How to throw a thrilling Michael Jackson birthday party (for kids AND adults) #Home October 13 | Guest post by Manda Kar All photos by Manda Kar I listen to a lot of '80s music. For any new listener, Michael Jackson is clearly awesome, so naturally my son took interest at an early age. We had thoroughly engaged in all the music videos including the Thriller behind the scenes documentary while my almost four-year-old and I planned this party together. I don't take party planning lightly, and mainstream kids parties just don't work for his interests. And, as I am about everything, this party had to be entirely immersive — I get a high from this stuff. Plus my son makes THE cutest Smooth Criminal ever, I HAVE to say… Setting the mood We had young Michael Jackson playing in one room, old Michael Jackson with videos playing in the next, a hand-made MJ stand up. Themed food Our themed food including killer Thriller cupcakes topped with diy zombies, smoothies, pizzas, and popcorn… The entertainment For activities we did moonwalk lessons, a make-your-own sequined glove or microphone… We even a hand-made adult powered rocket ship ride from the Leave Me Alone video — his favorite video. The kids LOVED that. I mean, how many birthday parties have rocket rides? All ages thoroughly enjoyed this dance party of a kid's birthday event. I don't encourage gift giving, I'm an advocate for the thrill of the Experience. I knew that would be enough, and it totally was. (Plus now I have a life-sized Michael forever leaning in my office.) More themed birthday parties to throw: Throw this party: Doctor Who-themed Bat Mitzvah Over on Offbeat Families, reader Reva posed this question: "My daughter is planning her Bat Mitzvah and REALLY wants it to be Doctor Who-themed… but we have no idea how… Read More Throw this party: A Nerdy Thirty birthday party About two weeks before my 30th birthday, someone reminded me that my "dirty thirty" was coming up soon. To which Aaron, that guy I married, responded: "With Megan, it's more… Read More How to throw a Bill Murray party If you follow Offbeat Home & Life on facebook, you may have seen that I was creating a Fantastic Mr. Fox costume for a Bill Murray-themed birthday party. Many of… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Manda Kar Owner of Manda Marie Photography, non-mainstream weddings and lifestyle portraits for families who keep it real. http://www.mandamariephoto.com PREVIOUS Why you actually DON'T need to forgive and forget NEXT Consensual robo sex? The evolution of sex scenes in Blade Runner Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Excellent!!! 2 agree Reply Love the creativity, and when I was four, I was a huge MJ fan (this being well before all of his problems). Reply I read on a wonderful website, this one, actually, "But most of all, let's strive to keep our eyes on the ball when it comes to sexual assault, harassment, and exploitation. Let's continue to call out perpetrators of violence… even when they move to Europe to avoid charges, or some enjoy their films, or they live in the White Office."… Or you still like their music, and want to glorify them to your children. It's tough when it's artists you like. Would you plan a Roman Polanski themed quincenera? 5 agree Reply And this is why I won't listen to my Bill Cosby LPs any more. 2 agree Reply Super appreciating this perspective. Thank you for pointing this out. 1 agrees Reply I have to agree that this post makes me kind of uncomfortable. 2 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.