Oh my gosh you guys. I cannot believe that my little bud is 1! We had such a fun day celebrating with our friends and family! I know I’ve said this before but this year seriously flew by in the blink of an eye. On one hand changing a poopy infant diapers in the middle of the night seems like a lifetime ago, but in the other hand, I feel like there’s no way that the year has already gone by. It’s a weird feeling.
Whether I’m ready for it or not Riley is one and I wanted to celebrate this milestone with the perfect little birthday party! When I was trying to decide on a theme my friend Ashley Burns, who took all these photos, suggested a little man theme. I instantly fell in love with the theme and knew I wanted to do it! But then when we realized we could make it a “Our Little Manno” party, the theme solidified itself as the absolutely perfect one for Riley’s birthday! Obviously, many of you with little boys who might want to do this theme probably don’t have the last name Manno. Ha! But you could do exactly what we did for Riley’s party and just get signage that says “Our Little Man”.
Another name people used to describe this type of party, meaning one with a mustache theme, is “Mr. ONE-derful party”. Both the names are super cute. The Mr. ONE-derful will only work for a first birthday party. But a our little man could work for a boy baby shower, or even a two or three-year-old’s birthday. You could really make it work for any little guys birthday.
The little bags on the table with the mustaches are the gift bags! I put some slime, bubbles, the mustache cookie cutters, crayons, a custom coloring book that I had made for only $3.99!!! Well, I meant to put the coloring pages in. Ha! You might have seen on my story that I completely forgot to add them to the bags. Oops! It happens. I also had the coloring book pages out on the table for the kids to color on during the party. I also wanted to include the mustache cookie cutters Molly and Riley love it when I cut their toast into shapes every morning. So I thought it was a cute take-home for parents to be able to cut their kid’s toast into shape too!
Here are more ideas for your gift bags or decor for a similar theme!
That balloon backdrop may look super cute from the front but here’s a picture of me behind the scenes! Ha! We didn’t have enough balloon weights, so I resorted to using pinecones and other potpourri items from around my house! This is what it really looked like for the party. Sometimes as a mom, we just have to improvise and make things happen!!
And I cannot get over his cake and all the desserts. Honestly, without the cakes and other goodies I don’t really think we would have much of a theme for the party. They made the party! I got them from Polkatots. If you live in the Los Angeles area you have to reach out to them for your next gathering. I literally sent her photos of inspiration and she basically read my mind for what I wanted. And her creations don’t only look adorable but they taste super yummy! We sent everybody home with a few slices of cake and other goodies and people were raving about how good everything was. And yes, you probably recognize the name Polkatots because we used them for a Molly’s 1st birthday and Molly’s 2nd birthday. I just don’t trust anybody else as much as them! She always takes my idea and turns it into the perfect vision.
If you are looking to make desserts for your own Little Man themed birthday, I’ll link to a few supplies below for making mustache cupcakes, as well as the molds for chocolate mustaches! Here is also a link to some fondant bow ties that you could add to any desserts that you make yourself, such as rice crispy bars, cupcakes or even macarons. Another super easy way to incorporate the theme would get these wrappers, and put them over some candy bars!
I linked all of our outfits below! Look at my little Manno! No one could stop talking about how adorable he was in this tiny suit! And I might be biased but come on, how cute!! Molly’s outfit is from the GAP and both the top and shorts are almost 50% off right now. I talked about my outfit the other day in my Affordable Friday’s post! The jeans are sold out right now, and I am really hoping that they restock them!!!
I was so focused on all the decorations, the desserts, the activities, and the food for the adults, that I completely forgot about food for kids! Talk about mom brain! An hour into the party I panicked and asked the grandparents to help me quickly make some mac & cheese for the kiddos. Such a rookie move on my part. I think I thought the cauliflower rice would be good for the kids. But I forget that I have a freakishly good eater in Molly and not all kids would consider eating cauliflower rice. And we did have a lemonade dispenser for the kiddos but no juice boxes or anything that are easier for them to handle. I just wanted to point this out because I know from the looks of these pictures it might appear like I totally had it together planning this party. So I just want to assure you all that I absolutely didn’t have it all together! I’m human.
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How cute is all of this wooden signage?! I found this cute etsy shop Woodums that specializes in all sorts of wooden goods for the home or parties! I am so glad that I stumbled upon their page. The signs were perfect and came so quickly…. thank goodness for that! With my mom brain lately, I had to pull the details for this party together quickly. Ha! And I love supporting small businesses. Woodums is run by a husband and wife – yay team! Michele is the main designer while Steve is the executor. And it’s so great that they will consider all custom requests and try to accommodate as best they can or offer alternative suggestions. I was so grateful they wre able to make this custom sign. But they have a general “Little Man” sign if you want one for your party!
I just realized that Riley’s holding a pinecone in this! Ha! The perfect reminder of my resourceful mom skills. Oh! And I am wearing a different shirt here because this was taken post-smash cake. You can imagine how much icing ended up on my blue shirt!
We had so much fun celebrating Riley. My kids are 1 and 2!! I can’t believe it. What are your favorite activities to do at kids birthday parties? Molly’s is coming up so soon! So I would love cute theme ideas for her party!!! Let’s chat below!