Twilight has been a big deal in my circle of friends and seems to span ages 12-45 with ease. So when our own Tory decided this was going to be the theme of her 30th Birthday we were just full of great ideas. Then, of course, the reality of budget came into play. So here is how we threw a great party while sticking to our budget!Wedding Paper Divas had exactly what she was hoping for and they are perfect for this party!
We had the event at Buca di Beppo which provided us with a private room and wonderful food but it didn't include the elegant linens we wanted. So off to the fabric store we headed and came up with this heavy red canvas for the tablecloths and delicate black lace for the runners. Note: Whenever you want to have your event at a restaurant inquire about a "room rental fee". Some places, like Buca, charge for the food, not for the room rental. It's a great way to save on your budget!
Of course the Birthday Girl got her own personalized place card as well!
Buca was wonderful to us! After the party began to wind up they brought us lots of ToGo containers so that the guests could take home a small dish for their lunches the following day. Tory still had a ton of food to take home but it was another nice touch to be able to send her guests home with some of the yummy food!Cat's Cakes! This is another way to get a big effect while saving on money. A cake this size would feed almost 150 people and we only had 32. So the bottom "Chess board" is made from food grade styrofoam and then covered with fondant. The chess pieces, ribbon and feathers are also fondant but the apple is one of those lightweight "wax" apples that looks totally real! The cake was strawberry that had been colored red for the party and was filled with vanilla buttercream and covered in vanilla fondant, the Birthday Girls' favorite!