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Circa 1980’s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

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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!

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

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

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mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

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.

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

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

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

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

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

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

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

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

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

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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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

16 responses to “Circa 1980’s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday”

  1. Chrissy says:

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

  2. Sandra says:

    What a great party..love the theme!

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

  4. Cammi says:

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

  5. 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

  6. Very cute idea for a guy!

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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-

  10. Ijeoma says:

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. Rowaida Flayhan says:

    Beautfiul detailed table! very creative!

  14. j8k2c says:

    LOVE IT!

  15. 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!

  16. Callie says:

    Great ideas! I’m currently figuring out my own 30th… Coincidence … I turn 30 on 7-25 too!