A Football 40th Birthday

My team is playing in the National Championship Game tonight! I couldn’t let today go by without sharing two pieces I designed over the Fall for some friends and neighbors who share my love for my alma mater, The University of Alabama.

My friend Jolie and I talked months out about a football tie-in to the plans she had for a 40th birthday surprise for her husband Mike. Since everyone’s Fall schedules fill up so quickly around here with football games and kids’ activities, there was a little pressure to get on everyone’s calendars as far in advance as possible. We knew it would be a road game in NOLA on a certain weekend, but time, location, etc. were all still TBD, so I created this playful Save the Date card to mail out while she and her Mother-in-Law worked out the specifics.


Here’s a look at the more detailed invitation that followed several weeks later. This one was a little bit hard for me, because I LOVED the way the Save the Date turned out and wanted the two pieces to coordinate without being too matchy matchy.


I had fun playing with all the football terminology, referring to the surprise as a “game plan” or “trick play,” the party start time as “kick-off” and the outdoor setting as a “back yard scrimmage.”

Here’s a better look at both pieces together. I was very pleased with the way they turned out, and we had a blast in NOLA for the weekend!

More importantly, {he swears} we got the birthday boy good! Roll Tide.

10 thoughts on “A Football 40th Birthday

  1. How can I order these Alabama save the dates and I also need some Alabama invitations as well.

  2. Hi I really like this invite for my husbands surprise birthday party. How can I order theinvitations?

  3. Gosh. Around here the Fall weekends gets pretty quickly covered up with college football and people sort of plan out their season when the schedules come out. If you also find that to be the case, I’d say the beginning or middle of August. The reason we initially did one was because it was a busy time for everyone and we knew it was going to be an out of town destination for many but we didn’t quite have all the details of the where worked out. That being said, the sooner people know, the longer they have to keep your secret.

  4. Thanks so much…I’ll be sure to email you. My husband’s surprise 40th is not until November 8th. When would you recommend sending save the dates by?

  5. Hi…I absolutely love these invitations for my husband’s 40th! Where can I go to order both the save the dates and the invitations?

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