Melissa’s Mason Jar Themed 30th Birthday Party

It’s a big year for us 1984 babies – we all turn 30.  Yep, the big 3-0.  My friends and I are turning 30 this year.  We’ve known each other for a long, long, long time.  Some over 20 years.  We are sister-like.  We are always there for one another, have seen each other through all kinds of crazy adventures and heart break and we’ve always got each others’ backs.  We’ve gone through some big milestones together: weddings, babies, careers and personal accomplishments.  Through it all, we’re always there to celebrate with one of our girls when there’s cause to celebrate. Who am I kidding, even when there isn’t a cause, we make one up!

My good friends Lisa and Sabrina and I decided to throw our close friend Melissa a 30th “surprise” birthday party.  I use the quotation marks because the girl is a sleuth and there is NO way to actually surprise her.  She has the memory of an elephant (remembers my appointments when even I forget!!) and is SO detail oriented, she picks up on EVERYTHING.  Needless to say, when we decided to throw this shindig, we knew it would have to be up to snuff. We decided if the event couldn’t be a total surprise, the theme and details would be.  We decided to go with a mason jar theme and use her two favourite colours, turquoise and blush pink.  A little something about Melissa: she’s a Pinterest pro, so finding out what things she’d like was very easy – just go to the Boards!!  We divvied up the tasks and the party went off without a hitch.  It really was a group effort and so much fun to plan!!

My friend Lisa graciously (and bravely!) offered to host the party at her place.  We were lucky enough that the weather cooperated and we were able to set up outside and it made for a great party space.

We set up the sweets table inside because of the humidity. We had all kinds of goodies: sugar cookie cupcakes (made by Lisa), lemon and white chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies decorated as gift boxes in the theme colours (made by me). We also had pink champagne for toasting.

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A chalkboard frame hung above the sweets table with some of Melissa’s favourite sayings in hashtag form.  Melissa (like many others) loves everything social media.  It’s not a party unless you hashtag it!

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The other girls pitched in a brought all kinds of yummy appetizers and munchies, including Melissa’s favourite macaroni salad made by our friend’s mom.

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Sabrina found these adorable chalkboard place cards that fit the theme perfectly! We love chalkboard everything!IMG_3333

Opposite the app table we set up a display of pictures and albums from Melissa’s childhood.  The girl is a ham! Doing photo shoots and posing at the ripe age of 6.  I’d also painted a canvas with one of Melissa’s favourite sayings as my gift to her and to use as decor. 1601096_10100923412107746_3049958779979686527_n

Melissa takes a LOT of selfies (or so it seems).  We printed off a bunch and hung them using cute clothes pins as a shrine to the birthday girl.  I also found these awesome thumbs up post its so that people could “like” the pictures 🙂 IMG_3311

Outside we set up the drink station with mason jars for people to use. IMG_3348

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We had white wine sangria (which unfortunately didn’t taste as good as it looked – we’ll have to try a different recipe next time), and lemonade as a non-alocoholic option.  IMG_3319

It’s all in the details: Sabrina found some cute blue mason jars and brought some gorgeous hydrangeas from her mom’s garden, and we decorated some other mason jars with twine and lace.  Melissa loves all things vintage so we tried to incorporate that into the decor anywhere we could.IMG_3327

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As the sun went down it gave the party an even more intimate feel and twinkle lights and candles provided the perfect ambiance. Lucky for us Sabrina LOVES candles and was able to provide some great outdoor lanterns.IMG_3347

People were asked to BYOB so we set up a watering hole wheelbarrow with ice to keep their beverages chilled. IMG_3329

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Lisa’s husband made the most AMAZING beef sliders and he home-made all the toppings too.  We all agree: he’s definitely a keeper. IMG_3355

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We know our birthday girl, we know our crowd, and both love props!  We’d gathered together some props to have some fun as the night went on – sure enough, the birthday girl was the first one to dive right in!IMG_3368

We were so excited about all the little details we were able to find and put together to make this party a memorable occasion for Melissa.  She’s always there for others, it was high time we celebrated her in nothing but grand Melissa fashion.  We love you to pieces Missy – here’s to 30, and plenty more parties ahead! xo

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It was a Moustache Bash!

