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A Star-Studded 40th Birthday Party

Last week was a big week for Hubby.  That’s right.  The big 4-0.  We originally thought we’d have a low-key celebration with just the family, but then changed our minds and decided to go for a star-studded birthday bash with friends!  In honor of his love for movies, I planned a movie-themed costume party where each guest came dressed as a character {any character} from one of Hubby’s favorite, long list of movies.  In honor of the Hollywood vibe, the color scheme was red, black, gold, and silver!

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Guests were greeted with a red carpet and the Academy Awards music montage playing through speakers.  I am a big believer in the power of music to set the tone for an event, so for me, the welcome music was a must-have!  Here’s a {link} to the music we used.

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On the porch was a step-and-repeat that Hubby had constructed for me out of PVC pipe.  In case you don’t know, a step-and-repeat is the backdrop that stars always have their picture taken on whenever they are at the event.  My step-and-repeat was covered with two $1 black plastic tablecloths and featured the logo of our event – Michael’s 40th.

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Here’s a look at the graphics that I added to the step-and-repeat.  It took me forever and a day to cut out all of the circles and stick them to the black backdrop!

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With almost 30 guests coming, I needed to rent tables, chairs, and linens to set up in our backyard.  Buffet tables were set up in the back and a local restaurant delivered food later in the evening.

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I got the idea for these centerpieces from a picture on Pinterest, but decided to make my own version.  I used apothecary jars filled with colored jelly beans and graphics that I had made attached to paper fans and inserted into the jelly beans on bamboo skewers.

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On each table, I had printed up some trivia questions and answers based on Hubby’s favorite movies and TV shows.

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There were two sets of cards and each one was two sided – questions on the front and answers on the back.  Here’s an example.

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I did have appetizers available, but I also put together a Concession stand {playing on the movie theme}, for guests with a sweet tooth.  I included popcorn, jelly bellies, trail mix, candy bars, licorice, and non-alcoholic beverages.

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On the bar, I had set out wine, along with a tub of bottled beverages, plus this amazing Ya-Ya Punch recipe that we renamed Sith Scorcher in keeping with the party’s theme.  I also tried making Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots and they were surprisingly easy!  Definitely worth trying!

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Once all of the guests had arrived, I moved the step-and-repeat from the front porch to the back where I had set up a selfie station.  You can download my photo booth sign for FREE {here}.

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I provided props for the guests, but since everyone was dressed up already, we mostly posed in just our costumes.

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Now let’s chat about the cake!!  Just around the corner from me is an amazingly talented lady that I met through the kids’ school and she creates incredible, edible works of art!  Hubby and son are both into watching WWE wrestling together, so I thought it would be fun to give him a wrestling themed cake and Carol of Quite Contrary Cakes really delivered!

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We had a great time all around!  Captain Jack Sparrow helped DJ for a while, lots of superheroes were in attendance, and even Batman drove out for the big day!

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Needless to say, I slept for about 10 hours the next day!!

 

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Top 5 Posts of 2014

What a fun blogging year this has been!  I’ve learned so much and have “met” so many new friends here and have enjoyed every minute of it.  So for the final post of 2014, I thought we’d take a quick look back and see what YOUR favorite posts were this year!  Did your favorite make the most viewed list?

Let’s review in descending order.  Just click the title to view the full post!

 

#5 Update the Look Behind Your Books

This was a fun post about ways to update a bookcase to give it a custom look, using everything from paint, to wallpaper, to fabric!

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#4 Guest Room Makeover REVEAL

I had so much fun making over this room using my Craigslist furniture finds!  Before, this room was just a dumping ground for extra decor items but now it’s a relaxing space for guests and a fun getaway for the kids when they have sleepovers!

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#3 How to Decorate with Vintage Ladders

Before I had a ladder or my own, I gave a great deal of thought as to ways to decorate with one.  Basically, I think I was talking myself into their usefulness!  {And I was right…I *love* mine!}

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#2 Minion Mayhem Birthday Party

This was a crazy fun birthday party that I hosted for littlest when she turned 6.  Sweet Hubby was such a sport dressing up as Gru!

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And the most viewed post from 2014…..?

 

#1 Small Baths with Big Impact

Everyone has a small bathroom that seems too small to do anything with, but these rooms show just how big of an impact you can make in a tiny space!

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It’s funny to me that this was the #1 most viewed post because I’m getting ready to share my guest bathroom reveal with you in the New Year.  I can’t wait!

 

I hope everyone has a safe New Year’s and I’ll see you in 2015!  And don’t forget to enter to win a $50 gift card to Antique Farmhouse.  Enter {here}!

