On Friday I mentioned that I had some fun stuff coming up for the weekend. Something that I said would chase away the winter blahs. I couldn’t be more specific because the thing I was referring to was a surprise 50th birthday party for my dear friend, Jo-Ann. Her husband Shawn contacted me a while back about helping with this party and I was thrilled to not only be in on the secret but to be able to help plan the event and the decorations. Helloooooooo Pinterest.
We decided to go with a tropical theme for the night. Not only did this give us the chance to showcase Jo-Ann’s love of summer and Jimmy Buffett but it also gave us all a break from the nasty winter we’ve been having. A bit of the tropics to celebrate a big birthday? Yes, please.
Anne and I came up with the centerpieces and she did the majority of the leg work on those since SPA was the weekend before the party and that meant I wasn’t around to help for that.
I put together a tub filled with 30 lollipops, 40 gumballs and 50 packets of pop rocks. I also had a jar that said “50 Years of Memories” on it and I made cards that said “My favorite memory of Jo-Ann is . . . ” and we asked guests to fill those out and place them in the jar. I’m sure Jo-Ann will have a great time reading those in the days ahead.
The other things, like the tissue paper floral swags and leis I got on Amazon.
The cake was made by another good friend of ours, Caroline of Buttercup’s Bakery. She decorated this 3 layer cake with tropical flowers and a tiki hut with the words “50 is Hot” wrapped around it. Shawn made an awesome pedestal for the cake that held 50 candles going all the way around.
The Fire Chief may or may not have been standing by with a fire extinguisher once all those candles were lit.
Our friend Tom was the DJ for the night and the music was fun and there was lots of Jimmy Buffett played. The party was held at the Charlie Horse and the staff there could not have been more helpful or attentive. The drinks flowed, the food was hot and plentiful, and everyone had a fantastic time.
Especially the birthday girl!