60 & Retired
My father-in-law retired then turned 60 just a few weeks later. He was more than ready to retire and would not let them do anything for him at work – he never said we couldn’t do anything for him tho! So Mark and I decided to throw him a surprise birthday/retirement party. The theme was easy – The Beatles. If you saw his basement you would know why we chose The Beatles, he absolutely loves them!
EVERYTHING followed the theme. I made the invitations using titles of Beatles songs.
The front of the house had a couple of decorations.
The sidewalk leading up to the front door was Penny Lane.
I made a street sign and pennies and attached them to yard stakes. I printed the signs then attached them to foam core. I bought the yard stakes from the hardware store.
About 6 months before the party I started casually sneaking photo albums from their house. I would bring the albums home, scan the photos I needed then put everything back. It’s a good thing I started early because I ended up using a lot of photos!
I used one of those photos on the banner for the front of the house
I ordered the banner from oriental trading.
I made a balloon wreath for the front door. It’s made out of primary color balloons and pipe cleaners. I added a few Beatles album covers and a photo of Steve.
As guests arrived they were asked to sign the album “guest book” and take a press pass. I also had John Lennon glasses for people to wear.
Grab a pen and record your attendance!
Your autograph please!
Steve’s Favorite Beatles Tunes – it’s yours to keep
Mark made a playlist of all of his dad’s favorite Beatles songs. I made a custom label and CD cover for guests to take with them at the end of the night.
I ordered these glasses from Windy City Novelties.
John Lennon Glasses – grab a pair to wear!
I made these press passes for the party guests to wear.
I ordered these yellow submarine soaps off Etsy. I had them in the bathrooms and at the Kitchen sink. They came individually wrapped so I left a few in the wrappers for people to take home.
All you need is Love and Sweets!
I didn’t get a picture of the banner that said this, but I made a “All you need is Love and Sweets” banner for the dining room where all the desserts were setup.
Helter’s Skittles, Ringo Starbursts, and Twist and Shout Twizzlers
I made yellow submarines with twinkies, skittles, frosting and straws. They were pretty cute and Marks cousins were so excited when I told them they could eat them!
I made chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with little cake toppers in them.
I made four different designs and used them for the cupcake toppers and the silverware stickers. I used photos and Beatles images. For the cupcakes I just printed them out on card stock and glued them to mini skewers. For the silverware/napkin rolls I printed them on stickers.
Of course there was a cake too!
I ordered tables and chairs from a local party rental company.
I painted a few white stripes on the bottom side of a black vinyl floor runner that I bought at Home Depot. The sign was just a print out that I cut and glued to foam core then attached to a yard stake.
Added a border and the Beatles and Party logo to photos for centerpieces. I used these frames for the table numbers at my wedding. It was nice to be able to get another use out of them.
I painted the Beatles silhouettes on huge pieces of paper and attached them to the trees in the back yard.
Painted a yellow submarine and hung it above the bar.
All the food matched the theme.
The sun chips were served in bowls I made from old records. After a few minutes in the oven I was able to reshape the record into a bowl. Then I glued a copy of the album label I made for the record the guests signed to the bottom of the bowl.
I printed these these little submarines out on card stock, cut them out, glued them to toothpicks and put them in the sandwiches.
We played Beatles music the whole night.
I made a little video to a couple of Beatles songs with photos and home videos of Steve.
We setup a little photo booth in the dining room. I printed out some fun props on card stock and glued them to sticks. The backdrop is fabric that I ordered from ebay.
A few pictures from the photo booth.
The Guest of honor and his friends!
My family came too!