Dad’s 50th

7 Nov

Saturday night we (my mom, brother, and I) pulled off a surprise party for my dad’s 50th birthday. His actual birthday was a few weeks ago, so holding the party afterward helped up the shock/surprise factor. Dad says he had no idea, and that goes down as a “win” for us. My mom did a wonderful job putting everything together, sneaking behind dad’s back, and coming up with great fake stories/reasons/events to get out of the house to prep and to actually get Dad out of the house to the party. She’s a clever lady, and not 10 minutes in to the party, came clean with all those “lies” she’s been holding in. I’m pretty sure it was because it bothered her so much not telling him everything, and partly because she was so proud she pulled one over on him.

I give the three of us “mad props” for not slipping up even once and for all our work. It ended up being a good time with music, food, drinks, and close friends, some that haven’t been seen for a while, and a time to reflect on how great a guy Dad is, even if he is an “elder” now! Best part of the night was watching Mom and Dad dance, and listening to everyone’s wonderful memories they’ve shared with him. Below are a few pictures from the evening.



"Happy Birthday"


The shirt Dad's coworkers made and all wore to the party. Everyone signed a copy for him.


Opening a gift from a friend


Mom and Dad


Garrett and family friend, Mark


The Big 5-OH!




Lakyn with Grandpa and Grandma


Dad's cake. It was a lot of fun to make!


I loved making these cupcakes, too!


A close-up of the handmade cupcake picks. Scrapbook paper, stamps, hot glue, and toothpicks. I did the same for the "Happy Birthday" on the cake, but used lollipop sticks instead of toothpicks. I think they turned out great.


Happy Birthday, Dad!

4 Responses to “Dad’s 50th”

  1. jodi November 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    WOW!! that looks amazing! You guys really pulled it off great. :) I love the cupcakes :)

    • Afton November 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

      Thanks, Jodi! Please come visit so I can make some cupcakes for you!

  2. Dad November 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    This is really great Afton! And so was the surprise! I was about as dumbfounded as I could be. Never in a million years would I have suspected a surprise party for me that night. You all did a great job! Thanks for all of your help putting it together, for the cake and cupcakes, for the memories thing you and Garrett did, and for being there. Your Mom did a great job with this and is a terrific wife (even if she did have to hide things from me), and I think it’s pretty cool that she felt bad about keeping secrets from me. I’m a lucky guy to have such a great family!

    • Afton November 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      I’m glad Mom was able to pull one over on you. We’re lucky to have you, too!

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