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Newspaper Boy Birthday Party

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Mavrick’s Vintage Newspaper Boy Birthday Party that Kelly of Blush!nk created for her son’s birthday is so fresh and fun! Kelly is an incredibly talented designer and has a knack for throwing creative, outside-the-box parties. I’m really loving the color palette she selected here – it’s so simple and clean.

Every detail was well thought out and executed perfectly – from the vintage newspaper print fabric to the mason jars and stripy straws.  Other favorite details include the beautifully styled “vintage” food, whimsical banner cake topper, paper lanterns, basket of bundled newspapers, mini “Mavrick’s Chronicles” signs, and coordinating colored streamers. The newspapers will be writing about this party for months to come!

Keep reading for LOTS of INCREDIBLE photos + party details. . .


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kelly…

“A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Mavrick’s first birthday. I’ve been thinking & planning his birthday I would say at the 6 month mark. (Yes, I’m a little nuts when it comes to planning stuff but I wanted it to be a memorable one.) What can I say, that’s the designer in me.  Ever since he’s been a baby, I always said Mavrick looks like one of those vintage babies… so the idea to have a vintage newspaper boy themed birthday party seemed to be the perfect match.

I asked my father to hand over months of newspapers (once he was done reading them, of course) and I used them throughout the event. I designed a vintage style newspaper invitation that I sent to family and friends just to give them a feel of what was to come. (ha, the surprise that was awaiting them.)

For the decorations I used Accordian Blue Paper Lanterns and crepe paper streamers that I had purchased along with newspaper streamers that I made my myself to create the backdrop for the table. I also found on Etsy some newsprint fabric that I used as table runners. I had some left over white 17″ balloons that I hung from our maple tree and purchased 36″ balloons and tied them around our pool. I used newsprint to make a DIY ‘Mavrick’ banner I tied in the front of the table.

To go with the color theme of gray, white, black and blue, I opted to make a blue punch (which was really good, refreshing and easy to make (see bottom of post for recipe) I reused some baby food containers to serve as glasses. I purchased some striped paper straws from Rock Paper Scissors (for a really good price) and wrapped the glasses with some newsprint fabric

Seeing the theme was vintage related, I wanted the menu to reflect food from that time as well. I mean why not go all that way? So I decided to make  mini burgers, mini hot dogs, fries with vintage containers, mac & cheese, grilled cheese and smoked meat, all homemade. I decided to put the crudités in vases to make it more interesting, and I made salad on a stick (tomato, cucumber, cheese and fresh basil)

As for the desserts I made, I also wanted to make some sweets they had back in the days so mini chocolate chip cookies, rice krispies squares, chocolate dipped marshmallows were a must and I made cake balls,  cupcakes, cake and mini fruit skewers. I even had bazooka gum, blue rock candy swizzle sticks and homemade popsicles.

For the cake, I decided to make it two-toned to mimic the colors of the newspaper. You don’t see it that clearly but there were a beige and two grayish layers. I decided to make dots all over the cake just for the fun of it. I made streamer cake topper with ribbon and fabric to really tie in the background decor and the cake.

What would be a birthday boy without a birthday hat? I DIYed a newspaper hat with a big fat ‘1’ on it. He didn’t really love wearing it, but the cake distracted him so we were able to capture a few shots. I wanted Mavrick to really indulge in his birthday cake so I made a mini vanilla cake him with a little less sugar. Let me tell you he loved it, and of course there was cake all over the place.

The party was a huge success and everyone enjoyed the food and all the little details of the event. I want to say a huge thank you to my family and friends (you know who you are) for helping me out to make Mavi’s birthday a success. A shout out to my talented photographer Christina for capturing all these great memories. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to next year :]”

Vendor Credit
  • Invitations & Event Planning: Blush!nk Design Boutique
  • Photographer : Christina Esteban Photography
  • 17″ & 36″ Balloons: Bargain Balloons
  • Newspaper Print Fabric : Cottonholic
  • Drink Dispenser: Costco
  • Paper Straws: Rock Paper Scissors, Wiscasset, Maine 207-882-9930
  • Blue Paper Lanterns : Martha Stewart Celebrate
  • Cupcake Stand (DIYed with newpaper trim): Martha Stewart
  • Colored Streamers: Local Dollar Store
  • Bazooka Gum & Sugar Swivel Sticks: Bulk Barn
  • Vintage Milk Bottles: Already Owned (purchased at thrift shops)
  • Two Sided Standing Frame: IKEA
  • Blue Milk Basket: Already Owned (purchased at Home Sense)
  • Vintage Straw Dispenser: Already Owned (purchased on Amazon)
  • Paper Containers & Checkered Wax Paper: Gift (purchased at Abc Emballuxe)