12 Jan

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

If you’ve been following HWTM for a while, you might have seen my previous post about the {pretty unconventional} idea that Sonny & I had for our 10-year wedding anniversary celebration this past November. We really wanted to do a fun/crazy/outside-the-box party that would include our friends, family, and daughter – for the early part of the night, at least! – and what a PARTY it turned out to be! I apologize that this post is longer/more wordy than usual – it’s just very near & dear to my heart, and I want to share all the little details!

Sonny is a goofball at heart (one of the things I love about him), and a funny type of celebration is really much more “us” than something formal, so we ran with it. We both love the movie THE HANGOVER, and thought that a Hangover-themed party would be so much FUN, with all the funny, off-the-wall details that could be incorporated like missing teeth, a tiger in the bathroom, the late-night wedding of Stu and Jane (vow renewal for us) complete with blue ruffle tux, that random chicken, festive Las Vegas elements, Alan’s crazy quotes….

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

As San Diegans, we’re not too far from Las Vegas (about a 5 hour drive or 40 min flight), so we knew a Vegas trip – although more involved to plan – wouldn’t be out of the question. We ran the idea by our friends a few months prior, saw that a lot of them were on board for a weekend in Vegas… and cut to November 2010, we found ourselves at “The Real” Caesar’s Palace in Vegas, celebrating with 25 wonderful friends & family members, in the midst of what turned out to be one of the most fun nights of our lives! (And also very sentimental due to a touching surprise gift from our friends… more on that later.)

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

This is honestly a great theme for so many types of occasions – from light-hearted anniversary celebrations like ours to bachelor/bachelorette parties, milestone birthdays, and theme parties in general. The humorous element and “Vegas-y” fun put everyone in such a great mood!

So without further adieu, here’s Part 1 of the recap of our night… complete with LOTS of photos (as captured by Jeanna Hayes). I hope you find some good inspiration here if you’re looking to do something similar in the future! FREE PRINTABLES of all the paper elements that I designed for the party are coming very soon too!

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

The first thing we needed to do was get the travel situation squared away, especially since the ideal situation would be for everyone to stay at the same hotel, so that required some planning.

Our first choice for hotels was of course Caesar’s Palace, just like in the movie, with the plan of renting a big suite as our “venue” to host the party. Luckily, we discovered that Caesars is part of Harrah’s, which has a travel service for their properties called Total Experiences. Working with them made planning the trip SO much easier. We were able to secure a room block – just like you would for a wedding – with special hotel rates for our guests that were significantly discounted from the standard hotel rates (hooray!). Added bonus, they put everyone all on the same floor as our party suite, with our rooms right next to each other!

And now onto the SUITE where the party was held. I’ve definitely never done Vegas like this before – it was a TRUE treat! =)

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

We also booked this suite through Total Experiences, and it’s dubbed “The Suite That Inspired The Hangover” – due to the amazing giant window & view of the Strip that was also seen in the movie. (The suite shown in the film was actually a movie set.) Not too shabby of a view, right?!

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

It’s a 2-story suite (2900 square feet!), with the entertaining area downstairs – complete with dining area & a small kitchen with a fridge & sink, which worked out great for the bar situation. There are dual master bedrooms upstairs that are HUGE! Some of our friends also stayed in the 2 adjoining rooms on either side of the suite, so it felt even bigger with those doors open! Here’s the view looking up from downstairs:

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

I just adored all the crystal details that were part of the regular room decor.

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

DESSERT TABLE:
I set up a dessert/drinks table in the dining area.
There’s so much you can do with this theme to really take it to the limit, but truth be told, it was hard to go too crazy because we had to bring absolutely everything with us, so we were limited due to vehicle space issues. Our car was packed to the brim on the way there as it was (and I realized I forgot a huge box of props when we were halfway there! Sigh…) I’m still happy with how the table turned out though…

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

To tie in the wedding element, I created ring drink stirrers by hot-gluing plastic party rings (found in the kids party section at Target!) onto bamboo skewers and included 2 red acrylic toasting flutes (from IKEA!) next to a bottle of champagne chilled in a Vegas-themed ice bucket to play on the idea of a wedding toast.

The champagne flutes were embellished with a couple of the paper party circles I designed that were also used as cupcake toppers. There were 3 designs that read “Cheers to 10 Years” and featured pictures of tigers & chicken themed pocker chips. (Download the printable circle toppers here.)

