easy decor for a celebration of life

my sister-in-law, courtney (sean’s youngest sister), is a 10 year cancer survivor!

to celebrate, her husband wanted to surprise her on her birthday with a party – a “hooray!  courtney is alive!” party.

he gathered together family and friends that supported her ten years ago in the hospital and through prayer.

he couldn’t really be involved in the decorating part of the party because this was a secret after all, i was called in (along with mother-in-law and sisters) to help out.  since this party was the same week as the queen bee market (insane!) my resources and time were very limited.  so before packing up for the market, i grabbed the biggest box i could find and started gathering things around the house.  i still had no direction for a theme, but just grabbed things that were pretty together.  within a few minutes i realized all the things i grabbed were grass green and turquoise, with a little bit of silver thrown in – so that’s what i went with!  between what i brought and everyone else made, we pulled together a pretty inexpensive (decor-wise) party!

although courtney wasn’t completely surprised (apparently we aren’t sneaky enough!), i think she was blessed by the friends and family that surrounded her to celebrate her victory!

we had a little dessert table as our main area for decor.  my sister-in-law heather made all the cute signs.

we supplied some of the treats, but david also ordered some specialty desserts from one of courtney’s favorite bakers.

a simple touch like a coordinating ribbon pulls everything together

the flags on the desserts were made from toothpicks, scraps of paper, and hot glue – super easy and quick.

on the tables were candles, blue glass mason jars filled with baby’s breath, and courtney’s signature flags.

any time i see colorful straws i grab them, even if i don’t have a use for them yet.  we use straws nearly everyday at home and i love using them at parties.  mason jars are also great for having on hand – they are super durable and look great for all sorts of themes.

i loved the touch of this banner that everyone could sign – so fun!


  1. 1

    What an absolute wonderful celebration of her life. How amazing that her hubby & you all wanted to do that for her. I think the decor looked beautiful. Sometimes coordinating is good, no real theme is needed!!

  2. 2

    Thats amazing! And really hits close to home since my mom had surgery for breast cancer this past spring. May the Lord continue to bless your SIL in her life:)

  3. 3

    BRAVO!! HOORAY!! I celebrate with you guys that she is healthy and strong.

    My mom is going through chemo right now for breast cancer. I believe we will be throwing her one of those parties someday soon.

    God bless you all and her sweet husband for celebrating his bride.


  4. 4

    everything looks so pretty and yummy- and this is the BEST theme ever for a party- LIFE

  5. 5

    what a beautiful celebration!!! and the decor is amazing! looks like a million bucks!!!

  6. 6

    This post brings tears to my eyes. A super adorable party for one of the most admirable women I know. Hooray indeed!

  7. 7

    SO SWEET!!!!

  8. 8

    That’s the best reason to celebrate, ever!
    also – question – are we going to get to finish seeing nicole’s house?! i am needing some baby boy inspiration for bedrooms!

  9. 9

    What a wonderful reason to celebrate! Looks like you guys pulled off a great party.

  10. 10

    Oh, this choked me up so much. I must plan something like this for Noah when we hit the 10 year seizure-free mark. MUST.


  11. 11

    Congratulations and Happy BIrthday to Courteney!!!!! What a beautiful, beautiful celebration of life. All the love that went into the almost surprise is amazing. All the details are just perfect. Thank you for sharing. This was so lovely.

  12. 12

    what a wonderful occasion to celebrate!! and everything looked so pretty!

  13. 13

    Oh how wonderful!!! (and beautiful!)

  14. 14

    Lovely decor, and what a sweet story!

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