A Rustic, Outdoor Birthday Party

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When planning any type of party my number one piece of advice is to recruit volunteers. The more help you have the more you will be able to enjoy the experience. So when I began planning my Dad's 70th birthday party, I enlisted my sisters and brother to help. 

My Dad loves the outdoors so we planned his party outside and used rustic vintage items to decorate which is just his style. April, as long as it's not storming, is a perfect time of year for an outdoor event and the weather was beautiful.
We welcomed "party goers" with a sign created from an old plow by simply writing on the rusty blade with chalk. The first time it rains the message will wash away.

We gathered old photographs and created a display for everyone to reminisce about the good old days by hanging an old window frame and empty picture frames. An old ironing board with a wooden top served as a display table and it held a glass cookie jar that we placed birthday wishes in for the birthday boy.
Here we used an enamel bucket with a tumbleweed holding a chalkboard sign to share information with our guests. In the background you can see mix-matched chairs grouped together for seating.

A boot holds sunflowers next to an old cabinet door turned into a chalkboard sign and an old rusty fireplace guard makes a great place to hang a hat belonging to the guest of honor.
Here's the table with the final touches including his hat, a Leesburg brick from the community he grew up in and his birthday cakes. We had two tables spread with delicious food and had a great time of fellowship together. 

Food + Family + Friends = Good Times!

Here's a Heart Rock for your Pocket:

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Wishing you God's best,

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  1. Love this party idea! Happy 70th to your daddy!

  2. Everything looks great! So many fun touches :)

  3. Oh I love all the wonderful vintage pieces you used, that boot with the sunflowers is perfect. I'm sure your dad loved it!

  4. Celebrating events outdoors could be really fun, and it takes the experience to a whole new level. You can get creative with the decoration, just like what you did with the old plow – I bet not everyone would agree to place that inside the house. Haha! Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us, Elaine. All the best!

    Karen Catangay @ River Oaks Plant House


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