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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Tonight we went to a surprise party for one of our closest friends 40th birthday, and it was just SO fun. He was totally surprised, and his wife did a fabulous job planning and executing it. We laughed and laughed, ate a ton of yummy food, and did A LOT of teasing.

You can't have a milestone birthday without some ribbing!

We did use actual dirt, but you could also crush up Oreos instead, to make it edible!

You could also do several of these jars, and use them as centerpieces for a milestone party...

  • mason jar
  • dirt (or crushed Oreos)
  • ribbon
  • tag--scrapbook paper, card stock, distress ink
  • vinyl (I used the Wish I Was Taller font)

You can download tags for the 30th, 40th, 50th, and 60th birthdays.

Just insert them into a Word document (or similar), and re-size it as necessary. Print, cut, and mat it on cardstock, distressing all the edges. Mat it on scrapbook paper, punch a hole in the corner, and tie it on with ribbon.



Blogger Country Mouse said...

LOL! What a great idea! Super cute too!:)

April 19, 2011 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

This is such a fun idea! I think I might use it for an upcoming birthday in June. Maybe I'll give the Oreos a try.

April 19, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger ReenieK Designs said...

such a cute idea !

April 19, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Apr. 19, 2011. Thanks again.

April 19, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Marlene said...

What a fun idea!

April 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Sassy Sites! said...

SOOO cute!! I'm going to have to store this idea in my brain for my sister's 40th coming up in November! :)

April 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

This is awesome. I will have to remember this for next year. I am planning a big 40th for my husband next year.

April 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

Such a cute idea. Gonna have to keep this one in my back pocket for later.

April 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

too, too cute!

April 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Tracy ~ Craft Junkie Too said...

Love it! :)

April 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I am featuring this absolutely hilarious birthday present on my blog today! {}
Thanks for sharing and have a great Spring day!

April 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger imsteelefullofscrap said...

Adorable though I like the idea of oreos!!!

April 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Too funny!

April 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

That is hysterical! My hubby turns 50 in January and this is a fab idea!


April 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I've had so much fun looking around your wonderful blog. I can't help but follow! Thanks for the inspiration.

Warmly, Michelle

April 20, 2011 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

You were featured over at Today's Top 20! Woot Woot!


April 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Mouth of the South said...

LOVE those!!

April 20, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Deanna said...

This is the cutest idea!!! Thanks for sharing!
Deanna @

April 20, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Ugh, I hope you'll show more of the party. My husband turns forty in two weeks and I do not know WHAT to do. Help.

April 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Love it!!! COuld you make a 60 one for me please? Love the chick oreos too by the way

April 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I love this idea. Thanks for the idea.

April 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


I added a 60th for you!

April 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Yes please share all the other ideas as well. My husband turns 40 this November.
We gave one of our friends a bed pan full of his favorite brownies.

April 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Tiaras & Bow Ties said...

oooh my hubby will be 50 in June...this will be perfect!

April 24, 2011 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

thanks for sharing your cute idea and the tags to go with it!

April 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured this on my blog today
(and made one)

May 8, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

What a cute idea! I love it! I may have to use it for my mom's 60th this month!

May 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Moms of all Trades said...

Oh I LOVE this, now to just be patient and wait for someones birthday to come around!


May 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Susan Crabtree said...

this is so fun-I am so borrowing your idea but I think I am going to use ground coffee instead!

August 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM  

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