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It's doable...a 60th surprise party

I really wanted to do something different this year for my dad's birthday and since he was turning 60, what better than a surprise party!? Much to my own surprise, the options are very limited when it comes to a black, silver and gold theme non-kid-related party... but here is what I came up with :)  Hopefully it will inspire you to host your own surprise party!

Probably my favorite part of the night was 5 minutes into the party when my dad looks at me and says, "You're not going to blog about this are you?" Haha sorry dad!


I found these at a site called: zazzle.com and the day I went there, they were 50% off! It was really easy to use and I could even add a picture if I wanted.  My only warning is it took almost 2 weeks to get here, not good for a procrastinator like myself.



I loved this part! These are actually all 4x6 copies of originals so I was able to trim some and shape the 60 well.  I started with some yarn to get my basic shape.

If I were to do it again, I would've spent more time on the 0.  In the end I don't think anyone but me could tell but I feel like I rushed it a bit.

Then, taking your larger photos, stagger them down the basic shape.  I used clear tape rolled up on the back to stick them on the wall.  Use the smaller photos (or trim them IF they are copies) to fill in the gaps and make curved edges smoother.

The most time consuming part of this was making the copies, that took over a hour.  But putting them up only took about 15 minutes.

We also had tons of balloons and streamers! What party is complete without balloons and streamers?

The Food.

My husband is the official cake-baker in our family, I think he even baked his own cake one year... (sorry honey!)

I'm loving these candles we got from Factory Card Outlet/ Party City! (Hahaha, while looking up the link I realize they categorize 60th-100th birthdays together... boy my dad's going to looooove that!)

We also had BOTH of my favorite homemade chip dips: found here and here, no bake cookies, oreos (my dad's favorite), pizza rolls (also my dad's favorite), ham and swiss sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls and these fun fruit ka-bobs I made...

I found another fun thing at Factory Card Outlet/Party City...

At the end of the night, we had a great party.  I hope you found some things in here to inspire you to throw your own surprise party!


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You did such a great job and i love , LOVE, the pic of you flying away because of all the balloons and the look of pure joy on your dad's face brought tears to my eyes. I'm a softie for this stuff. Great job on everything!!! (really love the 60 in photos too !!!)

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