A Look Back: Designing a 30th Birthday Party

I was cleaning out my Google Drive when I came across these photos from about a little over a year ago. Before our company had formally launched, we started out by coordinating and planning parties for friends, family, and by word of mouth. Really, this was Erin’s forte. So when she was contacted by one of her good friend’s husbands to help throw a surprise 30th birthday for his wife, she was all in. It is always fun to come up with party themes and ideas, but to do it for someone you know makes it that much more exciting!

I thought it would be fun to share this celebration, to show a little bit of our beginnings and of course all of the lovely details!


The birthday girl’s husband rented out an event space and planned a special surprise 30th birthday dinner, inviting her closest friends. Erin’s job was to transform the space into something unique and modern, with a color palette of pink, gold, and black, all while highlighting the special event that it was – a 30th birthday! Now… for the details!

Untitled-19Since it was the big 3-0, that had to be on display in a super cute way. The sign itself was a canvas board. Painters tape and black paint was used to achieve the bold striped look. The gold “30” numbers were made out of fabric that were sewed then scrunched together. A hot glue gun was used to hold the numbers to the canvas board.AUntitled-20A photo backdrop was a must! The same gold fabric used in the numbers above was again scrunched and hung alongside various colors of ribbon. I think it turned out great!Untitled-4Untitled-17To accent the cake and desserts, a wrapped cake stand was made, using the colors of gold, black, and pink. These were just boxes wrapped with tissue paper, and accented with ribbon.Untitled-18Above the cake table was a glitter circle backdrop. A circle punch and glitter card stock were used to create the circles. These were then hot glued to black ribbon. Since the ribbon spun while it hung, these were made to be double-sided.Untitled-3Untitled-2Untitled-6Tables were set with pink and white ribbon as a runner, and used gold chargers as an accent. And can we please mention these napkin bows?! (A while back we posted a tutorial on how to make these yourself – check it out here.)Untitled-16Untitled-14Untitled-15One of my favorite details is the hanging photograph centerpiece. This was a bit more involved for a DIY, but totally worth it. Erin’s husband is extremely handy and made the structure out of steel pipe. She then spray painted it black and it was then suspended from black ribbon. Candles, pictures, and flowers were hung from the piping with clear fishing wire. Two of these were made so both tables had a centerpiece. Although it sounds labor intensive, the cost was low! Only about $25 to make each one.niti-cakeAll worth it and so much fun to put together a wonderful evening with friends and toasting a happy 30th to this beautiful lady!

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