A Golden Girls Themed 30th Birthday Bash
So my brother Tom sent me an email not asking, but pretty much asking, if we could have a surprise 30th birthday for his girlfriend Julia. He mentioned that she is a huge fan of the show The Golden Girls and thought that would be a fun theme to have for her party. First of all, I love Julia. Second, I love hosting parties at my house (we have three kids and we don't get out much). Lastly, I'm obsessed with a good theme. I immediately responded YES and began my Pinterest search. Surprisingly, there wasn't as much out there as I thought there was going to be. Several people went with the old lady decor which was also my first inclination. However, this was going to be an outdoor party, in July, so not as easy to "old lady" the place up. So I put a little spin on it and decided to do a Miami-esqu glamorized old lady theme. My color palette consisted of green, bright pink, and gold-think flamingos and pineapple decor (kinda Lily P for my prepsters out there).
So for the invite my brother doctored up a picture of the original Golden Girls, but swapped out Blanche's face for Julia's. He included this photo and just did an Evite.
For the table center pieces I decided to buy real pineapples (cheapest I could find) and spray paint them gold. They were cheapest at Aldi, by the way and they looked awesome! We threw them on top of some doilies (from Jo-Ann's), added some faux greens, and attached some balloons which I purchased at Party City.
We also put out some old candy dishes (I found these at tag sales for a previous party) with hard candy. Because let's be real- old ladies love having hard candies!
We also draped a couple of afghans over some of the chairs.
I had two banners made by my all time favorite banner/crafter extraordinaire, Angela who's business is called Just A Spoonful of Sparkle. She makes the most adorable party decorations. I order stuff from her for every single party I host. One banner said, "Thank you for being a friend" (theme song for the show). We hung this over the gift table which we thought was very appropriate. And of course the other banner said, "Happy 30th Birthday Julia." We hung this over the dessert table. She also made some decorative picks (that are stuck into the cake pop stands).
Speaking of the dessert table, I purchased super cute palm tree fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric to use for a tablecloth. My brother blew up the picture from the invitation, which we displayed for everyone's enjoyment. We served my red velvet cake pops, pies, flourless chocolate cake, cookies, jumbo crispy rice treats, homemade vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing, and of course cheesecake (a common dish enjoyed on the show)! Cheesecake not pictured by the way because we ran out of room on that table!
The cute light up Palm tree we found at Christmas Tree Shops. The little food tent labels I just made with card stock and pineapple stickers from Michael's Crafts. We also displayed pictures of Julia throughout her life in a bunch of gold frames (we borrowed many of the frames from my grandma, hehe).
Of course the trusty multi-purpose baker's rack/drink station...
For food we had an array of Italian dishes, just like they had back in Sicily, right Ma?!
One final touch that everyone enjoyed was the DJ. He played the theme song to The Golden Girls as Julia walked in; it made for quite the entrance. Julia looooves karaoke and her and my brother actually met at a bar's karaoke night, so of course we did karaoke! It was hysterical and everyone enjoyed it. Next adult party I host, I am having him back!
Check out my handsome bro serenading his birthday girl!
Since I love dressing to coordinate with my themes, I wore a Lilly Pulitzer for Target jumper, and had little miss Kensington in her own little palmy number from Carter's.
Julia was totally surprised, loved seeing all of her friends/family from near and far and of course was thrilled with the theme. Although the theme required a little more creativity than my usual Pinterest cloning, I think we did our Golden Girl Julia proud. Happy 30th sister, loooove you!!