Baseball themed 30th birthday party

There are very few people on this planet who love baseball more than my boyfriend.  So with his 30th birthday just around the corner I wanted to give him something special that combined his favorite things: baseball, friends and family!

I LOVE a good themed party and love creating the special touches that pull everything together.  But themes can take a wrong turn down “Over-Done Alley” very quickly.  To keep this party from looking like a 5-year-olds first “boy-girl party” I chose a more sophisticated/vintage color palette (deep red and soft navy) and inserted those baseball-themed touches sparingly.  Just because a party has a theme doesn’t mean that every little detail needs to scream “this is the theme!” Your friends are smart; you don’t need to hit them over the head with baseballs for them to understand where you’re going.

Although I was convinced he knew about the party, it turns out he had no clue! My carefully orchestrated (lie-filled) plan had worked!  From ballpark-inspired food to Cracker Jack favors, I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out and most importantly the bf and everyone else had a great time!  The look on his face was priceless!  So without further ado here are few highlights from the party.  Batter up!

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

Baseball themed 30th birthday party

I’d like to give a special shout out to a few people who helped me pull this all off.  First to my mom and aunt, Judy, for setting everything up that day (per my very detailed instructions…God help them!) allowing me to keep the birthday boy distracted for a few more hours.  To a few of my best friends, Sara, Caitlin and Michaela, for assisting my mom and helping me craft my plan (and for just being lovely ladies).  To Maria Gallant at Elisa Confectionery for the adorable, and delicious, baseball cake pops and Shauna Rue of Purple Ink Press for letterpress-ing my custom coasters (one of the biggest hits of the party!): wonderful job ladies, as always! To the staff, particularly Tim, at MacDonald’s Tavern, you all do a fabulous job! Thanks for everything! Last and certainly not least Mike Nyman, for his fabulous photography: thank you for capturing all the details and the energy of such a special event and for being an all-around nice guy!

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