16 Sep

Circa 1980′s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

It’s always so inspiring to see outside-the-box party themes… especially when they’re pulled off as well as this fantastic Circa 1980′s Cassette Tape surprise party that Jessica of Modern Moments Designs created for her husband’s 30th?! I love how she took a “retro” concept and give it a wonderfully modern twist!

There are so many fabulous DIY details in this party… starting with the cool cassette tape graphic that Jessica used in the invitation, then carried throughout the rest of the party on everything from the food labels and favors to the drink coasters and ice bucket (pictured above).

And wait ’til you see the little marzipan lemons & oranges that she made for the cupcakes!

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Read on for LOTS more images and all the party details, as told by Jessica… and prepare to be inspired!

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Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

For my husband’s 30th birthday, I did a Circa 1980′s Cassette Tape theme! The colors were orange, teal, and yellow. For decorations we used paper lanterns, faux tangerines, personalized paper products such as coasters, ice buckets, lucite serving trays, etc.

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

A display of Tootsie Pops and Blow Pops added a little humor…

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

For favors I gave people cookies with edible icing decals that matched the party.

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

The food was very “manly” and included things like chicken wings, sweet and spicy mac & cheese, Cajun fries, olives, veggies, paninis, etc.

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Party drinks included a wheelbarrow of beer, wine, and a melon liquor.

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

Circa 1980s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

DIY Details:
Food, Spray Painted Yellow Tray (using this tutorial: A Carnival of Tiered Trays), French Fry holder/container, coasters, all paper products, and the Marzipan oranges and lemons on the cupcakes

VENDOR RESOURCES:
Paper Lanterns
: Just Artifacts
Edible Icing Decals: Hello Frosting
Stationery Details: (Invitations, Ice buckets, lucite trays, coasters, food cards, sticker/labels): Modern Moments
Coaster blanks: run, ellie. run.
Twine: Whisker Graphics
Parchment bags: In the Clear
Oreo Pops: Sweeties by Kim
iPhone4 Case: Crank Cases
Table linens: The Party Pros

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16Comments

1
Chrissy SAYS:

This party is the best!! How clever. Great job!!!

Reply September 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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Sandra SAYS:

What a great party..love the theme!

Reply September 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff Custom Designs SAYS:

Um… I LOVE THIS! My 30th is this year…. hummmm…. ;-)

Reply September 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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Cammi SAYS:

Awesome party!! Thanks for introducing me to a new blog, too!!

Reply September 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

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Jenn @ThisMommyLoves SAYS:

What a cute theme. My husband’s 30th is next year and I’ve been trying to think of some sort of cute theme and I may have just found it! Thanks for sharing! Here’s a link to my recent Pancakes and Pajamas party for our daughter’s 2nd Bday! http://www.thismommyloves.com/2010/09/pancakes-and-pajamas-2nd-birthday-party.html

Reply September 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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SugarFoot Designs SAYS:

Very cute idea for a guy!

Reply September 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

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Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

What an original idea! Everything looks amazing, great job on all the details (especially the yummy lookin’ food)

Reply September 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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Jessica's> Chrissy T SAYS:

AWESOME!!!!! This is so exciting! What a good pick to feature! Jessica is soo talented and pays attention to the smallest detail to make everything over the top!! She is an amazing wife & mommy along with all the talent she has to share!

Reply September 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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Tegan SAYS:

I LOVE THIS! My partner is turning thirty in a few months and I have just been instructed that I am not to throw him a party! I’m like, what?! As if!

So many posts on this blog inspire me to create fabulous events and I love that this party is so cute but managed to also have touches of masculinity. I don’t think my partner would let me get away with this…but maybe something a little lower key…

Fingers crossed, anyway.
-xxx-

Reply September 17, 2010 at 2:55 am

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Ijeoma SAYS:

Great idea, my brother’s 21st is coming up so I might just try it! Cheers for sharing me dears.

Reply September 17, 2010 at 4:39 am

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PartyMom SAYS:

Like…this is so rad!

Seriously, I love it and wish I’d thought of it…but it did just make me realize how happy I am that cassette tapes have been replaced!

Reply September 17, 2010 at 5:49 am

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Sarah from BestofBeehive.com SAYS:

Would it be so wrong to plan a party like this for myself? I mean, I deserve a retro bash, right? Love the “30 sucks” blow pop caddy. Brilliant, just brilliant!

Reply September 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Beautfiul detailed table! very creative!

Reply September 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

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j8k2c SAYS:

LOVE IT!

Reply March 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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Jerneja SAYS:

Hhahaha! My 30B-day is coming up on July 23rd this and I absolutely love the ideas you came up with for your B-boy :D Excellent!

Reply May 23, 2011 at 5:06 am

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