This year was a landmark year for my husband, Devin. He turned 50! For me, turning 50 is kind of a big deal but for me everything is a big deal….that’s just how I roll! Devin , on the other hand, turning 50 is not a big deal at all. As a matter of a fact, he would have been perfectly fine if it hadn’t been acknowledged at all! He doesn’t feel this way because he hates birthdays, or because he is worried about turning another year older, he just doesn’t NEED or REQUIRE fun or celebrations or laughter or fun or parties or gifts or fun or surprises or cards or fun or acknowledgement or fun or anything else for that matter. He’s just a pretty low key guy. So if you have

a low key guy
+ a fun sucker
+ the worlds tightest man
= a not-so-fun 50th birthday

Me, on the other hand, I am the polar opposite, I love parties! Give me a reason to celebrate and I’m all over it like white on rice! Knowing, that if given a choice, Devin would probably choose to do nothing for his birthday, I decided not to give him a choice. I threw him a party anyway…..a surprise party!

For weeks I worked hard to plan the perfect party. One that he would enjoy, one that the guests would enjoy and one that would fit his personality and showcase his favorite hobby, HUNTING!

The day turned out to be perfect but let me just say, I couldn’t have pulled it off without the army of wonderful and loyal friends who rose to the occasion. To all of you who helped…’re the best!!

Here are a few of the highlights.

After much thought and consideration on where to have the party, I decided to have it at our house, outside in the front yard. It was a beautiful time of year, it was free (Devin loves free) and there was plenty of room for lots of guests. The only day I could have the party was October 30th, the day before his birthday (he was a halloween baby) and that day happened to be a sunday! This is the busiest day of the week for our family because of church and it made it doubly hard to pull off but I was determined to make it work!

The hardest part about this day was all the lying I had to do! I lied more in a 24 hour period than I had lied in my entire life! The scary thing is, those lies just rolled of my tongue like turpentine! I lied about the extra food lying around the house and in the refrigerator. In order for me to be able to leave early from church I had to lie again! I lied….in church….while sitting on the front row! I looked at Devin with a sick look on my face and said, “I have had horrible diarrhea all morning and I feel awful. I think I need to go home”. (a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!) He looked at me with a concerned look and said, “Well, I’m sorry you don’t feeling well.”

It worked!

I then slipped out with a grin on my face and excitement in my heart and headed toward the house where an army of family and friends were waiting to set up.

I rented twelve large round tables and 100 chairs from a local party rental company. I couldn’t have them delivered (because Devin would have seen them) so I had to have a friend go pick them up in his trailer and deliver them the morning of the party.

All of my helpers rushed to set up the tables and chairs and then cover the tables with linens and arrange the center pieces I had prepared.

I used some blocks of wood (free), a variety of old jars (free), filled them with flowers (free) and greenery from our property (free) and scattered some shotgun shells around (also free!).

I thought they turned out beautifully!

I borrowed a large event grill from the church and had some of Devin’s buddies to grill hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken breasts, brats and hot links. I made the sides and friends brought an array of salads. For dessert, I made Devin’s favorite, coconut cake and my favorite, hot lava cakes in cute little jars!

After everything was cooked, setup and decorated, it was time for the big moment. The surprise!! I wondered, along with everyone else, would he be surprised? Did he know? Or had he found out? A group of us waited anxiously down Rohr Rd….and waited some more….and waited!

Finally, he made it home! And boy was he surprised! All my lying had paid off!

Now it was time for the party to begin! We had a sound system set up outside so we could listen to Devin’s favorite country music before, during and after the party….it was the perfect touch!

After everyone had eaten, we took time to reflect on Devin’s life and what he has meant to us all. Boyhood friends, childhood sunday school teachers, coworkers, lifelong friends and family were there. One by one, they told funny stories and shared fond memories. There was lots and lots of laughter and even a few tears.

Then… top off the day….the grand finale. I arranged a skeet shoot for after the party. The men were told to bring their guns ahead of time, I had two skeet throwers, four cases of clay pigeons and had secured a safe place for shooting. Just when Devin thought the fun was over, it was really just beginning!

Mr. Wonderful

They had a blast!

Kelsey showing them how it’s done.

The peanut gallery.

If this isn’t a red neck party I don’t know what is! It was pure fun and nothing but!

At the end if the day a great man was celebrated, surprised and grateful for all of the love and laughter that was shared.

Happy 50th babe! You deserve it!