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Last month, I got to help put on a party for my grandparents and celebrate their 90th year. They don’t actually turn 90 until NEXT year, but when we realized my parents would be serving a 3 year mission in Ghana and unable to come back for the party next year, I put a bug in the ear of my sweet grandparents to see what they thought about celebrating the beginning of their 90th year instead of waiting until they were actually 90. It’s all semantics, right?

They delightfully agreed, and with just 2 months to plan, we set out to celebrate in late June. My grandparents last name is BALL, and something really cool is that my grandmother’s mothers’ maiden name is MASON. I thought that having a party theme including Mason Jars would be so fun to do for them (Do you remember my Mason Jar Mod Podge Photo Art I made last month? That was in preparation for this event). My most favorite part of the decor was the Mason Jar Ball Cake my friend Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy in Utah made.

mason jar party

You see, I’ve met Ashlee through the blogging world, and she attended my Say NO to Auto workshop in Utah last summer. My cousin was going to make the cake, but she was unable to at the last minute. I called Ashlee the week before and begged and pleaded for a last minute cake order. I’m so happy she obliged!! Not only was the cake gorgeous, amazing, and fabulous, it was also 3 different layers of gourmet deliciousness! (white chocolate with strawberry one layer, chocolate with cream cheese another, and lemon with lemon curd the third).

Ashlee put on the finishing touches when she dropped it off.

cake decorating

It all started when I found a super cute cookie design on pinterest that said, “having a Ball” that came from Kara’s Party Ideas. I then started a pinterest board called Grandparents 90th to gather ideas.

The most gorgeous cookies ever - Mason Jar Cookies via Kara's Party Ideas{source}

I went with that theme, and asked my friend Kim from 733 Design to create an invitation, with the colors they chose (purple and blue). I LOVE how it turned out (front and back below). I took the pic of my grandparents back in January on my front porch when they were visiting me. They are both quite agile.

having a ball invitation

I found a fabulous shop online that made custom napkins, and I was SO excited! The Paper Hat created some sweet napkins that I knew would be a great keepsake for all of my family members even after the event.


the paper hat custom napkins

My cousins collected a bunch of Ball jars in varying sizes, and we found some turquoise color just a few hours before the party began.

mason jar flower vase

Here are a few other decor spots:

having a ball party

I was so worried about cutting into it, I had to have my brother do it.

carrying cake

We waited til halfway through the party (we had another sheet cake we were serving from). I had to take one last loving picture with this adorable-ness.

hugging mason jar cake

cutting mason jar cake

A little glimpse at the rest of the room: Mason jars were used to hold forks and pens and flowers.

Mason Jar party collage

My grandparents had an AMAZING turnout, and they just couldn’t stop talking about the people who came, some driving several hours to share their love. Some they hadn’t seen in 50 years that read about it in the paper! It was a sweet event, and they even had all of their great grandchildren present (though a few are missing from this picture).

great grandchildren
My mom and dad on the left, her sister and her husband on the right, then us cousins in the middle with spouses (though mine wasn’t there). My handsome brothers are behind me.

grandparents party

My grandma was told as a young bride that she wouldn’t be able to have children, and two miracle daughters, 10 grandchildren, and many many great grandchildren later, they have left a legacy of love and Christ centered living.

grandparents laughing

It was a great day.

Kristen Duke

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  1. The party looks great. Love all the details (the cake, napkins, sugar cookies……. mmmmmm). I lived in ghana for 3 months (not 3 yrs) with a BYU study abroad. We got to go to the Accra temple as well. They will love it.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh wow, Meghan, that’s awesome! They are right in Accra near the temple, I’m hoping I can get there myself in the next 3 years!

  2. What a sweet couple they are! I love the jar theme-perfect, especially with their names! Could it be any more meant to be? Love the sweet touches and that cake! amazing! congrats to them!
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  3. Cynthia T. says:

    How awesome! I just love how you ended the story- how your grandparents have left a legacy of being Christ centered. Thank you for sharing the details on the party.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Cynthia, it really is something that comes up a lot. My grandpa keeps saying, “I just can’t believe that all of my grandchildren are raising their families to be Christ centered…not sure what we did, but so grateful” and I think their example says a lot to their posterity.