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now but, well, life got in the way!

My son turned 2 in July and I wanted to have a themed party with family and friends, but didn’t want to use up any “good” themes (like dinosaurs or construction) when he’s too young to fully appreciate and have fun with it.  We decided to throw a moustache bash because, let’s be honest, that’s just as fun for the adults as it is for the kiddos! (Ok, maybe even more so.)

My very good friend offered to take pictures of the shindig (thanks MP!!). However, in spite of all my organization leading up to the party, the one thing I neglected was locating the good camera.  We are finishing the basement and it’s gone missing somewhere among the chaos. I’m sure it’ll turn up at some point, but unfortunately that means all the pictures of the party were taken with my phone.  Lesson learned!

I stuck to a black and white colour scheme because moustaches are classic.  I found an awesome chalkboard banner at Target and had it hanging in the entrance with black and white balloons and streamers.

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I made a banner with his name to hang above the sweets table – you can’t see it from the picture, but the clothes pins holding the banner pieces had little moustaches on them.  I found them at Michaels and thought they were just too adorable to pass up.  IMG_2767

Friends of ours got us the Little Man canvas and it fit in perfectly with the decor! IMG_2764

For dessert I’d made chocolate cupcakes with a cream cheese Oreo frosting, sugar, gingerbread and chocolate sugar cookies, and we had some dark chocolate and yogurt covered almonds (YUM!).IMG_2747

The cupcake toppers are from Etsy.  I also ordered a moustache hole punch from Etsy (yes, you read that right, a moustache hole punch) and made card stock moustaches on a sick.  I also couldn’t pass up giving our little guy a moustache on his baby picture.  Just too cute!IMG_2775

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I found moustache candles at Party City – seriously moustache stuff is everywhere!! I also had moustache print cupcake liners but unfortunately I didn’t factor in the fact that chocolate cake in white liner would hide the pattern 😦  You could still see it up close but it didn’t have the impact I was hoping for.Dessert table_1

I bought a moustache cookie cutter (from Etsy) and made a TON of moustache shaped cookies and frosted them with royal icing (for the dark cookies) and chocolate buttercream. The great thing about these was that I was able to make them ahead of time, freeze them, and they still tasted great.  IMG_2755

I found this cute chalkboard easel at Michael’s and the moustache bins at Target so I set up a little display at the entrance where guests could grab all kinds of stick-on moustaches and join in on the fun.  IMG_2751

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And of course the home-made fabric loot bags filled with a moustache cookie and some other little goodies for the kiddos.IMG_2771

I found moustache duct tape (yes, duct tape!) and wrapped it around some water bottles for our drink station.  The straws and moustaches are from Party City.Wet your whiskers

I had bought a big moustache pinata and had planned on using it as an activity, but, upon further reflection, I decided giving a bunch of toddlers a bat and telling them to hit stuff might not be the best idea.  So instead we used it as decor above the food table and I’ll save it for another occasion (maybe a Mexican fiesta!). I had also planned on having a “Pin the moustache on” game and moustache prop photo station but unfortunately I ran out of time. 😦Pinata

Our mothers helped us out greatly in making a delicious spread for our guests. IMG_2735

I used my (awesome) moustache hole punch to make place cards to let people know what was what. I also had some fun naming some of the food items 🙂  In addition to this spread, we also had a “shaved pork” (hehe) sandwich station.  I made the pork in the crockpot using this slow cooker pulled pork recipe from Simply Recipes – it is AMAZING and we make it all the time.  It was a crowd pleaser!

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I used the cookie cutter to make little cucumber “manwiches” – so much fun!IMG_2763

I found the perfect moustache plates and napkins at Target (LOVE that store!).

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So there you have it – our little man’s moustache bash! If you’re looking to have a themed party (for adults and kids alike!) I highly recommend going the moustache route because it’s just everywhere right now and is so much fun to plan.

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