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How to Throw the Ultimate Adult Birthday Party for Your Bestie

 

It’s quickly coming up— a milestone birthday for one of your best friends.

She’s always helping others, has a busy life, and isn’t likely to make a big fuss over the occasion.

What can you do for her?

Why not throw the best party ever?

Birthday parties can be incredibly fun, no matter what age. If you’re thinking of planning an adult birthday party, read on to learn exactly how to get started. Once you understand how to go about it, planning a party can be a lot of fun.

Advance Planning for the Ultimate Adult Birthday Party

Your bestie is there for you, through thick and thin. How can you thank them for being a great friend?

Throw them the best birthday party ever, of course!

Here is what you need to do in the advance planning stages for the party, making sure everything is in order.

When Should I Hold the Party?

First, decide when you would like to have the party. This will most likely be on a weekend— a restaurant or bar might work well on a Friday or Saturday night, but a branch or a barbecue could be had on a Sunday afternoon.

It can be tempting to host a party on a holiday or long weekend, but people often go out of town on these days, which could impact the attendance at the party.

For something more low-key, a weeknight dinner after work could be a good solution, especially if many of the attendees work near one another.

Where Should I Hold the Party?

Where you host the party depends on the atmosphere you’re looking for. Popular restaurants or bars can be great birthday party venues for a lively night out, but you might be looking for something more laid-back.

Once you’ve decided where to host the party, book the venue well in advance so you don’t miss out on your preferred date. Weekends are generally the busiest times for bars and restaurants, and they will probably ask for a deposit to lock in the booking.

In this case, why not look at a bowling alley, a local park, or get really creative and book something crafty.

A paint and sip studio where you can drink wine and paint, or a ceramics class, can be a unique way to get everyone together.

Who to Invite?

It’s always a tough question working out who to invite. But, the most important consideration is the guest of honor— what would your bestie prefer?

A small, intimate gathering with a few close friends, or a huge party with a big crowd?

Remember, it’s their special day, so create the invite list based on their preference. Maybe check with their partner or another friend to double-check no one important is left off the list.

Depending on the atmosphere and timings of the party, you may or may not want guests to bring children. To avoid any awkward situations, make it clear on the invites so guests know if kids can come or not.

If kids are coming, try to have some kid-friendly games and activities planned to keep the young ones occupied while the adults socialize.

Send Out the Invitations

Although a text message or social media group chat can be a free and easy way to invite everyone, for a really special occasion like a birthday, why not mail real invitations in the post?

It’s such a pleasure to get mail these days that’s not a bill, so all of the guests will be touched that you went the extra mile to create a lovely invitation.

If you’re not aware of everyone’s address, you could even hand-deliver them as a special surprise.

Get creative! Have fun with the invitations, especially if the party has a theme—you can incorporate the theme of the party into the invite, and also let guests know if it’s a costume party or if there’s a certain dress code.

Ask them to RSVP by a certain date, so you can confirm attendance numbers.

Here are some creative invitation ideas to get you started.

Leading Up to the Party

It’s almost here— just a few days away!

As the host, it’s an exciting time as you want the party to be the best it can be. However, this can also be stressful, so take the time to look after yourself, so you’re not frazzled on the big day.

Meditation, a good night’s sleep, and exercise can help a lot with stress.

Here are a few tasks to look after in the lead-up to the big day.

Plan the Entertainment

If you haven’t already, plan or confirm the booked entertainment for the party. This might be a band, a magician, or simply the playlist you’ve compiled for the evening.

Triple check things like your sound system, microphone, or speakers, ensuring there won’t be any hiccups on the day. Confirm the start and finish times for the entertainment, along with any special requests they might have.

Also, confirm any orders of balloons or flowers to make sure they’ll be ready for pickup on the day.

Is your bestie celebrating her actual birthday in advance of the party? If so, surprise her with a birthday flower delivery.

Confirm the Guest List

If anyone hasn’t RSVP’d yet for the party, follow up with them to see if they will be coming. If you’re serving a meal or food, it’s important to know how many people will be there so you cater for the right amounts.

