Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Party Butterflies

Saturday night before I left for Hawaii my husband and I attended Maggie’s (a neighbor) 50th birthday dinner at The Arizona Inn, a National Historic Site. Her husband Brad asked me to help with the planning and party theme. I suggested butterflies to represent transformation and renewal—perfect for a milestone birthday.

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I made place cards and added a butterfly made using a Martha Stewart punch. I folded the wings a bit and mounted them on the cards. Each card had a graphic indicating the guest’s choice of entrée; beef, chicken, or fish. This helped the wait staff at the restaurant when serving.

Brad also asked me to come up with a party game. My suggestion was “Say What?” Each guest writes down the wildest thing they’ve ever done (or is willing to admit to have done). It’s done anonymously, no signatures.

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I found sheet music to “The Butterfly” which I printed in 3x5-inch format so the guests would have something on which to share their wild past. Then I ordered engraved pencils from the Oriental Trading Co. web site.

After the admissions were gathered, the guest of honor read each one out loud and we all tried to guess who wrote it. I’m not big on party games but admit this was rather fun.

You’re probably wanting to know what I admitted to doing, aren’t you?

Some years ago at a women’s Autumn Equinox retreat in the Arizona desert, we danced naked at midnight around a huge bonfire under the full moon while other women drummed on Native American drums or djembes. It was awesome and ever so liberating.

Maggie guessed my admission right away. I saved every single one of the “wild” things to include in our birthday gift to her—a scrapbook of the event using photos my husband took at the party. My honey went out early the next morning and got prints which I immediately added to the scrapbook I’d prepared ahead of time. We delivered our gift to her Sunday evening.

Much more went into her party, but all my other photos are gone thanks to my now-deceased laptop and we’ve already given Maggie everything.


Melanie's Randomness said...

I absolutely adore the butterflies!!! What a great idea for a 50th birthday! They look so cute!! Glad it was a success!!

Thimbleanna said...

It sounds like a wonderful party June! I love the invitations. And of all my blog friends, I would have definitely guessed you for that brave thing. There's no way I'm dancing naked in front of anyone -- midnight or not LOL! said...

You are the most amazing and creative party planner! I love these ideas. Your friends are so lucky. =)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

June, I would have guessed right away what your "guess what" secret was as I know your propensity to be "clothes free" in the privacy of your pool! ;-)

That is a wonderful game..and an even more wonderful memento!

I also love the butterfly daughter in law had a buteerfly theme for her wedding!

Jane said...

It sounds like a wonderful celebration for your friend! You are so amazingly creative - no wonder your blog is such a favorite!

Jane - Jacksonville

Kristie said...

I still regret going back to our cabin and missing that dancing!!

Your favors made for a wonderful party for Maggie! They're beautiful.

Leslie said...

I love the butterfly cards and I am so glad you mentioned the MStewart punch. Yesterday I saw a collage at Home Goods with lots of butterflies similar to these in your picture and I so wanted to make a collage of my own!!!! Guess where I will be going today? :)

dutchcomfort said...

I’ve said it before... you never stop to amaze me with your creative spirit.

Love your dance story!

rohanknitter said...

Wow, June, that was a smart husband to ask you to help him! You always have the best ideas!

Anonymous said...

Looks great June, you're such a lovely neighbour.

Bridgett said...

You're 'amazing' level just went up another notch in my book. :D

Bridgett said...

BTW...the bonfire dance sounds WONDERFUL. I think skyclad rituals would be so liberating.

Lena said...

I think the party sounds wonderful. All of your friends are very blessed to have you in their lives, June. You have such a way with the small touches, that make things special.