25 Feb

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Okay… I’m SO very excited to share this new “Rock Star” real party with you today for a 3 reasons: 1. It’s RIDICULOUSLY fun/cool/creative/clever! 2. It was designed by one of our wonderful new HWTM contributors – the super-talented & creative Jessica Wilcox – mom of 3 boys and graphic designer/party stylist extraordinaire! {Jessica created this birthday party for her middle son, Jackson.3. I’m pretty sure you’re going to LOVE it, and I really love to show you things that you’ll love! =)

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Aside from the adorable Rock Star himself {see proof of adorableness above}, some of my favorite details from this birthday party include the custom guitar picks” made with a pick-shaped craft punch, the “Backstage Passes” that each kid received upon entry to the party, the super-cool DIY drum set on the AMAZING dessert table, and even the featured activity… a jam session at the party’s music school venue!

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Because there’s so much great stuff to share, we’re breaking this feature into 2 parts. Read on for lots of fun images & creative details on the invitations, venue, decor, and more… and stay tuned for all the rockstar dessert table details in Part 2!

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Check out this fun, colorful rockstar birthday invitation… complete with a ROCK STAR CD!

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

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Stay tuned for more details in Part 2 about the Dessert Table, DIY Drum Set, DIY Custom Guitar Picks, Printables and more! Here’s a sneak peek =)

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

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PARTY DETAILS from Jessica

{THE PHOTOS THAT STARTED IT ALL}
Jackson is our middle son! If any of you have a “middle” child, I’m sure you can relate to Jackson! He is one wild and crazy kiddo, bursting with personality! He wanted to have a Rock Star Birthday Party and I couldn’t wait to get my creative wheels-a-turin’.

First things first, design an amazing invitation! This amazing invitation needed even more AMAZING photos to accompany it. So, I turned to none other than Miss Courtney with Courtney Jade Photography! If you’ve been following my blog, then you know she is my latest girl crush and my long lost BFF!!! I just can’t say enough nice things about her. She kindly agreed to take Jackson’s photos. It didn’t hurt that Jackson has a major crush on her too!! I dressed him in PINK (his favorite color), a leather jacket, and some distressed jeans! Total rocker! We shot his photos in downtown Portland and I was more than happy with how they turned out. I LOVED the photos so much I used them throughout the whole party! They were too cute not to. To see some of his outrageous Rock Star Photos, check out Courtney’s Blog.

{THE INVITATION}
Now, where was I? Right, an amazing invitation! I’m always trying to push the limits with my invitations. I don’t ever want any of my designs to look the same. I want each of them to be unique and different. Once I decided on a layout, everything fell into place. I knew I wanted to use as many photos as I could, so I designed a tri-fold invitation. These were printed on smooth card stock and I added a UV coat to the front of the invite. This just made it extra shinny and cool! For the inside, I tracked down foam CD hubs and attached a “Rock Star” CD in the center of each invite with Jackson’s favorite songs. The first track was, of course, Pink’s “So What, I’m Still a Rock Star.”

{VENUE}
Photos. Check! Invitation. Check. Check. Now, find the PERFECT party venue. Some day when I am rich, I will be able to build the ultimate party house! Luckily, I live in an amazing city and was able to find the perfect music school. Sound Roots is a school for modern music. The party was ultra relaxed. The kids basically had a jam session with our amazing music teacher, Mo Phillips. Think Jack Black, but thinner and more handsome. He was so energetic, funny, and incredibly talented. The kids weren’t the only ones having a good time, all the parents were rockin’ out too.

The venue was totally urban. I wanted to keep the “garage band/basement rock band” feel. Instead of a “traditional” backdrop, I used three 36″ balloons from Shop Sweet Lu Lu. The lighting wasn’t great for photos, but it was really cool (new light fixtures had just been installed!). They had also just put down amazing looking bamboo wood floors! I can’t wait to see the place when the renovations are complete with a rocking stage too.

{COLORS}
I was most excited about the color palette we (Jackson and I) selected! We went with pink, teal, black, and white. I also pulled inspiration from Jackson’s black and white striped hat (purchased at H&M). Since I am a Mom of three boys, getting to design in PINK was a dream come true! Plus, Jackson’s party was a few days before Valentine’s Day and there was a ton of pink items to choose from. You can’t go wrong with black and white and bursts of color.

{WELCOME TO THE PARTY}
I made custom “Backstage Passes” for each of the kids who attended. As soon as they arrive, they received their backstage pass with their name on it (on the invitation I wrote, “Backstage Passes At the Door”). I also made them for the teacher, everyone who helped setup for the party (ours said “Event Staff”), and I included one on the dessert table. All the kids loved these. My boys are still wearing them around the house almost two weeks later. These were so simple to make, but really set the tone for the party!

