A “Favourite Things” 50th Birthday

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My husband turned 50 yesterday (did I mention I’m much younger) πŸ˜‰ and we had a little get together with all his favourite things to celebrate. I had a little trouble settling on theme for this one, we’d already done his Oscar the Grouch Party, and our Beer/Root Beer Tasting in years past, and had visions of a big bash for his 50th, but he wanted to keep it a little more low key. He wanted just a few close, close friends for an intimate dinner. Just his very favourite peeps, and take-out fried chicken, also a favourite, and so I thought a favourite things party would be a perfect theme.

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The colour scheme for the party was kraft paper brown, silver and white. I ordered the big, big, silver 50 shaped balloons, loved them. For the table I started with a simple kraft paper table runner, (quickly becoming one of my favourites). πŸ˜‰

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I used simple white plates, and dressed up the paper bags with the cutlery in them, by stamping them with white polka dots, and tying them with a little twine and pompom yarn.

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I had a lot of fun with the centre piece. I wanted to add a little vintage feel to the table, so I used mason jars. Some were filled with white tulips, lots were filled with tulips, and the rest had black and white photos of my husband through out his 50 years, that I printed out on the computer. I love how it turned out, so easy and so pretty.

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We had a really fun and super easy dinner of fried chicken. We have had a long held debate about which fried chicken is the best, so we thought we’d have a little taste test to settle it. We picked up some KFC, Church’s (my husband is so excited it’s finally available in Canada!), Mary Browns, and Popeyes. Everyone had a great time trying everything and all the sides, and it made the meal so easy for me. Perfect.

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I knew I wanted to do a fun dessert table on the buffet with all my husbands favourite desserts. I usually have a big, pink, and glittery Eiffel Tower art piece hanging in the dinning room, but I knew it wouldn’t work so well to create a dessert table that wasn’t too girly. I found a great old picture at a thrift store a while ago, and spray painted the frame white and the picture with chalk board paint to create a beautiful chalk board. I love how it turned out and I’m sure I’ll be able to use it over and over. To dress it up for the party, I made some tissue paper tassels. They were easy to make and really added a little party atmosphere.

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On the dessert table I tried to incorporate lots of my husband’s favourites. I wanted it to be a little more masculine than the usual dessert table, so I incorporated some of his favourite hobbies, by stacking some of his favourite books, and adding a few Ferrari model cars.

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I made a coconut cream pie with a washi tape bunting on top. We also had some coconut and vanilla cupcakes, and some shortbread.

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I made some “50” shaped sugar cookies, and decorated them with some edible glitter -I love a little sparkle.

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We also had his favourite kind of chocolate bars, and Quality Street chocolates.

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I loved the tassels so much, I also made some for the fireplace in the living room.

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I shopped the house to find the letters of his name, and I kind of like how they were all different sizes and finishes.

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A few weeks before the party, I emailed the guests and asked everyone to bring some cards with their favourite things about Roland, so we could present him with 50 cards for his 50th birthday. In the entrance I set up a place for our “50 favourite things about Roland”.

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I found a cute little metal mailbox, and made another washi tape bunting. After dinner we presented them to him, and really, really loved them.

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We had a wonderful evening, and to finish off the favourite things party, we sent our guests home with one of by husbands favourite books, as a grown-up loot bag. πŸ˜‰

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Happy Birthday to my favourite boy, he makes my life a party! Love you Ro!

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This post is linked up at Craftberry Bush, Between Naps on the Porch, and Tatertots and Jello .

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  1. Happy birthday Roland! Wish I could have been there.

  2. Connie, we wish you were here too!

  3. what a wonderful and thoughtful party. 50 is a big one!

  4. Great 50th birthday! I featured you today. Thanks for sharing this on Living Creative Thursday! http://www.livinglocurto.com/2013/04/5-cute-party-ideas/

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