dad’s 60th {a stache party}

Thanks for all the fun comments yesterday. Here’s some answers to your suggestions/comments:

  • I agreed with some of you on the Search button needing to be higher…I added it to the very top.
  • I am trying uploading my pictures to my server instead of flickr again. Previously, this caused my blog to load pretty slow. If it is loading slow again, please let me know and I’ll go back to hosting them on flickr.
  • Text hover element: I have always used ProPhoto blog templates. The most recent version has a grid option…super easy to use. It did all the work for me. You can use the code ASHCAM473 for $10.00 off.
  • DIY page buttons to open on new pages or same page: I can only choose one option, so I went with same page since it is still on my blog and not a new site instead of it opening lots of new web pages.

My dad celebrated his 60th birthday last week. Lesley and I threw him a little surprise party. He’s always had some form of a mustache, so Lesley came up with a theme centered on that. The picture above of FireCracker makes me laugh. It was taken with Hipstamatic and the filter used makes it look like she has a really hairy hand…and her hand looks big. So the hairy man hand matches her stache. Nice.

Lesley is a graphic designer (she also is the one that did all the work on my new DIY page…that was a lot of projects to organize and create thumbnails for). She created these graphics for dad’s party:

A sign & cupcake toppers

My dad has been going to Jim’s Coney Island since he was 13. His 40th birthday party was there, so we thought it would be fun to do his 60th there too. Lesley did the majority of the work. Her Silhouette and my Cameo came in handy for all the mustache related items. Lesley created a “60” out of old pictures on the wall…I think she saw that idea on

I searched Pinterest for “easy cookies”. These by Julie popped up. They were awesome and easy. I also made these pretzel cookies by The Queso (I used normal pretzels).

My kids…goodness I love them. If you know my husband, chances are the boys will be growing real staches very soon. Hopefully FireCracker won’t.

Good thing is if she does, she’ll still look cute.

Sweet Pea was not a fan.

That’s my grandma.

Photobooth app for iPhone. I need to get it.

Lesley, Dad & Me.

Happy 60th Dad!

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  • Kezia - Happy Birthday to your Dad, I love the mustaches! Also I didn’t get to comment yesterday to tell you how much I love the new look of your site, its great!

  • Elisabeth - For me it is loading slow. I think it how many pictures you that slows it down. Happy B-day to your Father!

  • Jill K - Ashley,

    I love the new look! Super cute and fitting for you…. and since I was inspired to peak around a bit, I read up on your adoption process and was pierced with joy to see that you’re adopting a special needs sweetheart from China. I just love that news! Glad to track with you here for that story and for all your continued inspiration!

    jill (in China too)

  • Katie - Such a cute party idea! My friend just hosted a ‘stache themed baby shower, too. I love the photos on the wall – what a great idea!

  • Sarah @ w30 - Looks like a fun birthday party! And I love the new look – so fresh and happy! I remember Chris playing Jesus in a church production – I think we were 17-ish – he grew an epic beard and mustache out in a week! πŸ™‚ Remember that?

  • e l l a - Oh wow this is such a wonderful celebration and a fantastic party! Happy B-Day to your Dad πŸ˜‰ It is so lovely to see your grandma enjoying her great grandkids ~ that is bringing a tear to my eye…. By the way, I’m loving the new look ~ it is like opening windows on a spring morning πŸ˜‰ *big hugs* ps. Love the staches! lol

  • heather - happy, happy birthday to your daddy!

  • Kristin - Love the party, and love the new blog design. It is so pretty!

  • meg duerksen - hillarious.
    love the party….love the new blog….you rock.
    happy tuesday to you!!!

  • Janice - Super fun! Especially love the boys with their mustaches. BTW, it loaded really slow for me this morning.

  • Jess - I absolutely love it and may need to “borrow” your ideas!!! My dad is Bob and has also sported a stache most of his life and he’ll be turning 60 in 3 years. What a great idea!

  • Shannon -

  • Nicole - Hilariously cute birthday party – love the straws!! Lovely photos! Where is Sweet Pea’s plum-colored dress from?!?!

  • Erin - The new blog is so happy! Congrats. (The page has loaded pretty slow the past 2 days–that hasn’t stopped me from reading!!) Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  • Katie @ explanationrequired - Just a quick n to anyone wanting to open a DIY post on different page -you can open any page as a separate tab in your browser just by hitting the CTRL key at the same time as you click. Hope that helps someone!

