Nerdy Thirty Party: The details



Turning 30 was not difficult for me. Maybe the shock will set in down the road, but for now, I’m quite content to be in my thirties.

Actually, I don’t feel remotely like a thirtysomething. I feel the same…I might as well be 19. Or 29. 🙂

Most people go the “Dirty Thirty” route, but that is just not for me, so I forged ahead with a nerd theme, and I loved it. I didn’t find much on Pinterest for nerds like me (mainly it was science/math-nerdy or video game-nerdy), so I’ll be pinning a lot of these photos for the use of future nerds!


Here are closeups of the photos used in this collage. It’s made on a piece of white fiberboard.

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Josh and my dad hung these beautiful lanterns (thanks, Lisa!)
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I made these “30 Facts for 30 Years” books…the books themselves were found on Oriental Trading Company.

Balloons, and notice in the background that I added nerd glasses to some of our existing pictures…IMG_9982

Thanks to my wonderful friend Lisa (get used to my thanking her), I was able to borrow her apothecary jars yet again. You have smarties, nerds (in boxes) and loose nerds. IMG_9981

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It’s hard to tell, but the clothespins on the photos on the table have felt eyeglasses on them.IMG_9978

I borrowed the disco balls from my mom. They went well with the multi-color theme.IMG_9977

My nerdy jewelry, from Etsy.

“Winter is Coming” necklace by BeneathGlass.

Eyeglass necklace by DebraMarieDesigns.

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“Expectro Patronum” ring by FamilyHouseStampin.

Hermione’s time-turner necklace from SurpriseCollection.

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I made these book earrings…I found the adorable book charms at Hobby Lobby, and used jump rings to attach them to silver earring hooks.IMG_9971 IMG_9965

Hanging inflatable globes are from Oriental Trading.

The cupcake stand has been “in the family” — my mom’s friend Trasie made it years ago, and it has been several different colors!IMG_9867

I made this Nerd garland using hastag ribbon (that’s pretty dorky). IMG_9866 IMG_9865

Here is the “30” collage in action.IMG_9864 IMG_9863

Large movie theatre-style Nerds boxes and eyeglass pencils, along with “book worms.”IMG_9862

The cupcake toppers were from Michael’s.

The cupcakes are from the fabulous Susie Cakes, and were a gift from my friend Lisa and her husband Jeff. They are amazingly delicious and frosting filled.IMG_9861 IMG_9860

She got chocolate/vanilla, peanut butter/chocolate, red velvet, solid chocolate and solid vanilla.IMG_9859 IMG_9858 IMG_9856 IMG_9855

The photo booth!

What a fun addition. I wish I had a picture of the walls my crafty husband set up…how did I miss that?!?! 😦 In any case, it was really a booth. The props were on loan to me from my mom’s friend Robin and they were AMAZING. So many hats, pairs of funny glasses, necklaces…IMG_9854

The signs scattered about are funny slogans I saw on shirts or the like.IMG_9851

Close-up of the 30 facts books.IMG_9850 IMG_9849 IMG_9848 IMG_9847 IMG_9846 IMG_9845

A box of miscellaneous old photos, just for fun.IMG_9844

I ordered these adorable pins from Etsy. I originally got them in case anyone showed up without a costume, but NO ONE DID!IMG_9843 IMG_9842 IMG_9841 IMG_9840 IMG_9839 IMG_9837 IMG_9836 IMG_9835

These utensil-holding jars were actually re-purposed from my friend Ashley’s bowtie-themed baby shower. They fit the bill!IMG_9834

And I had to use the darling display box that the smarties came in…IMG_9832
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It may look staged, but these books are actually always here. 🙂IMG_9821

The book garland was also repurposed, this time from my own baby shower! My mom actually cut some old textbook of mine (oh the horror!) to make real book pages, and I changed the “baby boy” stickers out for birthday ones. IMG_9820 IMG_9818 IMG_9815 IMG_9814 IMG_9812
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Grammar posters from Oriental Trading.IMG_9806 IMG_9805

Yes, I laminated these myself…it was great because they were easy to hang with blue painter’s tape, and painless to remove.IMG_9804 IMG_9803 IMG_9802

These were my test shots at the photobooth, but you can tell that once you took a picture, it was displayed, along with your name, in a popup screen saver immediately. IMG_9801 IMG_9799

I’ll have to post a better picture later, but I made an instagram photo booth prop.IMG_9798 IMG_9796 IMG_9795
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Coming up next time: the outfits people wore!


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3 Responses to Nerdy Thirty Party: The details

  1. Nathan says:

    Bummer we missed it. Can you throw another one?

  2. Sara says:

    Hello Korey,
    Thank you for sharing your awesome party! I am actually throwing a friend a surprise nerdy 30s birthday party and can relate to the pins on pinterest. Can you provide me a little more information of the photo booth app you used? What a great party! I hope my friend’s turns out as lovely as yours did.

    • joshandkorey says:

      Hi Sara,
      Thanks for checking it out! So I have a Mac desktop, and I made an automation for the Photo Booth. I think the easiest way is to do what I did: Google the following “how to make a Photo Booth on a mac” and watch a video or tutorial on how to use Automator to do this, step by step. Basically, you’re telling the computer how to make your own app. So what I did was I told it that when the app was open and the mouse jiggled that it should prompt the user to type his/her name, then it would open Photo Booth, take three pictures, and save them in a destination folder on my desktop (I think I named it “Photo Booth”) inside of a subfolder with whatever name the person entered in step one. After that, I prompted it to flip to screen saver mode, and selected the desktop folder as the media for the screen saver–so the pictures that people were taking would show instantly and bop around the screen in between uses.

      I feel like that probably sounded really complicated, but I promise a nice tutorial will walk you through it. You can refer to what I wrote above for the particulars if needed. 🙂 Let me know if you have more questions and I will do my best to answer!

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