My 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!
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
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.
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.