    Also, love the photo of your Grandma holding your niece. She has such a striking face!!

  • Megan - Love the party theme! So fun!

    I didn’t comment yesterday but I am, like everyone else, LOVING your new look! And I agree, please do not have DIY pages open in a new page. Honestly, I can’t stand it when blogs do that. If I want it in a new page, I’ll press ctrl. Easy as that. So thank you. πŸ™‚

  • BriBedell - Awesomeness. Might be the theme for my dads 60th in a few years!!

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - Birthdays are sooo much fun!

  • cailan - Cute-Cute Party! So many fun ideas and your children wear mustaches so adorably. ; )

  • Jennifer - So CUTE!!! I’m doing a “lil man” party with mustaches and ties for my second son’s 1st birthday! I’m stealing some cute ideas. Also, LOVE the new blog header.

    Jen @

  • Ruth Abel - Love this party idea. Totally hilarious! And I just adore your new layout. It is like the first day of summer! (Which I am already very much looking forward to.)

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - You and your sister are so beautiful! Happy birthday to your dad! What a fun party idea. I love the decorations!

  • Jeannine - Awesome party idea! It looks like everyone had a blast =) Happy birthday to your Dad!
    Oh and I have to say, I LOVE your hair like that! It looks great!

  • Mariah - Oh my goodness, you’ve got to be kidding me! My sister-in-law and I have just started planning a stache party for my father-in-law’s 60th! Weird…

  • Leslie - This is so SO great!!! My dad turns 50 in January and I’m thinking we are going to do a similar party! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Renae - Also, love the pictures with your kids and the mustaches! So funny! Looks like a fun b-day party!

  • Jenny - The new blog is beautiful… and I have to say Dads are the best!

  • Nicole Ahrens - Happy Birthday Bob!!!! I remember walking into your house all the time and saying “hey dude” to your dad and he would always say “hey dudette!” back. Good times, good times!

  • Rosalind - That is fun! No problems here with your new blog look and usability! Lovely and fresh πŸ™‚

  • Ashley - Looks like a fantastic party, happy birthday to your dad!

  • amber - So sweet. And fun!! Wish my dad would enjoy that…he wouldn’t. But, that’s life:). Thanks for sharing. I love mustaches. The paper kind. The real ones make me itchy. haha And, I don’t think I left a comment yesterday, but I love, love the new blog. Katie Daisy is a favorite for lots of people, including me! I love it…

  • Carrie - This is a bit random, but on your Snapshop webpage, music by David Lon plays. Where can I find his music? Searched iTunes, but couldn’t find him. Thanks.

  • Katie - Great new look Ashley! Congratulations on your new features!

  • Jennifer - i love the new site – so creative and fun.
    happy birthday to your dad! looks like a great party!

  • Brooke - Wow, sweet p and firecracker are both getting soooooo big! Crazy! Love the staches…your sis did a great job with invites, etc. My Finn looks like he is getting a cowlick like your littlest brother. So sweet!

  • Kassie - Your blog loaded faster today for me than ever. Also I love the new site. My husband just said to me “I guess the one good thing about winter is that it makes you really appreciate summer.” Your new layout gives me a little of that every day!

  • Rebecca - Your new blog is GREAT! Looks good, very informative!! I LOVE your new Adoption section!! I look forward to reading your updates! Take care and Blessings to you!

  • Kathie - Looks like lots of fun!! πŸ˜€

  • Amy - This is the coolest birthday theme (for dad’s) EVER!! Love it!! The new blog looks amazing and it loaded super fast πŸ™‚

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  • Candice Miksovsky - Hello! I am planning my dad’s 60th surprise bday party, and like your dad, my dad has pretty much had a mustache since coming out of the womb! It came to me as I was putting pics together that he has a mustache in every.single.picture – and I thought that we should also celebrate the ‘stache along with the man, so I started looking around for ideas and came across your blog and almost fell on the floor laughing over your sign – I LOVE IT! I was wondering if it would be possible to get one for my dad’s party? Basically, the only thing that would need changing is the “Bob” to “Ken”. I’m not sure if you have an etsy page or anything like that? If you could please let me know if we could arrange this, I would be ever so gratful!

    Candice Miksovsky

  • Ann - Great stuff, thanks.

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