I have such a soft spot for crafty party details, and this fantastic Little Man First Birthday Party party is chock full of them!
Star Hansen of Sterling Engagements designed this chic first birthday soiree for her own little “Mister Mister”, which is one of his nicknames and the inspiration for the theme of his party. She achieved such a great mix of style and approachability here, balancing fancier elements like wooden Chiavari chairs with casual details like paper buntings, tin buckets, and tissue-topped DIY party hats. I’m also loving the playful food & drink names, from “Manmosas” and “Manwiches” to “Little Boy Blueberry Cupcakes”. ;)
P.S. This party would translate beautifully to a Little Man baby shower too!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
- Gorgeous invitations decked out with little child-sized bow-ties handmade by Star
- Ties used as hanging decor in the trees + cupcakes with mini paper tie toppers
- Mustache-adorned sugar cookies, “Baby Cakes” & “Mr. Mr. Macaroons”
- Simple-chic tin bucket centerpieces with floating purple daisies
- Insanely cute “Little Man” birthday outfit complete with suspenders & a straw fedora
PARTY DETAILS as told by Star…
Being an event planner and avid crafter, I couldn’t wait to design and plan my son’s first birthday. My precious Daxton turned one in April and my husband and I threw him a birthday party in our backyard surrounded by family, friends, and lots and lots of babies! We’d given him a number of loving nicknames over the course of his first year but the one we used most often was “Mister Mister” which is why I felt a “Little Man Party” would be perfect! I am a firm believer that details are what make an event special, so glue gun in hand, I got to work creating lots of little details.
The invitations were my first fete and truly a labor of love. The adorable invitation was custom designed by Big Day Invitations; however, I decided to doctor it up a bit. I loved the idea of all of the kids wearing bow ties at the party but rather than handing them out at the party, I decided to include them with the invitation. Using three different fabrics, all in various shades of blue, I handmade child sized bow ties to include with the invitations. They were boxed up and sent out like little gifts to our guests.
For the party, I chose shades of blue, turquoise and purple and incorporated various patterns including chevron, stripes, polka dots, and floral. I used craft paper to make bunting, which I hung along our back fence and in the trees. Using the colored paper, I also made a handful of banners as well as party hats for all of the kiddos to wear. Daxton had a special hat that was adorned with a fabric pom-pom garland and a glittery “1”!
When one thinks of a “Little Man Party,” mustaches generally come to mind. I have nothing against mustaches and definitely incorporated them into the party, but I didn’t want them to be the sole theme of the party. I made sure to include lots of other appropriate details such as ties, hats and bow ties as well.
I used a variety of high and low cocktail tables and draped them in navy linens with white and navy chevron accents. The centerpieces were small tin buckets filled with water and floating purple daises. Simple yet super cute. Ties and mason jars filled with flowers hung from the trees and large pictures of Daxton were scattered around the party area. My sweet husband handcrafted a “baby” table for the little ones to eat. “Manwiches” and various salads were served to our guests buffet style. A few special baby friendly options were available as well. Guests sipped “Manmosas” through mustache adorned straws and enjoyed sampling the variety of sweets such as “Baby Cakes” and “Little Boy Blueberry Cupcakes” at our dessert bar. At the end of the party, each child was sent home with a mixed CD of Daxton’s favorite music.
Most of the kids showed up wearing their bow ties and looking so darn cute! The birthday boy wore jeans with suspenders, a bow tie, and a straw fedora. Just before his cake was served to him, his fedora was replaced with his party hat (which he surprisingly kept on for the remainder of the party)! The party concluded with Daxton tasting his first bite of cake (a small vanilla cake decorated in blue obmre frosting and white sprinkles).
Even though Daxton may be too young to remember his party, we are glad we went all out for his first birthday. You only turn one once!
- Bow-ties, Invitation Embellishments, Party Hats, CD Cover Design & Printing, Mustache Cut-Outs, Banners, Bunting, and Signage: Star Hansen (mom), Sterling Engagements
- Photography: M. Allen Photography
- Linens & Chairs: Designer Specialty Linens
- Invitation Design & Printing: Big Day Invitations
- Daxton’s Outfit: H&M Kids (bow-tie made by Mom)