It all began with this little guy:
Hudson came to greet us all in December of 2009. His mommy is Bree, my buddy and co-instigator. It was right about this time that we started planning his first birthday party, because we are crazy like that. And if one of us is planning a party, the other is by default included. This makes for some exciting adventures!
When Bree and I plan a party we begin with Brainstorming phase. During the Brainstorming phase, we are allowed to throw out any idea, no matter how crazy or bizarre. Laughter is the hallmark of this phase, we can both come up with some wild ideas! After we have tossed around all of the brilliant, mediocre and hilarious ideas in our brain, we move on to the next phase, Research. We scour through websites, blogs, magazines, cookbooks, etc., looking for that perfect party-theme.
That's what lead us to this article: Mr. Man Party from Hostess with the Mostess. I am going to stop and do a little shameless name dropping here. The Hostess with the Mostess website is the creative goldmine of Jenn Sbranti, formerly of my hometown, alumnus of my alma-mater Faith Christian High School and in fact, I was her JV Volleyball coach, the poor girl. Anyway, HWTM had featured an article on a party by Christiana Brian, a Mr. Man Party. At that point, Bree and I knew we just had found the theme for Hudson's 1st birthday party, except we changed it to a Little Man Party, since their last name is "Little", it was just too good to resist!
With inspiration from HWTM and our own ideas thrown in for good measure, we started 2011 off with one fun party. That of course required a custom designed invitation from Wedding Tulle, which handily is owned by Bree. Bree came up with this quirky and fun invitation that let everyone in on the party theme right off the bat.
BTW: All of Hudson's photos were taken by the amazingly talented Jessica Cole.
We tried to fit in as many "manly" props, foods, and decorations as we could. That's where these came in:
Chocolate Mustaches! We could have bought them, but like I've said before, homemade is better. And cheaper. I made them with melted down Dove chocolates. And they were yummy. And I was bathed head to toe in chocolate by the end of the day. Not a bad day.
Next came the ties! Bree and Brandy (another party conspirator!) picked out a bunch of beautiful patterned papers and made ever so many ties for banners, gift bags, etc. Aren't they adoreable?!
Then there was the food! Bree and Dan created a menu of "mini man food" such as mini sliders, popcorn chicken, hot dogs in a blanket and for the littlest of men, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Our good friend Ashley Park of Wooden Spoon Catering made the lovely cookies, mimicked after the patterns on the ties. Thank you Ashley!!
Then of course, there was the birthday cake and matching mini cake by Mickey's Cake Creations, again modeled after the patterned papers used throughout the party.
As for entertainment, what's more entertaining than a photo booth for your party? Bree printed out a variety of mustaches and glued them onto sticks for props along with signs of good wishes and happy birthday for Hudson. Here you see LeiLani and I sporting our cool 'staches.
And the birthday boy... well, I think he liked it!
We had so much fun, and we hope the guests did too. Thank you to everyone who helped with planning, constructing, cooking and cleanup (Bree's Kitchen Crew, you know who you are!). Hudson-buddy, your Auntie loves you and can't wait to see what kind of party-craziness your mommy has planned for me next year!