Surprise 60th Birthday Party! Part 1

August 11th, 2009

I’m thrilled to finally be able to share some of the details of my Mother-in-Law’s surprise 60th birthday party that I’ve been helping put together for the last few weeks. For someone that deserves it the most, this was such a fun event to help plan!



Pictured above are the invitations that I designed just for the event. Since Marilyn is an avid and brilliant quilter I decided to use sewing as the theme. I created the pattern by referencing traditional quilting patterns and added the needle at the top for some detail. Peridot is Marilyn’s birth stone so I tried to incorporate the pale green throughout as well.


To continue with the sewing theme each guest received a handmade pin cushion. Thanks to my husband and my own mother we managed to sew all 40 of these in 2 days! It was a ton of work but everything turned out beatifully and I think she was genuienly surprised. Happy Birthday Marilyn, lot’s of love! xoxo

Check back tomorrow for some more details and a freebie!

12 Responses to “Surprise 60th Birthday Party! Part 1”

  1. Aimee Says:

    Beautifully elegant. 🙂

  2. Mouse Says:

    I love the pincushion–and the color palette. The blue and green looks so classic, so vintage! Lovely work.

  3. Casey Says:

    the colors are gorgeous! the pin cushions are a great idea!

  4. Pam Parker Says:

    I love the theme and pincushion. My daughter is graduating from highschool this year and I want to make her something that would include a swatch of the fabrics she has used in her class sewing projects. I think the pincushion would be perfect. Would you be wiling to share the pattern? If so, I’ll be happy to share the final results. Maybe it would be a neat thing for all the senior students to make themselves as a momento. I would be glad to share with the teacher if you like that idea too!

  5. Katie P. Says:

    Beautiful as always Kathleen. It turned out so well!!!! I love that this theme could work for all sorts of different events as well. xo!

  6. Lindsey Says:

    ooooh, what a pretty theme. The color palette is wonderful and the pin cushion idea is so great! They are adorable!

    { Lindsey }

  7. Gwen Says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. I am a quilter myself and would be delighted with everything!!! Beautiful.

  8. mrslimestone Says:

    Completely fab!!

  9. Heidi Jo Says:

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  10. Heidi Jo Says:

    Oops! I was reading the date from the winner above you. You still have till next Tuesday. Ha ha…. but now you know anyway!

  11. Cathy V Says:

    What a cute idea. Love the pincushion, and I too would love if you could share the pattern. My Mom is turning 90 in Sept. and we are doing a sewing theme for her party also, and these would be so cute for party favors.

  12. Kathleen Says:

    So glad you guys liked the pin cushions. You can find a link to the pattern and more detailed instructions photos here. Good luck!