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