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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
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Tuesday
Sep012009

juju's 60th birthday surprise

For my mom's 60th birthday, my sisters and I planned a small surprise party, inviting a handful of her closest friends.  For the invitation, I used a charming vintage photo of my mom paired with more modern type.  We asked each of her friends to write a short message, a lengthy anecdote, or a fond memory to include in a birthday book we compiled and presented to her at the party.

 

We served a sampling of hors d'oeuvres, choosing to focus our efforts mainly on the desserts.  This was, after all, a party for my mom who always served us "just enough" savory food (meaning not nearly enough!) paired with multiple desserts.  I made a Sweet & Salty Cake festooned with "flags" printed with my mom's favorite sayings.  I also made my favorite homemade yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with graphic polka dots made from royal icing (this was inspired from a story my friend, Brooke, worked on at MSL).  My sister, Emily, made "J"-shaped sugar cookies and my sister, Sarah, made Pierre Herme's Chocolate Mousse.

 

 

I carried the design theme throughout the party with tented food cards and custom water bottle labels.

 

The highlight of the evening was a presentation of "Juju's Favorite Things" (my sisters and I pretended we were Oprah).  These included her favorite magazines, recipes, music CD, soap, mascara, etc.  Each guest received a number and each number corresponded to a favorite thing.  My sisters and I took turns presenting each "thing" and telling why it was our mom's favorite.  Each guest went home with one of the favorite things (if we were really Oprah, everyone would have gone home with one of each!).

 

Finally, sets of personalized notecards were laid out for everyone to take as a favor.  The perfect end to a perfect event.

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That Stan Getz / Juao Gilberto cd is my all-time favorite.

09.2 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

What a great party Angie!! Bet your mom loved it. The invite is stellar.

09.2 | Unregistered Commentersara

That is such a fun theme for a party! You "take the cake!" Great blog, by the way. I love all the gorgeous pictures!

Love the idea of FAVOURITE THINGS - will definitely be using this at my next party!

09.4 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

CUTE! I'm throwing my grandma's 80th birthday celebration next wednesday (9.9.09) and I'm totally stealing the water bottle and food tent idea!

Her name is Olive, so I'm going with a strong olive theme (olive bar, olive/green decorations, etc.) Thanks for helping me continue the theme!

09.4 | Unregistered Commenterbrittnie

Love the 60th party ideas! I'll bet your Mom was thrilled with all of the thoughtful touches.

I just came across your blog. Love you ideas! The party for you mom was wonderful! I have to tell you I was so surprised to see her nickname...Juju! When my twin daughters learned to talk they could not pronouce each other's names, so we came up with nicknames...Mimi and Juju! And 7 years later they still use those nicknames!

09.5 | Unregistered Commenterannie

I just came across your blog and promptly added you to my reader. I love the favorite things table. What a great idea for so many events. Welcome to the blogosphere.

09.9 | Unregistered CommenterPittsy

I love this idea. I love the favorite things! What a tender way to celebrate a birthday.

01.15 | Unregistered Commenterdevra

loved your Favorite Things idea. It inspired me to do that for my mom's 60th birthday party.. you can see a couple of photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/54166110@N03/5014544335/

thanks for the inspiration.

09.22 | Unregistered Commentertastingsf

Great party angie..The theme of party is also very interesting and i like this beautiful picture also.My papa is going to 60 on next month so i am also planning such type of intersting party.After reading your blog now i am very excited.Thanks so much dear..

My grandmother just turned 95 years old, I'm impressed on how good she is.


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For my mom's 60th birthday, my sisters and I planned a small surprise party, inviting a handful of her closest friends. For the invitation, I used a charming vintage photo of my mom paired with more modern type. We asked each of her friends to write a short message, a lengthy anecdote, or a fond memory to include in a birthday book we compiled and presented to her at the party.

01.23 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Damon

For my mom's 60th birthday, my sisters and I planned a small surprise party, inviting a handful of her closest friends. For the invitation, I used a charming vintage photo of my mom paired with more modern type. We asked each of her friends to write a short message, a lengthy anecdote, or a fond memory to include in a birthday book we compiled and presented to her at the party.

I also made my favorite homemade yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with graphic polka dots made from royal icing (this was inspired from a story my friend, Brooke, worked on at MSL). My sister, Emily, made "J"-shaped sugar cookies and my sister, Sarah, made Pierre Herme's Chocolate Mousse.

I was wondering if I could only get the water bottles.

02.22 | Unregistered Commenterhi

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