My dad just celebrated a milestone birthday: the big 7-0. This was such a fun birthday party, as it was a reason for my siblings, nieces, and nephews to come from afar to celebrate together. Great family memories were made, lots of delicious Puerto Rican food was cooked and eaten, and there were plenty of laughs.
Another fun thing about this party was that it gave me the opportunity to plan a party that did not involve Thomas the Tank Engine, dinosaurs, or Lightning McQueen. Don't get me wrong, I love getting into the kids' party themes... but it was fun to have some different inspiration. Now, I am happy to share some of that inspiration back to you.
The party color and pattern scheme was black, white, gray, and chevron. Click here to see my planning inspiration board for this party on Pinterest.
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The party save-the-date card using a baby and current photo of the birthday boy.
The invitation incorporated photos from throughout his life and introduced more of the party color and pattern schemes.
Here you see one of the primary décor pieces from the party. I collected photos from throughout his life and printed them all in black and white (even the newer photos) for aesthetic purposes. I made two large collages out of these images, both shaped like the number "70." I hung black and white paper discs from Party City from the ceiling above them.
Here is the second of the two "70" photo collages, along with a chalkboard sign (close-up of the sign below).
Inspired by something I saw on Pinterest and using a chalkboard from Target (Target has a lot of chalkboard party accessories in stores), I made this sign with some facts about life in 1944 - the year my dad was born. Chalkboards and white chalk tied in the party color scheme and was something I could use in varying ways throughout the party.
Using these budget-friendly 8.5"x11" Nyttja frames from Ikea, another décor component were these seven signs that bulleted out some highlights of each of the seven decades of my father's life.
My niece found a beautiful cake for the occasion that was decorated simply with gray ombre chevron stripes.
Gray and chevron utensils and accessories were from Party City (my go-to for party basics).
Flowers were a steal from Trader Joe's. The vases were these simple cube vases from Michael's to which I attached black and white photos. The face of the vases was 4"x6" - a perfect size for a photo.
Favor bags were plain white bags from Party City with a label I created on the front. The bags were filled with items that represent my dad (see below). As you can see, I used chalkboards for signs throughout the party (all purchased from Target).
Since my dad loves chocolate (who doesn't?) I ordered these customizable Hershey Kiss labels from Etsy for another party giveaway that matched the party scheme.
Since photos became such a big part of the décor, I also included them in an edible giveaway for the party. I found a great deal on custom photo cookies from Sweet Express Images (located in Colorado but will ship them fresh in time for your party).
The favor bags ("Ray's Favorite Things") included a mini bottle of Bacardi Puerto Rican Rum (see below for the customized label I made), some of my dad's signature Magic Mix seasoning, a United States Air Force decal purchased from this eBay seller, an Oregon Ducks sticker, a New York Yankees pen purchased from this eBay seller, and an individual serving of Café Bustelo (also found on eBay).
I made the mini bottles of Bacardi myself using these empty bottles purchased from Amazon. I created a "custom" Bacardi label using my dad's name and age and printed them on 2"x4" Avery printable labels. This size label fit the bottle perfectly and were a cute DIY touch for the party favors (for the adults only, obviously).
Another piece of party décor was also a great interactive party activity. I created a large poster mounted on foam core with 70 empty speech bubbles. Guests had to add things they love about my dad so that he had this great party keepsake with lots of sweet sentiments from the party guests.
Overall my dad had a great party! Though a party's success is really due to the company... the décor scheme may have been icing on the cake (pun intended), but the memories came from all of the love from the people in the room celebrating with him.
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