The BIG Seven-Oh!!! As I sit here typing this, I cannot believe that my parents are seventy...well, almost as my Dad's birthday is around the corner in December! Looking at them, you wouldn't think they are seventy but I may be a little bit biased. They not only look fantastic for their age but they also do not act it! Ha ha! They are young at heart and epitomize what old age or rather what growing older and wiser should look like! They are very active, fun, wonderful grandparents to 5 busy grandchildren and hip - maybe a little too hip and I am not referring to my Dad's multiple hip replacements! ;)
My parents have always done so much for me and my sisters and have been nothing but supportive throughout the years. I thought there was no better way of showing them how much I appreciate everything than by helping them throw a party in their honour. To celebrate their 70th birthday party, Pop & Confetti took the lead on all logistics - from invitation to decorations, set-up to sweet table!
***As my partner Anna recently gave birth, I would just like to give a special shout out to my Auntie Kathryn for being my assistant on set-up day! She was a tremendous help!
A lot had happened 70 years ago...unfortunately Donald Trump included! ;) We thought it would be a great idea to list all the important events that occurred during the year they were born to reminisce about the good old times. We asked the talented artist and graphic designer Allison Smith to customize this print.
Here is a look at some of the many details...
- In case you haven't noticed, we love tassel garlands! Especially this Gold & Peach tassel garland! It looked so pretty hung inside my parents solarium, especially when there was a breeze...
- The script "seventy" cake topper was a must on top of the cake we had made! We love the versatility of these as they can also be used in floral arrangements or as table numbers at a wedding or other larger event!
- The "Let's Party" Gold Glittered banner gave the perfect POP to our Sweet Table!
- The giant 34" Gold "7" & "0" Balloons created the perfect backdrop and were a great add on prop for the photographers to use during their mini photo shoot down by the lake before all of the guests arrived.
- Last but not least, the enormous Instagram Frame which has been used at two of our past parties was a lot of fun!
All of these items and MORE will soon be available on our website - even the Instagram Frame! We will customize it for you so that you can simply have it printed at your nearest copy & print center! So stay tuned! :)
My Dad created a super playlist which we streamed via Spotify and which could be heard throughout their home and back yard. Sorry neighbors...although I am sure you would have liked the selection! From Frank Sinatra to Vampire Weekend, Miles Davis to Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder to Simply Red, David Bowie to Bob Marley! I could go on and on! The playlist was such a hit that we invite you to follow it on Spotify under Sophie Mountain. Stay tuned for a future blog post about it!
We found this incredible modern fabric at IKEA and turned it into a tablecloth. It then became the inspiration for the whole party! I worked with Alex Longlade from A Piece of Cake Montreal to create a simple yet modern cake which turned out beautifully!
Although party planning can be very stressful at times, it is important to have fun along the way! A positive attitude, being organized and staying calm will definitely result in success!
We bought sparklers for all 65 guests and asked that everyone light them up at the same time so that we could all sing Happy Birthday to my parents! Now that I have had some time to reflect on the party, perhaps giving fire to party goers that have been consuming alcohol was not such a bright idea...no pun intended! It definitely did make for a magical moment and some great laughs!
As Stevie Wonder sang...
Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you would agree
It couldn't fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy 70th birthday Mom and Dad - I love you both!
Bring on your 80th!