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Rebecca’s Film Festival Birthday Party

Here are some pictures from my friend, Rebecca Gholdston’s 30th birthday party. A few months before she sent out a call for entries to all her friends asking for submissions of shorts under five minutes. Then she rented out the Victoria Theater in the Mission and hosted a film festival. It really was one of the best parties I’ve been to. Surprisingly Rebecca managed to do this party on a budget. It wasn’t cheap but by finding loopholes she was able to throw a once-in-a-lifetime party for an affordable price. Here is how she did it.

First, by renting the theater on a weeknight she was able to negotiate a good rental price for the theater. That was her largest cost. Then instead of serving dinner she held the party late-ish and served popcorn {popped in the theater’s popcorn machine} and then bought cases of bottled sodas at Costco and spent $100 on boxes of candy at Walgreens. She rented a long red carpet for $40 and then convinced two leggy friends to dress up as sexy “cigarette girls” who walked around the party with trays of gum, mints, and fortune cookies. The first hour people mingled in the lobby and had their picture taken on the red carpet or in front of the photo backdrop. Then everyone went into the theater and watched all the movies. There were so many great ones. It just reaffirmed my belief that the best parties include some aspect where you give guests a platform to be creative. When the films were finished we brought out a large fancy princess cake and sang happy birthday to Rebecca. Afterward everyone went up on the stage for a 30 minute dance party. It was such a fun party to attend and is such a great memory for all of her friends. See more photos here.






  1. Jennifer

    January 9, 2009

    Jordan, I am constantly amazed by the creative friends and family you are so lucky to have. I know you love and appreciate amazing photography so if you ever want to look at some lovely childhood photography, go to kimberlymckay.com. Enjoy your trip.

  2. Kimberly Julie

    January 9, 2009

    Absolutely fabulous.

  3. Kate

    January 9, 2009

    Is that Emily from EmilyStyle? Looks like a great party!

  4. Brandi

    January 9, 2009

    this is awesome! And now my mind is reeling with ideas :)

  5. seesaw designs

    January 9, 2009

    I love that idea – looks like so much fun.

  6. veedaloca

    January 9, 2009

    yay for Rebecca’s most wonderful party.

  7. Once A Bride

    January 9, 2009

    What a great idea!

  8. Andrea

    January 9, 2009

    Love this idea! What a fun night!

  9. Meg

    January 9, 2009

    Jordan! How did you not post pictures of you looking super fab? Where did you get the flower you are wearing on your head? Lurv.

    But, mostly, I love the idea for this party.

  10. bex

    January 9, 2009

    hold tight – this weekend we will finally get the photo booth pictures posted and I am going to upload a bunch of the movies to watch too!

  11. Bryan and Sarah

    January 9, 2009

    What a great idea for a party; it looks like it was so much fun. I’m glad you’re still close by. We’ll have to go check out Paul’s art at your studio in the mission!

  12. D @ Colorblind Productions

    January 9, 2009

    Gosh – I don’t think anything around here will be cheap enough to rent out even mid week but I’m loving this. I might store the idea for a kids party.

  13. Penny

    January 9, 2009

    Wow, this looks like it was a great time!

  14. You are my fave...

    January 9, 2009

    This is utterly fantastic.

  15. jennifer lorton

    January 10, 2009

    What fun! That’s a great idea.
    I hope you have a great time on your vacation.
    Jennifer
    http://blog.jenniferlorton.com

  16. please sir

    January 12, 2009

    That is such a FUN and super creative party! Love it!

  17. CMN

    January 12, 2009

    Simply BRILLIANT! Thanks for sharing, Jordan!

  18. Camnista

    January 13, 2009

    This is fantastic! I tried to do something somewhat similar for my college graduation but I ran into budget issues. Thank you for sharing!

    -Amanda
    http://meshandlace.typepad.com

  19. Angela

    January 13, 2009

    I think my brother was in one of the films. Rah-Rah-Rebecca! What a fun idea.

  20. Ana

    January 15, 2009

    This is so rad! You have such an awesome friend!

    Love your blog, by the way!

  21. christyhulsey

    January 15, 2009

    how fun!

  22. Courtney

    January 16, 2009

    What FUN! This party is right up my alley. I love it.

  23. mothersvea

    January 16, 2009

    looks liks quite a party!

  24. #harris12[EGGHGGTGGTHT]

    June 16, 2011

    Hey – I am really glad to find this. cool job!

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