30th Birthday Party!

In the 7 years I have known my husband, we have never celebrated his birthday. Not one time. If you ask him, he would say he hates celebrating his birthday, doesn’t want a party, and doesn’t want gifts. I know..who doesnt want gifts, right? Well once we got married, I decided I was going to throw him a party any way…to celebrate the big 3-0.

After some brainstorming, I decided the only way to pull it off was to make it a surprise. My husband is a foodie at heart, so I made sure the house was filled with all his culinary favorites.

IMG_5573  The appetizer table had homemade veggie skewers, stuffed mushrooms, pita chips with hummus, olives and indian samosas. In the background I made a large collage of his childhood pictures to display.

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We catered gyros from his favorite greek restaurant, Niko Nikos. The spread included gyro meat, pita bread, falafel, yellow rice and tzatziki sauce. YUM! Now I’m craving gyros!

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The party also featured a fabulous dessert table with gold number balloons and white giant balloons.

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The sweets were a white chocolate raspberry bundt cake, fruit in paper cupcake holders and mini cupcakes from CRAVE cupcakes in Houston.

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The mini CRAVE cupcake toppers were customized to match the navy and black color scheme and were personalized with the number “30” and “Happy Birthday”.

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One of our signature party features: Milk bottles with matching paper straws

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A galvanized metal tub was used for bottled drinks – hubby’s favorite. A drink dispenser was an easy way to serve the famous Irma’s Lemonade.

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The Keurig was a great way to serve coffee for the few guests who wanted it. Olive oil dispensers were used for the cream and sugar. I also made sure the K-cups were Dunkin Donuts (hubby’s favorite coffee).

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Planning this party in secret was EXHAUSTING, but I am so thrilled with how everything came together. From the napkins to the custom cupcake toppers, everything came together perfectly! Now, to start planning for next year…

 -xoxo, Fify

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Superhero Birthday Party!!

When I heard my sister-in-law was planning to rent out a local water park for my nephew’s 3rd birthday, I just KNEW I had to be there to celebrate with him. Hubby and I booked our tickets to Southern Illinois and were ready to enjoy a relaxing poolside party. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans in mind – the forecast for the weekend was rain, rain and more rain. We entered PANIC MODE. With 60 people invited to this party and 3 days to go, we had to come up with a backup plan and fast. After a lot of phone calls to local venues and community centers, we came across a local gym that was available for the party.

First lets start with a few before pictures:

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It wasn’t exactly what we had in mind but rain or shine, this kid was going to have a fabulous party. His mom and I warped into extreme party planners and with some creativity, a few moon bounces and A LOT of balloons (almost 400), we were able to transform the gym into an amazing super hero soiree.

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The party was super hero themed. All the kiddos were asked to trade in their swim suits for the favorite super hero attire.  Since the birthday boy loves Spider-Man and Batman, the color scheme was blue, red and black with yellow accents. We decided that a large center table with a mix of giant balloons and balloon bouquets would be a perfect focal point.

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 Giant moon bounce obstacle courses were strategically placed in the back corners to cover the un-finished walls

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The birthday boy got a special seat at the head of the table with a giant gold 3 balloon.

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At the main table, each kid was welcomed with their own superhero cape (thank you dollar tree!) and a goodie bag with all sorts of superhero treats

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Hubby and I decided to bring some of our southern style to the Midwest with a spiderman pinata.  Even though it was an adventure bringing that on a plane all the way from Texas, it was worth it! The kids absolutely loved this!

IMG_9667The dessert table featured a custom made batman themed cake. Not only did it look awesome, but it tasted soooo good! Sis-in-law purchased a galvanized tub for sodas, water and juice boxes for the kids.

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As an extra treat, we had a popcorn bar on the dessert table. We were able to display the popcorn cartons on a 3-tiered galvanized stand (one of my FAVORITE new purchases).

panoIt may not have been the pool party we expected, but I can guarantee that the kiddos had a fabulous time at this fabulous superhero soiree! Hopefully we can avoid the rain next year  =)

                                                                                                                                                                             xoxo- Fify