Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Calvin's 1st Birthday Mustache Bash!

Saturday was my baby's first birthday.
We had a party just for family at our house.
Unfortunately the weather was total crap so we had cram 21 people into our little house. It was definitely cozy but we had so much fun.

I decided to throw him a Mustache Bash, complete with fake stick-on mustaches, mustache straws,  and mustache theme chalkboard favors.

Here's the rundown:

I edited this image to remove my address and phone number which were under the RSVP.
The invitation was done by Stephanie at Pickle Noodle Boutique through Etsy.
She was awesome to work with and the invites turned out perfect.
I took the picture, sent it to her with the details of the party and she put it into the design. Then I just had them printed through Walmart. Easy.

I tried, tried, tried to take a picture of Calvin with a fake mustache for the invites, but he was NOT into that idea. I have about 40 images that look like this:

I was really hoping to have the party outside but mother nature had a different idea, so I had to adapt my outdoor decorating plan to work inside.
 Happy Birthday Banner

I put out big sheets of packing paper (from the office supplies section of Walmart) on the table and mason jars with crayons for the kiddos to draw.
The favors were little chalkboards I found at hobby lobby with mustache fabric rolls with chalk in them that I got from Mrs Crafty RVing on Etsy.
The rolls are actually crayon holders, but I thought the chalkboards were more relevent since I've documented Calvin's whole life thus far on a chalkboard, AND the colored Crayola Chalk fit perfectly in the rolls. 
The mustache glasses are from the party supplies section at Target.

Speaking of the chalkboard...
I decorated the board for the occasion.
I had planned on putting it out by the front door, but it was raining (boo!) so I just leaned it against a wall inside.
The balloons are from Hobby Lobby

So I'm really into this website called Groopdealz.com . It's a daily deals website and I've gotten A LOT of super awesome things there. 
Including the silverware vinyl cut-outs below that I put on dollar store glass candle holders to make ridiculously cute and functional silverware holders that are PERFECT for parties.
I ordered these paper mustache cut outs from Sweet Party Provisions on Etsy and attached them to the straws with glue dots.

The cupcake wrappers were another groopdealz.com find.

Each pennant on the banner has a month picture of Calvin in front of his chalkboard. I really had to fight back the tears as I was making it but it was so fun to show how much he's grown and changed in the last year.

 If you really "mustache" I'm one! T-shirt was yet another groopdealz.com find.

Tristan and his Brother Schuyler had fun channeling Old Timey Boxers
Stick on Mustaches, but these one's are cooler.

We had a pretty awesome slider bar. Unfortunately, I was too busy to take any pictures of the food. 
I made homemade rolls to use as buns and we made the sliders in the oven. Then I just put out all the condiments and let people put whatever they wanted on them
There was also, BLT Pasta salad, fruit salad, Asian cabbage salad, a veggie tray and for the beverage I bought a gallon of Simply Raspberry Lemonade and added 2 liters of Sierra Mist.
It was quite delightful with a little vodka added to it... not that I'd know or anything... *ahem*...
Moving on.

Then we opened a ton of presents!

My Mustache Infinity scarf was yet ANOTHER groopdealz find, but the vendor was Retail Therapy GIRLZ and you can find their website Here.

After presents we sang Happy Birthday and let him at his cake....
I found the idea for Calvin's smash cake through Pinterest (shocker!).
I found a 6" round cake pan and cut it out like a yin-yang.
Here's a tutorial if you just can't picture it.
The cake and cupcakes were a roasted apple spice cake I found on Smittenkitchen.com with a fluffy brown sugar icing I found on iwashyoudry.com
The icing used egg whites which Calvin has had a negative reaction to in the past, so I just whipped up a quick cream cheese frosting for his cake and used some cocoa powder to make it brown.

The "cake smash" was a bit anti-climactic. 
He was content to merely stick his fingers in the frosting.
After we cleaned him up it was family time!
Reading his new book with my Mom, Step-dad and my Step-Grandma.

Uncle Michael and Auntie Dani, showing off his new Jordan's.

My brother and dad. Can you tell where Calvin gets his blue eyes?

With 3 of his Great Grandma's!

It was a great day. 
We are so blessed to have so much family so close. And Calvin is a very lucky little boy to have so many people love him so much.

I know this was a super long post, there were so many things to cover and I may have left out a detail or two. If you have ANY questions, please feel free to email me and I promise a reply.

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