I met Justin when he was 25 and we became great friends right away. By his 26th birthday I had this kind of, sort of, might be love feeling about him, but I wasn't positive. On his 27th birthday I knew he would be stuck with me forever and I mentally started planning his surprise 30th birthday party. (Have I mentioned that birthdays are a big deal to me?) This is a conversation Justin and I shared the other day-
Me: What's your favorite holiday?
Justin: Your birthday.
Me: That's not a holiday.
Justin: Oh yes it is. We all know birthdays are holidays in this house.
I laughed out loud when he said that. I have always been the kind of person who thinks birthdays should all be special. I don't expect anyone to buy me the moon or anything, but it is the day we were brought into this world and I feel like thats worth celebrating. I have tried making all of Justin's birthdays like that for him. I know one day we will have a family and things will get crazy and we won't be able to fly to Vegas, but I will never stop being crazy about birthdays.
So like I said, I had this surprise birthday planned for quite a long time. I did not expect to be living in Boston though, so that was a little tricky. Once I got all the details worked out I was excited to really go to town on the party. I struggled with a theme for a little while because I didn't want it to be cheesy. Justin is a work on your car, come home from work covered in grease and sweat, yell when the Red Sox win a game kind of guy, but at the same time the dude can shop until he drops and sometimes decorates better than me. I racked my brain and then finally found the perfect idea on Pinterest. 80's night! I started pinning things like crazy to my secret Pinterest board and knew this party was going to be a blast. I wanted it to be an 80s party without being super cheesy. I'm so excited with how it turned out and couldn't wait to share the amazing photos on my blog! ( A huge thank you to Ashley McCormick from Ashley McCormick Photography for taking these amazing photos for us) At the very end of this post I will name all sources from the party and please feel free to ask questions if I leave anything out!
How fun is this? What do you guys think? Would you throw a rockin 80's party? I totally felt like I spent a night in 1984. Isn't the birthday boy like-totally awesome?
Food: Justin's parents made an amazing BBQ for all of our guests. (Justin's favorite meal!) We had BBQ pork loin, baked beans, coleslaw, corn bread and lots of sweet tea of course!
Activities: I handed out 80's DVDs for prizes for best dressed. A Photo Booth was set up for the guests to go and strike their best prom pose. The guests signed a book telling Justin what their favorite memory was with him. Justin went to town on his 30 piñata and there was lots and lots of delicious cake. I was hoping to play Pin the Glove on Michael Jackson, but we ran out of time! I sent everyone home with a Rubiks cube and a bag full of 80's candy as favors.
Invitations: Katiedid Designs on Etsy
Old movies, records for plate mats, tapes and cassette player:Savers Thrift Superstore
Rubiks Cubes for party favors: DollarTree.com
30 balloon and piñata: Party City
80's candy: Walmart and Walgreens
80's cake: Sweet Expectations Bakery
Photo backdrop: DIY