With every party, there are bound to be last-minute cancellations. Don’t take it personally, things like illness or family emergencies always pop-up at the worst times.

Select the Menu

Have you confirmed the menu or food offerings with the venue? If not, do this a few days in advance, taking into account any dietary restrictions that your guests will have.

If you’re serving finger foods like canapes and appetizers, you can always order more food on the night, so don’t worry too much about exact numbers— just try to estimate as best you can.

Drinks

Not every party needs alcohol, and many of your guests may not drink. However, for those that will be drinking, decide in advance if you’ll provide an open bar or if guests will pay for their own drinks.

Open bars can get expensive very quickly, so talk to the venue about options. As an alternative, you can put a set amount of money towards an open bar, and when this finishes, guests pay for their drinks.

Always offer non-alcoholic drinks as well, such as soft drinks or sparkling water.

How Can I Plan a Birthday Party on a Budget?

A birthday party doesn’t need to cost a fortune for it to be a great event. There are lots of ways to help keep costs down when throwing a party.

Consider who sings the party at your house or bring in a friend who has a large back yard or basement.

A backyard barbecue can be a great option for a birthday on a budget, especially if you make it a potluck and ask guests to all bring their side favorite dish to share.

You do the grilling, put on some great tunes, and the party will be a fun and relaxed afternoon that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Or, look for venues and bars that offer free function rooms. The party can be a casual night out, where guests can come and go at any time and purchase their own drinks.

A day at the beach or a local park can be a great party idea as well, especially if many of your guests bring kids.

On the Day

Today is the big day! After months or weeks of planning, it’s finally time for the big party.

Here is a guide of what to do on the day to make sure everything goes smoothly. But remember, have fun also! A party is about catching up with friends and family, enjoying yourself, and making amazing memories.

Arrive Early

You want to arrive early to do any decorating or setting up and making sure everything is ready at the venue.

If the party is a surprise, arrange for all the guests to arrive in advance, so that they are there to surprise the birthday girl when she arrives.

If it’s not a surprise party, still arrive ahead of time so you can greet and welcome all the partygoers as they come in.

Ask Another Friend to Help

Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. It is completely ok to ask a friend to help out on the day, which will believe you of some of the pressure.

Perhaps they can pick up the cake, help put up decorations or be the liaison person with the restaurant to check on the food. Most people are very glad to help out in their situations— just be sure to give them a big thanks afterward.

Be a Great Host

Once the party is in full swing, congratulations! You’ve pulled off an awesome party and everyone is having a great time.

As the party host, you can keep things going by making everyone feel included, making an effort to talk to everyone and thank them for coming, and making sure the food and entertainment go as planned.

It can be a lot of fun hosting a party— just relax and ensure everyone is having a great time.

Ensure Everyone Can Get Home Safe

As the party starts to wind down, guests will be heading home for the night. If alcohol has been served, It’s a good idea to have a plan in advance to help people get home safely.

This could be a designated driver who helps everyone out or call taxis for anyone who needs one. Your friends are sure to appreciate this the next morning.

After the Party

After the guests have left, sit down for a minute and catch your breath— being a party host can be exhausting!

Before heading home for the night, check on a few additional things.

Help Clean Up

Depending on the venue, it is appreciated if you help with cleaning up. Take down any decorations (which you may want to save to reuse anyway), or throw away flat balloons or party streamers.

Pack up any leftover cake, and scan the room to make sure no one has left anything important behind, like keys or jackets.

If the party was at another friend’s home, definitely stay behind to help them clean up, and perhaps rope in a few more friends to help out.

Thank Everyone

In the week after the party, reach out to your friends and thank them for coming and let them know how good it was to see them.

You might even want to offer a small gift of thanks to anyone who went above and beyond with helping in the party preparation, such as a bottle of wine or a framed photo from the night.

Relax

You’re done! You’ve thrown the best birthday party ever, so congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Planning events isn’t always easy, especially it’s for a big group and there are a lot of logistics involved, so you’ve surely earned a well-deserved break.

