09 Jan

Kitschy & Charming “Little Man” 1st Birthday

Invitation and Party Details

Kitschy never looked so CUTE thanks to Cristina Prusz of Le Partie Sugar! Inspired by the birthday boy himself, Cristina selected a party theme to celebrate her son’s first birthday that was not only adorable but very personalized… Cristina’s now one-year old son, Hudson, weighs-in at a whopping 26 lbs and stands at 34 inches tall! You won’t ever find her little guy dressed in the typical baby onesie. Oh no. It’s all cardigans and button-ups for this little man! ;)

Moustache water bottle clips

I absolutely adore the fantastic mustache water bottle clip-ons and the brilliantly unique, hand-made place card holders made from men’s shirt cuffs! Since the party was held on a rooftop in L.A., the interactive Homemade Hot Cocoa Bar kept guests warm and cozy while they hammed it up in front of the photo booth using clever kitschy photo props. The “Dapper Little Gingerbread Men” cookie favors and playful customized t-shirts for the little ones were perfect gifts for sending home with guests.

KEEP READING to discover more of the boyish charm party elements like necktie napkins,  fondant mustache cupcake toppers, whimsical table centerpieces, homemade marshmallows and more…

Strawberry Pies, Tie Napkins and Table Centerpieces

Photo booth Instructions

Photo Booth Fun

Cupcakes, Cake and Party Lanterns

Table Centerpieces

Homemade Hot Cocoa Bar

Party Table Details

Chocolate Mustaches

Beverage Bar

Gingerbread Men Favors

Kids Shirts - Favors


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Cristina


“Every party begins with some inspiration, and this one started with none else than the birthday boy himself. He doubled his birth weight in two months, quickly outgrowing his infant stage and at one year stands 34″ and weighs in at 26 pounds. This coupled with the fact that you’ll find him in cardigans and button downs instead of onesies, made it the perfect way to celebrate his one year milestone. So I took the Little Man idea and made it my own by incorporating some kitschy elements and boyish charm, so it was fitting for his first birthday party.

A red, aqua and chartreuse color theme kept this kitschy birthday shindig coordinated, along with a few splashes of mustache, tie and ‘man’ elements. The table centerpieces were kept playful, with framed Jonathan Adler mustache and tie graphics and pom-pom table cloth overlays. I made these heavily starched men’s shirt cuffs to hold all the menu cards labeling the food and drink (one of my personal favorite touches!), which were nicely complimented by the necktie napkins. Since the party would go until dusk, we also had aqua and chartreuse paper lanterns hanging overhead which all the little ones loved to see.

For the favors, my creatively-talented girlfriend, Jen of Shop Snug Haven, made the most adorable t-shirts for our Little Ladies and Gents. I picked up each child’s shirt size and Jen used her stash of fabric (which coincidentally was leftover men’s dress shirt fabric from back in her NYC days) to make ties and lips for our little guests. We also used that fabric to make the little cake bunting for Hudson’s cake and the fabric garland for the photo booth. The other guests (who outgrew the 12 – 18 month size many, many years ago) took home Dapper Little Gingerbread Men favors.

The party was held between 3:00 – 6:00pm, so we had plenty of little treats for our guests to enjoy. Since the party was on our outdoor rooftop overlooking Los Angeles, we wanted to keep folks warm with a homemade Hot Cocoa and Fixings Bar complete with little peppermint candies, cinnamon candies, salted caramels, hazelnut pirouettes, whipped cream, homemade marshmallows and Kahlua for the adults.

To round off the Sweet Treats, we had a first birthday cake for the birthday boy, homemade ‘pockets square’ strawberry pies and little mini cupcakes topped with adorable fondant mustaches for everyone else. Our Savory Eats consisted of some ‘guy food’ snack staples like the popular pigs-in-a-blanket, corn dip with tortilla chips, and caprese skewers (for guys with a healthy side) – plus our little guys had their favorite go-tos…cheerios and goldfish (any mom of a child under 3 knows to never leave home without these!). There was of course beer and wine for the adults, plus other refreshments at the beverage station – and guests could keep track of their bottle drinks easily with the mustache bottle toppers.

