sometimes katie throws an 80s 30th birthday party…

So I turned 30 this week… I’ve been saying for a few years that I can’t wait to turn 30, because I feel like people will finally take me seriously… or that it’ll mean I’m finally a “real adult.” I just feel like I’m ready to be 30. I’m married, have a great house, a fantastic job, and we’re hoping to start having children soon. So 30 just feels right. (Plus, I’ve been told I still look like I’m about 21-25. Some of my patients don’t believe I’m old enough to be a Physical Therapist. I feel like if I say I’m 30, they might believe me more? I don’t know…) A couple years ago, someone on Facebook had posted pictures of a party they went to, and it was an 80s 30th Birthday Party, and my brain started stirring. I kinda forgot about it (since my 30th was >2 years away), but then this summer on a road trip, the idea popped back into my head. I wanted neon, bright, funky decor, with everyone dressed up, and as much throwbacks to 1984 as possible. I started searching Google/eBay for 80s toys (Light Bright, Care Bears, Cabbage Patch Kids, Wuzzles, Little People, Popples, My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, Speak & Spell, etc…), but found they were pretty expensive, and hard to find. Then I realized, what would I do with these old toys when I find them anyway? (Still, it was fun to search and reminisce — now eat your heart out with these pics:) As March 2 approached (the big 3-0), I knew I had to get going to throw the most radical, tubular 80s party EVER. I got on Pinterest to look for ideas. Now, I think this party is what brought me (back) to Pinterest. I tried using it for my wedding, but I think because not a lot of people have thrown a polka dot/turquoise wedding, I didn’t find many ideas and thought Pinterest was useless. HOWEVER, many people have thrown 80s parties, and it gave me many great ideas. The first step was making an invitation that would sum up the feel of the party. After discussing with my sisters (I have 4 of ’em, they’re all amazing), we decided to throw a house party (to host all the decor), but also do something fun. We narrowed it down to bowling or roller skating, and skating won (because who has roller skated since 6th grade? I sure haven’t). I then got ideas from Pinterest for 80s birthday invitations, told my husband what I wanted, and he started playing around with ideas. (I married an amazing photographer, who is going back to school for graphic/web design. He’s my other creative half, and fills in the gaps that I can’t do myself). This is what we finally came up with: