Towards the end of last year, my husband had a milestone birthday. A Birthday that he wasn’t really looking forward to as he approached 40 (and I’m sure I’ll feel the same when I get there) so he knew that he wanted a party to turn it into as much of a celebration as possible. Being that I think everything worthy deserves a celebration, I was up for the challenge. He knew he was getting a party but all the details remained an absolute surprise until he walked in the door. Today, I’m sharing those details with you. Who knows, maybe somewhere out there, there’s someone who needs some Bigfoot Birthday party ideas.
Bigfoot Birthday Party Ideas
I’m sharing this event with you in two parts. Today’s post will focus on the over-arching theme and what I did, and then next week I’ll break down some of the DIY projects, etc. and give links to some of the recipes.
There are so many things I love about my husband but one of the biggest is his sense of humor and his quirky ways. I consider believing in Bigfoot quirky, but maybe that’s just me. He revealed to me his Sasquatch belief over dinner early in our dating life. He had waited until he reeled me in, of course, to divulge this little tidbit. At that point, it was too late to walk away, and after all, there are worse secrets to carry :). I don’t know if it’s his Montana upbringing or his continual hunt for uncovering conspiracies, but all I know is that when I was picking a theme for his party (because everything needs a theme, am I right?) the Squatch party was born.
Finding the space is always the hardest part for me when throwing a party. After I win the lottery, I’ll live in a mansion and this problem will become irrelevant. For now, it remains a challenge:). I wanted a rustic, forest vibe but it was too cold and dark to do anything outside. There’s a town about 30 minutes outside of Seattle called North Bend that I think gives off that vibe. You know, the squatchy vibe. So I checked out their community center and sure enough, it looked like an upscale log cabin with tons of space inside for an event. They did tell me that this was the first Bigfoot party they’d ever had there before. Go figure! The drive out to North Bend is pretty woodsy too, so my hope was that it would get people in the Spirit of the Squatch right from the start.
I wanted this party to be a mix of all things Sasquatch but also with a big focus on Eric, since this day was about him. I also wanted a classy forest vibe (if that makes sense). So I tried to use candles mixed in with wood a lot as opposed to Harry and the Henderson posters.
-Bigfoot Magazine cover banner
-Baby face Banner (that really is his baby picture, wasn’t he adorable?!)
-Log votive centerpieces
-Camouflage colored balloons with 4-0 balloon
-Giant Bigfoot cutout
-Hurricanes with leaves OR water/rocks/twigs
- Collage of pictures from Eric’s youth
-Random logs and stumps with candles on top of them
-Slices of wood to serve food on
-Lots of leaves 🙂
-Moss table runner
I knew that I would be crunched for time (and was I EVER!) so I didn’t home make all the food which was a big time saver.
-BBQ and slaw from BigFood Barbeque (Eric’s favorite type of food)
-Pinecone Cheese Dip
-Acorn donut holes
-Mom’s homemade Bigfoot cookies
-Owl fruit tray
-“Twigs” a.k.a pretzels
-Gingerale Apple Punch
-Sasquatch Birthday Cake
- I’ll try to include more pictures next week, but the sad part is that I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off (this is no exaggeration) and didn’t get as many pictures taken as I’d hoped. Like my acorn doughnuts that were half eaten already by the time I got there. Whoops.
For some reason, I was worried that people would be bored. However, the conversations were all flowing really well and everyone seemed happy just talking and eating! I had some shenanigans planned, however, so I had to break up the flow.
–SQUATCHenger Hunt. Like a scavenger hunt, I divided the guests into teams and each team had a list of tasks (one at a time, as fast as possible) to finish. It was a mix of Bigfoot and Eric themed things. For example, “come up with your best Sasquatch impression” or “what’s your best advice for Eric entering his 40’s?”. Eric would most often be the judge as to which team won the task.
–Bigfoot himself. Although incorrectly timed, Bigfoot was supposed to enter the room at the finish of the Squatchenger Hunt (when everyone was giving their best Sasquatch call). A local company provided the talent, and he did a great job. The kids loved him and he may have even scared some of the adults ;).
-Basketball, etc. The best part about having it at the community center was that there was plenty of random things for people (and kids) to do.
Plaid everything. Or your squatchiest clothing. I was tickled at how most everyone really brought it. Plus, I’d been holding onto this dress since the Nordstrom Anniversary sale back in the summer so I was eager to finally wear it!
I know that Eric really appreciated all the love that everyone showed him that night, and it made entering his 40’s a whole less hairy:)
Stay tuned next week on how to make some of these Bigfoot Birthday Party ideas come to life!