My dad turned the BIG 6-0 in early January, so we threw him a surprise birthday party! I believe the final headcount came to 75 . . . impressive that my dad has so many friends after ALL of these years! ;-)
This article in Martha Stewart magazine from January 2011 provided inspiration for the photo-themed party. In place of Martha's yellow, I used red as my accent color to the black, white and grey color scheme to tie in NIU Huskies colors (my dad is an alumnus and a huge NIU sports fan).
I asked guests to send old photos of my dad for a slideshow, and arranged black and white copies of some of these photos to create a "60" sign.
I found these amazing beer mugs at Dollar Tree and used photo corners to affix a photo to each glass. Leftover pictures from the party invitations and silver-wrapped mints served as confetti. Easy and affordable table centerpieces!
Noise makers were ready for the SURPRISE! in coordinating cardboard six-pack carriers.
Guests were asked to leave a message for the birthday boy. Love the look of silver Sharpie on black paper!
Mini cupcakes from Swirlz - YUM!
Lots of beer was consumed at the party, so the koozie favors were used from the get-go! Shout-out to CustomInk -- I was impressed with their superior customer service!
Happy Birthday, Dad!!! XO