"Thirty Going on Ten!" Throw this throwback to childhood birthday party #Entertaining#birthday parties#parties June 22 2016 | Guest post by Colleen The snacks, games, and activities of birthdays past… but like, for today. I love throwing parties, and a theme makes any party better. For my 30th birthday I wanted to do something simple, yet festive. I picked the theme "Thirty Going on Ten" — a throwback to childhood birthday parties. My guests really embraced the theme and we had so much fun! Here's how I did it… Food and drink I served food from when I was a kid. And if my friends asked what they could bring, I encouraged them to bring their favorite childhood foods. We had Cheetos, Doritos, ants on a log, mini hot dogs, popsicles, and other kiddie treats. I had a cookie-decorating station, as well, with frosting and sprinkles. For drinks I served Capri Sun juice boxes, Sunny D, and Kool-Aid, alongside a variety of liquor mixers. I also had beer and sparkling water since those are favorites in my crowd. It would have been fun to turn a kiddie pool into a beverage cooler but I didn't get that fancy. I also made goodie bags filled with things like animal crackers, fruit snacks, and Ring Pops for my guests to take home. Activities In addition to the cookie decorating, I had a coloring station with free coloring pages I printed online. The finished art was taped up in the "art gallery" on the wall. Coloring ended up being really popular; it was a great way for people who didn't know many others at the party to mingle while having an activity to focus on. A friend made "Pin the Broom on the Wizard" for us, and it was another fun way to relive childhood parties. I also had games like Jenga and Yahtzee. Had the weather been nice enough to be outside, I was also planning to have bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and sparklers. I considered adding a piñata, as well. Ambiance The dollar store proved to be a great source for cheesy plates, cups, and napkins. The dollar store also had glow bracelets (20 for a dollar) that I offered to each guest as they arrived. Related Post 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,... Read more A friend brought balloons which were a great addition to the ambiance. I didn't have the time to get more elaborate but you could easily do so with more dollar-store finds like banners, streamers, squirt guns, silly straws, etc. Music was easy: The Pandora "90s Pop" station fit the bill perfectly. Another option would have been to have childhood movies playing in the background. My 30th birthday was a ton of fun and I just might have a kiddie party every year! What would you include in YOUR throwback birthday party? 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 Colleen Colleen lives in Minneapolis with her husband, cat, and an endless list of house projects. PREVIOUS All food should come in pie form: rustic hand pie recipes for everyone NEXT How do you know when you're being different for the sake of being different? Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] Stealing all these ideas. In college, when we didn't have the room for a party at our place, we threw a party for my friend's birthday at a skating rink! Remember those?? We had the overpriced pizza and balloons and danced the hokey pokey and it was just like being 10 again. 🙂 3 agree Reply We did something similar for my husband's 40th. His folks wanted to throw a party since we were visiting around his birthday, so I asked what they used to do when he was a little kid. It turned out–go-karts and super-hero cakes. So that's what we did, with the whole family. As it turns out, those things don't get old even if we do–highly recommended! 2 agree Reply "t=Those things don't get old even if we do…" exactly! Reply A friend of mine had a fairly similar 30th theme – it was something about reliving childhood so we all got to dress as childhood heroes, kids games like pinata, pass the parcel etc, kids party food, loot bags… it was fabulous! Reply Only thing I'd add is crazy straws. Crazy straws make everything better. Also, apparently, there's wine you can buy in pouches. ADULT CAPRISUNS. YAY! 3 agree Reply Our friend had a kids pajama party for his 30th. We played foursquare, ate bugles, watched the SandLot, and drank Sunny-D (spiked with vodka). It was AMAZING! I LOVE the goodie bag idea! 1 agrees Reply When my dad had his 45th, my parents booked a kid's party package at the local mini-golf place. There were green army men on the cake. The place also had go-carts, which were a particular hit–Dad and most of his friends are bus drivers and they got to race each other. I didn't get to go, but everyone who did had a blast. 1 agrees Reply My husband actually had his birthday party last year at a kids' party place with mini golf, laser tag, and arcade games. Everyone had a great time–that stuff never gets old! Reply I had a 90s themed party when I turned 28, and it was basically just like this (since I and my friends were kids/preteens in the 90s). Awesome! Reply I didn’t have a throwback party for mine, I had a Halloween party since we didn’t get to have one in October the previous year and everyone dressed up including my parents. 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. 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