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Theme Party Inspiration: Back to the Future II

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Theme Party Inspiration: Back to the Future II

After nearly three decades of waiting, the day has nearly arrived. October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty and Doc travel to at the beginning of Back to the Future II. Since we are dorky fangirls, Tara and I have been eagerly anticipating this day since our childhoods.

If you're also into power laces and hoverboards, you might want to throw a Back to the Future II-themed party. Here's what to do:

Invitations

Here's a cute idea for an invitation:

Newspapers play a pretty big role in the film, so you might want to adapt one of the images from the film and create your own newspaper-style invitation.

Attire

You could go as Marty's girlfriend, Jennifer Parker: 

Or as Marty McFly, Jr. with this replica hat from Amazon (Tara says, "It's surprisingly high-quality"):

Or as Marty, Sr. pretending to be Marty, Jr. Just slap these hoverboard decals onto some foam core or perhaps a skateboard:

You could always go simple with a Cafe 80s t-shirt:

If you've gone back in time with a Sports Almanac in your pocket, perhaps you can afford the Limited Edition Marty McFly shoes from Nike. The first pair sold for $37,500:

What to Eat and Drink

You could make a cake. We've seen several "Jailbird Joey" cakes, but since this is all about the second film, you might be more inspired by this amazing wedding cake:

Otherwise, you can probably serve pizza and fruit, the only other foods shown in the film.  And sorry, Coca Cola fans, you're going to be drinking Pepsi Perfect all night long:

Activities

Clearly you're going to be making this paper DeLorean:

And making watching a screening of the film, while wearing cool 3D glasses:

And maybe playing a couple games of Wild Gunman:

Whatever you do, just remember no one should know too much about their own future, and never EVER call someone a chicken. It can only end badly.

For more inspiration, check out Tara's Pinterest board.

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Theme Party Inspiration: Mt. St. Helens (Volcanoes)

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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Theme Party Inspiration: Coffee + Doughnuts Playdate

Every time my friend Faith and I hang out, we usually eat doughnuts. It’s the best. Our kids play while we stuff our faces with deep-fried delicacies. To host a successful playdate, you have to make sure the parents are happy too! And playdates always require coffee. Lots of coffee.

Describe the Vibe:

This post is less of a theme party, and more of a delicious and slightly dressed-up kids’ playdate. It’s colorful (bubblegum pink, teal, chartreuse, and cantaloupe orange), spring-y, and fun.

Decor:

Hooray for what? Hooray for anything!

Hooray banner by Oh Joy! For Target

Hooray banner by Oh Joy! For Target

Rectangular plates by Oh Joy! For Target

Rectangular plates by Oh Joy! For Target

Vintage melmac coffee set from Etsy.com

Vintage melmac coffee set from Etsy.com

Image found on decor8blog.com

Image found on decor8blog.com

Menu:

Coffee and doughnuts!

Cool coffee packaging by Cielito Cafe in Mexico

Cool coffee packaging by Cielito Cafe in Mexico

Found on PartyZ.co (original source unknown)

Found on PartyZ.co (original source unknown)

Found on Pinterest.com (original source unknown)

Found on Pinterest.com (original source unknown)

Bear doughnuts found on CutestFood.com

Bear doughnuts found on CutestFood.com

Activities:

Your job is to eat, chat, and caffeinate while your kids play.

The cutest coffee set by KidKraft

The cutest coffee set by KidKraft

Play wooden doughnuts by Melissa and Doug

Play wooden doughnuts by Melissa and Doug

Found on 100 Layer Cake-Let

Found on 100 Layer Cake-Let

With older kids, decorating doughnuts with various glazes and sprinkles could be fun. Or it could be terribly, horribly messy. I’m trying to imagine my 2 year old doing this, and all I can see are trillions of tiny sprinkles cascading to the kitchen floor in slow motion.

Attire:

One of these paired with your roomiest sweatpants.

Lazy Wives Club doughnut t-shirt by Stay Home Club Apparel

Lazy Wives Club doughnut t-shirt by Stay Home Club Apparel

Doughnut sweatshirt from Forever21.com

Doughnut sweatshirt from Forever21.com

Find more Coffee + Doughnuts inspiration on our Pinterest board!


