It was my sister in law’s 40th birthday a few days ago so her husband and I cooked up a spooky surprise party to celebrate! Jenn is my sister in all things scary, we’ve even gone ghost hunting a few times together! I’ll save those stories for another day because one of them still scares me to death…6 years later! Maybe for Halloween! 😉 Anyways, she works at our local hospital and with her birthday in October it just made perfect sense to do a Haunted Hospital theme. I kept it pretty low key though since there were a lot of little kids in attendance and I didn’t want to scar them. Check out the details below, warning…it’s full of gross out medical humor, one of her favorite things so they HAD to be included!
I wanted to start a new tradition since Brielle started Preschool this year but also because it works for my mom too since she’s the Head Secretary at her school. Plus, this year had something extra special…my sweet sister in law, Abbey, graduated and started her very first year teaching elementary school!! It was so fun to have my parents and my brother, Alex, and Abbey over for breakfast. It’s not very often we have such a little group so it was nice to have some quality time visiting and hearing about the changes Abbey had been doing to her classroom. I set up just a tablescape for this event and everything came from the Target Dollar Spot or were things I already had. Admission: I fully teased Scott when he bought this abacus years ago, like when would it EVER be used?! Now, I’m pretty stoked he got it since it gave me my color scheme.
I went low key for my birthday this year and decided to do a BBQ at my parent’s cabin for just family and close friends. What better theme could work better than a picnic theme but it seemed lackluster to just stick with the classic red gingham. While I was mulling over it, one day Brielle and I were taking a walk and she found this huge ant pile on the sidewalk. She was totally enamored by them and suddenly the inspiration hit me! Ants and picnics…of course!
Oh man, I have a FOUR year old!! I can’t believe how quickly time has passed, I feel so torn. On one hand I miss her when she was little and want to keep her small forever but on the other hand, every day I’m amazed at the things she’s learning and I’m so excited to see her grow! Anyways…when I first asked her what she wanted for the theme she promptly replied, “Coraline” it’s one of her favorite movies so I shouldn’t have been surprised. I went back and forth on if I could use that theme and make it not so creepy until she came home and said she had asked one of her classmates if he wanted button eyes and he started to cry. That decided it and the Coraline theme was no more. Gnomes were MUCH happier and little kid friendly, haha. I didn’t want the traditional blue and red colors so when I found a section of brightly colored Gnomes at Hobby Lobby I snatched them all up and used their colors as my palette. Kim from BarefootStudiosOK created all my wonderful paper printables, including this darling invitation! She was so great to work with and took all my wants and made them into reality. Check out the rest of the party below!