04 Jan

REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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:

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party


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:

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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!

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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.

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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?!

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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.

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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?!

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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.

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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!

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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!

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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.

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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:

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

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

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party


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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Susan @ Entertain Exchange SAYS:


Reply January 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Valerie@yellow+gray SAYS:

This is an awesome party! Love the color scheme. I’m curious about the inspiration board. How do you do that?

Reply January 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Jessica SAYS:

Hi Valerie,

I designed the inspiration board in photoshop. I am a total visual person and it helps me focus on the details I’d like to include at my parties.

January 8, 2011 at 7:11 am

Valerie@yellow+gray SAYS:

Thanks Jessica!

I’m very visual too so I def. need to learn photoshop. The board is awesome!

January 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Jessica SAYS:

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments! I really appreciate it!! So, the glass bottles were purchased in Australia. The glass bottles came from Santa Vittoria Fruit Nectars. They are sold at Woolworths/Safeway in 6 packs for around $5/pack. Each bottle holds approximately 4 fluid ounces. I begged a friend to send them to me. An alternative I’ve seen used are the Starbucks Frappuccino glasses or the Archer Farms (Target Brand). Any small glass bottle will work. Hope that helps! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! I’m hoping someone will start importing them to the states!

Reply January 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

Melinda SAYS:

Anyone chasing the glass bottles is welcome to purchase them via my Etsy shop, http://www.retrobirddesigns.etsy.com. I’m out of the full Polka Dot suitcase sets at present, but may reorder them in future if the demand is there.

I hope this helps.

Reply January 18, 2011 at 6:17 am

Amanda SAYS:

This party is GORGEOUS! TY for finding such great part inspiration :)I featured this party today on my blog and linked back to you!Amandafrillsandfrolic.blogspot.com

Reply January 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

Jackie SAYS:

I love this so much! It’s similar color/pattern scheme to what I’m planning for my daughters first birthday. I LOVE baking cupcakes in souffle cups but I have never seen them with polk dots! SO adorable, where did you get those?

Reply January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

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