I didn’t want to call this post adult partying out of fear for what search engines would turn up. Search for children’s birthday parties and you will find hundreds of great ideas on how to make a party special. For adult parties, themes are limited to things like golf or really elaborate alcoholic drinks. I will write a complete party guide some day, but for now, here are just two ideas I used for my father’s birthday party this past weekend.
First, since it was a special milestone birthday, I wanted to put together something to remind the guests and the guest of honor of the many years of friendship and love we have shared. A few simple tips can upgrade a photo collage into a really elegant display.
-foam board or stiffened posterboard
-nice paper and marker
Line up every photo with the same outside line. This will add uniformity to the presentation. Choose three (or so) photos to use as a larger size. Varying the size will add interest, but keep it to two sizes only to avoid a scrapbook look that might be overwhelming as a party decoration. I organized my photos by the decade they represented, with three major photos in the center. For the banners, I cut out strips of paper, used a calligraphy marker to write my titles, and then curled the edges with scissors before taping them to the board to add dimension. Use the photo corners to adhere the photos (bring extras in case one gets dislodged during transportation). The final touch – use a heavy metal bookstand (available at places like Michaels) to display it instead of just leaning it up against a wall or doing a balancing act. This photo isn’t the best one I have of the collage, but it does show it in a party setting.
This next part is where you can be really creative. I am a firm believer that birthday parties require party favors. I did not have wedding favors, I do not have favors at Thanksgiving dinner or go overboard at summer BBQs, but for birthday parties I find it really lends to the festive air to go for it and make favors.
For this party, I used my mini loaf pans and made a batch of Irish Soda Bread. I didn’t have time to use bags or ribbons, so I kept it simple by wrapping each one in waxed paper and sealing it on the bottom with a custom made sticker reading “Thank you for joining us! Please enjoy this Irish Soda Bread and take the luck of the Irish with you!” Make your favorite quick bread, candy – whatever. If you have lots of time, a nice way to wrap it would be in a hand made napkin tied with bakery twine.