03 Oct

Mavrick’s Vintage Newspaper Boy Birthday

Newspaper Boy Birthday Party

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Mavrick’s Vintage Newspaper Boy Birthday Party that Kelly of Blush!nk created for her son’s birthday is so fresh and fun! Kelly is an incredibly talented designer and has a knack for throwing creative, outside-the-box parties. I’m really loving the color palette she selected here – it’s so simple and clean.

Every detail was well thought out and executed perfectly – from the vintage newspaper print fabric to the mason jars and stripy straws.  Other favorite details include the beautifully styled “vintage” food, whimsical banner cake topper, paper lanterns, basket of bundled newspapers, mini “Mavrick’s Chronicles” signs, and coordinating colored streamers. The newspapers will be writing about this party for months to come!

Keep reading for LOTS of INCREDIBLE photos + party details. . .


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kelly. . .

“A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Mavrick’s first birthday. I’ve been thinking & planning his birthday I would say at the 6 month mark. (Yes, I’m a little nuts when it comes to planning stuff but I wanted it to be a memorable one.) What can I say, that’s the designer in me.  Ever since he’s been a baby, I always said Mavrick looks like one of those vintage babies… so the idea to have a vintage newspaper boy themed birthday party seemed to be the perfect match.

I asked my father to hand over months of newspapers (once he was done reading them, of course) and I used them throughout the event. I designed a vintage style newspaper invitation that I sent to family and friends just to give them a feel of what was to come. (ha, the surprise that was awaiting them.)

For the decorations I used Accordian Blue Paper Lanterns and crepe paper streamers that I had purchased along with newspaper streamers that I made my myself to create the backdrop for the table. I also found on Etsy some newsprint fabric that I used as table runners. I had some left over white 17″ balloons that I hung from our maple tree and purchased 36″ balloons and tied them around our pool. I used newsprint to make a DIY ‘Mavrick’ banner I tied in the front of the table.

To go with the color theme of gray, white, black and blue, I opted to make a blue punch (which was really good, refreshing and easy to make (see bottom of post for recipe) I reused some baby food containers to serve as glasses. I purchased some striped paper straws from Rock Paper Scissors (for a really good price) and wrapped the glasses with some newsprint fabric

Seeing the theme was vintage related, I wanted the menu to reflect food from that time as well. I mean why not go all that way? So I decided to make  mini burgers, mini hot dogs, fries with vintage containers, mac & cheese, grilled cheese and smoked meat, all homemade. I decided to put the crudités in vases to make it more interesting, and I made salad on a stick (tomato, cucumber, cheese and fresh basil)

As for the desserts I made, I also wanted to make some sweets they had back in the days so mini chocolate chip cookies, rice krispies squares, chocolate dipped marshmallows were a must and I made cake balls,  cupcakes, cake and mini fruit skewers. I even had bazooka gum, blue rock candy swizzle sticks and homemade popsicles.

For the cake, I decided to make it two-toned to mimic the colors of the newspaper. You don’t see it that clearly but there were a beige and two grayish layers. I decided to make dots all over the cake just for the fun of it. I made streamer cake topper with ribbon and fabric to really tie in the background decor and the cake.

What would be a birthday boy without a birthday hat? I DIYed a newspaper hat with a big fat ‘1’ on it. He didn’t really love wearing it, but the cake distracted him so we were able to capture a few shots. I wanted Mavrick to really indulge in his birthday cake so I made a mini vanilla cake him with a little less sugar. Let me tell you he loved it, and of course there was cake all over the place.

The party was a huge success and everyone enjoyed the food and all the little details of the event. I want to say a huge thank you to my family and friends (you know who you are) for helping me out to make Mavi’s birthday a success. A shout out to my talented photographer Christina for capturing all these great memories. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to next year :]”


– Invitations & Event Planning: Blush!nk Design Boutique
– Photographer : Christina Esteban Photography
– 17″ & 36″ Balloons: Bargain Balloons
– Newspaper Print Fabric : Cottonholic
– Drink Dispenser: Costco
– Paper Straws: Rock Paper Scissors, Wiscasset, Maine 207-882-9930
– Blue Paper Lanterns : Martha Stewart Celebrate
– Cupcake Stand (DIYed with newpaper trim): Martha Stewart
– Colored Streamers: Local Dollar Store
– Bazooka Gum & Sugar Swivel Sticks: Bulk Barn
– Vintage Milk Bottles: Already Owned (purchased at thrift shops)
– Two Sided Standing Frame: IKEA
– Blue Milk Basket: Already Owned (purchased at Home Sense)
– Vintage Straw Dispenser: Already Owned (purchased on Amazon)
– Paper Containers & Checkered Wax Paper: Gift (purchased at Abc Emballuxe)


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Cher SAYS:

Loved this idea. Where did you get the mini hotdogs and the buns from? Or did you make those yourself too?

Reply October 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

Kelly | Blushink SAYS:

I got the mini dogs and buns from my local grocery store. We did make the patties ourselves.

October 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Favors Centerpieces SAYS:

This is such a simple yet adorable concept. I love how the blues stand out in these photos. Lovely party! C:

Reply October 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

Kelly | Blushink SAYS:

Thank you! :)

October 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm


Kelly, you know I loved your party on soooo many levels!! The styling is simply sublime and every detail just darling. Amazing job!!

Reply October 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

Kelly | Blushink SAYS:

Aw Suzanne, thank you so much! Definitely not a pro like you though ;)

October 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Coasting anon SAYS:

Yay! Such a gorgeous party with incredible details! Very beautiful and totally cute!

Reply October 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

kristina d SAYS:

So Unique! Love it!

Reply October 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Laouren SAYS:

This is CLASSIC! Love it! How do you keep all the food hot!?

Reply October 4, 2011 at 4:16 am

Kelly | Blushink SAYS:

We were lucky that it actually was a very hot summer day. The food did get cold though but people didn’t really mind. Maybe taking the pictures affected the “temperature” but we wanted to capture all the details ;)

October 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

care SAYS:

Adorable party! May I have the recipe for the blue punch? The color will match perfectly with the theme for my daughter’s 3rd Bday! Thanks!

Reply October 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Kelly | Blushink SAYS:

Hey Care, you can check out my blog post (the recipe is at the bottom)

October 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

nicoleweatherford SAYS:

I love this idea! Where did you find his suspenders?

Reply December 15, 2011 at 7:58 am

Marlene Brady SAYS:

How did you make the newsprint fabric? I love your blog! Marlene

Reply February 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

breannagal SAYS:

Love your theme, and planning to to use your idea for my little girl. The link you left for the invitations (or just google-ing the name of the company) leads me no where…the Internet server just shuts down every time. Do you know if the company is still in business?

Reply February 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Tiffani SAYS:

Just wondering if you had a place where I could get the invite from? I loved the invitation :)

Reply February 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm

cassie SAYS:

What were your party favor giveaway bags filled with?!

Reply June 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Peter Kalogeropoulos SAYS:

How come I wasn’t invited to this awesome party? :) Love it!

Reply February 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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