reprise! toy story birthday

My three year old is obsessed with Toy Story. Obsessed. Everything from his room, to his clothes, down to his little preschool backpack is Toy Story. After a blow-out second birthday party, I promised my husband I’d tone this one down a bit  (a bit). . . but I still wanted to create a special Toy Story moment for my little man.

Cake Table

Almost every party I do starts with the cake (we always use Layer Cake). This year, I wanted a themed cake, but I wanted to use action figures that could double as toys. We flanked the cake table with Buzz Lightyear lunch boxes and spaceship party favors that you can buy here (warning: they’re super cute, but they don’t hold much).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac-N-Cheese Bar

I love doing fun food bars, especially for kids’ parties. If this wasn’t being held at a park (and had I not sworn to keep this one more low key), I’d be posting a fabulous over-the-top mac-n-cheese bar. However, this one totally worked, and it was easy to execute. In fact, we bought the mac from El Pollo Loco since it’s my son’s favorite, so it was super easy. We offered an assortment of toppings from bacon bits to parmesan to turkey dogs, to crispy french onions and more. We made little place cards with Toy Story characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos

I always love to showcase photos of my little man from the past year to add a personal touch, and to show friends and family how much he’s grown. We found a very budget-friendly way to display photos on-theme. These great little picture frames were only a dollart at Target in the dollar section (now known as the “some of it is a dollar, some is $3, so pay attention while you pile everything into your cart” section). They were on theme with the color, and we just stuck on some Toy Story character stickers we got in bulk. He now has these frames in his room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More . . . 

The birthday boy got to dress in his Buzz shirt, his little brother was his sidekick Sheriff Woody.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Potato Head glasses photo op with the some of the kids . . .

“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 . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

operation birthday cake

It’s that time of year again. The one where my inner event planner meets my son’s birthday . . . meets my obsession with birthday cakes.  So far, each birthday has been inspired by the cake. I always start there– it ‘s a great visual and it ties the theme together.

 

His first birthday was a tiny smash cake (made with no dairy, since he was allergic at the time). Options were limited sans dairy…but we had this adorable little elephant made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then momma had to up the ante.  Birthday number two was so much fun to plan since he was able to communicate what he wanted by then. He was all about Yo Gabba Gabba . . . and momma was all about a big, bold over-the-top cake four-layer cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year, we’re leaning toward Toy Story (his latest obsession). But in my search for cakes I’m seeing a never-ending supply of ideas….from Legos to cars, to Sesame Street. I’m learning toward this bad boy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other boy birthday cakes I thought were adorable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re also obsessed with kids’ birthdays, follow me on Pinterest.

I’ve done the legwork on some inspiration boards for themes, invites, cakes . . . and odds are I won’t be stopping any time soon because my other little man turns 6 mos in a few days. Let the 1st birthday party planning games begin!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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