I always wanted to do something special for my husband’s 3oth birthday. I felt like he had always pulled the short straw as far as his birthdays would go; Before we were together I would avoid his birthday, because I didn’t want to give him the wrong (or the right?) impression. We spent the first birthday he had after we had gotten together moving into our apartment. The next year, our wedding was only weeks away. And the year after that we had a two week old! I did get balloons and a cake and a bunch of people together for sushi for his 29th birthday. (We typically go to sushi on his birthday, because his birthday is on Cinco De Mayo, which is a really big deal in LA–so sushi restaurants are usually empty!). But for his 30th birthday, I wanted to have a party.
I resolved to have both Laelia’s and Tyler’s birthday parties at our apartment, exactly two weeks apart. Looking back, I still revel in lovely anticipation of the clean house all rearranged to accept many people, and the energy of the crowd. I so wish our kitchen was done then (we didn’t start work on it for another couple of months), I wonder how much more I would have enjoyed it!
I decided to go with a CMYK color theme after a little thought about how much my husband likes process blue, which isn’t the same, but pretty close to cyan. He is a software-engineer-turned-user-interface-designer, and I thought he’d enjoy something punchy and graphic, with a reference to design. CMYK lends itself to a party theme super easily! Of course, most items are not true cyan, magenta, yellow, or black, but the effect is still comes across strong.
I made the 30 background out of 4 foam core boards that I taped together, then modpodged colored tissue paper on, and put in front of our bookcases! Then I plotted the dots with head pins and hung a giant sequins à la oh happy day. I bought jones soda in the proper colors, and I decorated the cake with candy dots! The cake is a five layer cake, and the four layers of frosting between the layers of cake are CMYK. I used chocolate ganache for “black” (there is a blurry photo of the cut cake the end of the post! I think we were all having too much fun by the time the cake was cut to properly take a photo!). Tyler did the streamer installation, as we like to call it. It was an interesting and calculated process to make them so sculptural! They certainly had a lot of impact!Vendors:
- Balloons: Ziggos
- Paper Straws: Heyyoyo
- Gold Table Skirt: Ziggos
- Cake Topper: Made by myself.
- Cake Stands: Martha Stewart
- Pink Bowls: Target
- Pink Beverage Bin: Target
- Sequins: Simply Sequins (they will deliver internationally).
In the 9 months since Tyler has turned 30, I have also turned 30, and we had a little party that I will be sharing here, too! If you have any specific questions about the party, please ask in the comments below!