My Parents Surprise 50th Birthday Party

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My siblings and I decided to throw my parents a joint surprise 50th birthday party. This would be a somewhat difficult venture, as everyone but my brother and I live with my parents, and I am there 40% of the time. Never the less we carried on with our plans for their 50th birthday party!

Although I’m usually the one to fully take the reigns on planning parties. I handed this one over to my sister seeing as I was super busy with planning Nora’s first birthday. It was also nice to give someone else the brunt of the work (sorry, Bethany ;)). I was able to just enjoy attending…just kidding. I handed over the brunt of the work… but still carried the stress as the party drew near. As we worked out details of food and last minute party decorations. I also carried some of the stress on the day of the party when my parents showed up 2 HOURS after we told people to be there…but never mind that small detail. The party turned out great. My sister did an awesome job, and I, of course, added my two cents here and there.

50th Birthday Party

These centerpieces were simple and pocket-friendly to make. My sister found these affordable star centerpieces at Party City. Then she buried them in vases we already had using beach sand (FREE!). Finally, added a 50 made with the Cricut on a wooden skewer. Beach inspired, and tied in so well with our color scheme of mint, black, and gold.

50th Birthday Party

I’m obsessed with having dessert tables at parties. I just find them lovely to look at, and I think people like having options when it comes to their sweets.

50th Birthday Party

Having a few desserts that were my Mom & Dad’s favorite was a fun touch. I think it made them smile seeing goodies on the table with them in mind.

50th Birthday Party

50th Birthday Party

You may recognize the space from Nora’s baptism. It’s such an amazing spot right on the beach, it’s too good to pass up when it’s available. It was perfect being able to sit out on the deck to watch the waves and the kids had the best time playing by the water.

50th Birthday Party

50th Birthday Party 50th Birthday Party

50th Birthday Party

My mom mentioned taking a trip to Italy numerous times. I wanted to create a gift that recognized that wish, even though we couldn’t grant it. This is a top loading shadow box. I added a fun Italy map to the back and vinyl letters made on the Cricut to the front. Double duty as a gift and a party decoration!

A lot of the decorations were made using the Cricut…what can I say!?! It’s awesome! There were also these fun printables that I printed off Etsy to give us more of the 50th birthday aspect and they fit in seamlessly. I really like using printables for parties because I feel like they can add a custom vibe to an otherwise generic party table.

I am so glad that my siblings and I were able to pull off a surprise party for my parents 50th birthday…but it’s safe to say this will probably be the only surprise party we ever have for them! Next time we will just let them know. “This party is for you, please come…ON TIME!”

I’d love to hear a funny surprise party story you have. Throwing a surprise party is so fun but so stressful!

 

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