Plan the Perfect Party Today

Now that you have a better understanding of how to plan the perfect adult birthday party, you can get started organizing for your special friend’s celebration. Remember, birthday parties aren’t just for kids.

An unbelievable party is such a thoughtful way to show a friend that you care about them, and also a great opportunity to get all of your friends together, especially if you don’t get to see each other too often.

Start the countdown for the party of the year, and get ready to celebrate!

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Bachelorette Party Ideas (And Not A Club Or Cocktail In Sight!)

 

Before the chaos of married life ensues and before the gifts begin to pile up, there is that lull before everything ramps up. This is usually the perfect opportunity for the bride to take stock in the situation and look forward to married life or tie up admin loose ends. But from the perspective of the chief bridesmaid, it’s now time to take them into the world of bachelorette parties. And while your natural instinct could be to get them into the most decadent state of debauchery you’ve got to remember that not every bride goes for full-on party mode. But there are so many different types of bachelorette parties out there. Let’s show you you the smorgasbord of celebration.

The Stylish Approach

If you really want to treat the bride you could very well think about hiring a limousine to ferry everybody around. And although this usually feels like a lap of luxury, if you want to go one step further you might want to ask yourself how much does a jet cost? You can hire private planes and if you really want to keep everything as stylish and luxurious as possible you cannot do far better than this.

The Holistic Methods

Maybe the bride isn’t a full-on climate change activist just yet but if she’s very averse to the idea of hitting clubs you can do things more in keeping with her day-to-day life. A very good example is yoga or Pilates. And there are many companies that provide yoga for bachelorette parties. After all, bachelorette parties don’t have to be clubs in the traditional sense. There are companies out there that provide group yoga sessions, letting you relax and preparing yourself for a more modest bachelorette party.

The Cultural Approach

If you want to take the bachelorette party to the next level you might want to think about immersing yourself with cultural traditions. If you want a very unique experience there are companies like Takayo Malone that give you the opportunity to get involved in traditional Japanese garments. Dressing up in kimonos and learning about all things Japanese is another alternative to the traditional bachelorette party.

Rent A Property

As a bachelorette party can be about getting all the girls together and reminiscing about times gone by as well as looking towards the future, you may want to keep it very low key. Renting a property that gives you the opportunity to let your hair down without worrying too much is a very simple idea. In fact, it’s something that many people are doing because bachelorette parties can become quite costly affairs. Taking the opportunity to sit and relax with a few bottles of wine and just talking could be the ideal way for you to prepare the bride for the big day. Bachelorette parties don’t have to be those debauched affairs. Naturally, if you all sit around and you get bored, you can just hit the town.

Go For Cocktails In A Different Way

This is probably your first thought but instead of just hitting the bars and swinging numerous mimosas you might want to mix it up with something a little bit more substantial. There are plenty of opportunities for you to cook up a storm. And if you are all mad on your food, there are plenty of cooking parties for bachelorettes doing the rounds. Taking the opportunity to build a meal from scratch that you can take home afterward could give you that perfect opportunity for some downtime eating a meal you’ve all prepared together. And besides, if you can swig a few drinks in between it’s going to be a far more fun experience. Just make sure that they don’t get mad and kick you out because you’ve had one too many cocktails.

A Simple Meal Together

If you want to hit the town, but without dancing until 4 in the morning, a trendy upmarket private dining experience is the way to go. You have the opportunity to hang around with the people you love the most with fantastic food, and bottle after bottle of wine. If there’s been an eatery that you’ve been lusting after for so long but couldn’t justify it, now is the perfect opportunity, Having a simple yet decadent meal together can feel like that one last blow out before the big day. If you want to keep it modest make sure it’s just a handful of the bride’s closest friends. You may feel that you are too old for clubbing, in which case, you can stay there until the early hours with a liquor coffee, catching up and reminiscing, especially when nobody has time to get together in the modern-day. Having a meal together is the perfect excuse for a catch-up.

