Party Recap

I wanted to give my boyfriend the perfect party for his 31st birthday!


Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    Birthday Cake and Candy!

  • Activities / Games

    We did the classic birthday party agenda: SURPRISE!, open gifts, birthday candles and cake. On the game coffee table: UNO, Army men, and Legos.

  • Budget

    $400. I spent way too much on candy, and have a lot leftover. I always include something special for me in the budget like a new serving platter. This time, I bought the cake stand I'd been obsessing about forever.

  • Party Favors

    Personalized M&Ms in a tin, and paper bags full of candy!

  • Best Moment

    Bohdi the doggie guest finally broke a helium balloon.

  • What People Ate

    Menu: Sloppy Joes (Man-wiches), tator tots, spinach balls, cheese balls

  • What People Drank

    We don't drink alcohol, so I always have Coca-Cola products on hand, including Rob's current favorite: Cherry Coke Zero

  • Funniest Moment

    Even though I had been planning the surprise for two weeks, when Rob and I walked into the apartment and everyone jumped from their hiding places, I dropped my purse and went into the fetal position screaming.


Party Helpers



  • Ivory S

    Ivory S wrote:

    I LOVE THIS! Is it candy all the way through

  • Kim G

    Kim G wrote:

    Inside, are alternated, stacked paper plates hot glued together.....the instructions called for styrofoam circles, but I just couldn't pay for them!

  • Denise N

    Denise N wrote:

    i like this idea can u tell me is it candy all threw do you give instructions

  • Kim G

    Kim G wrote:

    Hi Denise, The instructions called for styrofoam circles, but I thought that was too expensive. First I took dinner size paper plates and hot-glued them together face to face, bottom to bottom until they were the length of the candy bars. Then I did the same with dessert size paper plates for the middle layer. Then I cut a paper cup to size, turned it upside down, and glued on as the top layer. I hot-glued 2 -3 candy bars on at a time, placing the line of glue on the paper plate edges. I used reeses mini cups to fill in the top of each layer, gluing them on with a dot each.