To bring out everyone’s inner-child, we had a photo booth set up in the corner complete with mustache and tie props, plus a ‘I love hudson’ and ‘mister hudson is turning one‘ signs. After the photo session, guests could leave a birthday note to Hudson in his photo book next to their photos. We’re also enclosing individual photos in the thank you notes.”



– Event Styling, Photography & Party Printables: Le Partie Sugar
– Kids T-Shirt Favors & Pom Pom Tablecloths: Shop Snug Haven
– Cupcakes & Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
– Mustache Fondant Toppers: Sweeten Your Day Events
– Photo Booth Tie & Mustache Props: Little Retreats 

Leave a Comment


Alyssa SAYS:

Where did you get the mustached bottle cap toppers? They look plastic.

January 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Cristina SAYS:

Hi Alyssa,

The mustache drink charms are from Perpetual Kid: http://www.perpetualkid.com/.

They’re called the “pop’s stache”.


January 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Carrie @ Half Baked SAYS:

This is incredibly cute! I love it!! Such a great day for Hudson and his family!

January 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Cristina SAYS:

Thanks Carrie!!

January 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

MonogrammedEverything! SAYS:

LOVE LOVE LOVE this, SO using it for my new baby boy’s 1st birthday!!

January 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

Clarity Enhanced Diamonds SAYS:

Those mustaches are awesome haha

January 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

Kristina SAYS:

Hi Cristina, where did you make your invitations?? I love this idea it is so cute!

January 11, 2012 at 6:37 am

Cristina SAYS:

Hi Kristina!

I designed the invitations and other signage pieces myself. They’re available in my Etsy Shop (www.etsy.com/shop/lepartiesugar)!


January 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Jayme SAYS:

Where did you get the chocolate mustache pops? Would love to try to make those for my son’s birthday.

and how much did the shirts cost to have made?

January 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

Cristina SAYS:

Hi Jayme! I made the mustache candies myself (with the help of my amazing mom), using a candy mold I found on http://www.perpetualkid.com. Just use melting chocolate (available at any craft store). They’re pretty easy actually…just take a bit of time! Thanks, Cristina

January 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm


Hi there! What adorable ideas!
One minor snaffoo, though…the link to Sweeten Your Day Events in the vendor credit takes you to here:

instead of here (I’m assuming this is where you meant for us to go):
Hope this helps!

January 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Fixed it – Thanks for the heads up! :)

January 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

Chanel Cohen SAYS:

This is absolutely adorable – I love the idea as it’s not too kiddo and not too adult :) We’ve been calling our guy “The Little Man” since he was born so this is so perfect for his 1st!

Did y’all rent a photo booth and if so, from where?

Very very cute!

January 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Cristina SAYS:

Thanks Chanel! The “photobooth” was a freestanding space divider I rented from my party rental company. I covered it with burlap, created a fabric garland and that was it! Good luck!

January 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Nicole SAYS:

Hi!! Such a cute party you threw… I came across this site because I am also throwing a “little man” party for my little man in a couple months. I was wondering where you got that amazing font you used? I love how cool the “is turning” looks. I am a graphic designer, so I am heavily into fonts ha ha. If you could let me know where or how you downloaded it, that would be wonderful and greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

February 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

mark SAYS:

Can I ask where did you purchase the tie napkins? thanks

March 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Yasmin SAYS:

I love this theme. I can see all your hardwork in it. especially love the menu cuffs.. If you would be kind enough to share how you did those, id appreciate. Thanks

March 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Christina Bradley SAYS:

Hi Cristina,
what font did you use for your placards?

June 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Miriam Moreno SAYS:

Hi i want to know were u got the tages for the pop,and the chocolate mustage

July 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

Blythe SAYS:

Where did you find the tissue paper for the lollipop?

August 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Melanee SAYS:

Where did you get the scrapbook? Just adorable party.

March 3, 2013 at 7:26 am

Lara SAYS:

Love your work, so gorge! Where is your amaze hot cocoa urn from? :). I will be ordering the Little Man Partie kit and invites for my little mans Bday for sure! Wish you were in New Zealand to style my party :)

April 10, 2013 at 3:09 am
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