60’s a Beach!

10413770_260749857446312_910801422_nMy mom turned 60 in June, and you would never know it!  We threw her a surprise birthday party on Father’s Day (sorry Chad & Dad), but it was the best way to throw her off.  She thought we were going to dinner to celebrate the dad’s, but little did she know her nearest and dearest friends were waiting for her.  While I’m big on DIY projects, especially for parties and events, I didn’t have much time to get all the details pulled together, especially since my typical partner in crime is my mom!

With sites such as Etsy and Zazzle, I was able to pull together a lot of cute ideas.  Enjoy!


Short & Sweet Surprise Party

My mom prefers intimate settings, so we kept the party small with 20 of her closest friends.  It was held at an Italian restaurant near her home in a reserved section of the venue.  A pre-picked family style meal was a perfect fit for the amount of guests. There were no decorations, being that it was a small party, just a few balloons and a table with various goodies.


  • Thank you for making the day so sweet, please take a bag with Marcie’s favorite beach treats:
    Frame – already owned, quote created and printed from Microsoft Word
    Chevron favor bags – Etsy
    Favor bag stickers – Zazzle
    Favor bag including beach themed treats – James Salt Water Taffy, Wockenfuss Carmallows, Fralingers Molasses Pops)
  • Invitation – Shutterfly
  • Leave a mad lib note so Marcie knows you were here, after all she is 60, her memory might disappear – Mad Lib guest cards via Etsy



Created via Shutterfly

60th Invitation Front

60th Invitation Back



What better way to enter your surprise party than looking at your own face!  Thanks to http://www.buildahead.com, I was able to print life-size heads of my mom from over the years.  A few embarrassing photos were a must.

party arrival



Mad Libs

I wanted some type of guest book for my mom to capture who attended, but I didn’t want anything traditional.  I found Mad Lib guest cards on Etsy, which turned out to be a huge success.  They provided tons of laughter.





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