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

Chocolate Cigars and Chocolate Poker chips were from Sweets Indeed… and of course we had to have Skittles too! (another movie reference)

To play up the “Stu’s Missing Tooth” element from the movie and also tie into the dessert theme, I created giant tooth signs for the table that read “SWEET TOOTH” and “MISSING in action. Foul play by pliers strongly suspected.” (Download the tooth signs here.)

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

More on the other aspects of the tooth arrangements in part 2 – they tie into the rest of the centerpieces featured elsewhere in the party… Also pictured above: Mini Lighted Las Vegas Sign (lights not turned yet in the pic though!).

The dessert table also featured a Vegas themed wedding cake from Elizabethan Desserts, complete with fondant tooth and satchel toppers and fondant poker chips and dice! Now this was interesting to figure out how to transport all the to way Vegas & keep cool on the way! Dry ice, a huge Rubbermaid bin, and some strategic packing to make sure it was sturdy did the trick though.

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

Of course we had to incorporate Jagermeister, to reference the key toast the guys did on the roof of the hotel in the movie. (No “special additives” in our Jager, though!) The table was also lined with shot glasses that featured the Vegas sign on a poker chip graphic and read “High Roller”. (I alternated the black and red shotglass designs. For some reason the red one is a little cheaper!)

“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

That’s it for Part 1 this morning! Part 2 coming tomorrow – which will feature the Party Decor, the invitation, and the all of the photo props – “Vegas Light” Hearts, hospital bracelets, Alan’s aviator sunglasses, and more! {Update – check out PART 2 right now! – and download the {free} printables used throughout the party right here!}

P.S. You can find even more info on the inspiration for the decor in my previous post here.

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Photography Credits: A HUGE, huge thank you to Las Vegas-based Jeanna from Jeanna Hayes photography for all of the beautiful photos, and to Suzanne for assisting. They were both so sweet & gracious! Highly recommended!

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40Comments

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Susan SAYS:

This is spectacular!!!! My 10 is coming up this year and wegot marriedin Vegas. This would be the way to go..

Reply January 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

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Victoria SAYS:

I’m enjoying all of the details you put into this! Your descriptions are marvelous, can’t wait until #2.

Reply January 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

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Tanya~Save the Date for Cupcakes SAYS:

I LOVE THAT SUITE! How perfect! The Chocolate Cigars and Chocolate Poker chips are awesome! The sweet tooth reference is too funny! What a fun way to celebrate your 10 yr!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

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Sandi SAYS:

Amazing!! Don’t make us wait to long for the rest!!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

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Dina SAYS:

LOVE It! By far one of the best party ideas ever let alone an anniversary party. I heart it!!!!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

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Kori Clark SAYS:

I am with Tanya…that suite!! WOW! Fantastic! It looks just like the movie! I can’t wait to see the rest, this is such an amazing theme, and the teeth signs are too funny!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

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sharon garofalow SAYS:

Brilliant!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

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Laura Bear SAYS:

WOW. This is amazing and so well done! can’t wait to see more!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

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Suzanne Johnson SAYS:

AHHHH-MAZING JENN!!! I’ve been waiting for this post on pins and needles! It turned out soooo awesome and Jeanna captured it perfectly. Every detail you planned was fabulous – you truly didn’t leave a thing out. Seeing your work in action was true brilliance on every level – what an honor it was to see it all! Can’t wait for Part 2 tomorrow! Congrats again on special #10, what a wonderful memory for your family and friends. PS-Baby Carlos was a true show stopper!!! :)

Reply January 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

jenn s. SAYS:

You are way too sweet, Suzanne! But thank you :) It was so much fun meeting you and Jeanna! Everyone commented on how great you both were! =)

January 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

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Louisa@FLIPAWOO SAYS:

Wooo!!! Very nice! You’re such a creative and talented person!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

wow, it looks like a blast!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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JULIE GALLAGHER SAYS:

YEAH! It finally is here! I have to say I am speechless, it is AWESOME – but the missing tooth – PURE PARTY GENIUS! My husband and I renewed our vows in Vegas for our 5th – but not nearly as cool as this. Going to have to brainstorm now for the 10th!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Love your party Jenn! can’t wait for part 2

Reply January 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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Jamee Bryant SAYS:

Jenn, You and your husband are so fun!! This is incredible and i LOVE how you always think outside of the box!!! Truly inspiring!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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jacin SAYS:

LOVE!

Reply January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

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