray painted wooden frame from michael’s, and some props from the party store. This has been the #yearofthehashtag for us, so I also put some sharpies out so that people could add their own hashtag for the birthday boy. Luckily this didn’t deteriorate like the guest book at my wedding did. I hope Hugh Janus had a good time. My inspiration was from here.
Then there was this:
While I couldn’t find the picture of him dressed up like a cheerleader, I did manage to find plenty other pictures of the birthday boy and then I glued them onto cardboard cut out in the shape of the number 40. Inspiration from here.
Then there was the candy bar:
I had to go to WalMart for the first time in YEARS…but so worth it. Cheap candy, colorful, and bags from the party store. And I made the tags myself…what??? You read that right. I stumbled upon this blog that showed me how to do it. So take some stock paper, a 2.5″ circle cut out, and a deep breath and you can make all the tags you want. Here was my original inspiration for the candy bar.
And then there was the cake. I take NO responsibility for this except that I told my awesome cake baker, The Rising Flour, what I had in mind, and she gave me this: (forgive the young waitstaff for not taking it out of the box when they served it!)
And finally…the gift that keep on giving…the party favors. I knew this was the perfect treat for after the party when I watched my friend inhale six of them at my kitchen table at 2am. Donuts…good stuff.
All in all, a girl with no creativity whatsoever, pulled off an easy party with just a little bit of help from her internet “friends.” I promise- if I can do it, you can do it. But don’t start by googling “adult birthday ideas” like I did. You will end up wasting lots of time googling how to clear your browser history. Just sayin’.