The Spa Treatment

Many bridal parties can’t get away with having a treatment. In fact, it’s almost expected of you. Having that opportunity to rest, recharge, and cleanse ahead of a long day is indulgent yet relaxing. Many wellness providers can give you wedding packages for the bride or groom. Ensuring that you are relaxed in the lead-up to the big day is crucial. Having that opportunity in the middle of wedding stress to have a facial, foot massage, and a rich exotic mud bath is, for many people, the very definition of a bachelorette party. The great thing about having a spa treatment is that you can do it early on in the day and then progress to the more debauched elements of the party later. Every spa also provides a three-course meal for you to refuel. If you are trying to count your pennies it could be that perfect balance meaning that most of your friends can jump on board.

If you are trying to give the bride a perfect send-off and you don’t know where to begin these options can springboard you in numerous directions. A bachelorette party doesn’t have to be gulping cocktails until the dawning light but it can be something that the bride will truly treasure. This is their last grab at freedom and you know them well enough to give them the goods.

Update on our end of the year party

 

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Back in May I wrote a post about an end of the year party my job was hosting for the children that are in our program. If you happen to miss that post, or wish to re-read it, you can find it here – Make your next party extra special with fun and games from Oriental Trading Company.

I had been meaning to write an update post, but between end of the year stuff (school year), our son’s prom, our son’s graduation, family up from Florida and a million other things, I haven’t really had a chance until now. I’m officially on summer vacation. I don’t go back to work until September. I like having the time off, but not having a paycheck for two months is no fun.

Anyway…

There was a huge glitch in our end of the year party. It was pouring rain that way. Torrential rain in fact. We were stuck inside (in the gym) for the duration of the party. Since there was a huge bouncy house set up, plus tables for crafts, snacks and other things, we didn’t have the room necessary to set up some of the games we had planned on doing.

The Rubbery Ducky Game had to go. It was not a good idea to have a bucket of water inside the gymnasium with 200+ kids, about 25+ counselors and parents (with younger siblings) running around. It’s OK. The ducks were given away as prizes instead.

For the very same reason the Goldfish Game also had to be cancelled. We handed out the little goldfish as prizes, as well as “just because” (we had 144 of them!).

Both the Bean Bag Toss and Ping Pong Ball Toss games I had were set up for a bit. For a while the kids were playing them the right away, but as time went on the kids opted to play “catch” with the bean bags (tossing them back and forth to each other) and the ping pong balls were all over the gym (those things sure can bounce!). It’s OK. As long as the kids were having a good time.

I feel like those games would have done better if we were outside. The gym was just too crowded and LOUD. It took away from the fun of everything, sad to say.

The Alligator Ring Toss Game was a huge hit. The kids did have fun with that game for a long time, that is until one of the kids thought it would be fun to sit on the Alligator and popped it. We did have a patch for it, but with all that was going on no one knew where it went. Thankfully it’s not a bad rip, it’s just a tear in the seem. I think some duct tape or packing tape will do that trick.

We kept the game (of course) because once it’s fixed we can use it again and again. The best thing about this game is that when not in use you can take the air out, fold it up and pack it away. It takes up very little room.

The crafts were a huge hit. The kids had fun with those. Some even got creative and mixed/matched pieces from other craft kits to build their own project. We also had markers, crayons, glitter, gems and other goodies on hand for the kids to embellish their craft pieces with (if they chose to).

FYI… when you are doing crafts on such a large scale always make sure an adult writes the name of each child on the back of the project so that you know who it belongs to. At the end of the evening we had dozens of completed crafts with no names on them and we had no clue who they belonged to so we had to toss them out. It was such a shame too since they turned out so good. This was a good lesson learned for the next time.

The left over crafts are being held on to for the “School’s Out” program.

The biggest hit was the temporary tattoos. OH MY GOODNESS! The kids went CRAZY for them. I was seeing kids running around with several on each arm. Some even tattooed their legs and faces.

We had dedicated adults to apply the temporary tattoos, but the line was so long that older kids in the program stepped up to help out. We must have had a half dozen people just applying the temporary tattoos.

By the end of the event there was just a small handful left. I’d have to say about 95% of the tattoos were used at the party. I consider that a total success!

