Don't tell him I told you, but Chris turned 30 recently. 
And in honor of the big occasion, I threw him a seriously fantastic surprise birthday party!
It was a down-home Southern affair, complete with everything from fried chicken to Mason jars, and it was a total blast.

Do you know Oprah's saying, "It takes a village"?
Well this party took a village of people to pull off.
More specifically, it took a village of my people.
My best friends and my family worked overtime to help make sure everything for the party was perfect.
And the thing that really gets me is that the party wasn't even for me~ it was for Chris. 
But when I care about something, they'll take it on as their own.
They are champions of Chris.
And that just feels so, so good.
So a big, huge, giant, grateful shout out to my parents, my brothers, Sabrina, Stephanie & Lisa for your tireless efforts. 
I think you're the greatest.

Now onto some pictures!

I used scalloped scissors and cut squares of scrapbook paper from Michaels for the fireplace display. The party guests each wrote Chris pieces of advice for his next 30 years. 
I used more scrapbook paper and a few letter stickers to create personalized drink displays...
My friend Courtney gave me the idea for the Dirty Thirty drink from a blog post she did on her blog, Charming Little Nest
Check out her blog and her other ideas~ her creativity will knock your socks off!
We bought burlap and gingham fabric from JoAnn Fabrics to cover the tables, and the beautiful wildflowers are from Costco!
Paper towels, jars of wetnaps, flowers, and salt & pepper shakers served as centerpieces.
I also showed off some awesomely embarrassing pictures of Chris as a child :).
I created this banner using (surprise!) scrapbook paper and doilies, and I glued each flag to a thin burlap string.
The spread my mom made was out-of-this-world. Everyone left incredibly full and happy!
I ordered one extra large cookie dough cupcake for Chris from Crumbs bakery, and my mom and brother also made chocolate chip cookie dough filled cupcakes from scratch!
I'm not sure how we pulled it off, but it sure was one heck of a good time. 
And to top it all off, Chris was actually, genuinely surprised!

 The DIY Show Off

1 comment:

teacher girl said...

I would LOVE to know you in real life because I'm sure I'd become a much better teacher with all your amazing ideas. And now, I would also love to know you because it is apparent you throw fantastic parties. Happy Birthday to Chris! And great job to you & your friends on all the wonderful decorations & details!!!

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