A 40something Birthday Party

Hello! I threw a party for my husband over the weekend; it was a great gathering with good friends, appetizers and wine. The last time I threw a “grown-ups only” party was when my husband turned 40. I worked for months throwing that party but on this occasion, I simplified and gave myself two weeks to get it all done. The main theme was the word “40something”, since after 40, who continues to count birthdays, right?

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The “sweets” table consisted of a four layer yellow cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, two dozen of chocolate mini-cupcakes and a tray of strawberries filled with sweet cream cheese (not shown). I bought a table runner from “Minted“, along with a coordinated “Happy Birthday” banner and two table signs.  In the background, I used “starry mini-lights“, which gave a nice warm tone to the whole display.

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I found glittery gold sticker paper at Ben Franklins Crafts in Redmond WA. This store has a “die cutting” center, with an array of hundreds of dies in different types of fonts. The 7″ sans-serif font worked great for creating a few sets of “40’s” and a question mark. Applying the stickers to full-blown balloons was a little bit tricky but doable. I went through four popped balloons while trying to flatten the stickers. So if you decide to make stickers for balloons, you have to consider that they won’t lay perfectly flat ;)

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The cake is gone… I only had a chance to eat one slice. This baby took around 3 or 4 hours of baking labor ;) First I baked two sheets of cake using a 9″ round cake pan. I repeated this process and put all the sheets away for the evening. The following morning I worked on the frosting. You don’t want to know how many sticks of butter I used for the frosting! For the cake topper, I used a rubber-stamp alphabet set and black pigment ink. The “flag” is made of balsa wood. You’ll notice the candles have a nice gold polka dot pattern. This was a last-minute idea. The candles looked too plain so I added washi tape to each candle. My husband was a little concerned it would be a fire hazard but in the end the candles lit up just fine, though he blew them super fast!

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Chocolate mini-cupcakes with “Treats” sign, from Minted.

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Custom table runner from “Minted“, wood silverware, berry boxes from garnish (painted black by me, on two sides), and gold & white paper straws.

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We purchased a case of wine with various reds. I’m not a wine connoisseur so I designed “wine cards” displaying the name of the wine, type of wine, description and a cool fact. The cards were a hit! Our friends were excited to try different varieties of wines.

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Wine cards for bottles of wine.

 

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String lights! My lovely husband, installed these before the party. He found them at Crate and Barrel and we used three boxed sets for our main living room.

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We were so blessed to have many dear friends celebrate with us. As always, I’m very thankful for you and visiting kraft&mint. Please comment below, you know your thoughts and ideas make my day! If you would like to receive more posts like this, please click on the “follow kraft&mint” button on the right column.  Now, I’m off to plan a 5-year-old little girl’s birthday party!

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10 Comments

  1. 2014/04/28 / 5:42 pm

    Beautiful party! I love that tall cake. Looks so elegant!!

    • 2014/04/28 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you ;) 4 layers of cake were eaten fast!

  2. 2014/04/28 / 6:05 pm

    Lucky guy! Everything was beautiful!

    • 2014/04/28 / 10:03 pm

      Hello! Thank you ;) I enjoyed very much putting this together ;)

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