Mar 17, 2015

Nerdy Thirty Surprise Party

I came up with the idea to do a Nerdy Thirty surprise party last Summer. I knew I wanted to do something special for my fiancé's birthday. Everyone does "Dirty Thirty" but I had no desire to go with that theme. My fiancé will be the first to admit that he's a nerd. He loves anything Spiderman, Star Wars and Dr. Who. One day "Nerdy Thirty" came to my head and I knew I had to run with it. I started talking to his best friend's wife, Sam, to see if she'd want to do a joint party with me. {His best friend turned thirty on March 1st and my fiancé turned thirty on March 6th. So their birthdays were only days apart.} 

After months of swapping ideas and pinning on a secret Pinterest board the big day had finally arrived. My mother and father-in-law allowed us to take over their home. Sam told her husband that I was throwing a surprise party for Stephen and we'd need him to occupy him for the day. He had no idea that the party was for him as well. The guys went shooting for the day while Sam, my mother-in-law and myself prepped the house and the food.

I should mention that these guys have been good friends for years. They met in middle school and they've been inseparable since. There are some photos on the timeline of them together in high school.

Sam came up with the idea to make their names out of Lego's. Her son was not too happy she borrowed his Lego's but they turned out great! 

All the toys we used as decorations were laying around the house already. Not necessarily in the same spots they were in for the party.

The light sabers were also Sam's creation. They were utensils wrapped in napkins. 

I can't take credit for the cake pops or Nintendo cake either. That was all Sam. She's REALLY creative! 

My mom and Stephen's mom both ended up in Ninja Turtles tshirts. 

While we waited for the guys to arrive my mom Face Timed my sister-in-law in Washington. She wanted to be a part of the SURPRISE! 

This was me waiting anxiously by the window. I was DYING! My stomach was in knots. I told everyone, "I am never doing this again." I just wanted everything to be perfect.

The good news is that Stephen was very surprised and Scotty was surprised that the party was for him as well. 

The two birthday boys! Scotty was happy he didn't have to smile.

Paige sure does love her Uncle Stephen.

My parents.

My second set of parents.

Stephen, his dad and his niece.

Whenever Uncle Stephen is around, Paige clings to him. I love watching him with her because I can see how good of a dad he's going to be.

We made them go in slow motion so we could get a good photo. 

And then Paige helped Uncle Stephen open his presents.

The party turned out great and I have Sam to thank. There is no way I could have done it without her.

Stephen's birthday celebration is still not over. We will be going to LA this weekend to see Alton Brown {for the second time}. You only turn thirty once!

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