A Star-Studded 40th Birthday Party

Last week was a big week for Hubby.  That’s right.  The big 4-0.  We originally thought we’d have a low-key celebration with just the family, but then changed our minds and decided to go for a star-studded birthday bash with friends!  In honor of his love for movies, I planned a movie-themed costume party where each guest came dressed as a character {any character} from one of Hubby’s favorite, long list of movies.  In honor of the Hollywood vibe, the color scheme was red, black, gold, and silver!

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Guests were greeted with a red carpet and the Academy Awards music montage playing through speakers.  I am a big believer in the power of music to set the tone for an event, so for me, the welcome music was a must-have!  Here’s a {link} to the music we used.

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On the porch was a step-and-repeat that Hubby had constructed for me out of PVC pipe.  In case you don’t know, a step-and-repeat is the backdrop that stars always have their picture taken on whenever they are at the event.  My step-and-repeat was covered with two $1 black plastic tablecloths and featured the logo of our event – Michael’s 40th.

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Here’s a look at the graphics that I added to the step-and-repeat.  It took me forever and a day to cut out all of the circles and stick them to the black backdrop!

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With almost 30 guests coming, I needed to rent tables, chairs, and linens to set up in our backyard.  Buffet tables were set up in the back and a local restaurant delivered food later in the evening.

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I got the idea for these centerpieces from a picture on Pinterest, but decided to make my own version.  I used apothecary jars filled with colored jelly beans and graphics that I had made attached to paper fans and inserted into the jelly beans on bamboo skewers.

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On each table, I had printed up some trivia questions and answers based on Hubby’s favorite movies and TV shows.

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There were two sets of cards and each one was two sided – questions on the front and answers on the back.  Here’s an example.

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I did have appetizers available, but I also put together a Concession stand {playing on the movie theme}, for guests with a sweet tooth.  I included popcorn, jelly bellies, trail mix, candy bars, licorice, and non-alcoholic beverages.

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On the bar, I had set out wine, along with a tub of bottled beverages, plus this amazing Ya-Ya Punch recipe that we renamed Sith Scorcher in keeping with the party’s theme.  I also tried making Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots and they were surprisingly easy!  Definitely worth trying!

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Once all of the guests had arrived, I moved the step-and-repeat from the front porch to the back where I had set up a selfie station.  You can download my photo booth sign for FREE {here}.

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I provided props for the guests, but since everyone was dressed up already, we mostly posed in just our costumes.

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Now let’s chat about the cake!!  Just around the corner from me is an amazingly talented lady that I met through the kids’ school and she creates incredible, edible works of art!  Hubby and son are both into watching WWE wrestling together, so I thought it would be fun to give him a wrestling themed cake and Carol of Quite Contrary Cakes really delivered!

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We had a great time all around!  Captain Jack Sparrow helped DJ for a while, lots of superheroes were in attendance, and even Batman drove out for the big day!

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Needless to say, I slept for about 10 hours the next day!!

 

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2 comments on A Star-Studded 40th Birthday Party

  1. Jennifer
    September 17, 2015 at 10:16 AM (2 years ago)

    Incredibly creative! Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  2. Cindy
    September 17, 2015 at 7:47 PM (2 years ago)

    Outstanding! I’m sure Michael loved it and your guests had a blast! Blessings, Cindy

    Reply

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