Sunday, 5 May 2013

Style Your Birthday

I was recently asked by a very good friend of mine to arrange her husbands Surprise 30th Birthday Party and I jumped at the chance. The venue and disco were booked by Heidi (the wife) and I was given the challenge of coming up with a theme for the evening. As a keen football it was obvious that the theme should revolve around football and his favourite team Tottenham Hotspurs. Kev the birthday boy has a guilty pleasure of loving the song 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen so I suggested we also include this within the Birthday theme for a comedy feel. 

So I could present my ideas to Heidi I created the below two theme boards. The first board shows various football themed party ideas including cakes, banners & table ideas. 

Pictures from 'Time To Party' & Hostess with the Mostess'

As I mentioned Kev loves 'Call Me Maybe' so I also wanted to incorporate this into the evening. I did suggest a corner dedicated to this theme where Kev had to dance when the song came on but I decided against this idea. Instead we decided to add the theme into the decoration in a more subtle way, so we used pink balloons through-out the decoration with 'Call me Maybe' written on them. We also played this song as Kev walked in the door. 

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We certainly used the excuse of meeting to discuss Kev's birthday party as a reason for a girly catch up. It gave us a reason to meet up and ponder ideas over a glass of wine and nibbles. So the ideas continued to develop through these meet ups and I am proud to present the final look of Kev's Surprise 30th Birthday Party. 

A friend and I spent a good hour decorating the venue and I have to say I was extremely happy with the end look. As a lover of crisps and sweets we decided on three tables a cake table, a crisp table and a sweetie table. All of these ideas went down well and everyone enjoyed being able to help themselves throughout the night.

I have some very creative friends so Marie made the selection of amazing cupcakes and Vicky made the football pitch cake. Everyone loved the cakes and were sent home with a cupcake each. 

Luckily enough a few friends have had sweetie tables at their weddings so we had a great collection of vases to pick from to showcase the sweets in. We presented the crisps in some easy plastic bowls and presented them both together on this goody table below. I am sure you can all guess that there was not much left at the end of the night. 

Along with the food I created a personalised football shirt birthday banner, this was a great way to include his love of football into the banners as they were shirt shaped and were coloured as the Tottenham Hotspurs kit which is Kev's favourite team. I loved producing this banner and will definitely be using this idea for future parties which I organise. If you are interested in me creating a banner for your event please email me the details. 

After attending Kev's wedding last year we were introduced to the fact that his friends call him Gareth Bale so we created masks of his face for the front row of people to wear when Kev walked through the door. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of this as I was getting ready for Kev's entrance. I can tell you though it worked and Kev found it hilarious. 

I am pleased to say Kev the birthday boy had an amazing night and loved the decorations. He had no idea that his wife for arranging the surprise party, so it was a huge success. 

I would like to thank Heidi for giving me the opportunity to arrange Kev's 30th I loved every minute of it.