Hipster BBQ 40th Birthday

Hi Friends!

How's your week going? We're busy making Father's Day cards and trying to make some excruciating decisions about new inventory (we've found SO much cute stuff!)! 

As promised, we wanted to do a recap of the "Hipster BBQ meets Outdoorsy Tree Hugger Who Loves Plaid" 40th surprise party we helped throw for Sarah's brother a couple of weeks ago. Sarah's sister-in-law told us about the theme and we jumped at the chance to get involved and flex our creative muscles! It all started with the space. She and her husband frequent a bar near their house (Local 46) and it has the coolest (what's cooler than being cool? Ice cold! 10 bonus points if you get that reference) outdoor space that's available to rent for private parties. We're already scheming a way to get back there for an event ASAP. It was a blast to decorate and we were thrilled with the results. 

First, here are a few "before" shots of the blank canvas we were working with. 

As you can see, it has a lot of character of its own, but needed some personalization to make it fit Sarah's brother. And it needed some color to pair with all of the wood tones to brighten the space and make it feel a bit more festive. 

Off to one side, we created a "photo booth" area. The banner we hung in the "window" said "Cheers to 40 Years". On the double chair is a frame we made out of foam board, wrapped in plaid duct tape, and then glued on the words "Dave's Birthday Bash" along with a black and white bearded caricature on each end. The idea was to have everyone snap a photo, using the frame if they wanted to, and then put it in an album along with a note to create a keepsake for the birthday boy. The sign said "smile, snap, shake, stick, sign" and the photo props box contained hats, scarves, plaid/hipster decorated coffee mugs, and fake mustaches and beards. For those of you who don't know him, Sarah's brother has had a rather impressive beard/mustache for several decades now, so we needed to pay tribute to his facial hair prowess wherever possible. There was also a sign leading into the private area that proclaimed "40th birthday party - beards not required."

To decorate inside the tent, we brought in balloons, hanging fans, plaid blankets and scarves, floral arrangements, and mason jars filled with white twinkle lights. Outside the tent, we scattered additional floral arrangements and mason jars along with various personalized signs and fun facts about the year 1977. We used a local florist, Honeycomb & Co, to provide two different types of arrangements: we wrapped mason jars in burlap and had her fill those with wildflowers and we provided some rustic birch vases that she filled with succulents. We loved everything she did and would highly recommend her to locals.

As has become our norm, we worked with Micki at The Petite Cakery for the dessert. She created a custom s'mores cupcake recipe that was ahhhh-mazing. So far as we can tell, she can do no wrong when it comes to baked goods! You can also see our custom plaid birthday banner in the background and the cupcake toppers (black base, topped with plaid, then a round "wood" piece, and "40" on top). 

Another decor piece we created was a fabric banner, made with a variety of plaid fabric strips and then we used clothespins to attach photos of the birthday boy from birth to present as a little timeline of sorts. 

And that's a wrap on one of our favorite events of the year so far! What do you think? What's your favorite part of the decor? Comment below or drop us a line!


Erin & Sarah