Our program does an end of the year party every year. Oriental Trading is going to be our “go to” resource for games, prizes, crafts and more.

As a teacher’s assistant, I rely on Oriental Trading Company frequently. They are an ideal source for prizes, crafts, and little gifts to give to the kids for the holidays.

There are times that the teacher is not in, so I am in charge. Every day we read a book to the kids and then do a project based on what we just read. I cannot tell you how many time I have relied on crafts from Oriental Trading Company to help me out in a pinch. I keep books on hand along with ready made crafts from Oriental Trading Company. That way if my boss it out on a moment’s notice I don’t have to scramble to find something to do. I’m all set!

If you are interested in learning more about what Oriental Trading Company has to offer, visit them online at OrientalTrading.com. Be sure to check out their summer section for fun summer toys, game, decorations and more.

Oriental Trading Company can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

Have you ever purchased from Oriental Trading Company? Are you considering making a purchase? What “needs” do you have (crafts, party supplies, decor…)?

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Oriental Trading Company. I received free products in exchange for my review/post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Make your next party extra special with fun and games from Oriental Trading Company

 

I miss hosting birthday parties for my kids. Our daughter is almost 20 and our son is 17 1/2. Needless to say it’s been a long time since we hosted a “kiddie” party for them.

When I had birthday parties for our children I used to go all out and make it fun for everyone – both young and old. I used to also love to send everyone home with a goody bag filled with great goodies.

At the end of May, the organization I work for is hosting an end of the year party. The actual end of the year (school year) is the end of June. With prom, graduation and vacations, the organization I work for plans their end of the year party a month early.

I worked the end of the year party last year. It actually fell on my birthday, so I only worked a couple of hours before my boss told me to go home and enjoy my birthday. This year my birthday is the day after the party, so I’ll be working the whole day.

The organization I work for loves to go all out and show the kids a great time. There is a bouncy house, cotton candy, water balloon games, crafts, organized sports/games, and even a slide show featuring photos taken throughout the year.

We had a meeting about the party a few weeks ago and discussed some ideas. This year, instead of face painting (which “melts” when the kids sweat running around), there will be hand painting and temporary tattoos. We also wanted to feature a few more fun games to the kids to enjoy. That gave me some ideas.

Oriental Trading Company has always been my “go to” site for crafts, holiday decor, goody bag items and party supplies. I knew they would have a lot of fun things we could utilize at our end of the year party.

Here are some of the ideas I came up with, thanks to some great items I was able to get from Oriental Trading Company.

Rubber Ducky Game

I am going to mark the bottom of 2 or 3 of these adorable little Rubber Duckies from Oriental Trading with a star on the bottom of them. I am then going to put them in a big tub of water. The kids can take turns picking one of the duckies from the tub. If they pick one of the ones with the star on the bottom they will win a prize (we plan on giving EVERYONE a prize regardless, but the ones who pick the stared duckies will win a larger prize.

I haven’t found a good size tub yet. I have one in mind, I just don’t know where to get it. I think I might need to swing by Home Depot or Lowes. They might have what I’m looking for.

Bean Bag Toss

I found colorful (and very well made) bean bags on the Oriental Trading website. I also picked up some inexpensive plastic bowls at a local dollar store.

I’m going to label the bowls with number (10, 25, 50, 100, 500 – or something similar). I am going to place them back to back at the end of the year party (lowest amount first, higher amount in the back). I’ll then mark the gymnasium floor with painters tape (easy to remove). To play the kids will have to stand on the tape (younger kids can move up closer) and toss 3 bean bags into the bowls. The prize they win depends on how many points they get (we’ll have to work on the prizes for this game).

Ping Pong Toss

I was gong to set up this game similar to the Bean Bag Toss game mentioned above. I was going to use some of the ping pong balls I got from Oriental Trading along with inexpensive, colorful planters from a local dollar store.

I have to give this game a test drive first to make sure the ping pong balls don’t bounce out of the containers. I might have to put something in the bottom of the containers/planters to stop them from bouncing out.

The scoring has yet to be determined.

