My husband Frank and I were born in different years, but only two days apart. We both love the TV. show "The X-Files" so we decided to have a joint party celebrating our birthdays using the TV. show as the theme.
The invitations were made to look like fake government documents. Each was sealed in a manila envelope labeled "TOP SECRET" stamped in red ink. Inside all the text had been censored with black ink and the only text remaining were the details for our party. We stuck sticky notes on each that read, "Urgent: Come to our thirtieth birthday party. Our lives depend on it." The note was signed, "Scully and Mulder".
Frank decorated the walls our house with strange pictures of he had down loaded from the internet. The idea was to make the place look like Scully and Mulder's headquarters. He moved our desks from the office and put them together in the center of the living room. He made name plates for each of the desks and decorated them with the kinds of things each might have on their desk. Scully's was neat and orderly, but Mulder's was cluttered and untidy. He hung a banner over the desks that read, "The Truth Is Out There".
Frank used electrical tape to make a body outline on the carpet in front of the food table. I made lots of finger food and also brought some Chinese take out, fast food chicken and pizzas in honor of the usual food Scully and Mulder lived on while on a case. There was also a wide variety of beverages: Coffee, soda, several kinds of juice, Corona beer and wine. Frank even took the blender down from the top shelf and would be mixing up some of his special margaritas. This time he we added a bit of bright green food dye to make them look fluorescent. We called them nuclear margaritas.
We set up the TV. to play taped episodes. Frank put a CD of music from the series on repeat and then he went to get changed into his Mulder costume. After he was ready I got changed into a dark blue pantsuit and a red wig. We both carried toy guns in our shoulder holsters and FBI badges with Scully and Mulder's names, but our pictures. Everyone thought they were terrific.
People started to show up in ones and twos most of them headed straight to the food and drinks. Frank's nuclear margaritas were a big hit.
After The X-Files music CD had gone through a few times Frank put in some techno music and people started dancing. I pretended to be Scully and put on a serious face as I took pictures of our friends having a good time.
Later, Frank brought out the cake. It was decorated a flying saucer crash site. There was a deep gouge in the frosting "ground" and a little, silver plastic flying saucer nearly buried at the end. Everyone loved it. After everyone sang "Happy birthday" I cut the cake. There was a choice of mint chocolate chip or lime sherbet to go with their slice of cake.
Almost everyone sat down to watch the "Best of The X-Files" tape Frank had compiled himself from our collection. We all enjoyed seeing our favorite old episodes. Some a few of the guests had never seen.
People wished us happy birthday and thanked us for putting on such a great party as they were leaving. Most of the guests went home around 1AM, but a few crashed in our guest room and on our living room couch. Frank and I had so much fun we wonder if anyone would mind if we had the same theme for our party next year.