May 15, 2017
Well, Steve has doggone gone and done it.
He’s turned sixty years old!
As you will see from the photos in the post, the theme of his party was vintage cars, with a couple of airplanes thrown in. We had about 60 people in attendance, including the guys from Dare Challenge.
Friday night, Sarah and I and Ashley and her husband, Tom, spent three hours at the Youth House setting up and decorating.
There is no way on earth I could have put this party together without Ashley. I tend to get easily overwhelmed with party planning and Ashley capably talked me down from the ledge each time that happened. She helped organize menu lists, and to do lists, and lists about what had to be purchased, and what had to be designed and printed. She also cooked several dishes, ran errands, bought stuff, and came up with creative ideas for decorating.
This picture of Tom was taken during the party. During our set up time, he moved tables, pounded nails, lugged stuff around, and helped us work out a variety of challenges. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to her Tom and Ashley for their gifts of talent and time that were so instrumental in making the party happen.
I also want to mention that the women in the church provided all the drinks, side dishes and several desserts. Some of them came early to help get the food out and half a dozen stayed late and helped clean up the dishes. Several guys did the grilling (hamburgers and hot dogs) and several other guys stayed late and put away tables and chairs. We are blessed by some amazing church friends.
We had to start with a few messes . . .
before we were able to create beauty and order.
The sticky notes were put out the night before to help us remember what foods went where. Very helpful, if you are planning a larger meal or party.
I found the car pictures online and then made a design with them using colored squares and black background.
I even printed off a photo of Steve’s car and put it in the lineup.
I designed these name badges which I thought were fun.
Sarah helped me lay this out.
The sign was added by Steve; he wanted everyone to know just how old that airplane was!
Please note the jar that has the “Joy Pills” label. Steve loves jelly beans so someone from the church bought a bunch and put them in the Joy Jar.
The centerpieces were mason jars with tools in them. The smaller additions to the centerpieces were cans of soup with printed labels taped on. I downloaded the labels for $5 and then was able to print however many I needed.
We thought it would be fun to showcase all of the albums we have done over the years. You can tell Steve and I are REALLY ancient because we actually recorded an LP. Can you believe it?
Sarah did a dozen errands for me, put together the DVD of people sharing memories, and also compiled a playlist for the party composed of Steve’s favorite songs from the 70’s.
She was one of the people who got up and told a story or memory about Steve. She did such a great job.
All the food had car names of some sort. These were some of the kid desserts.
You all would be proud of me: I came up with the name “Gas ‘Er Up Beans” for the baked beans. Pretty wild for a pastor’s wife, right?
“Zoom! Zoom!” is one of the Mazda Miata slogans so I thought it would be appropriate for the cake with the Miata on it.
A month before the party, I contacted friends and family and asked them to tell something they appreciated about Steve, or else share a special memory. (Either written or by video.) I got a great response and compiled all the written things in this book. (I even grabbed a few from the comments area of the blog.)
I was especially pleased that I added a little design thingie for the spine of the book. It’s the small things in life . . .
Sarah took the video responses and edited them into a compilation video, complete with background music. Steve was so touched by all the words and memories; it made his day.
Nathan and Meagan gave him this metal parking sign. It is a picture of his actual car; the company that makes the sign even asked for the VIN from his car so they could make sure they had exactly the right color and model.
I took the sign to the party and hung it outside the front door and put a parking cone in the spot. I told him that when he arrived, he was supposed to look for his reserved parking spot. He loved it.
Let me close with a lovely photo and cute video.
First the photo from Nathan and Meagan’s Mother’s Day. Heart-melting, is it not?
And even if you don’t watch this whole video, you HAVE to see the first fifteen seconds when Meagan tells Noah and Meagan how old Grandpa is. Their open-mouthed wonder is hilariously priceless.
So there you have it folks!
Steve survived turning sixty and I survived celebrating him turning sixty. A win-win!
Happy, happy birthday, Honey. So very thankful for the years we have gotten to celebrate each other.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie are all on the list of things I love.