I thought I would do a post about Michal’s birthday party. I’ll be more detailed about everything here than I was on Facebook, for anyone who’s interested. 🙂
First up, the theme. I saw several birthday parties online inspired by things the kids real loved, and when I thought about what Michal really loved, I thought phones. Be they land line or cell, real or pretend, I don’t think Michal has met a phone she didn’t like. I decided to do vintage telephones because they are prettier to decorate with.
The party was held at our church. We were inviting a lot of people, mostly from the church, and the church has a great open area perfect for parties. Also, we live right next door to the church so it’s very convenient.
My amazing Aunt did the invitations, the telephone cutouts, and the Happy Birthday letters. I am SO grateful to her for all her work! Everything she did really made the party so special.
When I couldn’t decide what colors to do, Ryan suggested using the colors of the phone book. It was a great idea, and thus black & white (the white pages), yellow (the yellow pages), and red (an accent color in our phone books) became the color scheme.
Adding the phone book gave me the idea to use phone book pages in the decorating. I snagged extra phone books from our house, the church and my grandmothers house. I used white pages as a background for the bulletin board, and the yellow pages directory as the border (I liked how it had the red circles to tie in with the letters). The buntings on the the tables were also from the phone book. I alternated the yellow and white pages. The buntings were on the food, drink, desert, gift, and favor tables. There was also a “Notes” page in the phone book that I used for some of the signs.
I used the churches tables and chairs. It was a happy coincidence that the chairs were a golden yellow. I planned on doing tablecloths on the tables, but when I saw the bare wood, I decided to do that instead. I liked how it worked with the chairs to create kind of a retro vibe. The vases on the tables were the churches as well and again, worked with that retro vibe.
Speaking of retro, I was trilled with all the thrift store finds I was able to incorporate into the party. The yellow napkins on the tables (used under the vases), the yellow tablecloth and napkins used on the dessert and food tables, and the coloring book I photocopied the pages from for the coloring table were all vintage, found at the same thrift store, and all part of a Fill a Bag for $2 sale. Yippee! I also got the cutest little divided yellow plates at the Salvation Army on half price day for the kids to use. Score! Unfortunately, there are no pictures of those.
We had the party in the morning so Michal would be at her best, and not have to miss her nap time (which is in the afternoon). This lent it’self well to having breakfast foods. I didn’t want to do too much though, since it was between meals. We did three kinds of muffins, (Blueberry Banana, Chocolate Chip, and Lemon Cranberry), cut-up banana and apple slices. Ryan made the muffins and they were delicious. Everyone raved about them. Everything was finger food so people could be more mobile. For drinks, we did apple and orange juice, milk, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. For dessert, we made a yellow cake and a chocolate cake, both with chocolate icing. We also did Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, because one of Michal’s nicknames is Munchkin. I toyed with the idea of doing donuts instead of cake. I thought it would be so perfect because the party was in the morning, but I priced them, and they would have been quite a bit pricier than cake, and we were on a very tight budget. Plus, Michal really doesn’t like donuts as much as cake, and really this was for her, so cake it was.
I wanted to have fun things for all ages to do at the party. The minute I decided on the telephone theme, I thought of doing “Tin Can Telephones”. For months I saved all our cans and my parents’ as well (I used a side can opener to make sure there were no sharp edges). It was worth it! That ended up being everyone’s favorite activity. I just set all the materials up at a table with instructions for how to make them. I did have the holes punched in the cans already; I didn’t want anyone hurting themselves trying to do that. I also had instructions for the telephone game, (pass the message around the circle) in one area, and Pin the Dial on the Telephone (my version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey), in another. With the instructions, people could do the activities as they wanted and it worked really well.
My favorite of element of the party may have been the favors. Here, the internet came through for me. I came across a vintage telephone chocolate sucker mold on Candy.com. It was mine! Unfortunately we didn’t get a good picture of one, but they were super cute! Those were for everyone, but I also wanted to do something else for the kids. I found a vintage coloring book on Ebay that was put out by a telephone company in the late 70’s early 80’s, extolling the virtues of the phone, and describing proper usage. It’s incredible! I bought it, and my mom paintakingly photocopied it in it’s original booklet form. Back when school supplies were on sale at Walmart, I bought a bunch of the 25 cent packs of crayons. I gave a copy of the coloring book, and a pack of crayons to all the kids in attendance.
Last but not least, I’d be amiss if I failed to talk about all the people who made the day so special. Michal, of course, my precious baby, we wouldn’t have had the party if not for her; my parents, who payed for the party and helped with so much of the preparation; my Aunt, who saw my vision and made it better; and all the family and friends who attended, and/or showered Michal with wonderful gifts, but more importantly, their love. Thanks everyone!
Okay, I know that was long, but your patience is rewarded with pictures! They’re all at the end, ’cause I couldn’t figure out how to do it any other way. Enj0y!
P.S. The pictures are smallish, but you can click on them to see them bigger in kind of a slideshow format, and see more description