Mom's 50th Birthday Party: 80's theme!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

We celebrated my mom's 50th birthday last week with the coolest 80's theme party like...ever! From a live band to a delicious dinner, and glow sticks to leg warmers... we all had a blast! We had been planning this party for months and months so  when it finally came we called it her wedding, ha! It took a lot of preparation but I think it all paid off with how it came out. I thought I'd share the details of it with you guys and how we put it all together. So, here we go!

First things first, let's talk about the food! My mom knew she wanted to have dinner for everyone and upon looking at different catering options, we fell in love with what we saw from Luna Grill. I had eaten at their restaurant several times before so I knew I liked it, but their catering went above and beyond. We were so impressed! I kept hearing from all the guests how much they enjoyed the food. There were options for everyone and plenty to feed all the people that were there. They supplied everything, set up and took down everything, stayed to serve everyone, and decorated so elegantly. We loved that we didn't have to worry about the food at all because they were on the ball and completely took care of it. Our menu included a Greek salad, pita bread, hummus, veggies, basmati rice, grilled chicken kabob, bistro beef kabob, and grilled veggie kabob. You can check out their website here and find the nearest location to you. You can also take a look at all their catering options here. We highly recommend them!

Next up let's talk about the party rentals. When serving dinner, you need to make sure people have a place to eat... right?? We did some research online and found out that in San Diego, Allie's Party Rental is the place to go for all your rental needs! We were able to get the round tables from them, black fold up chairs, the bar, the belly bars, the riser for the band, and all of the linens for the tables. Everything arrived the day before so that we were able to play around with the layout and not stress about timing the day of. They delivered everything to us and came and picked it all up once the party was over. Renting from them was a very smooth and easy process and we were impressed with their customer service. Everything we rented from them was in good condition and really helped the party look above and beyond. They have so many different options of party rentals on their site that you are sure to find everything you need all in one place. They also have the option to sit down with a planner and have them help you create the party/wedding/event of your dreams! You can check out their website here and see all they have to offer!

Okay next let's talk decor. Okay, this was a BLAST to decorate. A little out of my element since I'm a 90's baby, but once we got going, it was so much fun. When planning we just kept envisioning black and lots and lots of neon. We asked everyone to dress in 80's attire and that made it even more fun. There were fish nets, leg warmers, shoulder pads, MTV shirts, wigs, off the shoulder shirts, fanny packs, bangles, zebra pants, teased hair, and tons of scrunchies! It was so much fun to see what everyone came up with. For the tables we chose to keep it pretty simple. We did black table cloths and black chairs with a mirror round in the center. The centerpiece was a tall glass vase with black raffia and glow sticks It looked so fun as it got darker outside. We strung market street lights over the area with the tables and where the band played to supply extra lighting. For the candy barI used my cricut to cut out some little records, I designed the sign in the back and we just stuck it on a piece of poster board, and the banner on the bottom is tulle pom poms. There was all 80's candy stuck in apothecary jars and glass jars. The belly bars had a black table cloth with neon colored tulle tied in a bow around the middle. We stuck more round mirrors with magic 8 balls and rubrics cubes in the center. These were placed near the band. The cake table was so fun! My mom cued a card table to make a pac man game on the top. She used blue painters tape to re-create it. We made a lemon cake and decorated it like ms pac man, then I used my cricut to cut out some pink circles to place the mini cupcakes on. The background was just bright colored streamers taped to to the wall and a simple happy birthday banner. I loved it! For the snack table my mom's friends brought some fun 80's snacks like cheez wiz and bugles! The cassette tape banner and the circle banner were made with my cricut. The entry table had a cork board with old pictures of my mom. It was so fun to see those photos! My mom's friend made the adorable cards box to look like a boom box. We put all of the glow sticks on this table for people to get decked out once it got darker. We also had a photo booth and kept th backdrop simple with a black door curtain, but my mom had tons of fun with the props! I saw people taking photos all night. 

Lastly, the entertainment! The first hour or so people ate dinner, mingled, and snacked. It was fun to catch up with old friends and new friends! Once it got a little darker the band got started and played for the rest of the party. They were awesome! People were dancing, singing along, mingling at the snack table, sitting and watching the band perform, and even getting up on stage and dancing, ha! Once the band was done people stayed around to talk and snack and needless to say, we were all pretty tired the next day! Having a band come and play, dressed in 80's attire and covering 80's songs was awesome. Everyone had a blast!

This party was so fun to plan and attend and we are so thankful for the two sponsors, Luna Grill and Allie's Party Rental! I hope you all enjoyed this post! To see some live play by plays head to my instagram stories highlights!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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