Polaroid Inspired 30th Birthday Party

Turning 30 is a big milestone in one’s life. I’m not one to get caught up on age, but I am one to use it as a cause for celebration.

The #tbt trend was the main inspiration for my party because I wanted to pay homage to my birth year, which, I must admit, is now considered retro. Considering that I am also a fanatic of taking pictures and using Instagram filters, using the Polaroid was the element I played around with and used it as the design for my invitation.

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The Polaroid essence ended up being the main decor element of my party. What better way to display 30 years of memorable times (and your awkward teenage years) than with a Polaroid-inspired photo gallery suspended by floating balloons. My guests loved looking through each picture as they reminisced on our memories and laughed at my 1996 grunge phase.

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Since I’m always on a budget and since I’m always feeling crafty, I created my own Polaroid photos by printing some of my favourite pictures in a 4×4 glossy print at Walmart (I love their Photo Centre App). I chose 30 of my most favourite photos and glued them on a big white bristle board from the Dollar Store. Along with a pack of white balloons, the materials for this decoration cost me a total of $15.00

After writing a snippy caption under each photo, I cut around the edge leaving enough space to create a white border. Remember to leave more space at the top of the photo so you can punch a hole for the ribbons. Just a heads up that although this a budget-friendly decor idea, the most expensive element was the helium for the balloons. It cost about $1.00 per balloon, so $30.00 just to get my balloons filled.

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What #tbt isn’t complete without a little shout-out? Using a black bristle board and some chalk, I easily created my own “A Look Back at 1985” board.

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When it came to the birthday treat, I wanted to keep it simple. I ordered mini-cupcakes from my favorite cupcake shop, Bake Sale and added cupcake toppers. I originally wanted to write “30” on them with a gold sharpie, but decided to add a bit more quirk to it and used Emoji stickers instead. Anyone who knows me knows that I basically communicate in Emoji. I had cocktail glasses filled with my favourite candies for guests to nibble on through the night.

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And now for the fun part: the outfit. I wanted it to be feminine and playful, think flower crowns and ballerina skirt.

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And yes, my top says “29ish“. But who’s counting?

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