You indicated that you are looking for ideas for a cute party
to honor your husband on the occasion of his 40th birthday for a small budget with about 40 special guests. My thinking is to make the party all about your husband and make it as much as a surprise as possible (e.g., you might mention you are having a party, but don't tell him any of the following).
Decorations, Signs, etc: Posterboards.
I would recommend starting by purchasing 40 large sheets of poster board (one for each year of your husband's life.) Decorate each poster board with copies of photos, school work, news clippings, high school sports letters, whatever memorabilia you can find or collect from each year of your husband's life. Alternatively, you could just have 4 sheets of poster board (one for each decade) or 8 sheets (one for each 5 years).
Since you have 40 guests coming, you could assign each guest a poster board and a year rather than doing all of the boards yourself. Signs.
Additionally, ask each guest (or couple) to bring two 8.5 by 11 inch signs on heavy paper (I recommend matte photo paper). The signs could be hand printed or made on a computer using, for example, PowerPoint. The first sign would be a serious, sincere happy birthday sign signed by the guest. The second sign would be a humorous one.
Also, if your husband is adventuresome, make a nice blindfold that is attractively decorated with his name and happy birthday on the front or get a nice happy birthday bandana. Invitations:
Make a sign with all the invitation details (place, time, RSVP, etc.) Now blindfold your husband with a plain blindfold so he won't see his special blindfold... then position the special one over it for photos. Have your husband hold the sign with all the invitation details. Take photos of your husband with the happy birthday blindfold holding the invitation sign. Hide the sign and special blindfold and photos. The photos can be printed or emailed as your invitation. For some samples, please view the album on SlideShare
. The Menu
Have a four course meal which could be pot luck.
The Program Your husband arrives.
- Hors d'oeuvre... His Favorite food(s) & beverage(s) from ages 0 to 9.
- Appetizer... His Favorite food(s) & beverage(s) from ages 10 to 19.
- Main course... His favorite food(s) & beverage(s) from ages 20 to 29.
- Desert... His favorite food(s) & beverage(s) from 30 to 39.
Once the guests arrive bring your husband to the party room blindfolded with the special blindfold. The humorous signs
. Take several fun photos of your blindfolded husband and each of the guests holding their special humorous sign. Don't tell him what the signs say. Put the signs in an envelope before you remove your husband's blindfold. Later, print the photos and place them into an album side by side with photos of him holding the signs with his friends, or if you have the equipment project them at your party (or have a second party to view the photos a few weeks later). The serious signs.
Now take a series of photos with each of your guests and your husband and the serious signs. Later, print these photos and place them in an album along with the original signs. The poster boards.
Spend about a minute a year discussing each poster board. Be sure to tell a humorous story and/or a major accomplishment for each year... and maybe tell the most significant event going on in Canada that year. Play or sing his favorite song of the year. Party Cost
Total cost of this party... very minimal. The cost of a room (possibly in someone's home or a religious institution), minimal raw food cost, poster board and ink.
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Please let me know if I can be of further help to you. (No charge for telephone consultation.)Ron
Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph. D.Education By Entertainment