/////Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

Real Parties: Rock Star Birthday Party {Part 1}

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Rock Star PArty Dessert Table

Okay… I’m SO very excited to share this new “Rock Star” real party with you today for a 3 reasons: 1. It’s RIDICULOUSLY fun/cool/creative/clever! 2. It was designed by one of our wonderful new HWTM contributors – the super-talented & creative Jessica Wilcox – mom of 3 boys and graphic designer/party stylist extraordinaire! {Jessica created this birthday party for her middle son, Jackson.3. I’m pretty sure you’re going to LOVE it, and I really love to show you things that you’ll love! =)

Jackson the ROCK STAR

Aside from the adorable Rock Star himself {see proof of adorableness above}, some of my favorite details from this birthday party include the custom “guitar picks” made with a pick-shaped craft punch, the “Backstage Passes” that each kid received upon entry to the party, the super-cool DIY drum set on the AMAZING dessert table, and even the featured activity… a jam session at the party’s music school venue!

Star Cake Pops

Because there’s so much great stuff to share, we’re breaking this feature into 2 parts. Read on for lots of fun images & creative details on the invitations, venue, decor, and more… and stay tuned for all the rockstar dessert table details in Part 2!

Cake & Backstage Pass

Dessert Table + Drum Set Buckets

Cookies + Rockstar Poster

Rock Star Family

More Rocker Photos

Check out this fun, colorful rockstar birthday invitation… complete with a ROCK STAR CD!

Invitation + Wrap Around Label

Invitation + Custom CD


Stay tuned for more details in Part 2 about the Dessert Table, DIY Drum Set, DIY Custom Guitar Picks, Printables and more! Here’s a sneak peek =)

Custom Soda Bottles

Guitar Case with Gabel Boxes + Drinks

Cookies + Gumballs

Dessert Table + Drinks



PARTY DETAILS from Jessica

Jackson is our middle son! If any of you have a “middle” child, I’m sure you can relate to Jackson! He is one wild and crazy kiddo, bursting with personality! He wanted to have a Rock Star Birthday Party and I couldn’t wait to get my creative wheels-a-turin’.

First things first, design an amazing invitation! This amazing invitation needed even more AMAZING photos to accompany it. So, I turned to none other than Miss Courtney with Courtney Jade Photography! If you’ve been following my blog, then you know she is my latest girl crush and my long lost BFF!!! I just can’t say enough nice things about her. She kindly agreed to take Jackson’s photos. It didn’t hurt that Jackson has a major crush on her too!! I dressed him in PINK (his favorite color), a leather jacket, and some distressed jeans! Total rocker! We shot his photos in downtown Portland and I was more than happy with how they turned out. I LOVED the photos so much I used them throughout the whole party! They were too cute not to. To see some of his outrageous Rock Star Photos, check out Courtney’s Blog.

Now, where was I? Right, an amazing invitation! I’m always trying to push the limits with my invitations. I don’t ever want any of my designs to look the same. I want each of them to be unique and different. Once I decided on a layout, everything fell into place. I knew I wanted to use as many photos as I could, so I designed a tri-fold invitation. These were printed on smooth card stock and I added a UV coat to the front of the invite. This just made it extra shinny and cool! For the inside, I tracked down foam CD hubs and attached a “Rock Star” CD in the center of each invite with Jackson’s favorite songs. The first track was, of course, Pink’s “So What, I’m Still a Rock Star.”

Photos. Check! Invitation. Check. Check. Now, find the PERFECT party venue. Some day when I am rich, I will be able to build the ultimate party house! Luckily, I live in an amazing city and was able to find the perfect music school. Sound Roots is a school for modern music. The party was ultra relaxed. The kids basically had a jam session with our amazing music teacher, Mo Phillips. Think Jack Black, but thinner and more handsome. He was so energetic, funny, and incredibly talented. The kids weren’t the only ones having a good time, all the parents were rockin’ out too.

The venue was totally urban. I wanted to keep the “garage band/basement rock band” feel. Instead of a “traditional” backdrop, I used three 36″ balloons from Shop Sweet Lu Lu. The lighting wasn’t great for photos, but it was really cool (new light fixtures had just been installed!). They had also just put down amazing looking bamboo wood floors! I can’t wait to see the place when the renovations are complete with a rocking stage too.

I was most excited about the color palette we (Jackson and I) selected! We went with pink, teal, black, and white. I also pulled inspiration from Jackson’s black and white striped hat (purchased at H&M). Since I am a Mom of three boys, getting to design in PINK was a dream come true! Plus, Jackson’s party was a few days before Valentine’s Day and there was a ton of pink items to choose from. You can’t go wrong with black and white and bursts of color.

