Thursday, May 26, 2011

my big bro is turning 4-0!

This past weekend my family and I threw my brother Paul a SURPRISE 40th Birthday party!  I cannot believe that my big bro is celebrating this big milestone in his life, that’s so crazy! Time just seems to fly by that’s for sure, it seems impossible that he could be 40!  After months of planning this party was definitely a huge blast and it was fun to get together with my family and plan this special event for my brother. It was so fun to see his face because he truly wasn’t expecting this in the slightest!

We decided to host a luncheon a Buca di Beppo (delish!) to celebrate with our whole family, as well as his closest friends.  My Grandma and Aunt even flew in to surprise my brother on this big day.  I think that was really the greatest surprise for him that they would come out this way to be here to celebrate in person! It was such a fun day celebrating with family and friends while enjoying a super delicious meal.  Even though we had a BIG hiccup with our reservation, it all ended up working out perfectly and I am so glad that we were able to bless my brother with this fun party, I know he really appreciated it.

My sister Pam and I did a lot of the planning and we kind of ran into problem with how to personalize the party since it was being held at a restaurant.  We really wanted to showcase pictures of my brother throughout his life, but being in a restaurant poses some challenges!  We thought about doing a display board, but it just didn’t seem like a good idea.  So yours truly came up with the PERFECT idea!!  What we did (and by we I mean me) did was create a guest book/scrapbook for him to have as keepsake.  I wish I would have taken a better picture of some of the pages, because it turned out SUPER cute.  For the book, I scanned copies of pictures of him throughout his life and made reprints (since my Mom wants the originals) and then put together a scrapbook of all the pictures.  Mixed in the pages I added slots of decorative paper for guests to sign at the party with their birthday wishes.  It added such a fun, personal touch to the book!  Also, since we have a lot of family that live out of state, as well as some of his friends that live out of state and those who couldn’t be at the party due to other obligations, I decided to email them in advance asking for them to send me a birthday greeting via email that I could print off and add into the book for my brother to have.  I got a lot of responses back and it was really fun to have my brother read those wishes and greetings from friends he hadn’t touched base with in a while. 

Overall, it was such a fun celebration and I am so glad that it went off without a hitch!  So big bro, HAPPY HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY! I love you so much and I hope this year is the BEST of your life!

Here are some pics of the fun we had!

If you wanna see more fun, check out my YouTube channel.  I uploaded the video footage from the big day!


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