For my father’s-in-law 60th birthday, we decided on a Beatles themed party.Â He is a member of a Beatles Tribute band, so we figured the Beatles theme was perfect, and his band could play at the party.Â Â To get ideas for the party, I of course turned to Pinterest.Â I decided I wanted the color scheme to be white, black, and red.Â First, I started with the invitations.Â I decided to make my own and then have them printed.Â I found different designs I liked on both Pinterest and Etsy, and then took elements from all the designs I liked, and created my own invitation.Â Here is the invite I created (the bottom section of the invitation was removed to hide the party location, but this will give you the general idea):
To create the invitation and some of the other signs for the party, I used this website to create the text in the Beatles font (called Bootle).Â This website lets you type the text into a text box and creates the text in the Bootle font at your desired text size.Â You can then copy the text into your document.Â In addition to the invitation, I created a sign for the party that also had pictures from the first 60 years.Â I printed the pictures and the text on my inkject printer onto 8.5″ x 11″ label printer.Â Once the images and text were printed, I cut them out and stuck them to a piece of posterboard that I bought at the dollar store (2 sheets for $1). Here are the labels I purchased off of Amazon:
And here some pictures of the sign:
Another sign I made was meant to match the Abbey Road sign that exists on Abbey Road.Â I found pictures of the actual sign and then used more posterboard from the dollar store to create the sign.Â In Microsoft Word, I created the text for the sign, and then I again printed the text and other designs onto full sheet label paper, and then cut out the text and designs and stuck them to the posterboard.Â I hung this sign next to the shop where the Beatles tribute band would be playing.Â Here is a picture of that sign:
I also wanted to have some wording from the Beatles Birthday song.Â At the dollar store (love that place for party decor!!) I found a package containing red (perfect!) letters made out of very thin cardboard that you pop out.Â I knew I wanted the phrase hanging on the wall to say “They say it’s your birthday.Â Happy Birthday to you”.Â So, I calculated how many packs of lettering I would need to create that saying and purchased them.Â I then popped out the letters I needed and used a needle and thread to hang the letters on thin string and then hung it above the food table.Â Here’s a pic of how that turned out:
We did rent round tables for the party, as we had over 65 guests in attendance.Â To decorate the tables, I purchased white round table covers and the dollar store and some black table covers as well (afterwards, I wished I had purchased some more expensive plastic table covers from Party City or Hobby Lobby as the ones from the dollar store are VERY thin and you could see the wood tables easily through the white covers we used).Â I then cut about 12″ wide strips out of the black table cloths and put one strip across the center of each table (to mimic a crosswalk effect, like in the Abbey Road album cover).Â It would have looked nicer had we had better table cloths, but you could still see the effect on the table at the bottom of the picture below.Â Unfortunately I didn’t get too many pics of the tables,Â but here is one where you can see the table covers:
For the middle of the tables, I purchased vases and glass beads at the dollar store, as well as some fake red and white roses.Â I then put a vase on each table, filled it with the glass rocks, and put some white and red roses in each vase.
If you look next to the vase on the table in the picture above, I also created candle holders with Beatles pictures on two of the sides, and “The Beatles” on the other two sides.Â To create these,Â I purchased the glass candle holders shown in the pictures at the dollar store.Â I then purchased clear full sheet (8.5″x11″) labels from Amazon (link to those are below).Â Â I created text that would fit on the side of the candle holder saying “The Beatles” in the Bootle font listed above and printed that onto the clear labels.Â I also found a black and white picture of The Beatles online and sized it so it would fit on the side of the candle holder and printed that out onto the clear label paper.Â I then cut out the wording and designs and stuck them to the sides of the candle holder (2 sides had a picture and 2 sides had text).Â I then used a foam brush and applied Modge Podge over the labels on the candle holder to seal them on.Â I purchased battery-operated candles at the dollar store and placed those inside the candle holders.Â Here are the links to the items on Amazon that I used to make these, followed by some pics of the candle holders:
For other decorations and ambiance, we hung many paper lanterns around the backyard.Â We also purchased mini-LED lights to hang inside the lanterns so they would be lit up at night.Â This definitely added a nice atmosphere and classy look to the party.
For food, we had salads, grilled tri-tip and chicken, and a casserole and pasta dish, in addition to a couple different salads.Â To keep the food hot, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money renting chafing dishes and warmers, so I looked on Amazon for something affordable and I found it!Â They have a 33 piece chafing dish set for around $40, which is much cheaper than it costs to rent them.Â The kit comes with three stands that each hold two trays of food.Â So I was able to keep all the food warm throughout the party, they worked GREAT!Â I also purchased a pack of sterno warmers in case we needed more than what came with the kit.Â To keep the items that needed to be cold, well, cold, I purchased an inflatable salad bar that you fill with ice.Â It had plenty of room for the ice in addition to salad dressings and other condiments that we wanted to keep cold.