three turn 60

The weekend after Sam and Drew's reception, we all gathered back into the pole shed for another party! My Aunt Carol, Uncle John and Uncle Bob all turned 60 within a month, so they had a joint birthday party. 

It was quite easy to decorate since most of the work had been done for the weekend before. The flowers in the black tin cans stayed on the tables, we just added some black streamers and balloons. The chandelier stayed hanging from the center of the room, we just added some dangling black crows. 

The biggest difference was instead of pictures of Sam and Drew hanging around the shed, Katie and I made signs to hang up that looked like street signs with names like Wrinkle Road, Baldy Avenue and Saggy Street.

The weather was completely different from the last party. The weekend before it had been very warm and bottled water kept disappearing. On the day of the 60th birthday party, however, it was chilly and instead of running out of water, beer was in high demand! 

There was quite a bit of musical entertainment throughout the night. My husband, known to some as DJ Jazzy Eric, kept some of John, Carol and Bob's favorite music playing while being decked out in John's vintage Don Peachey Band tuxedo shirt. 

Eric got a break from his duties for a while though, when some members of the Lebanon Band brought out their instruments. They played everyone's favorites, which are also the songs you will hear if you ever see the Lebanon Band march in parades. 

The evening ended with some dancing while others played cards. As we cleaned up after everyone had left, Eric snuck out to the car and came back with a wig on. It surprised everyone so much, especially my Grandma who exclaimed she didn't know who that man was.

As far as I know, the lights are still strung in the shed, so umm, let's have another party in there this year!

donuts | games | drinks

Like I mentioned recently, I still have a couple wedding posts I wanted to share from our wedding back in May. 

Here are some pictures and a bit of a tutorial on how I went about making the three light-up signs we had at the reception. 

The paper mache 8" letters were bought from JoAnn Fabric [purchased of course when they were $1 off each]. 

Using a craft knife I cut around the edge of each letter. On some of them, once I started to cut through, I could pull back the rest. Inside was paper filler that fell out. 

Since the edges were a little rough, I used sandpaper to smooth them out. 

Next step was to take a screw punch to make holes where the lights would go through. There was no rhyme or reason to where I punched the holes - I just placed them were I thought they'd look best. 

Once the holes were punched, I painted the inside and outside of each letter gold. Spray paint I'm sure would have worked just as well and possibly have gone quicker, but I think I initially went with paint since it was the middle of winter and I didn't want to go in the freezing garage to use spray paint. 

I don't have many pictures of the next steps, but basically my dad made a great wooden platform which he glued the letters on. We then stuck the lightbulbs in the letters. I will admit the back didn't look too pretty, but we did our best and honestly in a darker room it doesn't really matter. 

What we ended up with were three amazing signs for our wedding reception: DONUT, GAMES, and DRINKS. 

Here are two of them lit up in all their glory [photos courtesy of Ester Robards].