It’s done. My sweetie turned 50 years old a few days ago. He certainly doesn’t look, or act, middle age 🙂
It’s another major party event. While it has been in the back of my mind for several months, I finally settled on a theme. His birthday is St. Patricks day, but he doesn’t need another green-themed 4-leaf clover party. Also, the old “over the hill” & other “black” themed parties are too obvious and just don’t suit him.
The Theme: Super Hero
I’m going super hero. After all, he collects vintage comics (did I mention he doesn’t act his age). A party with a theme is just so much easier to put together, I believe. Otherwise, I get too scattered. Super hero is easy, lots of primary colors.
The Invitations: Comic Book
I believe in physical, hand-crafted invitations. I found that if I take some time and creative inspiration in the invites, the guests will come. I probably get more comments on my invites than the parties themselves. The invites for this party were easy once I had the super hero theme, a comic book cover and story strip. I just finished them…
I took photos of him and “painted” on the super hero costume (painted via a paint app on my iPad). Although those of you who are great scrapbookers could do the same. The address is across the top (blocked out) and the date & time is where the comic book price is on vintage Marvel covers. Now just 75 or so color photo copies on regular card stock (cost around $25 total) and at least one thing will be ready for the party! FYI: “Captain Canada” is his hockey playing nickname.
[The next sections written after the party]
With out of town guests, I kept the food simple to minimize the amount of cooking and food prep. A large cutting board with different cheeses, a plate of smoked salmon –I purchased salmon trimmings at half-price to cut down this cost, and used the more expensive whole pieces on top. Breads, humus, crackers, fruit completed the menu. A hollowed out pineapple held blueberries, large strawberries always look delicious.
And the cake–I had fun coloring a cartoon and had the cake shop do a photo cake of it:
For drinks-Jello shots are always fun (and contain very little alcohol), a coffee punch to keep all of us old people awake, sodas, beer, a basic bar.
Coffee punch recipe:
1/2 gallon ice cream (vanilla or chocolate, or a little of both)
1 can evaporated milk
1 pot (10-12 cups) strong coffee
Mix all ingredients until melted. Re-freeze in plastic containers or freezer bags. Serve “Slushy”–with sprinkled cinnamon and/or shaved chocolate. It is delicious!
Red & White to go with the Captain Canada theme.
Glow Sticks inside balloons to decorate the front yard (and identify our house) was a nice and easy touch.
The extra glow sticks served as a party favor and all of us “older adults” had fun with them. Don’t overlook simple “kids stuff” as possibilities for adult parties.
The best was a photo collage of photos throughout his life that spelled out “50.”
About 70 guests, lots of singing (we have a simple karaoke machine), lots of fun.
Puts lots of trash bins around to make it easier for guests to dispose of disposables. I use re-useable plastic plates & silverware and have those bins marked for dirty dishes. It makes clean-up a snap. Invest in an inexpensive karaoke machine. Have the food and drink spread out throughout different rooms for little “mini” parties to develop and keep the flow going.