I’ve been talking about not much else but planning Abuela’s party for the past month or so (like here, here and here) and it finally happened last Saturday. It was everything I could have ever dreamed of for her – and more. From the wonderfully handcrafted decorations by my mom, to the lovely floral arrangements that were sprinkled throughout the small yet cozy venue, the entire event truly captured the spirit of the 1950’s, aka the decade of my Abuela’s “coming of age.” She loves gardening, pastel colors, and owns a handicraft store herself so we knew she would love all the little details and quirks that we came up with.
My mom singlehandedly made all these paper fans by herself! She is a whiz at things like these, and everyone loved how this came out. It definitely made the entire room feel very fun and festive.
Look, here are the mini-posters I made! These frames were originally those ugly gold ones, but my mom spray painted them white. We decided to use these as giveaways for the people who won our trivia questions game about Abuela.
We didn’t want the occasion to be in any way stuffy or formal, so we wanted to use recycled bottles and wildflowers for table centerpieces. And to add that extra kick of 50’s vibes, we included these fun cutouts of different 50’s stars and vintage posters. The ones about being curvy and gaining weight were especially a humorous hit among many.
We told everyone on the invite to be prepare their own versions of 50’s outfits, but we wanted to take it a tiny bit further, so we decided to make 50’s accessories as party favors! We prepared hats for the ladies and bow ties for the guys – all polka dotted of course! Can you believe that my mom iron-transferred all the polka dots on the hats by hand? Even until today, I still can’t.
The Snickerdoodles (aka Lando and me) also decided to do an illustration for Abuela. We based it on a photo of her during her 20’s, and added graphics to represent two things she loved: gardening and travel. Everyone loved it, and I think it is Lando and I’s best collaboration to date.
I loved that the entire family got decked out too. There was a lot of pink -- and a lot of James Dean lookalikes that afternoon.
The photo booth was surprisingly a hit with all the oldies! It was so cute to watch them goof around and squeal excitedly when they were having their photos taken. I guess most people never really stop being young at heart. And hi ho, I designed the photobooth template too, yay! Although I think they edited the font and the placement a bit .*sad face*
The party was definitely worth all the hard work and stress because I know we made her really happy! We wanted the party to feel like a celebration of life and love, to show Abuela how much we love her and what a great wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend she is.
Here’s to many more birthdays to come! <3