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#1 Feb 29 2012 at 11:09 AM Rating: Excellent
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I need some help. My husband is turning 40 and I am planning a surprise birthday party for him. He doesn't have any hobbies other than volleyball and being a HUGE gamer. He's been playing WoW for the last 7+ years (we've been married 10). Because he plays it so much (3+ hours a night)I have nick-named it "the widow maker". I don't mind because it's what he does for relaxation. Heck, I've signed up and joined this forum just to get help for this party! :) Anway... I thought that I could try to incorporate some ideas from WoW into the party in terms of decorations and such. I am having the party at a local restuarant's private room with a hot buffet, about 50 or so people. I know nothing about the game. I want to keep it somewhat simple (and not overly expensive) since I cannot do any of this in our home for preparation. Any ideas of what I could use as centerpieces, wall hangings, etc.? Any and all ideas would be great. I will be having this party in April as his birthday is right before Easter. I'm looking forward to some input!
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Wait till he gets home, jump him from behind with a blunt object and steal his wallet. When he wakes up, repeat.

At least that was my experience on PVP servers ...


Edited, Feb 29th 2012 12:14pm by lolgaxe
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#3 Feb 29 2012 at 11:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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tharingx4 wrote:
He doesn't have any hobbies other than volleyball and being a HUGE gamer.
Ought to have at least one volleyball with a murloc painted on it in red paint or you're doing it wrong. Beyond that, more information could help us customize our recommendations to your husband. What faction does he play? What race is his primary character? Has he mentioned a particular zone or storyline he really enjoys?

Some basic ideas: Each race has a crest. Simple posters with the crest of the race of his primary character might be a good idea. Check out here for some images of them. Consider this link for some custom posters. You can even get them with images of his character(or get one for each of his heavily played characters).

Additionally, how much help do you have? Anyone with any kind of decorating or art skills?
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#4 Feb 29 2012 at 11:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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Jinx has WoW themed wrapping paper as well as many WoW themed gifts. I have used the wrapping paper personally and can confirm that its quality is good (as opposed to the thin kind that rips when you actually try to wrap something in it). You would need to know his faction, but if you don't already know, you could always do a little spying over his shoulder and report back to us with what his character looks like and we can tell you which one he is. :)

A WoW action figure might make a fun cake topper (and post-party souvenir), and you can get some of them pretty inexpensively. Again, you'd probably need to know something about his character or preferences to know which one he'd like.

The Blizzard Store also sells Warcraft themed music, if you'll be playing any of your own at the party.

I'm kind of stumped about centerpieces. Jinx and the Blizzard store both have some mugs/steins that you could probably fill with candy or some such.

Edited, Feb 29th 2012 12:55pm by teacake
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lolgaxe wrote:
Wait till he gets home, jump him from behind with a blunt object and steal his wallet. When he wakes up, repeat.

At least that was my experience on PVP servers ...


Edited, Feb 29th 2012 12:14pm by lolgaxe


I like this one, try it out!
#6 Feb 29 2012 at 4:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ok fine, I'll do it.

You need to obtain this: http://www.wowhead.com/item=22279

I believe that he would appreciate that. It also has the effect of luring husbands away from the game.
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#7 Feb 29 2012 at 7:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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The blizzard store is a good option. Nothing says 'I love you' more than a new flying mount :D
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Nothing says 'I love you' more than a new flying mount :D


Just make sure you stick the landing! Smiley: sly
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Wow...inuendos galore!
Smiley: lol
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#10 Mar 01 2012 at 9:10 AM Rating: Excellent
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I got answers to your questions! I actually just sent him a text and told him that I had some students (I work in a middle school) who play and were asking me questions about what he does. I laid it on thick telling him they thought it was cool that he played. :)

Faction: Alliance
Race/Class: human warrior
Realm: Hyjal
Character is Chevenga


Hope that helps. I'm going to try and work on the wording for his invitation- giving it a little WoW twist since only about 20% of the people at the party will know what WoW is. That will be the hardest part of the whole thing. Especially since I need to get it done and in the mail in less than a week. Thanks for all the input so far.

I found some Ironforge mugs through Taverncraft that were 50% off. I can incorporate those somehow. Plus any of his WoW friends at the party can take one home as a favor. I'm going to get a couple of posters through the link that was shared as well. You all are awesome! I'll be checking back again later today.
#11 Mar 01 2012 at 9:12 AM Rating: Good
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How do I get an image of this murloc?
#12 Mar 01 2012 at 9:14 AM Rating: Excellent
If you google search "Murloc" you'll find loads of different photos of them. Here's a sample of one so you know what to look for

http://horrorfrommars.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Murloc.png
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#13 Mar 01 2012 at 11:30 AM Rating: Good
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You need to play this at the party:

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#14 Mar 01 2012 at 11:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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tharingx4 wrote:
Faction: Alliance
Race/Class: human warrior
Realm: Hyjal
Character is Chevenga
With a human for his main, he's given you more leeway than any other race for decoration, but at the same time not much in the way of focus. That said, there are a number of simple decorations you can make with some basic art skills. A bit of cutting, some spray paint and homemade stencils can whip up a bunch of these made of cardboard or foam pretty quickly. I'd go with the latter of the two myself, though either would make great wall decorations.