I made custom “Backstage Passes” for each of the kids who attended. As soon as they arrive, they received their backstage pass with their name on it (on the invitation I wrote, “Backstage Passes At the Door”). I also made them for the teacher, everyone who helped setup for the party (ours said “Event Staff”), and I included one on the dessert table. All the kids loved these. My boys are still wearing them around the house almost two weeks later. These were so simple to make, but really set the tone for the party!

What are my three favorite ingredients? 1. Sugar 2. Corn Syrup 3. Fructose. In no particular order. Don’t come to one of my parties and plan on eating healthy. It’s a party after all!!! No heathy eating here! I love to use candies, cookies, and cupcakes throughout my dessert tables. You can’t go wrong with bright colored candies! Stay tuned for more details. . .

The Decor was pretty simple. I used clusters of balloons on each side of the doors that had Jackson’s Rock Star Posters on them. I wanted these to look like rock band posters. The Dessert table was the focal point for the party! I used black bread boxes that I purchased at Target on clearance to hold the candy. We had an open guitar case on another table that had the adorable polka dot gable boxes (also from Shop Sweet Lu Lu) and extra drinks.

Vendor Credit
  • Birthday Invitations + Return Adress Label Wraps, Party Printables (Water Bottle Labels, Drink Labels, Candy Labels, Signs, Poster) T-shirts, & “Backstage Passes”: Modern Moments Designs
  • Stripy Straws, Clear Tubes (gum balls were featured inside), Japanese Tape, 36″ balloons, polka dot balloons, polka dot gable boxes, Divine Twine, Striped bags: Shop Sweet Lu Lu
  • Black Bread Boxes: Target
  • Guitar, Music Notes, & Nautical Star Cookies: Bee’s Knees Creative
  • Edible Cookie Designs: Frost
  • Guitar Cake: Cakes by Taste of Honey ([email protected] in the Portland & Vancouver Area)
  • Guitar Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
  • Rubber Ducks, Blow up Guitars, Paper Plates, Napkins, Stickers, Tattoos, Glasses: Oriental Trading Company
  • Stars, Blow Up Microphones, Birthday Candle, Nerds: The Lippman Co.
  • Venue: Sound Roots
  • Pick Punch (I used this to create the custom pics): Pick Punch
  • Photographs of Jackson (used on invite and all printables & photos of invitation): Courtney Jade Photography
  • Party Photographs were taken by Me, my hubby Lincoln, and the best photos were taken by my talented brother-in-law, Ryan Wilcox with You Look Nice Today Photography
By |2018-02-12T20:46:10-07:00February 25th, 2011|Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

JESSICA WILCOX of Modern Moments admits to being kept awake by new creative ideas. Friends are amazed that she no sooner has a great idea for a new product than it appears on her website – beautiful and ready for customers!

This artistic, high-energy entrepreneur with a degree in business discovered her flair for design as she settled into domestic life in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and first son six years ago. Since then, she’s had two more adorable boys and has begun two flourishing design-related businesses, one for custom home décor and one for print goods and party supplies.

Her flair for party details is the reason she is now developing a third business. A lover of “all things cupcake,” Jessica not only creates unique party décor but loves to cook savory snacks and bake sweet treats that creatively express the event’s theme. Lucky family members get to enjoy her design and culinary creations on a regular basis, and she’s now ready to share her party planning brilliance with the world. Watch for it!


  1. Kelly February 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Wow – this is amazing!! Love the colors, the invitations, the wall posters… it’s all fantastic!

  2. Jessica February 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you so much for the introduction Jenn! I am so happy to be a part of the team and to have you as a mentor!

  3. Jessie February 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Jessica, I bow down to you :) Everything looks incredible.

  4. Amy @ Amy Miller Designs February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    What an awesome party Jessica!! The amount of cool details are awesome. My favorite is the rock star poster…so fun and a real piece of artwork! Can’t wait for part 2!!

  5. HiLLjO February 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    HOW FUN! 4 year olds are the best people evar. The photos are amazing and that little boy is SO CUTE. Keep him away from Bieber, he’ll make Justin look bad.Bieber fever will be Jackson fever in 5 years or less. Watch.

  6. Carrie @ Half Baked February 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    So well done – everything looks amazing!

  7. courtney - pizzazzerie.com February 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Jessica, I LOVE IT! Such a fabulous party!!!

