custom inspiration boards: a 'dallas' themed 30th

This board was created for Emily, who is having a Dallas (the famed 80's TV series!) themed blowout bash for her 30th birthday. I just had to go with a ranch style theme in honor of the great Southfork ranch, but didn't want to make it too rustic. So here's my take on a BBQ eating, cocktail drinking, bull riding, cowboy-chic event!

Theme: Southfork Style... a Dallas themed 30th

Party Ideas
Colors: yellow, white & red with brown accents
Setting: a backyard pool and patio with areas for cocktails, food and dancing
Decorations: Cover tables with yellow & white striped cloths and wildflowers in mason jars or painted tin cans. Consider covered hay bales as seating and toss a few pillows for comfort and color. Hang lanterns and/or string lights around the pool area for evening lighting.
Food: A BBQ buffet with all the fixins. Fill galvanized buckets with cold beer and jars of Texas 'spiked' lemonade to drink. For dessert, consider a pie buffet instead of traditional cake.
Special Extras: The ultimate added extra? A mechanical bull! Believe it or not they do have them available to rent for parties. Or more traditionally, go with a live country band. Of course encourage costumes... so maybe even have a photo booth at the party with Dallas inspired props (ie: cowboy hats, mustaches, big wigs etc).

Photo Credits
Row 1: southfork ranch via
hooked on houses; cast of dallas; bullride via snippet & ink; bbq via good old days
Row 2: lanterns via
pottery barn; packaging via miss pickles press; table setting via the knot
Row 3: invite via
lolliblog; small plates via rebecca thuss; pies via wedding advice; hay benches via once wed
Row 4: lemonade via
far flung; utensils n/a; buffet via
rebecca thuss; string lights via b wedding mag


Alexis said...

Love it..JR would be proud!

Kelly Gallagher said...

I grew up watching Dallas with my Grandmother! This is AWESOME!

Genevieve Richer said...

AWESOME board!!! I've added you to my blog's "link love"! Hope it increases your traffic! ;-) (HUG)

The Gimlet Eye said...

I will be sure to snap some "real life" pics at the party. It is going to be a blast...and your ideas were ah-mazing. DYING re: mechanical bull!!

Emily Franco said...

After I read your ideas I literally could not sleep. I am so excited! I can't thank you enough and now, thanks to you, I can't wait to turn 30! As promised by Jessie, we will send pictures.

Brooke said...

Holy cow! I am turning 30 at the end of July and have already sent the save the dates to my "cupcakes and cowboy boots" bash...I'm not sure how I happened upon your site tonight (on my iphone while laying with my kids) but thanks for the great ideas!!

Vera D. said...

This is a good inspiration board for me! (And thanks for featuring our STD in the board too!).

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