  4. So precious–I love all of it! Family is such a blessing, and you all celebrated it in such a cute way :)

  5. Love, love ,love this party. Such a fun theme!!
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  6. They are the cutest couple!!! What a great party with great memories!!! That cake is amazing!!!

  7. this is so awesome!

    congrats to your grandparents!

    (Was this their birthday or anniversary? assuming birthday… neat that they were born in the same year…)
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  8. What a gorgeous party! And… WHAT ARE THE CHANCES that their names are Ball and Mason. I can’t get over it! Such a perfect party. I’m sure it made them feel so special.
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      I know, I’m surprised they don’t have their whole house decorated in Ball Masson jars–it’s so fun!!

  9. Michelle Bills says:

    Darling ideas. Good Luck to your parents my son went on a mission to Ghana and then just
    went back to do humanatarian work ……loved every minute !

  10. Congrats to the grandparents!

    What a wonderful, wonderful party! The theme is perfect! I love the colors, all the details… well, everything :)
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  11. Melissa Austin says:

    Adore the photos of your grandparents. Isn’t that what we are all striving for- to be happy and in love when we are 90?? Fantastic!

  12. Christian says:

    So sweet! I love that last picture – what blessed lives!

  13. I absolutely adore this theme, the way you all decided to celebrate (why not kick off the year with a party?!), and that their names are Ball and Mason. The cake is fabulous. I love all of the details, and printed napkins are special to me… always reminds me of weddings I went to growing up. Your grandparents look like that had a “BALL” … no pun intended ;)

    Great job!

  14. Jacqueline says:

    This is just awesome! And you are so blessed to still have your grandparents!

  15. lovely <3

  16. What a fun and unique idea!

  17. I absolutely love this party theme. And there couldn’t be a better reason to have it either. Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to your sweet grandparents, early.
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Deborah! It’s rare that all of us get together, and what better reason than to celebrate!!

  18. Barbara Ann says:

    What A Blessing to be sharing 90 years together. And a example to their loving family. May they continue to have as many years together as the Lord gives them…..And you guys did a great job!!! No wonder they are smiling so BIG!!

  19. WOW!!! Remind me to get your help the next time I need to plan a party! Hugs!
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  20. That is so fun! I love how you truly captured the joy in your grandparents faces. What a fun, fun idea!

  21. Natalie Ellis says:

    This post made me cry. I love those two, they are so cute and what a blessing for them to have such thoughtful children/grandchilren to put on such a soiree. ;) Way to go ma’am!

  22. Such a super cute party idea! Love it!! xo
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  23. This is absolutely adorable. What a wonderful way to celebrate!
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  24. I can’t get over how amazing this party is/was. What wonderful details! I love the blue mason jars, so this just hits home for me! I want a mason jar party now! haha
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  25. I can’t tell you how much this post made me smile. Wow, 90 years. You did such a great job celebrating them. Love it all!
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  26. What a wonderful party for your sweet grandparents. I love the theme, the decorations, the invitations, everything. How perfect that it could include their last names. You’re so creative! What a great family.

  27. That cake is amazing! I love Mason jars and recently hosted a bridal shower with a Mason jar theme. I bet your grandparents were thrilled with their cute party.
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  28. This is so beyond cool Kristen, I LOVE it!
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  29. What an adorable party, Kristen, and what an even more beautiful story! You can really see all the love in that room! Great job with the party!

  30. What an amazing party Kristen! That cake is crazy awesome!!
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  31. Your grandparents are so sweet! I love the cake! Your party makes me miss my grandparents! Grandparents are awesome. :)

  32. So cute, Kris. The laugh on their faces is priceless.
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  33. I LOVE this… adorable!!!! Great site. Appreciate and am impressed with your faith and witness. What a blessing to “meet” you!
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