You might remember my former roomie and best friend Alexis; I’ve mentioned her a few times. If not, here’s my recap: she’s hilarious, supportive, a meme queen, can teach anyone how to dougie, and she is fiercely loyal and big-hearted. Did I mention funny? I feel like that’s important to emphasize.
And, she just turned 25.
To celebrate and give Alexis the love she deserves, I teamed up with her girlfriend (who also happens to be one of my very best friends), Jessica, to throw the ultimate surprise party. It was a carnival-themed birthday bash, and it was awesome.
Jessica and I divided our duties so that she would take care of booze and food, and I’d take on decorations and games. Jess, the angel that she is, also booked a magician for the night, sent out the invites, and picked out the venue, not to mention the day-of details. She’s the best!
I knew, as soon as she mentioned the magician, that this party was going to be lit.
Once we nailed down a date and venue, it quickly became a race for me to figure out doable and affordable options for décor and fun. Chad, my mom, and I all brainstormed ideas, from colors to easy and portable carnival game options. From there, I loaded up my Amazon cart and got to work on sketching out designs.
- Duck, duck, cup
- Bottle toss
- Cake walk
- Pin the nose on Alexis
- Magician – Shawn Preston was amazing! 10/10 recommend booking him for your event!
- Polaroid photo booth
- Popcorn machine
- Homemade pasta salad, spaghetti, and pulled pork. So good!
- Delicious strawberry cake
- Cotton candy
- Candy for prizes
- Beer, cider, White Claws, fruity wine coolers
Carnival-themed Birthday: Do It Yo’ Self
The bulk of the games and décor were accomplished through DIY efforts. Here are some pictures of the finished result, taken before the transport.
In the end, it was a bad ass carnival-themed birthday party to honor our even more bad ass loved one. Alexis is the best, and I hope the party did her justice. We love you, pal! Happy 25th to my bestie for the restie.