 

 

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Minion Mayhem Birthday Party

Assemble the Minions!!

Last Saturday we finally celebrated our daughter’s 6th birthday with a Despicable Me Minion theme.  It was a whirlwind day of fun, food and games with 13 little Minion friends!

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I only had about 2 weeks to plan and execute, so almost all of the decorations were easy DIY projects thanks to all of the super talented people who have hosted Despicable Me parties before me and who provided their files for {free}.  All I needed was a computer, a printer, a Sharpie, glue and some 110# cardstock!  I’ve included links to all of the sources below.

 

Invitations

We hand-delivered her invitations since we had attached a rainbow lolipop to each one (to represent the rainbow party blowers that the Minions used in the movie preview).  I ordered the invitation from Amber at Sprinkles of Sugar on Etsy.  Amber is super nice and she delivered the invites quickly, so I’d highly recommend her and would happily use her again in the future!

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Costumes {Adults & Kids}

When the kids arrived, they were greeted at the Minion-wrapped door by Lucy Wilde of the AVL {the Anti-Villan League} and Gru. Admittedly, orange hair is decidedly not my color and this wig makes me look more like Daphne from Scooby Doo rather than Lucy, but the kids thought it was funny anyway.

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The story was that Lucy had received reports on an authorized party in the backyard and needed to enlist the help of the guests!  Each child was given a DIY Minion hat in order to transform them into Special Agent Minions!

The Minion hats were made from yellow plastic construction hats purchased at Party City.  I added black pipe cleaners to the top {in three different hair styles}, black ribbon for the band of the goggles, a pint-sized Mason jar lid for the rim of the goggle, and I created an eye in Photoshop.  {You can download the eyeball file here.}

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Games

1. Minion Egg Hunt

Once in the backyard, the kids were given empty goodie bags made from plain yellow bags with Minion faces glued on.  The bags would hold their prizes from all of the games for them to take home!

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The first game was an egg hunt.  Each child had to find 4 plastic Minion eggs numbered 1-4, with each numbered egg containing a different prize.  Once collected, the eggs and prizes went into their goodie bags and they were given a Special Agent Minion tattoo.  The scavenger hunt was a great way to give the kids something to do while we waited for everyone to arrive.

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{Prizes included a ring, glitter putty, a bouncy ball, and a wall walker.}

 

2. Pin the Goggles on the Minion

I made a simple poster using PhotoShop to play Pin the Goggles on the Minion.  Each child was given a pair of goggles with their name on it and we used double-sided tape to attach the goggles to the poster. Here’s a look at the small version of the poster but you can download the full size version here.

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3. Space Killer

Just like in the movie, the kids could play a carnival game of Space Killer!  Plucky Momo created awesome replica images of the spaceships from the movie, so we printed and taped them to the inside of the glass door and then let the kids blast dart guns at them.  {Dart guns, not….}  :)

 

4. Freeze Ray Dance

This was a good ol’ fashioned game of freeze dance using music from the movie soundtrack, but whenever we stopped the music, we pretended to blast them with the Freeze Ray.

 

5. Minion Pinata

We purchased a Minion pinata from Party City.

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I had every intention of taking a picture of it; unfortunately, by the time I found my camera, this was all that was left!  All of the candy that the kids collected was added to their goodie bag.

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Food

I layed out all of the food buffet-style for the kids to help themselves.  They feasted on:

  • Miniondogs (mini corndogs)
  • Agnes’s Caterpillars (Cheetos)
  • Pineapple and Blueberries
  • Minion Bananas
  • Cookie Robots
  • Coconutties
  • Merry Minions (Twinkies)
  • Cake
  • PX-41 Antidote (Yellow Lemonade)
  • Anti-Gravity Serum (Purple Grape Juice)

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Place Settings

We did simple blue tablecloths with the Despicable Me theme paper plates from Party City.  I also printed and cut out an eye to wrap around the napkins and added a face to the cups.

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Special Guest Appearance

Sadly, just like in Despicable Me 2, the fairy princess couldn’t make it to our party. Thankfully, Gruzinkerbell was able to step in to read a story to all of the kids and sing Happy Birthday during cake time.  My husband was willing to dress up as Gruzinkerbell for the kids since he knew they would think it was funny, but he made me promise not to post any pictures here.  :)  For those of you that don’t know who Gruziinkerbell is, here’s a photo from the movie.

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Before leaving, I also added some Minion goggles to their goodie bags, as well as their very own Freeze Ray {a squirt gun}.  I think all of the kids had fun and as soon as the last guest left, I changed into my PJ’s and went to bed….and it was only 2:00 PM!

Happy Birthday, my little Minion!  Until next year!!!

 

 

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