  8. Junia De Souza February 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm


  9. Ivy February 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    LOVE THIS!!! I am just about to plan Collin’s 2nd Rock Star Party. I have new ideas now. :)

  10. Tasha February 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Amazing! (Could that kid be any more adorable?) I threw a rockstar party, too, but yours just shows me how badly I need to learn photoshop! Excellent job – love it! Mine’s here: https://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/hannah-montana-punk-princess-rock-party/

  11. Kendel Pink February 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    This is the cutest party! I love the guitar picks! And the cookies with his pictures on it-

  12. Katrina February 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    All I can say is WOW! You did an awesome job! Totally jealous I didn’t come up with something that cute :) Can’t wait to see more…

  13. Genevieve Le Bel February 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Love EVERYTHING about this party but holy hell…. the invites are INSANE!!!

  14. Lisa February 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    What a great party!!!

    A woman named Kellie follows your blog. I am guessing you don’t know her story. On Feb. 17th she was teaching kindergarten when she got the worst call of her life. Her 4 month old baby died in the care of the babysitter. Kellie is a wonderful woman who needs our help! If you could see her blog and feel inspired, it would be amazing if you could do a post about the auction they are doing on this coming Monday, the 28th. They are trying to raise enough money to (in the future) have another child and be able to stay at home with them full-time. Kellie and James didn’t deserve what happened to them. Could you please help out a wonderful family in need by posting the link to the auction on your site? Thank you.


    The auction site:

  15. Paige- Paiges of Style February 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Amazing Jessica! I think I have fallen further in love with Jackson! Gorgeous details, your invitation “rocks”!

  16. Cassandra Peters February 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    How crazy is this?? I had planned a Rock Star Birthday Party for my granddaughter, who’s turning 7, and couldn’t find a good inspiration on HWTM… Now here it is, after I’ve already done all the work! ;) Haley’s party is in 2 weeks, I hope it turns out as great as yours did!

    • jenn s. February 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      Ugh! Sorry, Cassandra! Hopefully one day we’ll have every theme possible on here so that won’t happen again! :) Good luck with the party!

  17. Christine @ Pure Joy Events February 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Jessica ROCKED this party. So many original and creative ideas!

  18. MARISOL March 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    This party totally rocks! Great job!

  19. jenni March 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE This party! I love it so much that I posted a link to it on my blog as a source for some great inspiration with serious drool factor.

  20. Gwen March 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Awesome party! But over the top for a four year old!!

  21. Nancy March 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I found your blog and wow – what an amazing rockstar party. I’m feeling a tad pathetic as I struggle to throw together something for my little rock star :) I am curious – can you say what your budget was with all the favors, passes, etc. ? Looks very pricey but maybe not since you did a lot yourself? Hope it’s not too personal a question

  22. stacy Dudley April 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    i love the paint buckets. where did u find those?

  23. Dianne July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Hi, I’m doing a rocktar them too on my daughters 7th bday. I’m just wondering if you did the invitation itself or you had it made? tnx!

  24. Girls birthday party October 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Jessica its was really great. i liked each and every things related to you birthday party. like invitation cards, colors, cake and all pics. its amazing. thank you for your great birthday party idea…

  25. Natasha October 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Lovely party. Awesome details and great color scheme. How did you design the posters.

  26. latoyaanderson January 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Your Party is amazing……are you willing to give tips on making the invites in the format you used???

  27. tashia February 11, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Where did you get the posters made at? I’d love one for my 4 year olds party

  28. Christina April 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Where did you find the “ball” candy and tubes? I can’t seem to find anything that isn’t 5 lbs or more per color!

  29. Cindy January 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks so much for some great ideas! I am putting together a birthday party for my almost-4-year-old and when I asked him what theme he wanted, he said “black” – so, after some discussion, we decided on a Rock Star theme, since he loves music and loves playing guitar with his daddy. That way, we can use lots of his favorite color in the decorations. Anyway – I love the poster idea – I’m going to have to borrow that one, and shoot, maybe I should make some “concert” t-shirts, too! Very cool – thanks!

  30. jamia beecham February 5, 2013 at 5:24 am

    hi jessica im very interested in your party but how does it work please contact me asap my baby b day is feb 20 in serious trouble trying to get it together

  31. Saskia May 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

    My daughter, also a middle child wants a rock star party! This has given me some awesome ideas!! Well done!!

  32. Teresa October 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you very much for this post. Used this as inspiration in my son’s 5th birthday celebration last Saturday. Blogged about it here. Check out the post and pictures. http://mommytg.blogspot.com/2013/10/behind-scenes-of-my-little-rock-stars.html

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