Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The 40/50/70 Party Details

Andy and his family members are celebrating some milestone birthdays in 2011-2012. His sister turned 50 in June, his dad turned 70 in November, and Andy will be the big Four-Oh in January. We celebrated with a joint birthday party for all of them a few weeks ago.

We started off at Second City, then headed to the new Pump Room for some cocktails, and wrapped up the party with an amazing dinner at Mastro's. I mean, amaze-balls amazing.

I made some place cards from old family photos.

I had to take these pictures at work so that Andy wouldn't see them, thus the unattractive background.


For party favors, I ordered one of Andy's favorite desserts in the whole city, frosting cookie sandwiches from Sensational Bites.

I packaged them in custom tie dye boxes.

I photocopied some tie dye material that I had around the house onto card stock to make the box tops, using different sections of the fabric for variety. I paired the covers bottoms made from plain card stock in the party colors. I used my fun new toy, the Martha Stewart Scoring Board, to make the boxes. I used my Silhouette SD to cut some 40-50-70 banners to hold the boxes shut.


The cakes. I was HORRIFIED by the cakes. I provided the baker with the mock-up and example below, along with a big note that they should look modern and elegant, not psychedelic or groovy.

{Source: Brooke Weeber flickr}

This is what we received:

I was livid! They look like total sh*t. Psychedelic sh*t. And I paid an extra $40/cake for that design. To add insult to injury, the restaurant didn't set them up as the table centerpiece as I had requested, so they were still frozen when they were served. At least I didn't have to look at them for the entire meal.

Tragedy in Tina Town aside, the evening was a smash!


cmay said...

Yikes! Did you complain and get a refund? The rest of the party's super cute though!

Linda said...

I love the idea and all your decorations. So sad about the cakes though.

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Terese said...

those tie dye boxes look amazing and should make up for any disappointment you had over the cakes!

Mel said...

So you liked Mastro's? Nice. Um, yowza on those cakes. Nothing like what you showed them. Eek. As always, your party decor amazes me!