Not too long ago, my brother-in-law turned the big 3-0! Megan decided she wanted to throw him a surprise party, so naturally I
basically told her she had no other option selflessly volunteered to make invitations for the event. She initially wanted to host the shindig at a place called The Secret Society in Portland. It ended up being a little spendy to do it there, but because of that, a brilliant idea was born. What if we treated it like Alex (my BIL) was being inducted into a secret society of people over 30? My mind was spinning with the possibilities of this theme and I couldn’t wait to get started. The first thing to do was design the crest (see above). My favorite parts about this piece are the old man profile at the top, and the roman numerals that stand for 1982 and 2012. I shouldn’t have been surprised that Alex immediately recognized what those numbers stood for–he got his major in history after all.
Click through to see what else we came up with for this fun event!
So after the crest was set, it was time to get cracking on the invitation itself. I didn’t want it to be like a normal invitation. I wanted people to open it and kind of be unsure of what they just received until they read it. I wanted it to have a dry sense of humor to it because–let’s face it–a dry sense of humor is something that Alex and I have in common! These were printed then glued to several sheets of cardstock so they were fantastically heavy and put inside a black envelope with a red wax seal on the back (how I never got a photo of this, I’ll never know).
I think it turned out splendidly.
After the floodgates open, there is no holding them back. We then decided that each person attending would get a button as a party favor. There were two kinds of buttons: one for people who were members of the secret society (over 30) and one for non-members. The party was held on St. Patrick’s Day, so Alex had a special inductee button with a green ribbon on it.
Meg had a brilliant idea of having a little note card for everyone to fill out that basically said ‘now that you’re 30 you’re now allowed/not allowed to do this:”. I didn’t get any photos of the actual note cards but the envelopes were stamped with a simple silver skeleton key (very secret looking) and sealed with wax on the back to match the invitations (still didn’t get a photo of the wax!!) Meg put the filled out note cards into a photo album, so maybe I could take some photos of that to show you how they looked.
I also decided to make custom wine lables
Lastly, we made mustaches on a stick–because what’s a party without a mustache on a stick?? Plus, I think it went along with the theme rather nicely don’t you?
A HUGE thank you to my mom for helping me put everything together! I honestly could not have pulled it all off without her help. Also thanks to Meg for an amazing party!