Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #62: Throwing a Milestone Birthday Party

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
This is where vintage lovers gather to share their ideas, projects, collections, decorating vignettes, favorite antiques and more. We're happy to have you visit today, if you have a blog post or online vintage shop,
feel free to link up.
Today I'm sharing a 75th surprise birthday party we had for my Mother. My Sister and I had been collaborating together for about six months.

The day finally arrived this past weekend. 
I'm thrilled with how it all turned out...

There was a lot of "pre-party" prep that went into it.
 To help me plan I used a secret board on Pinterest.
Such great ideas!
The photo above is of the huge mess in my
dining room as I gathered and worked
on what to bring. We had the party in a
different state. It was tough!

I created a party theme or "brand" by
making a graphic on Pic Monkey.
We ended up choosing the one
on the right with just a hint
of the "75" in the background.
The picture is of my Mom when
she was a little girl. Isn't she cute?
You can see it on the favor boxes
 and throughout my displays at the party.

I grabbed frames from my shelves and
filled them with different sayings and
facts about what was going on in 1940,
the year my Mother was born.
I also made a digital scrapbook on
Shutterfly.com and I created a
"Trip Down Memory Lane" video
 using the Windows Movie Maker
 program on my computer.
I chose the song "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller to
keep with the "Born in 1940" theme. 

Finally the big day arrived and we loaded up all of that stuff ... and went over the river and through the woods!
I had booked the hall at my Mother's church. They had just completed a renovation and the colors were perfect together!

Somehow we turned that giant mess into this.
I had my Sister, with my niece and nephew helping, while my Hubby and Brother in Law were on chef duty.

I used a white milk glass punch bowl and stand, which I have now fallen in love with and want to keep! I was originally going to sell it.

Found this floral arrangement last summer on clearance at a local flower and craft store... I knew it was going to be for this party... but I also used it for Bebe's Nutcracker party as well.

I found a couple of these sparkling
reindeer at Christmas Tree Shops.

At the last minute I threw some pictures
from the video presentation I made,
 onto a flash drive for this digital picture frame.

I found these neat black tablecloths with silver sparkling dots at a yard sale. They were originally supposed to be curtains for a girl's bedroom and she didn't want them.
I just cut the tabs at the top off which left me
with this elegant table covering.
The silver "mercury glass" Christmas trees
were found at a thrift shop in
the Adirondacks. I may have also
found the black and silver wreath there, too.

I used every silver plated vintage
tray in my arsenal, most found at yard sales.

My mother's favorite flowers are daisies so we HAD to have some in the mix. She also prefers tea over coffee so we had some specialty flavors on hand as well.

 This idea came from Pinterest. It is a large poster board, folded in half like a card, which reads on the front: "75 Reasons We Love Jean."

Everyone who came to the party signed it and left a sweet comment for my Mom. It was so cool!

We were all exhausted but so happy to be
able to have this special day for my Mom.
It was truly a wonderful party. My Mother
said she never had anyone do this for
her before.


Thanks so much for coming along
with me! I'd like to apologize
for my lack of interaction with
my LTV posts and postees these
past couple of weeks. Between the
Nutcracker performance, this party,
and keeping up with holiday
sales... I was running short on time.

I'm looking forward to visiting
everyone this week!

Here are this week's features:

Brooke of Creative Country Mom shared this wonderful vintage ice skate display.

And what a neat idea this is! Diana of Adirondack Girl at Heart came up with these sparkly Christmas Trees made from toilet paper roll tubes! Amazing!

and I just loved this vintage Christmas porch display
from Old New Green Redo!

And Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction
shared this adorable tea time table scape
using vintage jadeite. All inspired by thrift
store finds!

If your blog was featured, feel free
to grab this LTV button for your blog side bar!

Thanks so much everyone! Love the Christmas themes, which we will keep on doing for this week and next.

I can't believe Christmas is next Thursday!
I haven't even finished decorating!

Now it's your turn!

Linking with:
Vintage Charm
Pink Saturday


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a wonderfully beautiful party!!
Thanks so much for the party!!


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Jillian, what a wonderful celebration for your mom! I bet she felt like a queen! She was a darling little girl, so cute (she hasn't changed much in looks, huh?)! She is lucky to have such a caring, loving, creative daughter like you! Thanks for sharing this with us!
Have a great day and thanks so much for hosting.

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Thanks for the party Jillian. You are so fortunate to still have your Mom. Looks like a wonderful party! Hope to see you over at Vintage Charm on Thursday.

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Looks like an amazing party! How could it not be with all the special touches that were put into it. I'm sure your mom was thrilled. Thanks so much for hosting this party Jillian, especially at this busy time of year.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Wonderful Birthday Party for your Mom. Congratualtions all.

Thank you for hosting Lets Talk Vintage 62. Love the features, appreciate visiting and joining in.

Joyce @ WP said...

Love all your party ideas! You're getting really good at this stuff. Love how you just grow and grow and improve and improve. I've been on Pic Monkey for a while and still can't figure out how to do the overlay so that I can write words on it. Please help! :)

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jilian, looks like the party was beautiful and successful. Thank you for hosting. xx Jo

Heidi | Mysweetcottage.com said...

Jillian, what a beautiful and creative party you hosted for your Mom. Thanks for the inspiration and for hosting another wonderful link party.

Deanies Stash said...

Jillian, your mom is a very lucky lady to have you all. That party looks fabulous! Thank you for still taking the time to host while in the midst of doing so much!

Hugs, Dianne

Curtains in My Tree said...

What a nice party for your Mother
That was such a nice thing for you to do for her

Merry Christmas

Diana said...

Your mother must have been SO blessed, Jill. What a lovely party you and your sister threw for her. Thanks so much for the feature this week and for hosting :)

My thrift store addiction said...

What a wonderful party for your mother, Jillian! Thank you for hosting and also for featuring my snowman tea party! Hugs, Cecilia

Sandi Magle said...

Oh Jillian, what a beautiful table for your Mom's party. And what a cutie picture of her...I so remember the bows and long curls...that we suffered through..in those days. And Thanks so much for the feature, I'm so far behind on my blogging, I'm just now trying to catch up!

Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and thanks for all your support this year in my first year of blogging.!