40th

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I have a surprising number of loved ones celebrating their 40th this year.  In fact, it's almost odd considering I'm a young 29.  Er, or 34 if you are going to be exact.  Anyway, my girlfriend turns 40 today!!

My sister turned 40 in July and our mom had a great decorating idea.  She took a ceramic pot and put 40 suckers in it with a label that said "40 sucks".

When we were planning a big lunch extravaganza for my girlfriend earlier this week, I decided to copy the idea.  But in my opinion (or in a pathetic attempt to feel better about the fact that I'm 6 short years shy of the milestone myself, you decide) 40 was a birthday that needed to be celebrated as a good thing.

So I decided to make my girlfriend this one.



I think she appreciated the more positive message.

How did I make it?  Easy peasy.  (I forgot to take progress photos - I'm still learning this blogging thing, sorry!).  I bought a cylindrical vase and a bag of river rocks from Michaels.  Don't tell, but I bought the rocks in too small of a size, so there are more than 40 in there. :)

Then I set a repurposed jar in the middle so I wouldn't have 80 pounds of rocks to fill my vase.  I'd suggest bigger rocks, smaller vase, but this one worked out OK.

I made the "labels" on my Cricut - just cut the letters and matted the paper.  So I just set those inside the jar in case she wanted to remove them and reuse the vase later.

Then I filled the rocks around the repurposed jar, making sure not to mess up the paper labels.  I nicely arranged 39 suckers in the inside jar and voila!  A party centerpiece!

She's an earth-color sort of gal, so I used those in my label and picked natural river rocks.  You could use white or black ones with brighter colors on the labels! 

Happy 40th, G!!!
Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground