This June, my hubby turned a major milestone and I wanted to celebrate and honor him. He had never had a surprised birthday party so I thought it was a wonderful time to surprise him and at the same time throw and awesome party!
I wanted my husband’s party to reflect who he is which is why I chose a Jazz Theme since he is a musician. The color scheme I chose was navy blue, silver and black. As an event planner, I can get carried away with color schemes, but I was so excited to be able to use his favorite color, which navy blue and it seemed to fit the theme so well. Check out our day!
I must say that it took a lot of planning to surprise my hubby. He is so inquisitive and very in tune with me, so I had to solicit help from our dear friends Paul and Lisa, and his cousin Darryl. If it weren’t for those guys I don’t know how I would’ve pulled it off. Well since we had the party at our house, I had to devise a plan to get him out of the house. So Darryl picked him up that morning and the work began. I later picked him up and brought him back to the house and the surprise began.
We got him good. Our family and friends greeted us as we walked through the door. I was so happy!
I wanted guests to feel the musical tone as they walked in the door. To accomplish this, I created a music note backdrop that would also be used for pictures. I thought this came out so cute. I had so much fun creating it.
Since it was a Jazz Club theme we had a life band, the Paul Allen Connection which consisted of guys my husband plays with. We also had the lovely songstress Lisa Newberry who belted out jazz tunes and a lovely rendition of happy birthday. We sat the band up in our dining room where my husband’s organ is so that he could jam with the band at the end of the night. I must say this could’ve been a real recording session with all the musical talent in the room.
My hubby loves fresh fruit, so I created a fruit bar for he and the guests to enjoy while waiting on the main course.
I created the table cloths to have a blue sequins on the top to give it a jazzy, disco type feel.
As the guests arrived, we had our host Mr. Sebastian to give them a menu so that they could order their meal for the night. I had fun creating these. I wanted it to have the jazz club feel with a black menu which I embossed with my hubby’s initial.
On the menu was Shrimp, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo w/Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo w/Rice (My hubby is a vegetarian and I had to have something especially for him), Red Beans ‘n Rice, Put the Squeeze on Mac ‘n Cheese by Lady Robin, Chicken Wangs, and Ha’ Mercy Cornbread all cooked by yours truly with the exception of the Mac ‘n Cheese cooked by our friend Robin.
We had several drink options which I gave musical terms. The Blue Tone-Tini Martini our Signature Drink and the Sweet Sangin-gria, and we had Grape, Strawberry, Orange Soda Pop. I also created name tags for everything.
Lastly the desserts were created by Mrs. Amanda of Sweet Granny Cakes. If you have not had her sweet treats you are missing out.
Check out the music cupcake tags I created.
Overall we just had a good ‘ole time enjoying our family and friends.
And kudos to our awesome photographer Harris of GC Photobooth. He was the best!
At the end of the day, my hubby was very happy and that’s enough for me. Hope you enjoyed sharing in our day.
When planning events, I always start with my client to get the inspiration for my theme. Where do you find your inspiration?
Take Care and have a great weekend!