10.05.2009

40~

The hubby turned 40 on Friday. And, being the milestone birthday that 40 is, you all don't think I could pass up throwing a big soiree for the event, do you?

Black seems like the natural color to go with for a 40th birthday, but I didn't want to be entirely predictable, so I coupled it with tan and accents of galvanized metal...just like the vintage cameras I used as a centerpiece. (Plus, it went really well with my kitchen and dining room color scheme...ha ha!)




Since the hubby is a photographer, my natural inclination was to throw him a photography based party. So in place of my regular banner, I made this little beauty. I started by gathering up a bunch of old photos ...starting when he was just a little tyke, right up to the present day. I scanned them all into the computer (well, those that I didn't already have on the computer), changed them all to black and white, and then printed them all out in a 3 1/2" x 5" size. Then I hung them on some twine (dollar spot at Target) with itty-bitty laundry pins (Michael's craft, $2.99 for 25). (Notice how the twine, and the black and white photos fit with the color scheme...yeah, I planned that...no, really, I did plan it.)





Of course, I couldn't stop with just one banner...not on a 40th birthday! So I used some burlap and some photo transfer paper, and made this fun welcome banner to hang accross the sliders that go out to our side porch.

This little serving tray was a fun addition to the party. Remember the party platter I showed you here? Well, I ran with that idea (and some ductwork from Home Depot) and this is what I came up with. I'll tell you all about how I did it in a later post.
I don't have a picture of the table all decked out with the food, because I was quickly running out of time, and I wanted to get a picture with natural light...so here is one with just some of the goodies. I used these great black serving pieces along with some of my white ironstone, and metal accents of course!


The water bottle wraps were a cinch to make. I used some of the old photos and typed the words "40 years". I printed out 5 to a page on regular-sized printer paper. Then just trimmed them to 1 1/2" wide. I pulled the regular water bottle labels of each bottle and replaced them with these. (I have found that the regular labels usually leave a little bit of glue behind. I use that to secure one end of the paper, then wrap it and use stick glue to secure the other end. )

Black plates and napkins...and a dollar spot galvanized bucket holding plastic forks.



Okay, I'm not sure the hubby was completely thrilled with the little pixie I made out of his baby photo. But it is so STINKIN' cute I couldn't resist!!! His birthday hat, wings, and little sign are all glitter-y. (I didn't hear any of the men ribbing the hubby about this little pixie at all - probably because they're all used to me and my little quirks - and all the women at the party thought it was adorable!)
Happy Birthday to my sweet Hubby!!
Have a great Monday~

36 comments:

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Oh my goodness! He must have loved the party you threw him! You can tell a lot of thought and time went into it, and I love all of the unique ideas you came up with. I love the banners, and how you used burlap for one of them, wow! :) I hope your husband had a happy 40th birthday! :)

Life with my sweeties said...

You always have such great ideas!!! I hope he had a great birthday!!!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

everything was so cute! love the picture "banner" idea!

Shannon said...

How fun! Wishing your Husband a happy 40th Birthday! I hear they say 40 is the new 30.. :-)

MamaBug said...

A very, very happy birthday to your hubby. Give him our best!! I can't wait to hear about your goodie tray made from duct work. I'm seriously wanting the tray you showed us, so I'm intrigued to see if your adaptation will work for the purpose I have in mind.

Leanne said...

What a fun birthday. My hubby turns 50 in March and I've been thinking of what to do for his. It will have to be a golf theme, but I really like all the pics hanging up. Maybe I could incorporate something like that into his party. Thanks for sharing.

Joanna @ The Casa said...

Very cool. We usually go out to eat on my husbands birthday or else I could go totally crazy with a sports type party.

Katrina Chambers said...

Gteat idea. Too creative! He must have been rapt.

Mrs. S. said...

What a great birthday! I love your ideas and how original they are!

Astrid said...

Looks like you had an awesome birthday celebration! Maybe this year we'll have a birthday celebration...you've certainly inspired me! :)

Kasey said...

give him a big hug from his illinois friend!
xo

Laura said...

What a great birthday! Everything looked amazing & I love your special touches! Once again, you've amazed me - ductwork?! In.ven.tive!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

precious!
The photos were a great idea.

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Terrific ideas!! I can only imagine that the party was a huge success.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

What cute ideas for a 40th Birthday Party! Loved the black and white photos with the clothes pins and that little pixie with your husbands photo is just too cute. This whole post made me smile!

Tiffany said...

I am loving all the little details of your hubby's party, Wendy! You did a fantastic job with the decorating! The banners are both awesome and I LOVE the labels on the water bottles. It looks like you had a great set-up that I am sure led to a great party!

Darlene said...

WOW you went all out for his party and I know he loved it!!!!! What fabulous details for a 40th party. Happy Birthday to your hubby.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Seems like a fun party - Happy Birthday to your hubby.

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Wendy~everything coordinates and looks fantastic. What a fun party...love all of the details and ideas!

debi said...

What a great blog, your ideas are so inspiring, beautiful and simple a the same time. Such a creative mind! Can't wait to see more and more!!

The Whispering Creek House said...

Burlap banner is cute!!

Shannon said...

You throw the best parties! Everything was adorable and perfect for a 40th photography party.

Sherri S said...

What fun decor for a 40th! Can't wait to see how you made the candy 'dish'. Dish the dish woman! LOL

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

How fun! I love the water bottle labels! So cute!

XO*Tricia

{ L } said...

As soon as I noticed this was a birthday post from you I was excited to read and it didn't disappoint! lol...that photo banner was perfect. Looks like a lovely party, tell you Man Happy Birthday.

Holly said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIREDOG!!!!! (I am sending him that 'thing'that I told you I wouldn't send him. Sorry,...I am just so unorigional. :))

Everything turned out darling!! I adore the pictures on twine and the bottled waters. Of course.....:)

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Oh my gosh! So many great ideas. And what a good wife you are! It looks like you made your hubby's day extra special.

Cindy Harvey said...

Super awesome ideas for a great party! Hope he had a terrific time!

Celestial Charms said...

How lovely and sentimental a party theme. Parties are so much more meaningful when you add creative touches. He must have been thrilled. Great job!

Leen said...

My hubby turns 40 on the 15th and I was stumped for ideas (didn't want to use the same old, same old) but not anymore!

I love the little pixie the best :)

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

You are a clever, clever girl! I am crazy about the photo banner. The fact that he is a photographer makes it even cooler. I am a banner nut, doing it all with photo's is really original. Lisa

Jen R. said...

Wendy, that is super cute! I hoe he loved it! How could he not?

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a thoughtful wife you are! All the little details add so much love to your husband's 40th event!

LuLu said...

You are the sweetest wife! He must have loved his party!! Love the garland and the pixie,
xo,
LuLu

~*Jenn*~ said...

Oh my goodness, that pixie made out of your husband's baby pixie has me cracking right up, that's hysterical! That's something I would do and my husband would NOT be stoked LOL Everything look fantastic, I love all the little things going on, and the water bottle labels are genius!

Amber said...

Your party decor was perfect for your hubby's 40th! I love the vintage cameras you used to decorate the table. I've been keeping my eye out for some for my hubby's office shelves. Photography is his hobby.