For the large frame, I made a sign with a pink backdrop, selected verses from Proverbs 31 (you could use a favorite quote or poem too), and the birthday girl's name. I designed mine in Publisher, then had it printed at my local FedEx Kinko's store.
The numbers were cut out of MDF and mod podged with scrapbooking paper. I used thin strips of paper around the edges of the numbers for a boxed effect.
The banner features various sepia-toned photographs of Carolyn at different ages and stages, interspersed with pictures of places she might remember. I used Google images to find photos from the right time period (i.e., Boston 1940's or College of William & Mary 1950). I printed about 40 photographs and strung similar banners all over the house.
My sister-in-law made this AWESOME Samoa Bundt Cake and great time was had by all!
But wait, there's more! Here are some of the great displays that were linked up to my Spring Mantel Party...
Spring table vignette at JBigg's Little Pieces:
Yellow accents at Joyful Java:
Birthday birdie at 52 Mantels:
And Tulips & bulbs at I'm Sharon with You:
Be sure to link up your spring mantel before the party closes Friday night!