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I've had a couple of blogs in the back of my mind for a while now, but haven't been able to blog for confidentiality reasons.

Strictly confidential. Well, not really. My dad just didn't know about it and I didn't want to ruin the surprise.

My parents turned 50 within three weeks of each other this year (Mom's birthday is today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and my sisters and I put together a 50s sock hop for them, complete with record player, poodle skirts, milkshakes and Hula Hoops for the kiddos running around.

The invitations were really what I wanted to blog about today - arts and crafts project in themselves. I thought they were pretty creative, but then again I'm a little biased.

Anyway, here's how it worked:

  • We purchased blank CDs that look like records from a local electronics store and colored jewel cases to house them.
  • We dug around online to find chart-topping songs from 1958 ("At the Hop," "Tears on My Pillow," things like that) and burned them onto the CDs.
  • The cover was a photo we found online of teens at a malt shop with the title "Malt Shop Memories" and a little "as seen on TV!" logo in the corner.
  • Inside the cover went all of the party information, some facts about 1958 - such as the fact that it's the year Elvis went into the Army and first-class postage stamps cost 4 cents.

The end product was a fun invitation and something everybody can keep, whether they came to the party or not. I've gotten some compliments on them and now I've got something to listen to in the car. Not to mention some music we got to play at the party.

The whole thing was a lot of fun, as long as you don't count the ride to the shindig where an erratic gesture of my hands sent my Aggie ring into my sister's mouth, breaking her tooth. Yeah, I still feel like a jerk about that one. But I've promised to pay the dental bills.

Anyway, let me know what you think.