Last September, a friend of ours turned fifty. We decided to interfere with her birthday plans and relocated her party to a more suitable place and decorated it to her liking. It was a last minute preparation. It was a week before the set date when we decided to look for an alternative venue and bought props and party favors. We titled her celebration, “F* Me!”, that really meant ‘Fifty Me!’ yes pun intended, and decorated the place in shades of blue and some accent for it is her favorite color. We tried as much as possible not to spend so much, for the venue itself is a bit above our budget. Nevertheless, we have succeeded to make the place elegant for the celebration.
As we are eager to give her an awesome surprise party as we can, I am too, eager to make it a success as the one who conceptualized the entire event. Am trying my hand at event planning as a business here in Dubai and this is my first attempt, in small scale. Majority of the props are from our own home. Luckily we have a lot of blue stuff! My sister helped me with creating some of the decors.
We decorated a very white plain stretch of a wall with shades of blue, white, black, and a bit of yellow balloons and some ribbons that doubled as the ‘photo booth’. Of course, we printed some props and stuck it on a barbecue stick. Ai had an idea of making our hula hoop as a prop, so she decorated it too with ribbons and balloons for the guests to use it as a frame in their photos. Then we had another wall decorated as the ‘stage backdrop’. It was actually a column of the room but it was situated on the opposite side of the plain white wall, that served as another focal point of the room. We put on large cutouts of “F* Me!” on it, a chair with throws and throw pillows in theme with the color scheme. We had inflated so many balloons and wasn’t able to tape it all on the wall, we just left them on the floor, scattered.
We had built a wooden frame a few years back that had a black rubber back that we had planned to make it as kind of a scrapbook of our travels. But we are too lazy to really start doing it, so we decided to use it for the party. I had the celebrant’s photos pinned around the cutout letters of the title too and placed it on the narrow ledge of the windows and laid our yellow ‘Christmas’ lights along with it. Then adjacent below it was a table with the ‘birthday cake’ which is actually not a cake but fifty candles wrapped all together with ribbons, which when we lit it up we thought it will caught fire! Wooden picture frames and a chalkboard are also on top of that table, candles and plastic flowers as additional decor.
The celebrant was surprised, yey to us. The guests are happy and enjoyed the food, the games, the karaoke and the whole program.
Aside from organizing the party, I also started to learn video editing. Learning is still ongoing but somehow had my first cut. Filming was not that great for I don’t really had a good lighting to work with so a massive retouching was made to brighten some of the clips. Here are the links of the videos of the celebration: