entertaining inspiration and design

Today I’m starting the party breakdown for the Kitschy Little Man party I threw for my son’s first birthday. You may remember the “Happy Birthday Handsome” invitations from last month, if not you can check them out here. I’m starting with the party overview and inspiration today, tomorrow I’ll share the food and drink details, followed by decor and favors and last but not least, the photobooth pictures and candid party shots. Let’s get started!

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 32” and weighs in at over 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 celebration.

Come back tomorrow for all the food and drink details, including a delicious Hot Cocoa Bar some “Pocket Square” Pies, Mustache Drink Toppers and more!

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Comments (17)

  1. J Nichole Phillips: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    So wish we were there! Looks amazing!

  2. Cristina: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    We do, too!!

  3. jodi caldwell: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    so cute christina!!! you did an amazing job and i can’t believe how big hudson is now!!!! i love seeing all your creative party ideas :)

  4. Cristina: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Thanks Jodi! I can’t believe it either :)

  5. Sandy Tapales: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Cristina, every little detail was done so beautifully… I just wanted to hang out at the party all day long. And how cute is Hudson in his little Mister outfit!

  6. Cristina: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Thanks so much Sandy! It was such a treat to see you guys, thanks for coming :)

  7. Ashley: Friday, April 13, 2012

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you that you did an amazing job with your little man party and I also wanted to thank you for giving me the inspiration to do one for my little man…his party is tomorrow so hopefully it will be almost as good as yours :) I will be referring anyone who asks-we have about 75 people coming!- to your blog and etsy shop! Thanks again!

  8. Cristina: Friday, April 27, 2012

    Hi Ashley! Thanks so much for your sweet words. I hope you had a wonderful party for your little man!

  9. glendys: Friday, April 27, 2012


    who can i contact for the lips and stach shirts?

  10. Cristina: Monday, May 7, 2012

    Hi Glendys! Jen of http://www.shopsnughaven.com or jen@shopsnughaven.com is the person who made these! Good Luck!

  11. Lisseth: Friday, May 18, 2012

    Love every detail. Where did you get the bow tie for him? It looks really cute on him.

  12. Cristina: Friday, May 18, 2012

    Thank you! The bow tie is from the Etsy shop, The Little Gentleman’s Closet!

  13. Melanee Newman: Monday, February 18, 2013

    Where did you find the mini suitcases? I love them and want to use something like that for a Little Man party.

  14. Cristina: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Hi, the mini-suitcases from the Paper Airplane Party can be found at http://www.paper-source.com!

  15. Cristina: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Hi Melanee! Thanks for your note, the suitcases from my Paper Airplane Party were wholesale, but you can order retail from Paper-Source.com!

  16. Emily: Friday, May 10, 2013

    Hi Cristina, I love your ideas! We are having a ‘dapper birthday’ for our son’s first birthday and I would love to find a cake pedestal similar to the one you used for your son’s birthday. Do you know where I can find one similar?

  17. Cristina: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Hi! I purchased mine from Sur La Tab a few years ago! Good luck!

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