Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Surprise Thir-'tee' Fifth Birthday!

I had a crazy idea to throw a surprise birthday party for my boyfriend, Lucas. I had put literally no thought into it, until one day, I thought, this would be fun. So, I texted and emailed everyone I thought he would enjoy at his party. It was sort of as easy as that. As soon as I had enough people interested, I blasted a facebook message to everyone I could think of. And with that, I had set myself up for a giant surprise party. (Insert sarcastic thumbs up)

In all seriousness, I was really excited. Lucas and I have been so transient these past few years that it is nice to finally have settled in a home and be able to host. Also, I love him and love to see him happy. Win Win. 

I had no plans for a theme. I just wanted a casual potluck BBQ with our friends. I knew the only way to get him out of the house was to have a tee time set up for him in advance. That got me to thinking, could I do a fun party favor incorporating golf? Yes, yes, I could. So I went to and designed a golf ball. I put his face on it and had written, 'I don't always turn 35. But when I do, I golf.' It was fun and cheeky. By the way was prompt and the balls turned out great!

Once I thought of the balls, I got all these different ideas in my head that I wanted to do. With the help of my brother, we came up with some great puns to place around the party.

Ball Washer

I also made one that said, 'Water Hazard' and '19th Hole,' but by the time I got around to taking pictures of those, they had been soaked in beverages. At any rate, I loved these little playful ways to label things!

The other thing I wanted to do was cake pops on tees. I have NEVER made cake pops, so I knew it would be a baaaaaaaadddd idea to attempt something new. Instead I bought doughnut holes. I cut wooden craft sticks into small pieces and hot glued them to tees. It allowed me to slide the doughnut hole right on top. Super simple and really cute!

I also wanted to make golf themed cupcakes. I decided a gumball would be the perfect size ball to add to the cupcake. When I went to go get the gumballs, they only had multiple colors in a bin, so the extremely nice woman at the candy store allowed me to pick through the bin and select only the white ones. I felt ridiculous but it was so worth it. I made some flags to place on the cupcake as well. The hardest part of the cupcake process was getting the frosting grass on there. I used a decorating tool and it worked, but took a VERY long time.

 Adorable, right?!

The party was a HUGE success and I am so thankful to everyone who made the day sooooo special for Lucas! Happy Birthday Lucas!!!! I love you!

Squeeze - Liz

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