Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Unless, that is, you’re celebrating Tom Hanks‘ birthday, and then you know that you’re getting a kick-ass themed party.
That’s what a Toronto couple decided to do earlier this month. To commemorate the movie star’s 60th birthday, Andrea Whyte and Craig Caron threw the ultimate Tom Hanks themed party, and here were the best bits:
It was an event years in the making
“For as long as we’ve been dating, Tom Hanks Movie Nights have been a staple at our house,” the couple said. “We originally had the idea 3 years ago during one of our movie nights. We had a dream of a costume party where everyone dressed like their favourite characters [and] when we realized Tom Hanks’ 60th birthday was in 2016, we figured let’s take this to the next level and make it a birthday party!”
The Hanks-themed decorations
Their home was decorated with framed photos of Hanks, as though the actor had always been a part of their family. “It was funny each time someone noticed what exactly they were looking at.”
The brilliant Hanks-themed costumes
The couple even handed out prizes for the best Hanks costumes, one of which was Professor Dorr from the 2004 film The Ladykillers. “[She] refused to break character all night. Her commitment was incredible,” the couple said. “She actually wore blue contact lenses because Mr. Hanks has blue eyes. There’s absolutely no need for that level of detail. We loved it.”
Another friend made her own version of Hanks’ white tuxedo from Big. “[Her] goal all summer was to find and bedazzle a white tuxedo to be Josh Baskin in Big. She didn’t find the tux but made it herself out of a white blazer and still brought her bedazzling game.”
The birthday cake
Whyte and Caron even ordered a Dairy Queen birthday cake with Hanks’ face on it (and the requisite “Happy Birthday” message written in icing). “[Hanks] credits Dairy Queen to helping him gain the weight he needed for A League of Their Own,” they explained.
Hanks as a guest (sort of)
Sadly, the movie star himself didn’t make an appearance at the shindig, but the hosts came up with the next-best thing: A life-sized cardboard cutout of Hanks that they made themselves. “I believe the photo was from the Cloud Atlas premiere at TIFF. It isn’t the first life-size cut-out Craig has made, and it certainly won’t be the last.”
Sending their well-wishes to Hanks
And despite the actor’s absence, all the party-goers still sang “Happy Birthday” to him. “Making 30 people sing Happy Birthday to a 60-year-old man who was not there” was the highlight of the night, according to Whyte and Caron.
So the real question is: Why Tom Hanks? An easy question to answer, the couple said. “He’s the best. He made so many amazing comedies (Splash, The Money Pit, The Burbs, Volunteers), and then seamlessly became this great dramatic actor. But overall it’s probably just because he’s so damn likable.”
Whatever the real-life Tom Hanks did for his 60th birthday, it probably couldn’t hold a candle to this birthday celebration.