It was a crazy and fun-filled birthday weekend for my brother and my hubby, Jose. We ended up not doing a separate birthday cake surprise for Jose because he didn't want us making a big fuss over his birthday. But apparently, the guys at my brother's party ended up having a 2nd drink (or two or three or more) on Jose's behalf as well!
The slideshow above is a quick recap of photos I was able to capture on my camera. I regret not being able to take more photos of the guests and our family, but I was busy with "mommy duties" - following my 2 year old around the entire time of the party.
It was fun seeing my brother have a good time with his friends and family. He was definitely faded beyond faded (which was the point). But he was taken care of by everybody in the house. LOL my Dad and his "selfie" shots around the party. Let's hope he's not posting those pics on his Facebook page. haha!
The overall decor was beautifully put together by my sis-in-law, Sheryllyn. You wouldn't know that this was just put together in two weeks!!!! My favorite decor of the party was the centerpieces: the DIY "tri-frames". Pretty self-explanatory process, but so beautiful when put together. I might have to use that for an upcoming party that I decorate for..maybe for a 1 year old birthday party for future clients.
I can't wait to celebrate more "40th Birthday" celebrations in the near future. Just about everybody around me is turning 40, or almost there - like myself and Jose. Well, we still have two more years.
I'll enjoy my last few years of being in my thirties.
My brother's 40th birthday was on Tuesday (the 14th) and his party is this Saturday. I made a banner to place over the backdrop for his photo booth. Since the backdrop will be black, I decided to go with a backing color that I've never done before in all my three years of making party banners - white!
My sis-in-law told me to pick a theme color for his birthday, so I thought that sticking to black and white with hints of gold would be a nice touch for a male birthday party. This is his 40th birthday too, a big milestone...so we had to add some glittery details to it! I know for my 40th birthday, I'd like to have some shiny decor for my party (I still got two more years to go)!
I did something a little bit different to this particular banner that I don't normally do. I threaded the ribbon in the front of the banner as opposed to "hiding" it in the back. The banner looked a little plain to me as I laid everything out on the table before assembling. I wanted to add something but I didn't want to go overboard with it. So as I was threading the ribbon through, I noticed it looked much better being exposed. I also added stars in between the words "40th" and "birthday" . I had to break up this banner or it would've extended over 10 feet! LOL my photobooth backdrop width is only 5 feet.
I'll be posting more photos of the party this Saturday so you can all see how the banner looks as it is hung over the photobooth.
By the way, Jose's (the hubby) birthday is this Saturday! I'm thinking of surprising him with a small ice cream cake at my brother's party when the crowd gets smaller and we're about to clean up. He doesn't read this blog, so he won't even know about his cake surprise!
Will I ever find a better "home" for my ribbon collection? Yikes!
And there's my mix of new school and old school crafting: my Cricut and Sizzix.
If I could, I would love to have ALL the die cut machines out there. But *sigh*, it's just a dream.
Just a crafter's dream.
And here's my 2 year old, Noah cozy in his little tent in the craft room. Of course, he's on Youtube, watching something Thomas the Train related.
I can't believe it's been two years since my last blog post. LOL I've been busy! First of all, being a mom to two boys isn't easy - so that's where I've been for the past two years...being a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom).
But I've also been developing my "craft" with dessert tables and paper crafts. Majority of my work for the past two years are on my Instagram page @cyndetails
I'm trying to take a different approach with my work this year and focus more attention on "paper crafts" as opposed to last year with my dessert and candy stations. I'll still be setting up dessert tables here and there, but it won't be a primary goal for me this year.
These mini treat boxes are my own custom template that I worked on last week while I was looking through the pantry and noticed a full bag of unopened Hershey's Nuggets from Christmas. So I put these candies to good use!! It can be a pain to try and figure out a template on your own, especially when you can just easily find a cartridge or make your own svg file for your die-cut machine to do the work for you.
But there's just something rewarding about figuring the measurements out on your own, trimming with a paper trimmer, and scoring with a scoreboard. There's nothing wrong with mixing old school crafting with new school crafting. And the best part about it all is that you can proudly say that the creation is "yours". =)