As much as we love working weddings, sometimes it's nice to switch things up and throw a big social occasion instead! We finished out this past year by throwing a huge surprise 30th birthday party at Bur Oak Brewery. When we were approached by the husband of the birthday girl, we knew we had to put something spectacular together for him-what a keeper am I right ladies?!
*Disclaimer these photos are from our iPhones, no judgement!
This party was pretty unique since we didn't have any specific details or theme to brainstorm off of from the client herself, but it made it that much more fun! After learning that the birthday girl was super fun-loving and chic, we decided on an 80's theme because nothing beats the classic hits and neon color patterns. We planned to flood the entire brewery with pink lighting, gold accents, and sparkles! SW Productions transformed the entire venue and even created a gobo to help add to the party! The name of the event changed to "Jessie's Dirty 30" so you can only imagine how fun the party turned out to be! ;)
Gold, shimmery linens covered the cocktail tables that were spread out across the brewery and were topped with gold candle votives. We were lucky that A1 Rentals had so many linen color options to choose from- it made sticking to our theme super easy! We wanted the atmosphere to be laid back so we decided against having any large tables where guests could sit down and eat. This worked well though since we incorporated a large photo booth from JKelley Photography and a game area where corn hole could be played.
The party didn't just look good, but we made sure it tasted good too! All of Jessie's favorites were served buffet style; that included an array of meats and sides from Dickey's Barbecue, mac n' cheese, corn dogs, and mozzarella sticks. Also, let's not forget the popcorn machine we had running all night! To top off the evening, we had multiple different flavors of cupcakes from Small Cakes Cupcakery (which were delicious I might add)! To be honest, it was hard to tell if guests enjoyed the cupcakes or the open bar more!
One other special touch we added to Jessie's party was a chalkboard welcome sign designed by Inkling that had all sorts of fun facts from the year she was born. I still can't get over the fact that gas was only $0.30 a gallon in 1986! Overall I'd say the party was a success, but again, can you really go wrong when you have friends, food, and booze together in one place?!
Lead Planning Assistant