My son Max looooooves to eat. So I thought what better way to celebrate his birthday than to have a food theme party. Pasta is his favorite so I went with Italian. Specifically pizza, pasta and paninis because, well, who doesn’t like all of those things?!If you follow me on Instagram (@FindingSilverLinings) then you probably have seen some of these photos. I am an oversharer 🙂 I ordered paper decorations from Oriental Trading Post and made all of the other ones. I’ll share links for the tutorials and templates that I used to help me. I’ll let the photos do most of the talking…
With any party, the invitation sets the tone. Call me cheap, but I hate paying for things that I can make myself. So I boiled pasta, rinsed in cool water, tossed Max in the pot and started snapping. I made the invitations by creating a collage on PicMonkey.com then printed them as 5″x 7″ prints on SnapFish.com (and used a 50% off coupon code that I googled). I got 60 invitations for around $15 with shipping. Not bad for these beauts…
I’ve found that food labels and decorations really make a theme party feel cohesive. I saw this on Pinterest and used the free template download to tweak. It was a sock monkey themed party and I downloaded the candy buffet labels.
I uploaded a couple of fun photos and pasted them on, then typed up the labels.
Then hot glued each to a clothespin to attach to the pasta trays.
I hate not knowing what’s in a buffet sandwich (or a panini in this case) because I have a strange phobia of mayonnaise *belch* so I made some labels for those too.
Since I didn’t want the whole party to be crepe paper and balloons, I used what I had laying around the house to make decorations. The photo above shows one of the washed out tomato cans filled with dollar store sunflowers.
Because I always go way overboard lol! I did this with empty olive oil bottles too. I also filled hurricanes with different pasta for some fun food texture. I emptied out my pots and pans, threw in a few mini baskets of fresh garlic, lemons, and tomatoes on the vine for some yummy decor that I will surely use later.
I didn’t make everything obviously. There were a few things that we bought to entertain the kiddos. We rented a bounce house (no pic = bad mommy) and had little bowls filled with sticky mustaches. There were lots of photos like this floating around my family’s Instagram and Facebook pages because I couldn’t resist buying this.
My niece Taya in a stash posing as an Italian pizza maker=priceless. Max was digging the mustache theme too. I can’t decide if he looks like Tom selleck or Super Mario. You decide.
It was so great to get my friends and our babies together! A little over a year ago four of us were pregnant at the same time. Here’s a photo of us at a baby shower with buns in the ovens and this past weekend with our littles.
Speaking of not being pregnant, lol, I tried a spritzer-ish drink I think I invented. Pellegrino and Pino. It was ahhhhmazing. Drinks lead me to eating cookies and sugary stuff. I downed about 5 oreos dipped in red, white and green chocolate I made for some festive favors.
If you haven’t noticed, about half of these pictures were snatched off of Instagram. I whipped this up in PicMonkey, printed and framed a few of these babies around the house. The party’s hashtag was #MaxIsOne . Look it up 🙂
There was no way I was attempting his cake, so we enlisted the help of a local bakery to print this photo out onto sugar paper and stick it on the cake for the rest of us.