Skip to main content

Made by Me Monday

Happy Monday!

I am am going to try and bring some organization to my blog post. So bear with me as I try to establish a pattern!

My father-in-law turned 70 this past weekend. A few months ago my mother-in-law asked my assistance in planning and executing a surprise party for him. My father-in-law lives to fish, so a fishing themed birthday party seemed more than appropriate.

We found some great accessories on sale at Wal Mart: serving bowls, platters, glasses, metal tubs, and tablecloths.The rest of the decorations were made by myself and mother-in-law.  Our color theme emerged as we found such great deals. Our color scheme was blue, turquoise, and lime green.

I got some fabric scraps in our colors and cut out a square design and made a pennant banner. My mother-in-law volunteered to sew the pieces together. We took 2 squares and sewed them together with wrong sides together. This way the front and back of the banner we both finished. The final step was using iron-on transfers to spell out H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y.


I also made a wreath out of tulle. I bought a wire floral wreath and tied slip knots of lime green and bright blue tulle to the frame. Next I took some balsa wood and painted it with Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint. I attached the balsa wood to the frame so that it could be seen in the center of the wreath frame. On the chalkboard painted balsa wood I wrote "Happy 70". I hung the pennant banner and the wreath on the food tent.

For table decorations I used my Cricut. The cartridge, "Boys Will Be Boys" has some cute fish and fishing accessories on it. I cut out fish as large as my Cricut would allow, which was 5 1/2 inches. Half the fish were blue with green trim and the other half were green with blue trim. I also cut out fishing poles. I adhered all the fish and fishing poles to blue and green drinking straws with glue dots. I put them in small juice glasses that were double lined. In between the two layers of the glass, little fishes swam around. All I needed was some type of weight to hold them down. The problem is the glasses were clear acrylic and anything I put in could be seen. At the last minute I remember buying some water beads at a craft fair a few years ago. I really had not used them and luckily for me, I had both blue and green beads. I hydrated them and used them in the glasses to provide weight to keep the glasses on the table and to hold the fish and fishing poles in place. {they made great things to throw at each other as the party progressed.}


We also decided to have a camp fire and roast s'mores. We took little plastic bags and stuffed them with a graham cracker, a marshmallow, and a Hershey's mini bar. I printed name badge labels that said "S'more Goodness, Bill's 70th Birthday.  I had also cut out little 1 inch green and blue fish and put them in the center. The Short Chic was so excited for her Papa's party she asked for a job. She designated herself the S'more passer-outer!



The last thing I made was drink labels. My mother-in-law said she wanted a way to keep track of everyone's drinks {we had 50 people invited to. the party} I used Martha Stewart's chalkboard paint and painted it on some Avery name labels. At the party, I stood at the drink station and served the guest their drinks and wrote their name on the label {it got a little crazy so I am super thankful that one of My Husband's cousins helped me juggle this task}.


The food was not made by me! My mother-in-law decided on some barbecue so The Husband got to prepare all of it! Well, honestly, my mother made the baked beans and coleslaw. I wish I could one day share my mother's baked bean recipe because it is divine but Momma is one of those cooks that never measures a thing. She just adds stuff until it taste the way she likes it!



 Keeping a secret from an adult is not always easy. Papa wanted to go out to eat with his brother, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and his wife the night of his party. Everyone had to tell little white fibs in keep the secret under wraps. My mother-in-law spent the afternoon leading my father-in-law from place to place in order to keep him away from home so we could decorate and set up for the party.  The weather is the one thing we did not count on! It has not rained here in weeks and was not forecasted to rain at all the day of his party. But wouldn't you know it, we woke up to massive grey clouds...and rain. It rained up till an hour before the party. Once it finally rained, the sun came out and gave us a perfect sunny afternoon. It just delayed our set up for the party!






I must tell you about the birthday gift we decided to give my father-in-law. We decided to collect 70 memories from people who knew my father-in-law. We sent out emails, letters, and hand delivered notes asking people to share a memory they had of my father-in-law and mail it back to us. We then collected them and presented them to him the night of his party. It made a great gift and provided for great discussion as he sat around remembering all the times people wrote about.




As big and strong as The Husband is, he is a sentimental fool. He loved reading those memories to his father. {He even got a little choked up by a few of them! But don't tell him that I told you!}

Happy Birthday Papa!

Comments

  1. Sounds like the surprise party was a success! Wouldn't you love to quit your state job and be a party planner?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Fantastic! And I might have to steal that gift idea!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Fabulous- as always!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow! That party looked great! You did such a wonderful job and I love the idea of gathering memories to share. It looks like a good reason to have missed that basebal game...

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a wonderful party you had for Papa. I am sure he LOVED it. You are SO good at it. Happy to hear you received 70 memories.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Weekend Project: A PVC Camping Lamp Post and Flag Holder

I have seen a few of these around campsites and I knew I would like to have one. The only problem that I had is The Husband.

He already thinks we drag too much stuff with us when we go camping and if I had told him my desire to have a PVC Camping Light Pole he would have shut it down quickly!

So, that leaves a girl with only one choice: Figure out how to do it by herself.

I did some internet searching and found a few road maps on RV forums. They seemed easy enough!

I visited the local hardware store for the supplies:

An exterior post lantern light2 inch PVC pipe (I used 5 feet but had to purchase a 10 foot piece)A 3 inch toilet flangeA 3 inch to 2 inch ReducerPVC GlueA 12 foot electric cord kit2 - 3/4 inch PVC Caps I also used a few supplies we already had on hand:







White Spray Paint






3 1/2 foot - 3/4 inch PVC PipeDrill Bits (1 inch and 1/2 inch)Tent Stakes

The first step was preparing the lantern light. I could only find black in the store and I knew I wanted all white. I covered the gla…

Camping Activity: Wood Chip Necklaces

My worry in taking a wide range of kids camping is that the younger kids would be happy just playing together but the older ones, the one's in that awkward pre-teen/teen age, would think everything was so uncool they would just sit around and mope. So I designed a few activities that would hopefully get them up, participating, and moving.

 I came home from work a few weeks before the Family Camp-out and found my neighbors had trimmed their tree limbs and piled the mess in my yard. I refrained from getting angry. Over a nice dinner, I asked The Husband to help me with a little project.

He looked at me in disgust. I was pulling him away from ESPN to help with an unnecessary camping craft.


 I admit I did some begging. In the end, The Husband borrowed his father's chainsaw and decided to help me cut medallions out of a limb.  His mood started changing, quickly.{I then begged him to let me try my hand at the chainsaw, but he would not let budge on that one. I had to settle for hol…

Hand Made Gifts: Tutu Ornaments

My  Short Chic is turning into a little dancer. To thank the dance teachers for their help, we decided to make them a little gift for Christmas. A tutu ornament.

Supplies needed:

Tulle. I selected black, white and hot pink. The pink and white both have glitter {I have been walking around for the past four days with glitter all over me!}. Glass Ornaments that coordinate with your tulle. Some kind of string {I used stretch magic}. And some super glue.

Step 1: Cut  the tulle. 


I learned, from trial and error, that my cell phone was roughly the right size. So, I used it as a template for cutting the tulle.  
Step 2: Tie the tulle to the string.

Using a simple slip knot, tie the tulle onto the string {or Stretch Magic}. I think I used about 40 loops per ornament.
Step 3:  Adhere it to the Ornament.
I do not have a photo of this step. But simply, you take some super glue and glue the tutu ring to the ornament. 
FINISHED!  Once the glue is dried, you are finished. {Well except the wrapping!} I …