04 Jan

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

I’m SO excited to share this wonderfully creative party with you today! I first stumbled on it due to a google alert for HWTM and pretty much keeled over from cuteness overload after just the first few pics!

Jessica from Modern Moments Designs created this “{Not So Typical} Office Party First Birthday” theme to celebrate her adorable son Emerson, and although Jessica describes herself first as a “a wife, a mother, and a cupcake addict“, it’s pretty obvious there’s a very talented graphic designer in there too! For example, take a peek at (a small part of) the amazing invitation that she designed for the party:

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

Pretty cool, right?! More details on this “vintage book” style invitation are below, along with LOTS more inspiring images (as captured by Courtney Jade) and all the creative party details, as told by Jessica

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

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Our little Emerson tuned ONE in December! I always hate it when my babies get older. I think first birthdays are always hard on mamas. Here’s a look at how we celebrated his big day….

I knew I wanted to do a vintage style first birthday party. (Since Emerson is our third son, I felt like I had to be a bit more creative since we’ve already done many of the “traditional” party themes.) Thankfully, I’d been thinking about Emerson’s birthday for awhile and bookmarking things on Delicious. Here’s a peek at the final inspiration board:

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

Emerson’s birthday invite was the first piece that set the tone for the party . I created a heavily distressed vintage book invitation complete with a removable book slip cover!

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

Courtney, from Courtney Jade Photography took the amazing photos of Emerson used in the invitation and was kind enough to blog about the invitations (with plenty of detail shots!) right here.

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

I booked the party at Gymboree Play and Music. It was so fun and the staff was amazing! I literally brought in my whole house for Emerson’s party. Thankfully, I had a ton of help though from my mom and sisters, who came early to help me set up the dessert table

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

I went with a ‘Milk and Cookies’ theme for the dessert table. I created an assortment of cookies, most of which I didn’t even have to bake. It was so easy and quick! Who knew if you just added chocolate to pre-made cookies it made them taste better and look prettier?!

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

A few of my favorite decorative elements on the dessert table were the adorable polka dot suitcases. I purchased them all the way from Australia from etsy shop Retro Bird Designs.

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

Since I broke my arm in early November, I really took it easy and “made” many treats that really just required some extra chocolate or assembly. I got a ton of ideas from Hostess Blog (HWTM), like these Candy Cane Mint Milanos, which were easy to make and a huge hit! I also loved the $0.99 cent picture frames that were used as signs at this birthday party and this bridal shower on HWTM and used them all throughout the party. Aren’t they cute?!

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

One of my favorite items was the chocolate milk served in mini glass bottles with retro stripe straws! They were the perfect size for little ones and really added that little something  ‘extra‘!

Continuing on with the cookie theme, I made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and sewed them in glassine bags that I purchased from Garnish, which is also where I bought the cute wooden forks.

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

If you know me at all, you know I love cupcakes. I always make cupcakes. For Emerson’s party, I made both banana and coconut. I’m partial to banana though!

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

Click here to check out a DIY tutorial on the little cupcake stands that I made for each kid. These were super easy to make too and I am in LOVE with how cute they are!

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

I gave each of the kids their own screen printed muslin bag with their name on it. I also made some extra bags with the words ‘thank you‘ on it.

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

I didn’t want the kids to have to carry all of their goodies, so I purchased little polka dot gable boxes to put all of the party favors in and made little ‘library cards‘ to clip on the boxes so each kid had a label on their box:

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

With so many kids, I think over-labeling their items is the best way to go!”

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

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VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:
Styling & Design: Modern Moments Designs
Photography: Courtney Jade Photography
Invites, Place Cards, Library Book Cards, Water Bottle Labels, Signs in picture frames: Modern Moments Designs
Table Cloth: Table Vogue
Polka Dot Snack Cups, Polka Dot Candle, Cupcake Liners, Retro Stripe Straws: Hey YoYo
Red Polka Dot Suitcases: Retro Bird Designs
White Picture Frames: Ikea Tolsby Frame
Polka Dot Cookies: Sweeties By Kim
Polka Dot Gable Boxes: Creative Gift Packaging
Screen Printed Bags: Lovedrunk Designs Coming Soon!
Glassine bags & Wooden Forks: Garnish
White letter stand, Red Sorter, Ceramic Cake Stands, Ceramic Footed Stand: HomeGoods
Polka Dot Tie: Stacy Bayless
Mini Cake: Albertsons
Cotton Drawstring Bags: RunEllieRun
Party Location: Gymboree Play & Music

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26Comments

1
sandyq SAYS:

WOW its soooooooooooooooo cute!!! Love this BLOG..

Reply January 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

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Fernanda SAYS:

Adorable!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Kelly Lyden @ WH Hostess SAYS:

Such a cute theme!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

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The Fairy SAYS:

Super cute! I keep seeing these little milk bottles and would love to know where to get some without having to drink a bunch of lattes …

Reply January 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

Melinda SAYS:

If you’re looking for the mini glass milk bottles you will find them in my Etsy shop. Best Wishes, Melinda (Australia)

January 18, 2011 at 6:13 am

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Latisha Horton (Eccentric Designs) SAYS:

Everything looks so amazing …

Reply January 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

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Sandy SAYS:

Love this party!! There are so many great ideas. Where can we find the milk bottles from? Thanks!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 11:19 am

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Mindy SAYS:

so creative, cute and fun!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

adorably cute! love it

Reply January 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

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Samantha {Papermints} SAYS:

Omg, seriously cute stuff! Love the little cupcake pedestals and the cake smashing pic is so adorable!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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Nancy Hilliard SAYS:

Oh my gosh! I love your blog! So many wonderful ideas! Makes me want to start on one of my New Years Resolutions………..Celebrate more!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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Jessie SAYS:

This is incredible!! I can’t believe she’s not a professional event planner.

Reply January 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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Sandi SAYS:

wow! the dessert table is incredible! and the birthday boy is too cute!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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Chrystal Tuning SAYS:

WOW!!! She is amazing!!! she out does herself every party, I have been blessed enough to be her friend and I tell you she is sooo creative and heartfelt in all she does!!! She makes us all a little jealous!!! Great Job Jess!!!

Reply January 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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Courtney JADE SAYS:

What a great post!! Jessica is amazing, and I am happy to be her friend! She throws such amazing parties, you should check out her blog! :)

Reply January 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Natalie McGensey SAYS:

Can we have the information on her blog, please? I would love to start following her.

Thanks!

January 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Natalie –
You can follow Jessica’s blog here: http://modernmomentsdesigns.com/ – and she’s also on twitter here: http://twitter.com/#!/jessicawilcox :)

January 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

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Miche SAYS:

Adorable party…Emerson is sooo cute, love those baby blues!

Reply January 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

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