Eric’s 30th Birthday Party!

In just over a week (on November 14) Eric turns 30! I have been planning to throw him a party since the summer and it was originally scheduled for November 12 but I had to move it to this past weekend because Eric’s shift at work got rearranged.

Not going to lie, getting ready for it a week early when I had a terribly painful pulled muscle that meant limited mobility and not sleeping well and a bad cough was not ideal. But thanks to lots of help from family members we pulled it off!

I also have to say that all the wonderful ideas for this party were ripped off from this amazing partyย I found when I googled “beer themed 30th birthday party”.

Because we live in a smallish duplex I ended up renting a hall for the party which was 100% the right idea especially with all the kids we had there!



For decorations I had these awesome “Happy Beer Day” balloons and then set up centrepieces using old beer bottles and fake flowers. I also brought Eric’s growler collection down and set it up on a side table along with all of his school photos ๐Ÿ™‚



The party store where I got the Happy Beer Day balloons and huge 30 balloons even had a beer mug balloon! It was seriously perfect.


Oh and a local bakery in town made the beer mug cake, which was completely inspired by the party link above. They did an awesome job! And then my aunt made some delicious cupcakes to go with it.


I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of them but my grandma made some amazing little sliders which were a huge hit. And my friend Janine made yummy pacho’s!


We also did beer tastings!


Oh and one of the coolest things we had there was a giant jenga game, courtesy of my brother! The adults never ended up playing jenga at all because the kids loved the blocks so much and hauled them all over the room and built towers with them.


There were alsoย multiple dance parties – mostly by the guests under age 8. The hall just happened to have a cool disco ball speaker. ๐Ÿ™‚


A bit of line dancing happened by the adults too.


It was really fun and we had an awesome time! People dropped in and out but in the end there were 20 adults, 7 kids and 3 babies who made an appearance!ย Sadly a few people had to cancel when the date changed but we still had a good turnout.


After the event we went for some more drinks with Eric’s friends and some family members and then went out to the bar. We didn’t get home until 1am, which is superrrr late for me! We spent yesterday in bed and lazing around the house, it was lovely.

I am super pleased with how well the beer party went and very grateful for family and friends who helped out by making food, bringing games and especially thankful to my dad and grandma who helped me decorate! I admit Eric wasn’t *completely* surprised but he didn’t know exactly what was happening and he did enjoy himself so a win all around ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever thrown a surprise party?ย This was my first one and I could work harder on making sure it’s an actual full surprise next time – but it still went pretty well ๐Ÿ™‚


9 Responses

  1. That was such a fun and perfect theme for his party. I love the balloon and the cake! I’m glad family helped pitched it so it wasn’t so much work for you as planning a party is a lot of work!!

    I have never planned a surprise party before, nor have I had one (and I would honestly not want one because I do not like surprises!! I know this makes me a bit lame). I did surprise a friend and visit her on her birthday. She was living in Phoenix, AZ at the time so I coordinated everything with her boyfriend (who is now her husband). She loves surprises so it was really fun to surprise her!

  2. Heather says:

    That looks like a lot of fun!!!

    I have tried to plan a surprise party for Matt but he hates parties and they ended up getting cancelled before I could really plan them ๐Ÿ™

    I am considering throwing my mom a surprise 50th birthday next year

  3. Leigh says:

    That’s so awesome that you did that for Eric! Looks like it turned out really well ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Alison says:

    This is amazing!!! What a good wife you are!!

  5. Stephany says:

    I have never planned a surprise party, but I did help with my mom’s surprise bridal shower that her coworker’s threw for her. It was SO MUCH FUN to see her look of surprise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad you had a fun party and that you still had a great turnout even with changing the date! What a fun idea, too. Kudos!!

  6. So fun!! I’ve thrown a couple surprise parties – I love surprising people ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Karen says:

    This sounds great. I’m a bit of an organiser and this has made me think that hiring a hall or somewhere to throw a party gives loads of opportunities to do decor, have games, etc. A bit like a mini wedding! Sounds like you had a great day.

  8. […] PS: Happy 30th Birthday to Eric! Sadly he is working night shift right now so will only get to really work and sleep on his 30th birthday But we had an amazing early celebration last weekend! […]

  9. San says:

    Happy belated birthday to Eric! So nice you threw him a party! ๐Ÿ™‚

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