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.
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.
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.
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?