“little man” 1st birthday bash

Anyone who knows me knows that my kids’ showers, birthdays, baptisms (there’s always a reason to throw a party) are where my events background meets my OCD. In my career I’ve produced and managed dozens of events with everyone from Snoop Dog to President Obama . . . and I’ve not obsessed over any of them like I have when I’m planning something for my boys.

Enter my baby’s first birthday. Game. On.

After tossing around several ideas, I found a couple adorable “mustache bashes” on my favorite blog in the whole wide world (Shanna McGavoc posted this one on Hostess and I fell in love). Totally inspired, I picked my color theme (cyan, bright green and houndstooth) and hit Photoshop to start making the invite, cupcake toppers and centerpieces.

The cupcake toppers are super easy. I created the design I wanted on Photoshop (1.5 x 1.5 inches), including the houndstooth trim, pasted that onto charcoal cardstock and glued them onto tiny Popsicle sticks.

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- Cupcakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the centerpieces, I created mustache and tie templates (by hand), traced them on 12×12 scrapbook paper (you can fit 5 on there), wrapped the ties with a strip of houndstooth ribbon, and hot glued them to sticks that came with the white stands I found at Michaels (in the aisle they sell the letters in).

I also accented the table with tiny white pots with grass, and photos of the baby in white frames.

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- Centerpieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a big fan of food bars at parties. For my oldest son’s birthday we did a mac-n-cheese bar. For the baby’s 1st, we did a milk & cookies bar.

We had an assortment of cookies, including some really fun “mustache macaroons” my niece helped me create (she took the chocolate mustaches we’d made with molds, melted chocolate to the cookie and stuck the ‘stache on). We also had an assortment of milk, pint-sized milk-bottle glasses and adorable paper straws from Pink Lemonade Party. The little signs on the table are made with chalkboard painted stands, stuffed in floral foam, wrapped in yarn and placed in plastic boxes.

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- Milk & Cookie Bar

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- Milk & Cookie Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cake table is hands-down my favorite thing to decorate at a party. I wanted it clean, bold and modern. We did a two-tier cake, with a four-layer bottom tier. We paired the cake with chocolate and white cupcakes, photos of the baby and the green and blue chocolate mustache and chocolate tie favors we made. I made the sign with hand-drawn templates on 12×12 scrapbook paper and strung it with 2″ ribbon. We made the paper poofs (fold tissue accordion style 1″ wide until it’s stacked into one strip, tie it in the center, cut the edges into a point, pull each layer of tissue up on both sides to fluff it out).

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- Cake Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was totally intimidated by the idea of handmade chocolate favors, but the lolly molds I got here make it a cinch.

You can buy the chocolate at Michael’s. You can buy organic food coloring at Whole Foods.

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- Chocolate Mustache & Tie Favors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I fell in love with the tie shirts on the clothesline when I saw them via Shanna. We made a tie template, cut out the fabric then ironed them on. We left the shirts up as decor until it was time to cut the cake, then we handed them out to all the kids so we could take some fun pictures. Decor and party favors in one!

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- T-Shirt Tie Favors on Clothesline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Photo Timeline– I wish I’d captured a better image for this one, since it was what made me tear up every time I looked at it. I took a photo of Lucas every month for his first year, with a giant number for that month (also cut from 12×12 scrapbook paper). I strung the photos from 1-12 on a clothesline over the milk & cookies bar.

"Lil Man" 1st Birthday Bash- Baby Photo Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite part of the party? Being surrounded by family, friends and lots of super silly kids . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

like, follow, mail
Facebook Twitter Email

Comments

  1. Tonya Staab says:

    Very cute theme. Love the milk and cookies bar. Adore the color scheme too, perfect for an adorable little man.

  2. This is so cute! You really did a great job :)

  3. Mama Mary says:

    Adorable! And how is he 1 already???

  4. Kerry says:

    That is an amazing internet site, thank you with this.
    I’d to be able to google and yahoo designed for a lot of hours to locate the following recognize.
    My spouse and i hate if any time I really search engines designed for articles and reviews that will undergo We generally find unproductive content in addition to lots trash.
    You actually seemingly get treatment associated with most of the junk as well as keep your web site cleansing and also excellent. Could you have any strategies for my very own internet site?

  5. I like what you guys are up too. This sort of clever work and exposure!

    Keep up the superb works guys I’ve included
    you guys to my blogroll.

  6. Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  7. Amber says:

    We are a bunch of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.

    Your site offered us with helpful information to work on. You’ve done a formidable
    task and our whole neighborhood can be thankful to you.

  8. Hi there friends, its fantastic piece of writing concerning teachingand completely explained,
    keep it up all the time.

  9. After checking out a number of the blog articles on your site, I honestly like
    your way of blogging. I book marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my web site as well and
    let me know your opinion.

  10. Can I simply just say what a relief to discover an individual who actually understands
    what they are talking about over the internet. You
    certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More and more people must check this out and understand this side of the story.
    It’s surprising you are not more popular because you certainly have
    the gift.

  11. Great post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I am impressed!
    Extremely helpful info particularly the remaining section :
    ) I handle such info a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a long
    time. Thanks and best of luck.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Serve them with regular or chocolate milk in individual milk bottles (like I did for this milk & cookie bar) [...]

Speak Your Mind

*

Animated Social Media Icons Powered by Acurax Wordpress Development Company