Monday, August 5, 2013

first birthday bow tie bash: the details

We had a bow tie-themed birthday party for Elden and several months ago my mom and sister helped me create some of the details (bow tie garland & food picks via a Cricut cartridge, the yarn-wrapped letter E, burlap 'happy birthday' banner) and in recent weeks I took to picmonkey to create the invites, a poster, and the name cards for the favors (hair bows for the girls, bow ties for the boys) for the kiddos. We purchased straws on Amazon, plates/cups/napkins/utensils from Dollar Tree, and navy buckets/chalkboard food labels/navy pom poms/tablecloths from Oriental Trading. I also got some bow tie decals from this Etsy shop and stuck them on the cups. We had the party outside in a huge tent lent to us by Jon's parents (along with an assortment of tables and chairs) and had the food in our sun porch which ended up being PERFECT. The menu included veggie cups, fruit salad (in a watermelon my mom carved to have a bow tie on the handle), bow tie pasta salad (courtesy of Titi Candy), vegetarian rice and beans (courtesy of Mom F), and pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches. My mom also made cake pops that looked like Elden and his smash cake, and we got the main cake from Michael Angelo's bakery. It was a white cake with whipped cream frosting and chocolate mousse filling and was as delicious as it was beautiful. Pardon any messy or poorly (ie: not) staged pictures as I frantically grabbed these while running in and out and making sure everything had been put out.
the invite (with our personal info blurred)
veggie cups, cake pops, fruit salad, snickerdoodles (thanks Rebecca!)
aunt jacqui's handiwork
the poster i made. note: i made it prematurely. he has 12 teeth.**
a watch me grow collage i put together
the tent
the high chair
the most perfect cake ever
smash cake
A huge, HUGE thank you to everyone who made this happen. From making food to doing dishes to bringing chairs, this party would not have gone well at all without your contributions. Thank you for making our boy's day special (even if he won't remember it). For reals. You are the bomb.

**If you want a copy of this generic layout that I made (it's blank spare the dividers and whatnot so you can add any text in a program like picmonkey or Photoshop) shoot me an email at youngnotpowerless (at) gmail {dot} com and I will send you a copy fo' free. I'd just upload it here but I'm not sure whether its high resolution would transfer through blogger.


Fair warning: expect an onslaught of cake smash pictures in my next entry.


  1. Looks like you had a lovely party! The details you added are so cute. Elden looks like he was one happy, loved little boy!

  2. Nicely done! Love all the details!