Show me a DIY project and you’ve got me. I mean, I’ll never ever EVER do it, but I’ll sure enjoy watching people do it on their own. Check out my Pinterest boards, for instance. Hundreds of things I’d love to do. Number of things I’ve actually done: 0.
Then, my lovely sister decided to turn 25. Now, my sister on the other hand, complete opposite. Her room is full of projects and scrapbooks, collages and DIY photo frames. I just can’t keep up. So, when I had the idea to plan a surprise party I had two integral thoughts
1) This needs to be cute. I mean the girl is turning 25, and that is unfortunate enough
2) I am a broke bitch.
All hail the savior Pinterest.
The venue is not the important part. Parties can be held anywhere (and plus her boyfriend paid for that). What was really important for me was creating a memorable, exciting experience for her. So, I set up three things
1) A “photo booth” – using the term “booth” in the loosest of terms as there really was no booth, just photos.
2) A scrapbook guest book
3) Future wish jar
My original idea for a photo booth was extravagant. I was planning to search for props, create a back drop, set up my iPad with a timer. It was really going to be great. But then the day got closer and I got lazy and I realized that was never going to happen, so I toned down the crazy a bit.
I bought some wooden slabs at Michaels for a few dollars each and a can of chalkboard spray paint (Michaels always has sales where you get a discount on one item, so keep a look out!) With some colored chalk these became quick and easy photo props that people had a lot of fun with! Also, I ran to the dollar store last minute and picked up some glasses, beads and feather boas (which left feathers EVERWHERE, so beware) for a pop of color.
Among all the tidbits of weird my sister is she is also a huge memento keeper. Instead of having a normal guest book, I wanted to do something a little more unique and personal. I laid out some pre-made questions for people to answer. This way, Jenn will not only remember who was at her birthday, but how crazy her friends think she actually is.
Future Wish Jar
Lastly, any sentimental mention of well wishes and my sister practically bursts out in tears. Something is definitely wired wrong in there. I already made her cry on this birthday with a sappy birthday video so I decided to prepare for next year. Everybody left Jenn birthday wishes in a cute little jar that she won’t be allowed to read until she turns 26.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.