My sweet hubby turned the ripe old age of 35 today. We celebrated this weekend with a party with 50 of our closest friends and family (other than the Oregon folks, who couldn't make it, and who were missed). We celebrated with good food, fun music, roasts, toasts, a skit, a few impersonations and a couple of little munchkins.
The theme for the party was rather Ben-centric. I encouraged folks to dress up as Ben and prizes were awarded not only for the most creative costume but also for the best impression.
Some scenes from the party:
rice krispy favors (Ben's favorite), B&W photos plastered to his name, color-coordinated signage by Mel, blue hydrangeas, white daisies and photo centerpieces, tissue poms, mocha cupcakes with more cupcake toppers by Mel.
Everyone gathered for a time of storytelling, toasting, and celebrating Ben. It was fun to hear some stories I've never before heard! Ben's dad got everyone laughing with a story about Ben having some trouble obeying growing up. John got himself laughing with a recent story involving Ben and some flash underwear. Uncle Jim got Maddie laughing by just being himself. It was such a treat to have so many of our loved ones gathered in one place to honor Ben.
One of my favorite things about the evening was the photo booth. We got pictures of nearly everyone who attended. See evidence below:
Verne and Mel, third couple down, won "Best Ben Costume" for their creative portrayal of his favorite words ever: "Totally" and "Community." Mel roasted Ben by sharing a "drinking game" she and a friend created during missional community night: every time Ben said the word "totally," she and her friend would both take a drink of their tea. Mel finished three cups of good earth tea that night and visited the bathroom twice. :)
Erin Beck (second from top, with Ben) won for best impression. She has his laugh down pat.
Such a fun, fun night! And now I am tired. A good party always ends in a good night's sleep.