At the end of February, my family had the exciting opportunity of throwing my Pepere (the name we use for my Dad's father- it's French Canadian) a 75th birthday party! I got to help with decorating and planning, since the party took place at my parent's house. Pepere decided on Mexican food for the menu, which guided me towards all the "fiesta" themed decor. I love the way it all turned out: fun, bright, and playful. Best of all, we got to celebrate as an entire family + many of Pepere's close friends.
Below are just some of my favorite images from the party. More specific information about the DIYs to follow: including the tissue paper table runners, floral arrangements, and the makeshift photo booth!
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The table decorations were a mix of great finds from Oriental Trading Co and Target, plus homemade. The "party donkeys", tissue paper runners, and luminaria-esque tins, paired with a handful of tealight sized candles added, what I think, was just the right amount of color and texture. The tables, linens, and chairs were all rented.
My Aunts and Memere (my Dad's mother) put out the call to their friends and our extended family to forward all birthday cards to just one address. The goal was to collect 75 cards before the party. We decided to display the cards for the guests to read all the well wishes for themselves. I heard that my Pepere enjoyed reading the cards all together after we bundled them up for him.
We decided to make a drink station in the area under the stairs- which was great for the flow of the party- away from the food buffet. I really like how the hanging fans helped fill the white space on the wall, plus the big statement the gold tissue paper tassels made. More on the tassels in an upcoming post!
I put together the flower arrangements that morning after a quick trip to Trader Joe's (my number one floral resource). The table runners were also DIY'd in the weeks leading up to the party. They brought so much color to the white tablecloths and the room as a whole.
For the cake, we stuck to theme and had a tres leches cake, from a local Mexican bakery.
I love this picture someone snapped of me and my Pepere chatting at the party. It was an honor to help make his 75th birthday extra special.
The process of throwing a party is fun for me, but getting to party with my extended family takes the cake.