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Theme Party Inspiration: Cosmos Premiere Party

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

Mark your cosmic calendars! Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey with host Neil deGrasse Tyson airs next Sunday, March 9 at 9/8c on FOX. Like Carl Sagan’soriginal 1980 television series, Cosmos: a Personal Voyage, the new follow-up series promises to take viewers on an exciting exploration of time, space, and our place within them. With modern special effects, the new Cosmos has potential to make as big of a bang as the original.

We love science as much as we love events, so we’ve been daydreaming about hosting a Cosmos premiere party. These are some of our favorite ideas, but there are billions and billions of other possibilities for a space-themed event.

Describe the Vibe:

Small, intimate, appetizers, and (lots of) pie. A stylish, stellar space theme that isn’t too kitschy or quirky. A galactic gathering that’s out-of-this-world, but not over-the-top.

Decor:

Set the table with this DIY constellation table runner.

DIY Constellation Table Runner via theKitchn

DIY Constellation Table Runner via theKitchn

And set the mood with a starry indoor night light.

Pretty!

Pretty!

We love this giant star chart hanging behind a simple dessert table.

Dessert table design by LouLou Events

Dessert table design by LouLou Events

Mr. Printables has a free constellation map available for download, as well as a map of the moon.

Decorate with this free constellation chart from Mr. Printables

Decorate with this free constellation chart from Mr. Printables

Menu:

Head on over to Yourparenting.co.za for Space Party appetizer ideas.

Stargazer Crackers

Stargazer Crackers

Cheesy Moon Balls

Cheesy Moon Balls

Meteorite Honeycomb

Meteorite Honeycomb

Our very own, multi-talented Miss Hannah Kane made up an award-winning recipe (and story) for Galaxy Pie.

Galaxy Pie

Galaxy Pie

Carl Sagan also liked pie. Or at least he liked to talk about it: ““If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

This party needs a cocktail!

The Buzz Aldrin made with vodka and Tang

The Buzz Aldrin made with vodka and Tang

Activities: 

In addition to the obvious (eating, drinking, and watching Cosmos), rent a telescope for your stargazing guests.

Look at the stars, look how they shine for yoooooou

Look at the stars, look how they shine for yoooooou

Attire:

Lucky for you, galaxy print clothes and accessories are everywhere.

Celestial chic

Celestial chic

Pretty sure I don’t need to explain why you need this astronomically awesome t-shirt.

Double Star!

Double Star!

Some Sagan (solar) flare.

Star-studded

Star-studded

What about you? Do you plan on watching Cosmos on Sunday? Will you be alone in the universe, or hosting a big bang of a bash with some of your friends? Whether or not you invite Pluto is entirely up to you (but know that Neil would say no).

Since you’ve got a pretty short event horizon (it’s only 6 days away!), head on over to our Outer Space Theme Party Pinterest board for some last minute Cosmos Premiere Party inspiration!

Oh, and one last thing . . .


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Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast in Bed

Set the mood for a Cupid’s Arrow-themed breakfast in bed with a gold-dipped feather garland.

Set the mood for a Cupid’s Arrow-themed breakfast in bed with a gold-dipped feather garland.

As if pierced by Cupid’s golden arrow, your Valentine will feel completely love-struck with a surprise bow and arrow-themed breakfast in bed.

What you’ll need:

tray

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plate for pancakes

And some beautiful arrows for decoration

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On the Menu:

Keep it sweet and simple with strawberry pancakes and heart-shaped strawberry slices.

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Give:

Capture your significant other’s heart with a lovely little gift, like this golden arrow necklace (Etsy.com has tons) or golden arrow tie clip.

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And maybe if you’re feeling super thematic and romantic, you could get little matching arrow tattoos.

See more inspiration for a Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast in Bed on our Pinterest board.

Do you have any romantic Valentine’s Day plans? If you’re having a hard time thinking of something extra special, Chris is amazing at helping people craft the perfect moment. Let us know if you need a little help!

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