My mom decided to go red and black for the color theme. We picked up a few different scrapbook paper patterns from Hobby Lobby and created banners. The table centerpieces were pictures of my dad, photocopied in black and white, stuck to red and black card stock. My mom collects antique frogs, so we used those to hold the pictures upright on the tables. If you have been a long-time reader, you might remember us doing something similar for my sister in law's baby shower! To welcome everyone, we had balloons and a chalkboard by the front door. The food table center piece included a few daisies and little flags that said "Happy Birthday". Just little touches, that turned out so cute and pulled everything together!
We had your typical cookout food, and in addition to lemonade, water and beer, we made the Strawberry-Lemon sangria I shared in this post. It was delicious! Refreshing and sweet, but not so much so that it became too much.
I have to share with you a few of the gifts my dad received. One gift he received was a Route 66 mug, along with a box of Milk Duds. Included in the gift was a rolled up note with a little poem, telling my dad that for my parents' birthday's, they are going to take them on the train to Chicago where Route 66 begins, to a restaurant that gives out free Milk Duds! Living in Pontiac, a town that Route 66 runs through, being a big car person, and loving Milk Duds, this is the perfect gift for my dad. Another present that really stood out in my mind, was from one of my aunt and uncle's. They, along with each of my cousins, wrote down memories they had of my dad. It was so fun reading their different stories of my dad and reminiscing. My dad also received a selfie stick. It's an inside joke from my cousin's wedding a few weeks back. I kept trying to take selfies with my dad and it was cracking up the table. We were just being goofy and trying to figure out the best angle and couldn't stop laughing! Just such thoughtful and creative gifts! I just know that they meant so much to my dad, along with all the other gifts he received that day. Which, the invite said no gifts, but hey, when you are 60, people just want to celebrate!
It was such a wonderful day. I know my dad had the best time, which is all you really want when throwing a birthday party. Cheers to 60, Dad! May it be the best year yet!