{DESSERT TABLE}
What are my three favorite ingredients? 1. Sugar 2. Corn Syrup 3. Fructose. In no particular order. Don’t come to one of my parties and plan on eating healthy. It’s a party after all!!! No heathy eating here! I love to use candies, cookies, and cupcakes throughout my dessert tables. You can’t go wrong with bright colored candies! Stay tuned for more details. . .

{THE DECOR}
The Decor was pretty simple. I used clusters of balloons on each side of the doors that had Jackson’s Rock Star Posters on them. I wanted these to look like rock band posters. The Dessert table was the focal point for the party! I used black bread boxes that I purchased at Target on clearance to hold the candy. We had an open guitar case on another table that had the adorable polka dot gable boxes (also from Shop Sweet Lu Lu) and extra drinks.

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VENDOR CREDITS
– Birthday Invitations + Return Adress Label Wraps, Party Printables (Water Bottle Labels, Drink Labels, Candy Labels, Signs, Poster) T-shirts, & “Backstage Passes”: Modern Moments Designs
– Stripy Straws, Clear Tubes (gum balls were featured inside), Japanese Tape, 36″ balloons, polka dot balloons, polka dot gable boxes, Divine Twine, Striped bags: Shop Sweet Lu Lu
– Black Bread Boxes: Target
– Guitar, Music Notes, & Nautical Star Cookies: Bee’s Knees Creative
– Edible Cookie Designs: Frost
– Guitar Cake: Cakes by Taste of Honey (cakebyhoney@comcast.net in the Portland & Vancouver Area)
– Guitar Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
– Rubber Ducks, Blow up Guitars, Paper Plates, Napkins, Stickers, Tattoos, Glasses: Oriental Trading Company
– Stars, Blow Up Microphones, Birthday Candle, Nerds: The Lippman Co.
– Venue: Sound Roots
– Pick Punch (I used this to create the custom pics): Pick Punch
– Photographs of Jackson (used on invite and all printables & photos of invitation): Courtney Jade Photography
– *Party Photographs were taken by Me, my hubby Lincoln, and the best photos were taken by my talented brother-in-law, Ryan Wilcox with You Look Nice Today Photography

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33Comments

1
Jessica SAYS:

Thank you so much for the introduction Jenn! I am so happy to be a part of the team and to have you as a mentor!

Reply February 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

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Kelly SAYS:

Wow – this is amazing!! Love the colors, the invitations, the wall posters… it’s all fantastic!

Reply February 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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Jessie SAYS:

Jessica, I bow down to you :) Everything looks incredible.

Reply February 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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Amy @ Amy Miller Designs SAYS:

What an awesome party Jessica!! The amount of cool details are awesome. My favorite is the rock star poster…so fun and a real piece of artwork! Can’t wait for part 2!!

Reply February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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HiLLjO SAYS:

HOW FUN! 4 year olds are the best people evar. The photos are amazing and that little boy is SO CUTE. Keep him away from Bieber, he’ll make Justin look bad.Bieber fever will be Jackson fever in 5 years or less. Watch.

Reply February 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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Carrie @ Half Baked SAYS:

So well done – everything looks amazing!

Reply February 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

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courtney - pizzazzerie.com SAYS:

Jessica, I LOVE IT! Such a fabulous party!!!

Reply February 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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Junia De Souza SAYS:

Amazing!

Reply February 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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Ivy SAYS:

LOVE THIS!!! I am just about to plan Collin’s 2nd Rock Star Party. I have new ideas now. :)

Reply February 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

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Tasha SAYS:

Amazing! (Could that kid be any more adorable?) I threw a rockstar party, too, but yours just shows me how badly I need to learn photoshop! Excellent job – love it! Mine’s here: http://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/hannah-montana-punk-princess-rock-party/

Reply February 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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Kendel Pink SAYS:

This is the cutest party! I love the guitar picks! And the cookies with his pictures on it-

Reply February 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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Katrina SAYS:

All I can say is WOW! You did an awesome job! Totally jealous I didn’t come up with something that cute :) Can’t wait to see more…

Reply February 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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Genevieve Le Bel SAYS:

Love EVERYTHING about this party but holy hell…. the invites are INSANE!!!

Reply February 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

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Lisa SAYS:

What a great party!!!

A woman named Kellie follows your blog. I am guessing you don’t know her story. On Feb. 17th she was teaching kindergarten when she got the worst call of her life. Her 4 month old baby died in the care of the babysitter. Kellie is a wonderful woman who needs our help! If you could see her blog and feel inspired, it would be amazing if you could do a post about the auction they are doing on this coming Monday, the 28th. They are trying to raise enough money to (in the future) have another child and be able to stay at home with them full-time. Kellie and James didn’t deserve what happened to them. Could you please help out a wonderful family in need by posting the link to the auction on your site? Thank you.

http://kandjstaats.blogspot.com/

The auction site:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=44960&id=186874161353204

Reply February 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

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Paige- Paiges of Style SAYS:

Amazing Jessica! I think I have fallen further in love with Jackson! Gorgeous details, your invitation “rocks”!

Reply February 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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