A few months ago my husband, Nick, called me on his way home from work. "I heard about this awesome new Broadway musical on NPR. I listened to it today. It's great." When I asked what it was called, he said "Hamilton".
I rolled my eyes.
"It sounds so different!" he pleaded.
"Is it Hip Hop?!" I asked, already knowing my husbands music taste.
"Just try it."
So the next day, on my long commute (and I do mean long) I listened to Hamilton. Never did I think I'd be shedding tears in my car to a soundtrack of a play I didn't see about the ten-dollar founding father.
Nick was already a history fan, it was only a matter of time before we were both consumed by Hamilton. And his birthday was around the corner. So the planning began. My first stop was TicketMaster to surprise him with tickets. NOPE. Since I didn't have a couple G's to drop on tickets, and couldn't bring him to Hamilton, I'd have to bring Hamilton to him.
So here it is, the ultimate Hamilton themed Burrthday Party. Yes, there will be a ton of Hamilton puns and references. Yes, you know you'll love them.
I ARRANGED THE MENU, THE VENUE, THE SEATING.
The lady at Party City was like: "Oh, planning for 4th of July early?".
Me: "Actually, my husband is a big history guy and we are having a birthday pa-"
She was not amused.
WE RENDEZVOUS AND CONSOLIDATE THE GIFTS
THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED
We began the celebration at one or Orlando's popular tourist spot: America's Escape Game. To keep with the American History theme, our group of 8 chose the Crisis at 1600 game. The mission began as us 8 "tourists" were locked in the White House and had to solve a bunch of clues to disarm the a series of missiles in the Oval Office. We had an hour to complete, and we unfortunately did NOT accomplish the mission. We DID have fun though. Especially because many of the clues/hints could be answered with Hamilton lyrics.
TALK LESS, SMILE MORE
Red, white and blue photo wall. I used this tutorial and it was super easy.
HISTORY HAS IT'S EYES ON NICK
Nick through the years for all to see.
DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR SHOT
Red, white and blue Jell-O shots. Recipe here.
YOUR OBEDIENT SERVANT, A.HAM-BURR-GERS
Once it was time to eat, we had a build-your-own HAM-BURRger party.
PEACH FUZZ AND HE CAN'T EVEN GROW IT
Pin the LMM goatee on Hamilton.
WHO TELLS YOUR (SNAPCHAT) STORY?
Ever since Snapchat allowed custom geofilters, I've been wanting to test it out, but the opportunity hasn't come up with clients. Since many of the guests were Snapchat users, I thought this was a great time to check it out and design something for the party.
Booked it for 12 hours and used the perimeter of our home. Surprisingly cheap. About $15, less than party decorations.
Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband. May you always be satisfied. I know I am. <3