I finally decided that an indoor camping party was perfect! We had hamburgers for dinner but if I did it again I'd probably do something a bit more themey and go with tin foil dinners or dutch oven fare. (Hamburgers were easy and let's not forget it was a school night and easy was the name of the game!) We also watched a movie and made smores with marshmallows roasted in the fireplace.
So here are some of the details and maybe it will inspire somebody else to find a way to celebrate the people they love!
About 5 days before his birthday I whipped up these invitations. Now, I know what you're thinking, why would you need invitations for a party for just your immediate family? True, you don't need invitations, but I have found that my kids get soooooo excited when they come home and find their own invitation on their bed or waiting for them on the dinner table. The striped paper is 12x12 scrapbook paper I had on hand and the diecuts are from my Cricut. (The striped paper matches the tent in the next photo. I also used the paper to carry through the theme on the smores table.)
This is the smores/dessert table. I considered making a smores shaped cake or smores cupcakes but I really wanted to do a smores bar and figured we didn't need cake on top of smores! (Besides Hubby and I shared a yummy dessert at lunch.)
I used a denim table runner on my sofa table (just the right size for a small party) and placed the table in front of one of my windows with the curtains pulled together as a backdrop. The lantern I borrowed from my parents house along with the black speckled roasting pan. I used Mason jars for the Smores Goldfish Mix and disposable foil pans for the regular and chocolate graham crackers. All things we had around the house.
Got to love how messy and yummy a smore is!
I had fun putting together a special family night for my sweetie. He seriously couldn't be any more supportive and helpful, fun and patient, thoughtful and selfless, talented or smart. He's perfect-for me! Happy Birthday!
Truth Be Told:
-This was an idea I was going to do last year for my birthday but my husband was in the hospital so I was glad to finally get to do this party.
-Nothing ever goes as planned, the baby threw up during the movie! Luckily, no big mess-but I did get distracted from the movie for the second half and the birthday boy had to run to the store for baby Tylenol.
-This was my first time seeing Parent Trap. Can you believe I made it more than 30 years without seeing it?