March 24, 2011

Prehistoric But Not Extinct {40th Birthday Party}

Last week we threw my oldest sister Jenny a surprise party for her 40th birthday! We wanted something different than the traditional "Over the Hill" stuff, so we went with "Prehistoric But Not Extinct" as the theme, and decorated with lots of fun animal prints. She was SO surprised and we had a great time!
Here is another cup wreath I made, this time with plain white plastic cups. I bought the numbers at Hobby Lobby, painted them red, then mod podged scrapbook paper on them. After that dried, I stamped some distress ink on top and added some bling. I've had the distress ink for awhile but this was the first time I used it and I really like it. You can buy it in the scrapbooking section at any craft store. The color I have is called Walnut Stain.

My mom set the food area up and added a bunch of fun animal print decorations.  We put the cupcakes in zebra & leopard print liners from Micheal's, and I made cupcake toppers that said "Happy Birthday Jen!", "Prehistoric but not Extinct", and "40".

I told you I liked to make personalized water bottle labels! Here are the ones I made for her party.
Another fun touch to a party is a simple banner. I made the two below, and they were so easy to make. I plan on doing a tutorial on these soon.

Like I mentioned, Jenny was SO surprised. Here she is right after coming in and seeing us all in the kitchen. It took her awhile to realize what was going on. Then she kept saying if she had known, she would've at least gotten ready. I thought you looked cute though Jen! :)
Of course she had to get lots of Manny time. He was her sidekick for most of the night. :)
I love this picture...Jenny was opening her gifts and Manny wanted to help. And by help, I mean destroy stuff. Doesn't he look like Bam-Bam in this picture?!

We made her a memory book that I completely forgot to take pictures of at the party, so I had her send me a few. Here we are looking at it at the party after we gave it to her.

I bought an 8x8 zebra print album at Hobby Lobby, and cut out "Jen is 40" with my Cricut to put on the front of the album. I designed pages to insert that were framed with animal print also. I did a page for each family member - one side had a picture of us with Jenny, and the other side had a note from each of us about favorite memories, what we admire about her, etc.
I LOVE this picture of Jenny with my parents.
And can you find yours truly here? Don't I just look like a little terror? :)
Here are a few pictures of Manny socializing...cheesing it up with one of Jen's best friends Janee', then hanging with my dad.
And here are all the girls!
We had so much fun and I'm glad we were able to pull of such a fun surprise for you on your big day, Jen! You are an amazing big you so much! :)


  1. You have a such a cute family! I love all of the decorations. Manny is so cute with his cheese smile!

  2. What a great party! Great job with all the details.

  3. What a great party! I love all of your decorations; you are so crafty that I'm a tad bit jealous. Awesome job!!

  4. The party was adorable, of course!!! Love all the details and how special is that book you made???

  5. Great post and great party! I am curious about these banners...i think they are cute..are they easy too? The 1st birthday is in the works and wheels are turnin' ....

  6. That's not far off for me! :) What a fun time.

  7. It looks like you had a great time! Such an adorable party! I love the theme!

  8. What an awesome party theme! You always do the cutest stuff! I love those cupcake toppers. Did you hand write them, or do you have a special font you use?

  9. such an awesome 40th party theme! how fun! looks like Manny enjoyed himself as well :)

  10. Little sister, YOU, my dear, are amazing! I will cherish this as my favorite birthday EVER! Thank you for all the hard work you put in to make my day so special. You are always giving of your time and talent for others. And just for you: Lordy, Lordy, look who's forty! Love you!

  11. So fun! I love the idea of a memory book! I like those things you keep forever and can always look back on! And by the way, your sister does NOT look 40 at ALL! She could easily pass for 28! jeez lol

  12. I love that theme. So funny!! And really cute. What a great party. Everything looked great. Loved the water bottle labels.


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