Jared's Nerdy 30

When I was planning a surprise for Jared's 30th birthday it involved a lot of scheming, a lot of trickery and a little bit of creativity. He'd already made me promise not to do some huge party and I'd assured him I wasn't. I don't think 12 people out having fun together is a huge party, do you? ;) After tossing around a zillion and one options, I landed on hosting a "Nerdy 30" at a local place that just opened up in Cincinnati - Scene75. It's got arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, bowling, food- you name it, it's there! 

Jared had mentioned this place a couple months prior to it opening so I knew he'd be excited to check it out. I told him we were going on a double date with his brother/sister-in-law and that it was nerd themed. Side story- in college, Jared and I went on a handful of themed dates together. We were poor and there was nothing better to do in our tiny college town so we'd dress up like nerds, emo kids, etc and go out on the town. So, it wasn't too difficult to convince Jared to throw on some nerdy gear for a night of fun.

Once we got there I quickly chatted with a host to "get a table" but then we headed back to a private party room and "SURPRISE!" - Jared didn't see it coming at all, which made me SO happy. It was the perfect group of friends and I know he loved getting to catch up with some buddies that we don't see all that often. All our friends were awesome and got into character as well- I was so proud :)

We had about an hour in the party room to enjoy the (delicious!) food and a cookie cake before we headed out for a round of laser tag and an insane 9 holes of glowing, 3D mini-golf. 

After that we all wandered from game to game, area to area and honestly just had fun attracting a few stares and being the grown-up nerds that we all are. 

The night couldn't have been more perfect. My favorite part of the night was honestly just watching Jared laugh and have a great time with all his favorite people for a few hours. I was so glad everyone was able to come and that Scene75 was so much fun! We will definitely go back again, even if we aren't dressed as nerds next time ;)

32 comments

  1. This is so awesome!! The party looks like it was a blast. I love the nerdy thirty theme!! Great job!

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  2. this is so great!! your friends really dressed the part too!

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  3. Oh my goodness. We had such a blast!!!!! I really felt like Jared was so surprised and just laughed the whole night! Makes me happy to see my best friends so happy! Love you both!

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  4. What a great theme for his party, especially since y'all used to dress up like nerds in college! I also love that you were actually able to surprise him! I'm hoping to do a surprise party for my husband's 30th birthday next year, and actually surprising him might be the hardest part. Then again, he is pretty clueless :)

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  5. Looks like an awesome spot! So glad you all (and especially Jared) had such a wonderful time!! Yay for birthday fun!

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  6. This sounds like SO MUCH FUN! Kudos to you for pulling off the surprise ;) Love the entertainment center - we have a bowling alley near us that has pool tables and some other fun things, and it's always a fun place to go hang out. What better way to celebrate turning 30, than acting like a kid for a while. Happy birthday to your hubby!

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  7. What a wonderful wifey you are :) Looks like TONS of fun!!!

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  8. I love it, it looks like you had a blast!

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  9. This looks like so much fun!! What an awesome location, perfect for a great 30th birthday :)

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  10. So creative, and so fun! I love that you pulled it off as a surprise, even with costumes involved :) The perfect way to celebrate thirty - because it is totally NOT old!

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  11. That looks like so much fun!! Scene 75 is a great place to celebrate!

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  12. The nerd group photo is amazing. I love when a theme is embraced. Great job!

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  13. That sounds like such a fun birthday! Great job on pulling off the surprise.

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  14. What an epic birthday party - congrats on planning such a fun night for him! xo, BIana -BlovedBoston

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  15. So fun! I love the theme and that you were able to keep it a surprise!

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  16. Such a cute theme that seemed to be pulled off flawlessly!!! Such a fun place to go to! I want to party there!!!! Happy bday to Jared. The group photo is just epic!

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  17. That looks like SO much fun... what a great wife you are, I'm sure it was the perfect night for both of you!!

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  18. What an awesome theme/idea!! Looks like you guys had a blast!

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  19. Excellent! Great job! Love the invites :)

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  20. That is awesome and you two are the cutest!

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  21. How fun! I love that idea!! And I'm so glad he was surprised! We threw my dad a surprise for his 40th and he could tell mom and I were up to something and he got SO mad because he thought we had, like, wrecked a car or something bad so we had to tell him two days before :(

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  22. Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I love it! I want to have a nerd themed party now too! Nice work, girlie! :)

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  23. this is absolutely incredible. I love you two :)

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  24. I saw this over on Kayla's page and was like I'M STEALING THIS IDEA! So cute and it sounds like the perfect place for a birthday party. You are such a sweet wife to throw him a surprise party!

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  25. Best theme everrrr. You are so creative. I love everything about this post and want to check that place out. P.S. You are the cutest nerd couple. ;)

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  26. oh man, this is such an awesome idea. this would have been great for KC's 30th. oops. haha. maybe i'll do this for 40. haha.

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  27. What a sweet wife you are!! :) I'm so glad you could pull off the surprise and it looked like a GREAT party!! :)

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  28. This is so perfect! I know how much time you put into planning something that Jared would really love and it seems as though you knocked it out of the park!!!

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