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How to Throw Your Husband a Surprise 30th Birthday Party

all photography by Ben Simms My husband is the kind of person who forgets his birthday, claims he doesn't want to be celebrated, and openly declares his dislike for birthdays. But this year, as he...

all photography by Ben Simms

My husband is the kind of person who forgets his birthday, claims he doesn't want to be celebrated, and openly declares his dislike for birthdays. But this year, as he turned 30 years old, I wanted to ensure that he felt honored and celebrated, despite his protests. So, I decided to throw him a surprise 30th birthday party, inviting all of his family and friends from past and present.

The Preparation

To make sure everything went smoothly and that all the important people could attend, I reached out to his closest friends, old friends whom I hoped could make it, and his mom and dad to confirm the chosen date. As a tip, I scheduled the party two weeks before his birthday to catch him completely off guard.

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With the date set, the next thing on my to-do list was finding a venue. I scoured the North Texas area from Fort Worth to Dallas, searching for the perfect place. Venues can be quite pricey, which initially worried me. But then I discovered The Station in McKinney, and it was love at first sight. Not only was it affordable, but it also allowed for customization and even the use of nails – a feature that I found incredibly cool.

Next, I needed to invite everyone to the party. To simplify communication, I created a Facebook event. The event served as a reminder for people and encouraged them to RSVP. I could also post updates in real-time, notifying everyone in the event, even if they hadn't RSVP'd yet. This feature proved invaluable as I could remind people about what to wear, what to bring, and even ask for their help in planning the party.

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After finalizing the guest list, it was time to create a budget for the party. I carefully considered what was essential, what could be returned to recoup some of the expenses, what additional items would enhance the experience if the budget allowed, and how much I could spend without causing my husband to panic about the cost. The fourth point kept me on my toes and ensured honesty throughout the planning process.

Lastly, I had to figure out how to surprise him and get him to the party. Recently, I had been attending a lot of blogger events, and my husband had zero knowledge of them. So, I told him I was invited to a blogger event and that I needed to bring a date. Since he is introverted and tends to feel anxious in large crowds, I used this as my excuse to get him to attend and even socialize with strangers. Little did he know, he was walking into a room filled with his favorite people, not strangers!

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The Party

Food:

How to Throw Your Husband a Surprise 30th Birthday Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog I wanted the food to reflect my husband's preferences and personality. Knowing that he always has a Red Bull, Coke, or Starbucks drink in hand, I made sure to include them as beverage options at the party.

As for dessert, my husband's favorite is cheesecake, so that was an obvious choice. To keep things simple and avoid the need for cutlery or cups, I opted for bite-sized cheesecake bites from Sam's Club.

Lastly, I wanted to include our favorite pizza place, Palios Pizza, as a special treat. We usually reserve ordering from there for special occasions, so it was fitting to have their delicious pizzas at his birthday party. We ordered 4 Pepperoni, 2 Cheese, 2 Buffalo, and 2 Greek with Chicken.

Decorations:

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For the decorations, I wanted to create a personal touch that would make my husband feel truly special. I reached out to his friends and family, asking them to share 30 nicknames he had accumulated throughout his life. I wrote each one on cardstock, along with accompanying photos, and hung them on the main wall of the venue. It was a heartwarming experience to watch him read each nickname and recollect the memories associated with them.

To capture memories from the party, I set up memory jars. I provided mason jars with year markers, allowing guests to write down their favorite memories with my husband. This activity created a beautiful collection of heartfelt messages that we enjoyed reading together later in the evening.

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To keep the table decor simple yet elegant, I incorporated candles, glass vases, pictures, and conversation cards on each table. A sprig of baby's breath added a sweet touch. The conversation cards prompted guests to talk about how they knew my husband, their favorite memory with him, his best qualities, and any funny stories they wished to share.

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As for the cheesecake table, I used a variety of cake stands from the Target Dollar Section. I arranged the cheesecake bites on the stands, creating an attractive display. To add a touch of elegance, I included marble and gold plates from Party City.

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I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the friends and family who joined us in celebrating my best friend. He truly deserves all the joy and recognition in the world. Despite my inability to keep secrets, Brad was genuinely surprised, and his appreciation made all the time, planning, and effort worthwhile. Happy 30th birthday, babe! I'm so grateful for your existence!

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