In addition, here's a link to his character. I'm not sure what kind of inspiration you can draw from it, but it's worth a shot. It appears that he's only transmogrified(changed the appearance for customization) of one of his items, the sword. That tells me he likes the look of it. Here's a 3D look at it in case it inspires something for you.

Other ideas he may get a kick out of:
-Theme the menu after one of these two Blizzard World of Warcraft Related April Fool's Day Jokes.
-Brewfest offers a number of exploitable ideas. Menu, outfits, whatnot. As a bonus, your non-WoW savvy guests will probably still enjoy the beer.

Edited, Mar 1st 2012 10:39am by Poldaran
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#15 Mar 01 2012 at 2:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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I linked the Horde wrapping paper - here is the Alliance.

His official city as a human is Stormwind; if you Google it or look on Blizzard's store or Jinx you'll find several Alliance and Stormwind related items. If you're doing music, it's my humble opinion (as a Horde person, no less) that Stormwind has THE coolest theme song. :)

And if you like the action figure cake topper idea, I believe there is a Human Warrior. I have to run at the moment but will see if I can edit this post to add a link later.

You are expected to report back to us and let us know what you did for your cool WoW party. :)

Edit: Here is the human warrior action figure. Don't know how inexpensively you'd be able to find it. There are plenty of other Alliance themed action figures as well.

Edited, Mar 1st 2012 3:36pm by teacake
#16 Mar 01 2012 at 6:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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It appears that Chevenga is also Guild Master of Gnomish Revolution.

It might be nice to find some of the real life members of that guild for his birthday if they happened to live nearby. Not sure how that could be done though. Maybe people in this forum who have toons in Hyjal could ping some of them, if our OP was ok with that?

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#17 Mar 02 2012 at 9:53 AM Rating: Default
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A wow character that should be a female one,you know, you can cosplay one of these female character and at late night ,give him a surprise, and...you know what to do next
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#18 Mar 04 2012 at 3:55 PM Rating: Decent
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He actually has some friends in the area that he plays with. And some a little farther away as well. He wanted to plan a dinner to meet with them but it fell through. I want to try and get their names so that I can invite them to the party for him to finally meet.
#19 Mar 06 2012 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
Your best bet is to either make a toon on the realm (of course, requiring you to either get the game or sneak onto his account and talk to them directly from his character) and search their guild roster to talk to the members there to see who lives closer to you, or if you're lucky, someone here can try to message someone in his guild for it =)

Edited, Mar 6th 2012 8:31am by xNocturnalSunx
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Or look through his email to see who he's been talking to about WoW stuff.
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tharingx4 wrote:
He actually has some friends in the area that he plays with. And some a little farther away as well. He wanted to plan a dinner to meet with them but it fell through. I want to try and get their names so that I can invite them to the party for him to finally meet.


Why not encourage him to meet them in the next week or two? Then you can meet them, and let them know about the party.
There's no guarantee that the friends in your area are actually in his guild, and the more people knowing about it may screw with your plans.
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#22 Mar 14 2012 at 10:28 AM Rating: Excellent
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Invitation is done and mailed. I have ordered Ironforge steins/mugs (soldout out of Stormwind, but I'm looking at other sites to get). I'm also getting WoW music, having a poster made then framed for his main character and I'm working on foam shields like Poldaran recommended. Thanks for the links Poldaran! I have invited 8 people from his guild. We'll see how many can make it.

I'm very excited about this, but having to tell so many little white lies is already driving me crazy. It will be worth it, but we've got more than a month to go yet! Thanks for the help everyone.

Edited, Apr 13th 2012 10:25am by tharingx4
#23 Mar 14 2012 at 10:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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Glad to hear preparations are going well. You should totally post some pics of the decorations come party time. I'm sure we'd all love to see how it all turns out.
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That is so sweet! I wish my husband would take notice of my gaming and do something just as fun >.>; I swear our relationship is so bass ackwards XD. At least I can get my husband to play MTG with me :)

You are such an awesome wife for doing all this. Looking forward to hearing how it all turned out :)
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#25 Apr 03 2012 at 7:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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Planning is going well. I found some shields at Toys R Us to use as part of the decor. there is a lion in the middle that I can remove. I will replace that with a piece of wood with a sticker on it showing the crest for "human" and "alliance", maybe one or two more. The wood will be painted to match the sticker.

I have ordered a couple custom made posters with his character Chevenga. I'm getting them framed and will display them at the party. He can them use them for his man cave.

I can't really figure out how to tie the cupcakes (no actual cake) into the WoW theme so I'm just making a couple of his favorite flavors - pineapple upside down cupcake and a rum & coke cupcake (his all time favorite drink).

I make the final choices on the catered hot buffet this week. So far he has NO clue. I hope it stays that way - only 2 1/2 weeks left!
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#27 Apr 03 2012 at 7:39 AM Rating: Excellent
Thanks for the update! Glad things are going well with the planning!
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tharingx4 wrote:
rum & coke cupcake
Want.


