Friday, April 29, 2016

50th Birthday Celebration!

Hello my friends!
I have been so enjoying the beautiful spring weather here in Iowa, but it seems this week has brought a little more of what I would call Winter.

 44 degrees is pretty cold where I come from.
 I should not complain though, at least there is no snow!

I have a difficult time deciding what to wear.
One minute I am putting winter clothes in storage bins and getting out dresses and sandals.
Oops, wait a minute, it's cold again.
Better go get those boots and leggings.

It is a whole lot of back and forth to the basement.
Oh well, it's good exercise, right?

I am so thankful we had nice warm weather
for my darlings 50th Birthday Celebration.....
the high for the day was 76!!
It cooled down later and we had to get our sweaters out but
I am good with that :)

You might remember me sharing some of the things
being made and boxes of secret items.
I made the invitations and quickly mailed them out only
to realize I did not take any pictures of the finished cards...:(

I had been trying to decide on a theme...something other than just putting the number 50 all over everything and calling it good.
This is a milestone birthday and I wanted to make it very special
for my about Vintage Masculine!
I just made that up :)

His favorite place to be is in the garage.
Luckily my darling is VERY neat and organized and we can always park both our vehicles easily in this 2 car garage.
Remember those gumballs?
I filled the gumball machine for him. He has a weakness for those things and finds it hard to pass them up when leaving the store.
Yes, I know, all that sugar is bad for the teeth so I only fill it for holidays or special occasions. 
I found these balloons online and that is what started this
"vintage" theme.
The cupcake stand turned out really well. I made it with scrap wood pieces, wrapping paper and hot glue to hold it together.
It is displaying coconut and chocolate cupcakes with mustache toothpicks.
I priced cupcake stands but they were all round and not very masculine. So, I discreetly shopped the garage as it was being cleaned and set up to make room for guests and that's where I gathered the scrap wood.
After a good cleaning they were wrapped, sorta like you would wrap a gift.

Hot glue was applied very generously to hold the pieces together and very, very carefully it was transferred to the table where the cupcakes were added.

 After the party just unwrap and store the wood pieces for another project or maybe another cupcake stand.
Lemonade and tea were served in vintage style dispensers.
I purchased the one on the right from Bed Bath & Beyond several years ago. The one on the left I just happened to see at Wal-Mart. It was just under $5.00
 My darlings brother and sister both live out of state and could not make it here this time around. So...the 3 of us secretly communicated and planned a surprise of old family photos that would be sent along with some written fun memories.

Much to my surprise, those 2 did way more than that!!
They sent the pictures in to a photographer and had a hardback book made.

To make it even more special they also had a VHS of a family reunion approximately 20 years ago converted to DVD.
Included was some video of my darlings father before he passed away.
The surprised look and smile on his face was definitely a gift to me :)
Brother and sister will be receiving pictures of their little brother and his happy face as well.

As for my BIG gift to him?...
Those pallets I showed y'all awhile back?...the ones that were to be a part of his birthday gift? 
Well....that did not happen. Those things are put together very well!
I was able to get one taken apart on my own, and that's as far as it went.

The wall hanging is still my plan but it will require some time and assistance.

I will admit defeat in round #1...
round #2 this gal will be better prepared.

We got a quick photo of the last few of us before we wrapped things up for the day.
Yikes!! I guess too quick. Sorry about the door pull blocking Ted's face.... he was and always is our comedian so it's fitting :)

Thanks for visiting today and have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Karen, Wishing your husband a happy birthday. He's just a baby...loved his shirt and all the special gifts. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

    1. Thanks Susie, it was so much fun putting it together for him :)

  2. What a wonderful celebration and great decorations, Karen! Happy 50th to your hubby!

  3. How fun! I love the theme! I might have to copy this next year for my hubby's 50th! I love it! Everything looks so nice. I love the cupcake stand...great idea. And, best thing is you don't have to find a place to store it. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs, Vicky

    1. Thanks Vicky, you can find the balloons and matching accessories at Being my thrifty self I ordered a few things and added the rest from Dollar Tree to match. I saved a bunch of money and was still very satisfied with the look! Happy Friday :)

  4. I love your party theme!! Super cute ideas!

    1. Thanks Debbie, the balloons and plates were a good starting point when coming up with the theme :)

  5. Awesome party...great theme! Happy birthday!!!

  6. What an incredible party, Karen! You did a wonderful job decorating and may I just say Happy belated Birthday to your husband.

    Hugs to you!

    1. Thank you Stephanie, it was a lot of fun getting everything and everyone together without him knowing it :)

  7. What a great party for your hubby. Love the theme. Party City is wonderful with their wares and you cannot beat the dollar store. How fun!

    1. Thank you Linda, my 14 year old helper and I made several trips to purchase everything but the savings was worth it! Enjoy your Sunday :)

  8. Very cute! Happy Birthday to Vintage Dude!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jenna! It's very nice to meet you :)

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  10. What a wonderful 50th party for your hubby, Karen! You did a great job and that tiered cupcake stand was so clever, using wood scraps!! I know everyone had a great time!

    1. Thanks Kitty, It turned out better than I expected. We all had a great time. Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments :)

  11. You knocked the decor out of the park!

    Happy belated birthday to your hubby!

    1. Thank you Doreen, my hubby seemed very happy with it. Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  12. What a great surprise party for your the cupcake stand!

    1. Thanks Kelly, I need to do a post on it next time! Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  13. OH it turned out great. I'm so glad your hard work paid off.

  14. OH it turned out great. I'm so glad your hard work paid off.

  15. Oh Karen, this party made me smile! Love it and I love everything about it. The look on your man's face is priceless with the special gift you gave to him. My man's 2nd love is his BARN and he too keeps everything nice and tidy! Happy belated birthday to your man! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. LOL!! These men have to have some place to call their own. Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit :)

  16. Great idea making your own cupcake holder...that way, you get exactly what you want!

    1. Thank you Marigene, I had fun creating it! Thanks so much for visiting today :)

  17. Have a wonderful day, get many find out more
    nice presents and have a lot of fun!! Happy Birthday!

  18. All of this stuff is so nice. A belated happy birthday to your husband! My hubby is in Army and this is why on his upcoming birthday I am going to host a camo themed party which he would definitely enjoy. I am planning to keep this as a surprise so willing to book one of the rental party Venues in NYC.


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