Wednesday, February 23, 2011

{Parties} Dean -- Part 2 -- DETAILS

PARTY DETAILS :: I have an IKEA shelving unit with storage cubbies/baskets in my dining room that I use mostly for storage. I never really thought to use it to entertain but am so glad I did this time! It served two main purposes: #1 -- I used the top as an area for my appetizers so not only did it hold some of the food I was serving, but it also helped keep my guests out of my kitchen. Everyone always wants to congregate in the kitchen, and it can be hard to work and get things set up when there are too many people in that space. #2 -- I was able to use 4 of the 8 cubbies underneath for favors, drinks, etc. It was great!

I found these green & blue soda bottles at TJ Maxx a long time ago and picked them up for the party since they were in keeping with the color scheme.

Then I ordered these adorable polka dot straws from Bake it Pretty and added a "cupcake topper" with Dean's pic to each with double-sided tape. I think they came out really cute!

**How funny is the "Wet Your Whiskers" sign?! LOL! I found that in my blog travels as I searched for inspiration for this party.

Another cubby held the adult party favors, which were pistachio French macaroons {also made by Kara Doyle}. I made little tags for the white bags I bought at Michaels and let the adults fill them with cookies.

Mmmm...they were good!

The kiddie favors were really fun to make. Both Jack & Maura got a mustache coloring sheet...

...and some mustache crayons that I found on Etsy.

I also threw some little candy pieces, a slinky and a stache/set of lips on a stick in each bag for fun.

I decorated my mantle with some "Little Mister" items too.

The staches & lips on a stick were photobooth props.

I also grabbed some of my husband's ties and stuck them in a big glass apothocary jar. I don't think he even realized it....SHHH!

Lastly, I used all the month shots I took of Dean to make a banner that I hung under the mantle.

My guy's outfit was simple -- a mustache shirt from Finley & Oliver, jeans, and black Chuck Taylors {not too thrilled about having the birthday hat on his head here}.

I had the back of the shirt monogrammed at the local monogram shoppe.

This was an easy wreath I made to hang from the front door to greet our guests as they entered Mister Dean's Mustache Bash!

The "photobooth" was FUN! I had a photobooth at my wedding and loved going back to look at all of the guests in silly props. The "Little Mister" theme also lent itself perfectly to a photobooth set-up because of the mustaches.

A sign I made for the trunk filled with props including :: a fedora hat, old newspapers, some of Bo's ties, the other two frames that I spray painted, staches/lips on a stick, etc.

My cute nephew sportin' his famous smile ;-}

Dean's Aunt Lex & Uncle Jimmy gettin' in on the action!

And a quick family shot with our LITTLE MISTER!

COMING UP TOMORROW :: DINNER/EATS post...I'm also going to post a few yummy recipes I used for the party too!


  1. Kate! The Little Mister party turned out perfect!! If you want to send me a picture of Mister Dean in his tee, I'd love to add it to my "Friends of F&O" album on my facebook page with a link to your blog. I think my customers would love to see your post. Cute, cute, cute!!

  2. Hey! I was wondering where my neck ties went :-)
    Great Party!
    Love you!! your husband

  3. How did you create your coloring sheet?! That would be perfect for our party.

  4. Hi! I used Adobe Illustrator to create the coloring sheet. Not sure what program you are working with but all I did was pull different clipart images of mustaches and arranged them in my document. Hope that helps!