You making em yourself, and if so, care to share your recipe?
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I always wanted one of those WoW steins. I think that would make a cool present.

As for decorations, maybe some banners or balloons with the Horde sigil on them?
Maybe get a picture of his toon (from wow armory?), blow it up and put it on a big posterboard next to a picture of him. Like a side by side portrait. Hah! "Look who's turning 40!"
Or a toy train, everyone can stand around it going "Chugga chugga CHOO CHOO!"


Edit: Woops didn't see your update when I posted. I'm glad you went with the big portrait idea, I think that will be a hoot.


Edited, Apr 3rd 2012 1:25pm by Pyrenus
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I always wanted one of those WoW steins. I think that would make a cool present.

As for decorations, maybe some banners or balloons with the Horde sigil on them?
Maybe get a picture of his toon (from wow armory?), blow it up and put it on a big posterboard next to a picture of him. Like a side by side portrait. Hah! "Look who's turning 40!"
Or a toy train, everyone can stand around it going "Chugga chugga CHOO CHOO!"


Edit: Woops didn't see your update when I posted. I'm glad you went with the big portrait idea, I think that will be a hoot.


Edited, Apr 3rd 2012 1:25pm by Pyrenus



Or the fact that he's Alliance Smiley: tongue
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Or a toy train, everyone can stand around it going "Chugga chugga CHOO CHOO!"
You know how a lot of comedians make jokes about how their GF's fathers were vets during 'Nam and have PTSD flashbacks where the comedian thinks he's gonna die? WoW players are kinda like that with toy trains.
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Or a toy train, everyone can stand around it going "Chugga chugga CHOO CHOO!"
You know how a lot of comedians make jokes about how their GF's fathers were vets during 'Nam and have PTSD flashbacks where the comedian thinks he's gonna die? WoW players are kinda like that with toy trains.

I saw a toy train set once.

They've since been banned in a 50 mile radius around where I live.
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#33 Apr 13 2012 at 8:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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I make a lot of cupcakes and confections of different types. It has just started to become a side job taking orders. That is the reason for cupcakes. I didn't want an actual birthday cake. Since this party is all about his favorite things, I tied one of his favorite desserts and favorite alcohoic beverage into cupcakes. He knows I'm making these, but he thinks I will be making them for him for at my daughter's cupcake-themed 7th birthday party.
#34 Apr 13 2012 at 8:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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So we are a week away - I can't believe it! He still has NO CLUE! I would like to post some pictures for those of you who have helped me out, but I don't know how to do that on here. Could someone let me know? I will definately be sure to post them within a few days of the party's end on April 20th. Again, thank you for all your help, I couldn't have done some of the things I did/am doing without your guidance.
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I did find some Stormwind steins - on sale so even better. Not as good as the others but still on sale. I was surprised at how many sites are sold out of Stormwind. My FIL helped me out with the shields by making pieces of wood to attach the crest stickers to.

At this point there are a total of 58 that will be in attendance. I invited 8 people that are part of the guild, 7 of them are coming. The other guy is trying to rearrange some things in his schedule so that he can come, but that is still unknown at this point. Two of the others that are coming will be a total shock to my husband. It is the sister of a coworker of his and her fiance who live a bit of a distance from us. The cool part is he's met the sister a couple of times when she has met her brother for lunch. However, he has NEVER met the fiance face-to-face so it will be a huge surprise!

I am getting excited about this! Fingers crossed that things continue to go as planned.
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So we are a week away - I can't believe it! He still has NO CLUE! I would like to post some pictures for those of you who have helped me out, but I don't know how to do that on here. Could someone let me know? I will definately be sure to post them within a few days of the party's end on April 20th. Again, thank you for all your help, I couldn't have done some of the things I did/am doing without your guidance.
You can buy a premium subscription to post your own pics on here, or you can upload them to photobucket(or another image site) and post links to them.
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I was surprised at how many sites are sold out of Stormwind.


I'm not surprised. I'm die-hard Horde and even I readily admit Stormwind is the coolest city in the game.

Good luck with your party. :)
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I forgot to purchase music! I was planning to download a WOW album from iTunes and I completely forgot. Any suggestions on which would be the best one to get?

Here's what is available and the release date:

Original 11/04
The Burning Crusade 1/07
Taverns of Azeroth 8/07
Wrath of the Lich King 11/08
Cataclysm 12/10

I was thinking maybe the Original would be best because it has the song for Stormwind. I know nothing about the songs. We're just having the music there as some background noise. We'll play his playlist from the iPod and I'll just add these to the iPod before the party.

Any input would be great! :)
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Most of the music is available on Youtube for sampling. For a party, I'd go with the Taverns one myself, perhaps along with picking up the single Stormwind track if available solo.
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An update with pictures would be awesome..
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You guys have great ideas! I am going to throw my husband a WoW-themed (game themed) 40th birthday party next year. These posts give me great ideas! Thanks!
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n-n-n-n-n-n-necro from the depths of 2012!!!!!
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