Thursday, August 2, 2012

{Real Parties} My Grandpa's 80th Birthday Party

This past weekend, my family celebrated my grandfather's 80th birthday. My mom and aunt put together a small party after church for our family and my grandfather's beloved Sunday School class. You Southerners will know exactly what I am talking about when I say that your Sunday School class becomes your social group after a certain age. 
It was important to us for the party to be very "him." So, we decided to serve all of his favorite things for the party. 
My grandpa loves jolly ranchers like it's his job. So, we decided on a Jolly Rancher cake after much discussion. Then, we served jolly ranchers, hershey's kisses, and cheetos for the guests; all his favorite snacks. Everyone had already eaten lunch at this point, so we didn't have to worry about doing anything more than snacks. 
I knew that I wanted to incorporate woodgrain into the pattern because my grandpa has a degree in forestry and owned a sawmill for most of his adult life. I already had this faux-bois fabric leftover from the Woodland  Baby Shower I did in the spring. We incorporated red as the other party color because he LOVES the Arkansas Razorbacks (which is where he lives.)  I also had this red felt leftover from another party. 
The fabulous Do at Piggy Bank Parties was kind enough to send me this fabulous faux-bois banner that she whipped up for me! It was seriously perfect. 

I have to give all the credit to my mom and Aunt for putting the table together! I  all the party supplies in a big tupperware container along with my mom and when I got there, they had already put everything together!
Party talent must run in the family!

 That cake is pretty cute right?  

 The party was perfect for my "Papa." I see too many parties that are styled simply for the internet, meaning that that they are beautiful but they are not special to the guests who were there. They are not meaningful at all. Well, this was meaningful to him, because it was about celebrating him and the wonderful man that HE is. 
It wasn't about having perfectly coordinated chevron washi tape on the handles of your bamboo spoons.

See that smile? That's what it's all about. 

I couldn't resist throwing in this picture of my cousin Trevor, along with my boys and my Grandpa. He's quite literally got his hands full! 
Me, my mom, my aunt, and my cousin Paige. My sister and my other cousins couldn't be there that day, so we missed them! But, Papa had a great day and that's what it is all about!

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  1. So sweet!!!
    And your Papa has great taste in snacks :)

  2. So sweet!!! I love that everything was about what he likes!!! Beautiful!

  3. Sweet party and you highlighted a very important point that seems to get lost amid all party stress - That people really have a meaningful time... that it goes on to be remembered as a beautiful memory..
    btw I love the dress you are wearing, where did you get it from?

    1. Thanks so much! That dress is from Express, earlier in the summer. They might still have in on the website!

  4. Such a precious photo of your grandfather with his great-grandchildren!

  5. What a fun looking party, I'm sure he had fun!

  6. Love your blog. I am always taking an idea from here or there! I will be in the germantown/collierville area soon and was wondering if you knew of a good place to purchase work wreaths/garlands, mesh ribbon, picks, etc? Thx so much!

  7. Just found you! Love your party and the cake was fabulous! I especially liked how you incorporated the "wood" and all the special details, know he was touched by it all!


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