About two weeks before my 30th birthday in August, someone reminded me that my "dirty thirty" was coming up soon. To which Aaron, that guy I married, responded: "With Megan, it's more like her nerdy thirty." And thus, a theme was born!
This is how I pulled off one hell of an awesome Nerdy Thirty birthday theme with only two weeks to plan, and with a little help from my friends:
I decided to go with online invitations, as I only had two weeks' time. Plus, I'm a big internet nerd — obviously. Of course, first I consulted Cat's post about online invitations to choose the right service for my needs.
Now, finding nerdy enough invitations became a challenge… until I discovered Punchbowl's kids birthday invitation section! That's where I found my little robot guy. So cute, so perfect.
Inspired by the watermelon shark punch bowl from Offbeat Bride, I created a watermelon robot fruit bowl. It looked adorable and it was good for appetizers.
Once again, children's party stuff is the way to go! Kawaii animal paper plates were perfect for the party.
I'm a big fan of getting beer that goes with the theme of the party I'm throwing. I decided to try and round up all the nerdy beers that I could find. Here's a list of generally easy-to-find nerdy beers:
- Hobgoblin ale (a shout-out to Dungeons and Dragons)
- Gonzo Imperial Porter (a shout-out to one of my favorite writers, Hunter S. Thompson, since, as an English major, I love me some books)
- Monty Python's Holy grAIL (my ABSOLUTE favorite find, AND my favorite beer of the bunch)
- New Planet (gluten-free beer)
- Mothership (sci-fi fun)
- Tricerahops (dinosaurs are always geeky cool)
Inspired by a wedding I shot where Nerf gun fights were erupting everywhere, I've been collecting a ton of Nerf guns that go on sale. In the days leading up to my birthday, Aaron and I had a blast finding more guns and basically just using the party as an excuse to go toy shopping.
Obviously, fun times shooting each other ensued. Including a super dark, but strangely fun game of Russian Roulette with my Nerf N-Strike Maverick.
When brainstorming party food ideas with my buddy, he told me about Valley's Pizza Land that makes pizzas the size of a freaking table! So OF COURSE I had to get the craziest, biggest pizza anyone has ever seen before. Coolest meal EVAR!
I also bought a box of Nerd Rope candies for people to enjoy at the party and take home as favors, because: 1. It's delicious candy. 2. The name, obviously. 3. They look like DNA strands!
My sweet friend Kimmy surprised me with a Star Wars birthday cake. Look — it's an adorable storm trooper! Big thanks to Butter Cake Bakery for this super tasty and nerdy confection.
Most of my friends aren't nerds, so I didn't make it a costume party. But if y'all have a dorkier crew than I have, make it a costume party — kigurumi suits, cosplay, shirts with pop culture references… for example:
Finally, the extra bonus that I didn't even think about happening…
My buddies were so awesome, a lot of them brought me nerd-themed gifts! From John who made me this Super Mario-inspired artwork:
To Laura who got me a sweet potato gun AND a potato to go with it.
And one super sweet video made by my husband in honor of my Nerdy Thirty. If you want to see the video head over here.
And if you have any more ideas on throwing a kick-ass Nerdy Thirty, leave 'em in the comments!