13 May

Vintage Inspired Little Man First Birthday Party

bow tie party drinks

Birthday boy Bodhi looks absolutely adorable in his custom bow tie + argyle outfit by mommy, Barbara of Barbara Neely Designs! With tons of banners and vibrant orange & teal pinstripe inspired patterns, she crafted a Vintage Inspired Little Man First Birthday Party for her one year old little man! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Argyle Pattern Invitation + DIY Monthly Photo Banner
– Bow tie embellished Root Beers and Birthday Bunting Backdrop
– Orange and Aqua Dessert Table, welcome sign & homemade cupcakes + smash cake

smash cake

little man party invitation

little man birthday party with a bow tie decorated dessert table

little man party printables

first birthday welcome sign

little man party first birthday outfit

birthday bunting

little man smash cake


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Barbara

This past weekend we threw a little party in honor of our little man. Taking inspiration from classic, sophisticated patterns like argyle and pinstripe I added a modern twist with a pop of orange and teal grounded by chocolate, warm greys and ecru. I love a mix of vintage and modern elements and patterns.

The photo banner features a photo from each month of his first year. I had found a gorgeous handmade quilt at a flea market around the time Bodhi was born. It’s my favorite kind, you know the ones where none of the fabrics match! Anyway, I used it as the backdrop in his monthly pictures. The numbers ironed on his shirts all have different printed patterns inside. Month 10 has my train design pattern inside, month 9 features my robot design. By making nothing match, it all matches. LOVE how they turned out!

The high chair is a family heirloom. Everyone in my family starting with my uncle has fallen out of it.  So, this is Bodhi’s right of passage. Given that fact, now that the party is over it’s going right back in the attic. ;)



– Fabric for hat, tie and suspenders (sewn by Aunt Nancy): Barbara Neely Designs Fabric
– Birthday Boy Tshirt: Barbara Neely Designs on Zazzle
– All printed paper goods: Barbara Neely Designs
– Plates, napkins, eating utensils: WalMart
– Silver serving platters: Pier One
– Blue platters: Target
– Big letter B (spray painted): Hobby lobby
– Photography: Barbara Neely Photography

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May 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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May 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm
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