I tried to think through how he would want to spend the day. Here's what I came up with:
- Waking up and going trail running
- Eating breakfast at his favorite breakfast spot: Baby Barnaby's (and playing Boggle while we wait in the long line)
- Taking Hoss for a bike ride
- Bowling (this is where his friends show up and surprise him)
- Watching his soccer game (ooh! We should surprise him with "Go Matt" signs) and eating appetizers on a picnic blanket
- Eating dinner at a comfy, cozy place: Star Pizza
- Playing board games at his favorite ice-cream shop: Amy's
I was tempted to make paper invitations to convey to guests the importance of the event, but I decided against it for budgetary and environmental reasons.
Instead, I sent them an e-mail message, but I attached an invitation (the one pictured above--although it's actually not fuzzy in real life). I designed it in Microsoft Word using text boxes and auto shapes. Because I wasn't printing it, I just ran everything right to the edge (although, if you were going to print it and wanted a similar look, you could always just trim off the excess white stuff).
- The purple, blue, and pink sections are just rectangles that I filled with color, eliminated a border, and sent "to the back" so I could put stuff on top of them.
- The black sections are actually three different lines, each at a width of 50pt.
- All the lettering is in text boxes, although I used the "text direction" feature to flip Matt's name. Also, the street addresses are in separate text boxes.
- The sets of four dots are actually just two colons right next to each other.
I set up an online RSVPing system using Survey Monkey. You can take a look at it here if you want.
As always, if you have any questions about how something was done, just leave a comment.
And don't worry; I asked Matt not to look at the blog for a while. I said I'm "planning Christmas presents."