Tuesday, January 27, 2009

birthday party planning!

I am planning a huge surprise birthday party for my mom who is turning 60!!! I need suggestions/ideas on entertainment, ice breakers, party gifts, etc. If you have any fun out of the box ideas will you please let me know!! Oh and remember it is a surprise!!!


Haskins said...

How fun I love surprise parties!!! I did one for my mom when she turned 60. It turned out great!!! One thing that she loved was a put a book together for her. I had all of her friends write something about her and then at the party I took pictures of everyone and put it in an album for her!!! Good luck!

Kayla R. said...

Oh HOW FUN, I love your mom! You know what I can't think of anything right now but I will put my thinking cap on!! And you are the BEST party planner ever so I am sure what ever it will be AMAz'n!

Robyn said...

Jess, a fun thing we did for Brent was came up with the top 60 things we loved about him, then we wrote them all down and put them a box, and then the whole fam sat around at his party and read them all, it brought up so many fun memories and stories, we laughed and cried! it was awesome!

Cecilia said...

What a great idea! You're an awesome daughter!
Birthday parties are usually $50 to $75 per hour. Two hours minimum. Do you know where is going to be???

brit said...

my dad's 60th was super fun! we did a "still sexy at 60" theme. we did an old "sexy" pic on the invite & did all of his fav foods for a buffet & did the centerpieces off of his favorite snacks... goldfish crackers in fish bowls, chocolate licorice in vases & boston baked bean candies in shallow dishes. we did everything black & silver so it wasn't quite so morbid. Loves to Rosemarie!!!!! call me if you need any help! you know how i LOVE a party!

Heather said...

How about a sweet 60 party instead of a sweet 16? It can be really girly and prom like.

US said...

ummm, doesn't your mom read your blog? If not, then I'm not so sure she should get a birthday party. Lol. I think the photos put to music videos are always fun. It just takes a lot of time scanning pictures since I'm guessing a lot of Rosemarie's pictures aren't digital. And p.s. Did you say 60? Are you sure you didn't mean 50? Wow. That's amazing. I think she started aging backwards 10 yrs ago, so maybe even 40 is what she should be.

Jessica G. said...

My s-i-l is a big mystery fan so her husband threw her a Murder Mystery party. He got it off the internet, scaled to fit the number of guests. It was set in the 1920s so everyone came dressed for the part. Awesome night!

My three sons said...

Your mom is the cutest!!! I had a 60th for my mom a few years ago and a 65th for my dad the next year and I made them a book too but I emailed all the guests in advance and had them write something and send any pictures they had and then I scrapbooked them. They were so super cute but I had no life outside the book every second right up to the party! I had to stalk some people, mostly my siblings! Then I uploaded all the pictures from the books to and they made a DVD of them with cute music and I had it playing at the party. For party favors I just did little boxes of treats with ribbons and sticker tags I made on... or or something. Anyways they had a picture and they said "the more candles on top of your cake the bigger the wish you get to make" It was way cute but for real I had to work on it all day and all night for months! I thought afterwards that I should have just had a polaroid for guests to take their own pictures of themselves and just have that cute envelope book thing and have guests write stuff at the party. I went to a wedding once that they had a photo booth! Good luck! I'm sure you will make it the best party ever!

Ellery said...

holy cow i havent been to your blog forever! i love that picture of us :) new years was sooo fun, thanks to all of you.
your cute mom...let me think...for my dad's 50th we went around to his oldest and closest friends and family and had them share a funny story or thought. that was really fun for everyone to watch.

Julie said...

This is an ice breaker we did at our mother/daughter banquet this year. You could change it up to include everyone.

Julie said...

Oops, I forgot to paste the game.

This is an innovative way to pass a gift around and get to know women at the same time.
Materials: One wrapped gift (does not need to be expensive, a dollar store item is fine); and poem below.
Procedure: Read the poem below to pass the gift around and see who ends up with it!
Pass the Gift Game Poem
1. Take this gift and with out a sigh look around, then give to a woman with eyes of brown.
2. Yes, you are the lucky one for a moment, but let us all share in the fun! Please look around with eyes discreet, and give it to the one with the smallest feet.
3. Your feet are tiny and very small, now hand the gift to someone tall.
4. Please take your time and don't be harried. Give it to the one who is longest married.
5. You must be proud of your life, now please pass this to the newest wife.
6. Of this parcel you are bereft, give it to the one on your left.
7. The largest earrings we are looking for now, if you are wearing them, step up and bow.
8. Now to the person with button, big, small, any kind... the most you can find, gets the gift this time.
9. Now don't get cross and please don't fight, but pass it to the person third on your right.
10. We should stop soon don't you agree, The gift is yours to keep with glee!

If you would like, you can add this last "twist"... 11. Inside you'll see another continue the game. Pass it to your neighbor on the left, she'll be glad she came!