Vintage Birthday Party

Today is my mother’s 80th birthday and to help her celebrate I put on a vintage birthday luncheon for her this past week.

I love everything vintage and have recently developed a fondness for vintage tablecloths so I wanted to incorporate those into the party.

The luncheon was held out on the patio in our garden.  Fortunately we had wonderful weather.  After a very rainy spring and early summer I was a little worried but the weather came through and it was almost too warm and sunny.  We pulled out the sun hats and sunglasses and everyone did fine.


I also have a little collection of vintage aprons.  Since I had to use my ugly folding chairs I decided to dress them up a bit with the vintage aprons.  I used a double sided tape to tape them onto the top of the chairs.  It worked great.


For the table decor I used my blue mason jars I had picked up last year for the backyard wedding reception I helped with.

I filled them with flowers from my garden and placed a jar on each table along with a couple of old, vintage books.



The only flowers I had to buy was one bunch of hydrangea from Costco which I used in the arrangement I put on the serving table.


I also used the blue and clear canning jars to display pictures of my mother through the ages.  People loved looking at the photos!


I also added some vintage inspired pinwheels into some of the jars.



I borrowed an old vintage quilt from a friend to use as a backdrop.  The serving table was right up against our fireplace and there was an ugly black vent I needed to cover up.  I ran a wire line and used clothes pins to hang it behind the table.  It worked perfect.


I basically just found every vintage type thing in my house and used it to decorate with.  An old shelf from my girl’s room that was in the garage, a sign from Tessa’s room, books from the family room.  I just went around the house collecting things.

My Aunt Pam came down from Canada for the party and brought me this beautiful hat she found at a garage sale.  It very quickly became part of the decor.


I like to use signage on my serving table.  I always like to know what I am eating and besides that it looks pretty!



The menu consisted of three types of quiche, four salads, bread, cupcakes and cake.  For more details on the menu check out the recipes I’ll be posting over at Your Homebased Mom.

The desserts were on a separate serving table.  I found an old rusty shelf at a vintage shop that I used to give the table some height.  I added more flowers and books.



I also stacked 3 cake plates on top of each other for the cupcakes.


The finishing touch was a pretty girl in a vintage dress and apron to help serve!

Since the party was back in the garden I wanted people to know which direction to go so I pulled out Daisy and added a sign to her so people knew where the party was!


The best part of the party?  Was just watching my mom enjoy herself with her friends!




Happy Birthday Mom – we love you!



18 Responses to “Vintage Birthday Party”
  1. 1

    [...] read all the details about the party and see all the photos you will have to head on over to Your Homebased Parties but here are a few to give you a little [...]

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    [...] My mom threw her a vintage inspired luncheon, inviting all her closest friends.  My grandma is pretty popular because there were a lot of cute older ladies  there. One lady I sat next to was so funny, we talked about Project Runway and how it’s both of our favorite shows! The food was delicious which was no surprise because my mother is an amazing cook. To read more about how everything came together, you can check out my mother’s blog. [...]

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    Bird says:

    What a stunning affair!!!

    I love the vintage touches everywhere, the photos, the cutlery rack, the signs and the bike!!!

    Questions pls: What frosting did you us for your cupcakes, and did they fare well outside? I’m hacking my brain to find a yummy frosting that does not melt! :)


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    Bird says:

    What a stunning affair!!!

    I love the vintage touches everywhere, the photos, the cutlery rack, the signs and the bike!!!

    Questions pls: What frosting did you us for your cupcakes, and did they fare well outside? I’m hacking my brain to find a yummy frosting that does not melt! :)

    And Happy Birthday to your mum!! :)


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    Sherrie says:

    What a gorgeous party. Your mom must have loved it! Your dd looks so cute that dress. Can’t wait to see your recipes.

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    JoanC. says:

    What a special happy birthday for your mother! Happy memories from all those vintage treasures.

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    marti says:

    What a wonderful party! I’m so glad you got the nice weather you were hoping for. The vintage aprons on the chairs is a darling idea. Did you just drop photos inside of the mason jars or are they taped to the outside?
    I can’t wait for your recipes!

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    Robyn says:

    Vintage in a classy and pretty way, I love it! Makes me want to think of a reason to have a party… my mom turns 65 next, year – hmmm..maybe I’ll have you help me with some party ideas!

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    This is just adorable! Great job! And the “helper” in the dress and apron is the perfect touch! :D

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    Suzie says:

    Your mom is beautiful—explains so much!!!

    What a precious memory for all!!

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    [...] recipe is one of the dishes I served at my mother’s 80th birthday luncheon a few weeks ago – Salmon Hazelnut [...]

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    Emily says:

    Love it! Will you host my 80th, please?!

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    [...] dessert at my mother’s 80th birthday party I served cupcakes.  No big surprise [...]

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    CJ says:

    Very very nice, thanks so much for sharing.

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    Bibi says:

    Hi there! I saw that you said you had ugly folding chairs!

    You can always paint them…I had a few rusted or chipped ones at home sanded them down and spray painted them evenly. Now they are beautifully colored!

    You can also use stencils if you want for polka dots or other designs..I also bought cushions from Ikea as a decor and for comfort!

    Thanks for sharing and hope this helps!

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    denise says:

    Oh my goodness I just saw this! Beautiful! Your mom is so beautiful you look so much like her! Gorgeous!

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