Rare, recently-discovered photo of Mt. St. Helens erupting on May 18, 1980. Photo by Richard Bowen (via OregonLive.com).

Rare, recently-discovered photo of Mt. St. Helens erupting on May 18, 1980. Photo by Richard Bowen (via OregonLive.com).

Hannah and I are birthday buddies. We were both born on May 18. It sounds weird, but I feel like this bonds us together; even though we didn’t know each other when we were kids, we were both partying it up and eating cake and ice cream on the exact same day each year!

Not only is May 18 our birthday, it’s also the day that Mt. St. Helens erupted in Washington state. In honor of this explosive day, we headed up to Mt. St. Helens with friends last year on our birthday weekend. I hadn’t been since I was a wee little lass with bangs and glasses in a hypercolor sweatshirt, so I didn’t remember much. Our recent trip was my kind of day: good company, bad jokes, tasty cobbler, and some learnin’. We had a blast (heh).

Some might reserve a volcano-themed birthday party for kids, but we’ve got a connection to that beautifully-eerie, flat-top peak. Our Volcano Party Pinterest board has inspiration for the grown-up volcano party that I hope to throw on May 18 one year.

Describe the Vibe:

Is it possible to throw a classy, grown-up volcano-themed birthday party that isn’t tropical or dinosaur-y? We shall see.

Decor: 

This may sound weird and slightly 70s sleazy (and for some, sexy), but I’m imagining dim lights, a smoke machine, and lots and lots of red and orange lava lamps placed throughout the house.

Food:

The flavors of this menu may seem random, but everything is thematic!

Volcano Bean Dip

Dessert:

Lots and lots of chocolate options when it comes to volcano-themed desserts. We are totally ok with this.

Smokin’ Volcano Chocolate Cake (with gluten-free option for Hannah!)

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Drinks:

Smoking Volcano Cocktail (Unfortunately, we can’t find the source or recipe to go with this picture.)

Activities:

Watch this “St. Helens” movie.

Play this Verb Volcano game (probably for kids, but it looks fun!).

Listen to volcano-themed songs.

Attire:

Ladies, say “yes” to this volcano dress.

How do you celebrate your birthday? What’s your birthday party dream theme?

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