Goldfish Game

This game is one that I am most excited about. We see this game at the local county fair and have played it in the past. The Goldfish Game where you toss ping pong balls into glass bowls. If you get one in you win a goldfish. In fact, one year we won seven Goldfish. All of them died within a few days except one. He’s 7+ years old now and as big as a Koi Fish (he’s about 8″ long!).

Since we don’t want to use live fish, I thought it would be fun to use clear plastic cups filled with water (a few of them could have a little “Goldfish” in them). If a child gets a ping pong ball into one of the cups they win a “Goldfish.”

We’ll be using some of the ping pong balls (pictured above) a well as some little plastic “Goldfish” from Oriental Trading.

I love this idea!

Ring Toss Game

Oriental Trading Company has an adorable, inflatable Alligator that comes with rings that you can use to toss on his nose or tail.

Currently the game is still in the box it came in. I haven’t blown it up yet because I know I’ll never get it back in the box. I also don’t want to take a chance of popping it. I plan on blowing it up the day of the party.

At only $7.49 for the set I thought it was a great deal and it looks like a lot of fun, especially for the little ones (our kids range in age from 5-13).

In addition to games we are going to have hand painting and temporary tattoos for the kids to enjoy. Oriental Trading has A LOT of great temporary tattoos to choose from including the popular Shopkins brand. I ordered Shopkins, pirates, sport, hearts, emojis and other popular designs for the kids.

The temporary tattoos from Oriental Trading were inexpensive and you get A LOT in each pack (most have 72 in each pack).

As I mentioned earlier in this post, instead of face painting we are going to offer hand painting and the temporary tattoos.

I have white poster board and a huge piece of flat cardboard. I am thinking about putting the tattoos on the poster board (using water – the same way as if you applied it to your skin) to show the kids the available designs. I haven’t made it yet, but that is my “game plan.” I also plan on putting the tattoos in baggies with sticker on them so the co-workers doing the tattoos and hand painting can easily find the designs they are looking for.

Lastly I picked up a lot of magnetic crafts for the kids to do. I love the ones from Oriental Trading because most of them are individually packaged so you don’t have to worry about missing pieces or kids taking pieces from other kids.

Most have peel and stick pieces which means you don’t have to worry about glue and all that mess.

A few crafts I picked up from Oriental Trading will require glue, and some are ones that you color (we’ll need markers and crayons). We’re reserve those ones for the older kids and let the little ones enjoy putting together the easier ones.

As you can see, Oriental Trading Company has so many wonderful products that can help turn your next party or get together into something spectacular. And it won’t cost you an “arm and a leg.” Oriental Trading’s prices are fantastic (very affordable) and with the help of some inexpensive dollar store products, you can stick to your party budget easily.

I’m going to do an update post on our party and show you some of the things mentioned in this post at the party. Stay tune for that post which I should have up by the end of the month.

For more information about these and other products, visit OrientalTrading.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom right of their website.

Do you shop at Oriental Trading Company?

What do you think of my game and project ideas? Do you think your child would enjoy them if they were at our end of the year party?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Join in on the fun with a Pitch Perfect 2 Party September 26, 2015

 

PP2 DVD

Have you seen Pitch Perfect 2 yet? If not, you’re in luck. The film is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download.

To celebrate the film’s release there will be a Pitch Perfect 2 party tomorrow might (September 26, 2015) at 5:00 PM (EST). Join me and other bloggers – including some celebrities from the movie -as we “push play” and watch the movie together.

To join in on the fun be sure to follow @PitchPerfect on Twitter. The official hashtag is #PitchPerfect2Party. I’d also love it if you could follow me too (@She_Scribes).

We’ll be in New York City early tomorrow morning to celebrate our son’s birthday. We’re surprising him with a trip to the top of the Empire State Building (something he’s always wanted to do). I should be home by the time the party starts.

We’re having a few friends over for a very casual get together to sing along and enjoy the movie together.

The studio was kind enough to send me some Pitch Perfect goodies to share with my family and guests including flashlights (for those encores), blankets (to snuggle with), photo props, posters and more.

