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 ;)