Planning a 50th Birthday Party
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Last Monday I shared with you how being married to my husband has helped unlock a measure of experiencing God’s love for me. (If you didn’t get a chance to read it, take a minute and you can read it here.) Well, when you begin to experience God’s love, your own heart opens to brand new levels and you look for ways to be a blessing.
Throughout the years my husband and I have been married I have heard him share several times that he didn’t have birthday parties growing up. The family celebrated with each other, but just not by having parties. I filed that information away for a special occasion and what do you know, but such an occasion presented itself. My husband turned 50 in October of this year and I got a chance to share some of God’s goodness. Men can be a challenge to bless sometimes, so I was thrilled to get this opportunity.
Finding a Venue
I wanted my husband to be involved in the planning of the event so he and I went and looked at several venues to find the one that would fit our budget and also accommodate our plan. We wanted about 50 people to eat dinner with us along with having a DJ for dancing afterward. After searching the area we decided to go with The Holiday Inn Express in Monroe. We set our reservation and sent out evite invitations about two months ahead of schedule, with a reminder two weeks before the party. The employees at Holiday Inn Express were very kind and helpful and gave us whatever support we needed. Anytime we called with a question, they were quick to respond. And yes, they even allowed a DJ. 🙂
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
Originally we had planned to have some type of Mexican Fiesta/taco bar. (Feel free to follow me on Pinterest and check out all the pins for 50th B’day Idea board if you are interested in planning something like this.) As we looked at all the time and effort it would take to plan this, we both decided to look into having the event catered. It was the best decision ever. We ended up going with “Tastes Like Favor” and we were so glad that we did. We ordered fried chicken and baked chicken, along with green beans, salad, macaroni and cheese, and rolls. Yum! Yum! The food was scrumptious and everyone loved it. Nakia, the owner, was very courteous and professional. She was timely in her responses and provided service that went above and beyond our expectations. I highly recommend using them for your next event.
Decorations for a Dude
Finding a balance between feminine and masculine decorations was a bit of a challenge. If we leaned solely towards the masculine decor, the tables would have been bare. Ha! So, I feel like we came up with a good compromise. We used the flower arrangements from a family member’s recent wedding and we shopped for the candle holders at The Dollar Tree. We also got the picture frames there and the rocks for the bottom of the candle holders. We went to Party City for the 50 candles and for the confetti and the table cloths. The balloons also came from Party City and we used The Vintage Dude theme to tie the room together.
The Gift Table
We found our idea for a memory jar at http://www.one-stop-party-ideas.com/80th-Birthday-Party-Suggestions.html. We really enjoyed reading all of the special memories people wrote.
My Favorite Area
Free Props from Big Dot of Happiness: http://www.bigdotofhappiness.com/blog/photo-booth-props-ideas/
Poofs, streamers and balloons from Party City.
DJ Jazzy Reggie and Sonic Sounds
Our DJ for the evening was Reggie Sutton of Sonic Sounds and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him. From the very beginning of our venture together, the family run business was very professional. We were sent a list of songs to select and I was amazed by the mixture of song choices and genres available. The lighting and amplification were perfect and helped to set the right atmosphere for eating and for celebration. Reggie went above and beyond our expectations by playing dancing games with the participants. I would highly recommend this company if you ever need a DJ. (Feel free to send me an e-mail if you would like the contact information.) The table cloths are from The Dollar Tree and the balloons and Vintage Dude decorations are from Party City.
It Ain’t Over Till We Sing
The night was almost over and we needed to wish the birthday boy well, so we gathered together for song and for cake. The cake was delicious and quite lovely. It was created by a friend of mine. She made several layers of my husband’s favorite flavors and pulled in the Vintage Dude theme from our plates and napkins. It was such a unique cake.
At the end of the evening, we handed out our party favors. We decided we wanted to keep the message positive and upbeat, so we didn’t want any of the “over the hill” jokes – like 50 sucks or blows and then use lollipops as the favor. Instead, we decided to go retro with pop rocks and state that 50 is going to rock!!
A Free Printable to Use
Being 50 ROCKS – stickers for Pop Rocks favor
I hope you have enjoyed reading about one way to honor your husband on our Marriage Tips on Monday. How have you honored your husband or shown him God’s love? Let me hear from you in the comments below. And then don’t forget to take the time today to BeLoved Completely.