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Anyone that knows me well, knows that I have a saint for a husband. He is simply the best, always puts me first, and generally puts up with my craziness and hair-brained DIY ideas.  Well, he turned the big 5-0 last fall so I knew I wanted to throw him a surprise party.  I, of course, went crazy searching for ideas on Pinterest and dedicated an entire board to party ideas.  My budget was limited, but I wanted everything to be great for him to remind him just how much I truly appreciate all he does.

Finding a location on a budget was no easy task.  There just aren’t very many places around here that had a room I could use that wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg.  Luckily, one of our favorite pizza places, Marion’s Piazza,  had a room and it was only $100 and the entire cost of the room was applied to the food and beverages we bought so it was really free!!!  Now that was my kind of deal!!  I plopped down my deposit, took some pics of the room, and got started planning.

I tend to be sort of a girly girl and I certainly didn’t want his party to feel all girly so I started by picking a masculine color palette of black and tan.  I figured with that as the foundation I couldn’t get too girly with it.  Here are some of my Pinsperations for the decorations…..

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Here are how my versions of these ideas turned out.

The Cakery, a local bakery made the cake based on the picture I gave them from above with my color choices.  The almond flavored cake not only looked amazing, but it was so delicious!!!  They totally knocked it out of the park….. I could not have been happier with how it turned out and I will use them for all of my cakes from now on.

10675542_10202751382458364_4990186879897763974_nThe centerpieces for each of the tables were super easy to make.  First I used a burlap table runner down the center of each table from Hobby Lobby.  Then I added some burlap ribbon that I gathered with black deco mesh that I just tied about every 18 inches or so with a pipe cleaner.  Then I added mason jars (of course) filled with coffee beans and electric tea lights.  I tied a brown tag that said “Happy 50th” on each jar with twine.  I made the little pumpkins with scrapbook paper and more pipe cleaners and added some black sparkly pumpkins that I found in the Dollar Section at Target.

Then I added a variety of black frames that I bought at the dollar store that had lots if different sayings about turning 50 and getting older and .   I printed the sayings in the frames on scrapbook paper as well to add a little more interest and variety.

At the food tables I added a happy birthday banner that I made with more scrapbook paper.  I used the Ellison machine thingy at school to cut out the letters and added white hole reinforcements simply because I liked the way they looked.  I made 3 of the topiary trees and spread those out across the food tables as well and added a few more of the frames with the sayings about getting old and then another with a list of what things cost the year he was born and what the big movies and songs were that year.  For the big “50” I projected it onto my board at school, traced it, cut it out, and covered it with black glitter.  Because I was not permitted to attach anything to the walls at the restaurant I then mounted it on foam core board so I could just lean it against the wall on top of the table.  The basket on the end of the table was full of little burlap bags of Hershey Kisses with a sign that said “Thanks for Celebrating with us as Jim Kisses His 40’s Good-Bye.”


The frame with the pictures came from Hobby Lobby when it was half-off of course and I just used my staple gun to attach the twine to the back of the frame and then I used small clothes pins to attach the pics of him from his childhood.  Now it is hanging above my desk in my office at home.

The party was a couple of weeks after his actual birthday.  I took him to our favorite place for birthday dinners on his actual birthday and gave him the book of 50 Reasons Why I Love Him.  I think he was happy with that and had chalked it up as a quiet transition into his 50’s……silly man!!!

I think that pretty much sums it up.  Overall it was a fun night with friends and family and it was a Total Surprise for The Hubs…..WINNING!!!!!  Here’s to the next 50 years!!!


Have a Great One All!

Patty  🙂


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