Dad’s Surprise Party!

We threw a moustache birthday party for my dad as a surprise for his 60th birthday.  For ten months, my sister and I have been planning and organizing a surprise party for my dad.  He is the type of person who gives willingly and freely, never expecting anything in return.  We wanted to show him how appreciative we are and how much we love him!  I came across this 60th birthday party idea at Under the Sycamore.  A moustache party!!  As long as I can remember, my dad has sported a stache.  In fact, the only pictures I have seen of him without one were all prior to 1970.

Planning:

At first, we were going to throw it at his favorite restaurant but that was going to cost quite a bit of money.  Then I saw that the St. Louis Home and Garden show was exactly one month PRIOR to his birthday.  It would be the perfect excuse to get him out of the house and to completely throw him off!  Jennifer was in, then we just had to do the planning.

Over Christmas, my friends’ photography company (Glory Photography) took some amazing pictures of my son and my niece! {If you live in the St. Louis/Columbia area – check them out!  Their work is incredible!}  My sister created this adorable invitation for the party!  {My phone number and my dad’s address are blocked out for obvious reasons!}

Execution:

The day of the party, my Uncle Mike was able to distract him at the home show for eight hours!  We had all of the guests arrive and park at Uncle Mike’s house.  We had over fifty people show up!  That’s a pretty big turn out!

Jennifer is a graphic design genius and was able to replicate the poster.  Then she made water and wine bottle labels with the same design.

Have you seen the instant film guest books for weddings?  Well, we created our own and it was a huge hit!  {Stay tuned later this week for more details on that…}

The cake was from McArthur’s Bakery (a local bakery in the St. Louis area).  It was delish!  The top layer was chocolate and the bottom layer was vanilla.  I am still feasting on some vanilla leftovers!

And we used an idea from Pinterest to create a “60″ out of all black and white photos of my dad!  That was where my fabric bunting came in handy!
We had an AH-MAZ-ING turnout!  Over fifty family and friends were able to attend!  I think that is what touched my dad the most!  I am so glad we were able to do this for him because he definitely deserves a little recognition!
My husband and Reed with my niece, Tennley
My sister, Jennifer and Tennley
He refused to put it under his nose!
My sister and I with the man of the hour, George!!
Stay tuned for these exciting tutorials and how tos later this week!
*  Shoot & Scrap Station  *
*  Shoebox Sign  *
*  Free Typestache Printable  *

 

Comments

  1. This is adorable, Jill! Ya’ll did such a good job! I bet he was so surprised :) I’d want a mustache party just for myself :D

  2. Happy Birthday to your dad! I bet he was thrilled to see all the preparations you’ve secretly made! It seems like you has such a great time!

  3. Great party and cake. Please come share on friday this mustache love at the weekly Bacon Time weekly linky. Looks like your dad had a great time.

  4. How fun! I love the idea of a mustache theme party…too cute:D

    Maysem @ odetoinspiration.wordpress.com

  5. That moustache cake is so dang cute!! I love love love this!! Thanks, Jill! So glad you shared at oopsey daisy!

  6. What a great idea and a beautiful tribute!
    Amy @ http://yellowhouseon3rd.blogspot.com/

  7. Looks like it was a great party!! I love all the detail that went into it. i am really looking forward the the tutorials. I will have to check back. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  8. That’s SO fun! I bet he loved the whole thing! What a neat party theme…I’ll have to keep that in mind for my dad’s retirement…thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!!

  9. Looks like a great party. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

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