We asked him awhile back if he wanted a party for 90, and he actually said, "Yes". (Marc's dad, Alvin, is difficult to figure out sometimes; we weren't sure what he would say).
With summer schedules and quite a few summer family birthdays, we figured July 6 would work the best. So, several months ago, I booked the fellowship hall at their church.
Marc is an only child, and I'm his wife (Duh)....Therefore, the party became mine to plan -- Ha!
I didn't *mind* planning the party; however, I struggle a bit with decor, creative ideas, etc....I am NOT on Pinterest (Gasp; Sigh) because I do not need to waste anymore time than I already do. SO, any idea I had was from my head! (It helped, admittedly, that just over 2 years ago, we held Marc's parents' 50th wedding anniversary party, and a friend helped me a bit; I did similar things at this party).
Enough *talking* -- here are pics!
The night before -- the gathering of everything in our dining/family room....
Dilllon's (our local "Kroger" grocer) did the cakes. They did a SPECTACULAR job, in my opinion. We received many compliments on the cakes.
I found some awesome "90" napkins at "Party City"! The blue punch??? It's actually lime slush ("Arctic Rush" from my alma mater -- "Dairy Queen)....
We also served coffee at the request of Marc's mom. Elderly people certainly like to come out for coffee on a 100-degree heat index afternoon, despite a nice punch also being served. My parents helped out in multiple ways. I managed to snap this pic of my dad (Papa Andover) showing Luke how to make coffee. This pic is funny to me because neither of my parents drink coffee.
I managed to find one simple banner -- with the option to customize the age.
My dad did quite a bit of research for us -- finding facts about the year Alvin was born (1924). We displayed his research at the "sign in" table (which also had a "splurged upon" leather-bound guest book)....in this pic, Alvin is sitting by his table. Alvin is simply NOT a man of many words or compliments, but he did say the "room looked nice"...
We're guessing around 70 people came. Alvin & Ann (Marc's mom) seemed happy, visiting with friends & family).
Luke, before this party, was given the opportunity to earn a compass -- something he's been askin for. To earn a compass, he had to demonstrate a great attitude, be polite, and be a good servant (help out) at this party. Luke did excellent -- considering it was an event with ZERO other children, his parents forgot to take "stuff" for him to read/do, and he was tired thanks to too many late nights during a holiday weekend. In my opinion, Luke more than earned his compass. So, after the party, we took him to get a compass. He was a happy boy, and the compass has been used and used some more today.
Now, where was Kate, you might ask. Well, Marc & I are parents who don't like to skip her nap, if at all possible. I mentioned earlier that my parents helped in multiple ways. Well, my mom "got" the "job" of staying home for part of the afternoon with Kate. So, Kate took a nap in her own bed while my mom stated home with her. My mom woke her up and brought her to the party for the last part of the party. That was a smart move, if I do say so myself. She was rested, and none of us were constantly having to watch Kate, an early 2 year-old, for the ENTIRE party. Plus, her grandparents did get to see her at the end of the party.
Luke was THRILLED when Kate arrived. It gave him something to do. We were only finding baby toys in the church's nursery; toys which were not age-appropriate for Luke. In fact, as one would expect, he had ZERO interest in them. But, when his sister arrived, he was more than happy to take her to the toys & stay with her. And, other than a badly-leaked diaper on his sister, it was a nice way to end the party.
I walked into the nursery at one point to check on our kiddos (this would be before the nasty diaper). I'm SO thankful I had my phone with me. Kate was rocking a baby, and I would've been sad to not have this pic!