Posted by Eileen
Themes make parties so much more fun – they break the ice, give everyone a few laughs,
and of course, they are filled with creative, little details which I just adore.
With Pinterest and Google’s image search, throwing a theme party is easier than ever because there are huge archives of what has already been done.
It’s like having a silent yet awesome brainstorm session with just you and the Internet.
With my sister Bridget turning 30, my family and I wanted to throw her a surprise party.
However, she is extremely hard to trick, lives in a different state, and is constantly travelling at the blink of an eye.
We were worried that we wouldn’t get her to nail down a date, let alone make sure she was actually home for it – yet with a little decoy plan, it all worked out.
She thought we were going to see Aladdin on Broadway, and everyone knows once you purchase Broadway tickets, you are glued to that date. The next challenge was throwing the party in a restaurant.
Being the DIYers that we are, we love party planning and are used to hosting parties at our home –cooking themed food, decorating every corner of the house, and planning fun activities, like photo booths.
However, since we lived out of town, we wanted to go to her, making a restaurant our primary option. To keep costs down, we didn’t rent a private room but rather had the party in the back of a nice pizza place.
At first, I thought we wouldn’t be able to have a theme party because you can’t decorate a few tables in a restaurant.
Yet, I found a few creative ways to work in the theme.
My sister loves Seinfeld – I mean, everything is a Seinfeld reference.
She commonly makes jokes about New York’s awful postal service, brings us chocolate babka when she visits, and is always complaining about close talkers.
Not to mention, when I was graduating college, in the love notes section of my yearbook (where you are supposed to say how proud you are of the graduate), she submitted a note filled with Seinfeld-isms.
Check out these "love notes:"
Funny, right?! There are so many amazing lines from Seinfeld that you can do so much with.
Therefore, it was the perfect theme for this restaurant party.
Here's how I worked the Seinfeld theme into the restaurant setting:
Although mailed invitations are becoming a thing of the past, I still love making them. They are simply so much better than getting an Evite.
This was a small party, where I probably only needed to send an email with the details; however, I created an invitation anyway that communicated the theme of the party. It gave me a good laugh too!
I got the invitation idea from Deseret Home’s post Seinfeld Theme Party.
I threw the invitation together in Photoshop, using various fonts (I am font-obsessed), grabbed a picture from the Internet, and threw in a few funny details.
You could also put this together in Paint or Word, if you don’t have Photoshop.
Themed food is my favorite part of parties, and unfortunately, we weren’t able to be as creative with this due to throwing the party at a restaurant.
We had NY pizza and big salads, which are related to Seinfeld. I also made cupcakes for dessert (easy for the restaurant to serve) with Seinfeld cupcake toppers.
To make the cupcake toppers, I used the Seinfeld logo, using Photoshop to get the shape and colors right.
Then, I used some short Seinfeld-isms in place of the word “Seinfeld" in the logo.
For the font, I found a great tip on Kramer’s Apartment that gave some ideas on how to get a close font match to the original.
Here are links to the printables:
Seinfeld Cupcake Topper Printables Sheet 1
Seinfeld Cupcake Topper Printables Sheet 2
I printed them on white card stock, cut them out, and then taped them to 4-inch lollipop sticks.
I made gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free cupcakes (which turned out great!!).
As far as the food goes, Seinfeld has so many amazing food references. If we were throwing the party at our house we would have had all of this to work with:
That would have been some spread!
For another fun detail, I decided to make goody bags, which included some of the many food references from above.
Being that it was just after Halloween, I got some great deals on candy.
The goody bags included Drake’s cakes, Junior Mints, Pez, and Snickers.
I put the candy in clear bags from AC Moore that were only a couple of bucks.
Here is the link to the free goody bag printable:
Seinfeld Goody Bag Tags
The goody bags also doubled as decorations as I put these in the middle of the table for guests to take. These little bags just might have been the hit of the party!
Below is a close-up of the tag:
Last, if you are anything like me, I feel like you never know whether to bring gifts or not to birthday parties for adults, and you also don’t want people to go out and spend money unnecessarily.
Soo – what did we do about gifts? Well, Seinfeld presented the perfect opportunity: the regift.
We wrote on the invitation that gifts weren’t necessary but regifts were happily welcomed, encouraging guests to do some home shopping/regifting.
It was hilarious, and Bridget got some really thoughtful gifts too. I highly recommend home shopping/regifting for every occasion now :))
Additionally, the other hit of the party was a gift that my sister, parents, and I made. We took over 70 Seinfeld quotations and paired them with pictures of Bridget from the past 30 years.
As far as the number of quotations/pictures, the plan was 30 because Bridget was turning 30, but with all the great Seinfeld quotes and hilarious pictures through the years, 30 was a drop in the bucket.
Titled “A Book about Nothing,” it turned out hilarious! The pictures and quotes made for a truly humorous pairing. We also put each Seinfeld-ism in a different font.
Here are a few of the Seinfeld quotations paired with pictures of my sister:
As a last finishing touch, I printed this cute little card for my toddler to color. I simply took the color out of an Internet photo (using the sketch feature in Photoshop).
The card was hysterical because my toddler painted random paint splotches on the inside of the card, so it really was a card about nothing :)
Even though our restaurant Seinfeld-themed party wasn't as grandiose as our usual parties, it was just perfect with these special details:)
Bridget was so surprised and happy –and of course, loved the theme! The guests enjoyed themselves too!
A few broke into their goody bags during the party, but sadly, I didn’t see anyone eating their snickers with a fork and knife :)
Guess they didn't read their note about nothing yet :)
Now that I've pulled off two awesome surprise 30th birthday parties, I told my family I was retiring from surprise parties. They are a little stressful!
Yet, Ash is still talking about how much he loved his, so maybe there will be more to come.
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