I’ll be picking up the usual treats (chips, dips, cupcakes, soda…) for my guests. We’ll even have a birthday cake for our son to share with them too.

I’ll see you at the party tomorrow. It’s going to be aca-amazing!

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

Movie Review: Spy

 

Spy Movie

Now available on Digital Download (itunes, Google Play…) is the film Spy. Spy will  be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29, 2015.

Spy has an all star cast including Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Allison Janey, Jason Stratham, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.

Spy is comedic “James Bond” type movie that has a female lead instead of the dashing and debonair male lead.

The movie does start out a lot like a James Bond film. Jude Law plays Bradley Fine, a handsome “GQ” looking super spy. His “eyes and ears” come from his assistant Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy). She watches out for him to aid in his missions and protect him from getting killed or captured. Susan also has a massive crush on Fine.

One one of his most important missions (to stop the sale of a nuclear weapon), Fine is killed by Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who has the weapon of mass destruction. She’s also well aware of all the CIA agents and has threatened to kill each and every one of them if they try and stop her.

DF-03507_R2 Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) clearly has eyes for her partner, superspy Bradley Fine (Jude Law).

The head of the CIA, Elaine Crocker (Allison Janey), needs to find an agent that is not well known who can go on a mission to gather more intelligence about Rayna and the weapon’s whereabouts. Wanting to avenge his death, Susan Cooper volunteers. She does have spy training. She just opted not to use it because she was more content being the eyes and ears for her beloved Fine.

No one believes she can pull it off, most especially another CIA agent, Rick Ford (Jason Statham). He goes AWOL in effort to stop the sale of the weapon and capture Rayna himself.

What transpires is one funny misadventure after another.

Will Cooper be able to stop the sale of the weapon and avenge Fine’s death by capturing Rayna and all those involved? Will her cover be blown? Is it possible for a quiet and meek office worker to turn into a world class spy? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Spy. Look for the movie where ever movies are sold.

I had the opportunity to watch the movie, along with a few friends, with a free movie download I was sent in order to do this review. I was also sent some other fun Spy related goodies and yummy treats to share. If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram you probably saw my posts. You can also check out the hashtags #SpyInsiders and #SpiesNightIn to see what me and other bloggers had to say.

Here are a few photos from our movie night party.

Spy Party

It was a bit odd having a gathering to watch a movie on a Sunday night. Thankfully most people were off the next day (except one). It felt like a Saturday night.

To be honest, I was worried that his movie might be a bit crude and raunchy. Sadly I think Melissa McCarthy has been type casted for those types of roles. I prefer her to be more like her adorable character on Mike & Molly. Thankfully Spy was not that type of movie. I did find that there was an excessive amount of curing (especially the “F” word) throughout the film, at least Melissa McCarthy’s character wasn’t overly crude and nasty like other characters she’s played.

Note to movie makers – it IS possible to make a funny film WITHOUT the excessive use of foul language. I’m not a prude. I just don’t find a movie to be funnier if the “F” word is used a hundred times.

Jason Statham was a huge surprise in this film. He’s normally such a bad a$$ in films. He was in this film too but this time in a funny way. Who knew Jason Statham could be a comedian? His wacky character was so funny.

I adore Melissa McCarthy (her “Molly” character – not many of her movie characters). She really pulled this film off. I loved all the different looks/disguises they put her in. And who knew she could kick some serious butt too.

Jude Law was as handsome as ever and Rose Byrne, oh my! What was up with her hair? Her character was nothing but hair. LOL!

DF-02227_R - Melissa McCarthy is Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst, who volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

This is NOT a family friendly movie due to the primarily the language and some sexual situations. The film is rate R.

There are some bonus features. We did watch the deleted scenes and gag reel with our guests. I’ll have to watch the remaining bonus features (there were many) another time.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another Spy movie in the works. I think they could pull it off. I often don’t think sequels are necessary (or even work) but this film might do well if it had a sequel.

Did you see the film Spy? If so, what did you think of it?

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free movie download and some goodies in order to do this review as well as for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.