I turned the big four-oh last week… I am 40 years old….. Yep, tastes like vinegar. But, with all the cookies, cake, and candy I’ve been eating since my birthday, I think it’ll taste sweeter as times passes. After all, it’s just a number, right? I certainly don’t feel like I’m forty. People tell me I don’t look like I’m forty. I’m really not quite sure why it’s bugging me so much. But, it is. And, eventually I’ll get used to it…and then I’ll be 41….
We threw a big party in honor of me turning 40. I opted not to go with the “forty sucks” concept even though that’s kinda how I was feeling. And, as a result, I had a blast creating the theme and all the decor. I created the invite myself as well as all the signage, cupcake toppers, etc. And, I did it all using free clipart and fonts. I was actually quite proud of myself as to how well it all turned out given my limited experience in designing invites, particularly using Photoshop Elements. My theme was “all my favorite things.” So, I used black & white damask and hot pink and went crazy from there. Being able to use Pinterest to save all the ideas I found was awesome – I was able to save them all in one place and then use them for the party, including the cutest little shoe cupcakes, and having a henna tattoo artist there to paint me and all my guests. The henna tattoos were a BIG hit! We had about 50 or so people come, and the party was so much fun – it was great being surrounded by all my favorite people! The biggest surprise of the night came when my dear friend Angela surprised me by coming all the way from Dallas. Seeing her brought tears to my eyes and made me realize how much I have missed my dear friend since she moved away. She was my partner in crime in our single days before she met her husband and I, much later, met and married Ramsey. But, I digress. On to the party and all the fabulous decor…
First, the invite printed on white sparkle paper that set the stage weeks in advance….
I used the black & white damask with hot pink accents consistently throughout all the decor and was very happy with the way it all turned out. So, here are the highlights….
I found black and white damask printed balloons at Party City and paired them with hot pink. There was no question which house on our street had a party going on that day!
I found an online tutorial for how to make a fun wreath. And, I’m happy to say it really was as easy and cheap as the tutorial described. I also made the canvas to the right of the wreath, spray painting it silver, then using a stencil to paint on black damask. I then spray painted wooden letters for the “40” and glued them on top of the canvas.
We set the mood for the area where the Henna Tattoo artist would be working with a fun pink curtain. You’ll also see the table runner on the dining table that happens to match the theme. That was one of my recent projects and planned long before I’d ever selected my birthday party theme. I do love damask…
I had been planning to paint a chalkboard on the wall in the kitchen for Landry to draw on, and the party spurred me along. I just added a fun message to tie it in with the party decor. My dear friend, Wendy, was kind enough to string the tulle on the staircase (and front door and mantle) as well as finish off the message on the chalkboard that I didn’t get around to writing before the party. She used the “40” from the canvas on the front door as her inspiration.
And now, on to the food….I stuck true to my theme and selected some of my favorite foods to serve. I had the same person who made Landry’s 1st birthday cake make my birthday cake, cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries (Classy Cakes by Lori). And, I also asked her to make 3 “shoe cupcakes” that I had seen and pinned on my Pinterest birthday board. I thought they turned out adorable! And, of course, everything she made was gorgeous and delicious, as well!
We didn’t take many pictures during the party itself – we were having way too much fun. But, here are a few shots of actual people at the party…
Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with how everything turned out for the party. I missed getting pics of a few things (including an up close shot of my shoe cupcakes), but everyone seemed to have a really good time, including me, which is really all that matters! It was a wonderful way for me to get past the dread of turning 40 and be thankful for how blessed I am for all the awesome things in my life. Now, back to reality….