Hooray! I'm so happy today is the day to share all of the photos from Party No. 8!
This was one of my favorite parties, because I got to share planning duties with Anne's boyfriend, Chris. There was more behind-the-scenes coordination for this party than some of the others, but it was all worth it, when we saw Anne enjoying herself with her family and friends. Chris was communicative and involved every step of the way - it was a joy to have him on board as co-planner. Remember, this whole thing was his idea to begin with! I think together, we executed what he originally had in mind. And most important of all, Anne had a good time.
I used Evite for the invitations this time around. They have a bunch of cute themes for all sorts of parties, and I loved how this one said "surprise" really big. (We've already covered my fear of surprises being "ruined".) One of the trickiest parts was gathering the email addresses for Anne's old coworkers and friends from high school. Luckily, I'm great at finding information of this sort on the internet - a skill that any successful 21st century woman must possess.
In the beginning, Chris and I planned on having the party be a brunch. I figured it might be easier for people to gather at that hour, so, we set the plans in motion, and sent out the evite. Closer to the date of the party, Anne started to plan her own activities for that day, like taking a hike in Lake Tahoe. I knew Chris could only stave off her planning attempts for so long, without her becoming suspicious that something was up. We decided to switch the party from brunch to dinner, and Chris ensured he would have her back to Sacramento in time for the reservation.
I love how this peach and mint colored DIY chair banner turned out. Made with scrapbooking paper and ribbon, I punched the circles out with a speciality shaped punch, then ran them through the sewing machine. I traced the buntings from a wooden piece I found at Michaels, and added holes with a regular ol' hole punch. The gold, glittery 2 and 6 came from the dollar bins at Target. Now that I think about it, I should have gotten one of every number ... so many possibilities for future parties. Oh well.
Chris texted us when they left her apartment, and were on their way to the restaurant. I realized as we were sitting in anticipation, to let him know not to park in the normal lot, because she would instantly spot all of our cars. Close call!
The best part of any surprise party is, of course, the moment when you get to yell, "SURPRISE!" We realized we couldn't very well scream and shout in the restaurant so, as a group, we decided to wing it and act spontaneously. Thankfully, I thought to employ Jason, as the official videographer... Heck, just watch for yourself!
Of course, there was pizza, too. One Speed was great, the entire evening. Our server was really gracious that we didn't order entrees for a while after we were seated - we did order appetizers and drinks though. She was so helpful with the desserts and complimentary towards my decor. Extra waitress points!
Thanks for being a good sport about the surprise, Anne! Cheers to 26, a year with no age related milestones, but hopefully full of adventure. xo