This past Sunday, we celebrated my brother-in-law's 40th birthday. The theme was a rustic, classy southern feel. My sister-in-law, Christin, wanted to throw him a memorable party to celebrate this milestone with family and close friends. The party was filled with childhood photos, roast n' toasts, and children running all around in the backyard.
When it came to planning this party, details meant everything to Christin. From centerpieces to table set up to even party favors, she wanted everything to be perfect. And perfect it was. She surpassed everyone's expectations, even her own at times as she was setting up the party.
| Top&Bottom: Banners made from burlap. |
Collage: Pictures from childhood to present.
My favorite part of the evening was the roast n' toasts. It was a chance for everyone to share a story (most of which were embarrassing, of course) about Todd. Since his family couldn't fly out from Tennessee to celebrate his birthday, Christin emailed them ahead of time to share some stories about him. People around the table read the emails that his family wrote (Guess he's a fan of the song Crazy Train, who knew?) Afterwards, it was open to everyone to chime in. Although there were many laughs (and a few tears as well), it was obvious that Todd is loved by his wife, family, and friends.
Turning 40 may seem scary. A lot of times, we're not prepared for that milestone. But when you're surrounded by family and friends who you love and love you even more, you realize that being 40 doesn't define you. It's just another number. What defines you is the imprint you leave on the people in your life.
Happy Birthday Todd!