Throw this party: Top secret crime scene 30th birthday

Guest post by Jax | Photography by Joe Medolo

DSC_2893Last year you may remember the Mystery Science Theater 3000 birthday party I threw my partner Andy. This is when I began planning his 30th. Lucky for me Andy’s band mates attended the MST3K party, so I was able to nail them all down to save the date for next year. I wanted to have the party before one of Andy’s shows because many of his family and friends have not seen him perform before.

His band is called CoverUp which leads one to think of conspiracy theories and government investigations. Andy is also a big fan of Law and Order and is currently working on a cartoon about a super secret government organization, so I used this to lead my theme.


Perfect, now I needed invitations. I think I went overboard because the invitations consisted of about 7 different pieces:

  • Top Secret Envelope
  • Mug Shot with Rap Sheet Modeled after Al Capone’s actual rap sheet
  • Matchbook to bar with “Meet me at 6pm” on the inside
  • Crumpled CoverUp Poster
  • Radio Orphan Annie Secret Decorder Scratch Ticket
  • A Western Union Telegram with a Mission Impossible like statement on it
  • A Government Business card RSVP info
  • Crime Scene Photo

People were very wary to open these suspicious packages but I think in the end they enjoyed them. The party favors were evidence baggies filled with different things like chocolate body parts, mustaches, mini gun keychains, and magnifying glasses.

We used the magnifying glasses for the cupcakes as well. The cupcakes were peanut butter and jelly flavored in strawberry and grape since PBnJ is my husband’s fav.
The cupcakes were made by my 18-year-old theater friend Christine of Indubytably Cakes.

For decorations I used 30th birthday caution tape and cereal boxes, and two 30th birthday balloons. I went simple because after a year of planning when the day actually arrives you tend to get stressed out, so I did what worked out to be the easiest.


I think my most clever idea was using El Wire to make a glowing chalk outline by the stage. It was sound activated and would pulse with the music when we wanted it to. It was fun to see it glow during the band’s set later that evening.


I did other things like Andy Trivia with the DJ, Andy’s fav snack as an appetizer, and a signing book with photos of Andy over the years thanks to the help of his parents. My friend Joe was the best photographer ever.

DSC_2912My outfit was from the thrift store. I did some alterations and added some iron on details since we are “Cellmates” for life. It only cost me $5 total.


It was a truly fun event and I was so glad so many people came from near and far to help celebrate with Andy. I know he had a great time. I’m not sure what my next themed party will be but with each experience I learn a little more about throwing awesome parties.

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