Kitchsy Little Man 1st Birthday Party

  • Invitations + Envelopes1/34
  • Invitations2/34
  • Centerpieces3/34
  • Water Bottles with Mustache Drink "charms"4/34
  • Beverage Station5/34
  • Tasty Drinks6/34
  • Water Bottles (close-up)7/34
  • "Tie" Napkins8/34
  • Food Signage9/34
  • Sweet Treats Signage10/34
  • Mini-Cupcakes with Mustache Fondant Toppers11/34
  • Mini-Cupcakes with Mustache Fondant Toppers12/34
  • "Pocket Square" Strawberry Pies13/34
  • First Birthday Cake14/34
  • Come on over to the Photobooth!15/34
  • Photobooth Signs16/34
  • Paper Lanterns17/34
  • Hot Cocoa Bar18/34
  • Chocolate Mustache Stirrers19/34
  • Ho tCocoa Bar Fixings20/34
  • Hot Cocoa Signage21/34
  • Homemade Marshmallows22/34
  • Everyone Loves Whipped Cream!23/34
  • Tie Napkins, tuck into shirt and voila!24/34
  • PhotoBooth Shots25/34
  • Mustache Drink "Charms"26/34
  • Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Mustache Stirrers27/34
  • The Birthday Guy28/34
  • Family Birthday shot at PhotoBooth29/34
  • Kid's Favors30/34
  • "Little" Ladies & Gents favor sign31/34
  • Favor Sign for Adults32/34
  • Dapper Little Gingerbread Men cookie favors33/34
  • Thank You Notes!34/34


A "Kitschy Little Man" first birthday party for my son, Hudson.  

Design Inspiration

Every party begins with some inspiration, and this one started with none else than the birthday boy himself. He doubled his birth weight in two months, quickly outgrowing his infant stage and at one year stands 32” and weighs in at 26 pounds. This coupled with the fact that you’ll find him in cardigans and button downs instead of onesies, made it the perfect way to celebrate his one year milestone. So I took the Little Man idea and made it my own by incorporating some kitschy elements and boyish charm, so it was fitting for his first birthday party.

Project Details

Décor & Favors: 
A red, aqua and chartreuse color theme kept this kitschy birthday shindig coordinated, along with a few splashes of mustache, tie and “man” elements. The table centerpieces were kept playful, with framed Jonathan Adler mustache and tie graphics and pom-pom table cloth overlays. I made these heavily starched men’s shirt cuffs to hold all the menu cards labeling the food and drink (one of my personal favorite touches!), which were nicely complimented by the necktie napkins. Since the party would go until dusk, we also had aqua and chartreuse paper lanterns hanging overhead which all the little ones loved to see. 

For the favors, my creatively-talented girlfriend, Jen of Shop Snug Haven, made the most adorable t-shirts for our Little Ladies and Gents. I picked up each child’s shirt size and Jen used her stash of fabric (which coincidentally was leftover men’s dress shirt fabric from back in her NYC days) to make ties and lips for our little guests. We used also used that fabric to make the little cake bunting for Hudson’s cake and the fabric garland for the photo booth. The other guests (who outgrew the 12 – 18 month size many, many years ago) took home Dapper Little Gingerbread Men favors.

Savory Eats, Sweet Treats and Tasting Drinks
The party was held between 3:00 – 6:00pm, so we had plenty of little treats for our guests to enjoy. Since the party was on our outdoor rooftop overlooking Los Angeles, we wanted to keep folks warm with a homemade Hot Cocoa and Fixings Bar complete with little peppermint candies, cinnamon candies, salted caramels, hazelnut pirouettes, whipped cream, homemade marshmallows and Kahlua for the adults. 

To round off the Sweet Treats, we had a first birthday cake for the birthday boy, homemade “pockets square” strawberry pies and little mini cupcakes topped with adorable fondant mustaches for everyone else. Our Savory Eats consisted of some “guy food” snack staples like the popular pigs-in-a-blanket, corn dip with tortilla chips, and caprese skewers (for guys with a healthy side) – plus our little guys had their favorite go-tos...cheerios and goldfish (any mom of a child under 3 knows to never leave home without these!). There was of course beer and wine for the adults, plus other refreshments at the beverage station – and guests could keep track of their bottle drinks easily with the mustache bottle toppers.

Photo Booth:
To bring out everyone’s inner-child, we had a photo booth set up in the corner complete with mustache and tie props, plus a “I love hudson” and “mister hudson is turning one” signs. After the photo session, guests could leave a birthday note to Hudson in his photo book next to their photos.


Vendor Credits: 
Event Styling, Photography and Party Printables: Le Partie Sugar (
Kids T-Shirt Favors and Pom Pom Tablecloths (
Cupcakes and Cake: Vanilla Bakery (
Mustache Fondant Toppers: Sweeten Your Day Events (
Photo Booth Tie & Mustache Props: Little Retreats (


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    Gosh, Cristina, this is one of the coolest baby boy parties I’ve ever seen! Love the centerpieces, the invites, the cupcakes! Overall, the decor is superb!

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    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am due in March and naming my baby Hudson. You are so creative! You must have had such a fun time!

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    Looks like everybody had fun! And it’s a very appropriate theme to celebrate the little guy’s milestones!

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    Just love everything so much! I wish I could now change my sons theme, his party is on the 4th of February! I consider myself very creative, but this is FABULOUS! It’s so refreshing to see a new theme!

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    This is by far the best party! Super cute, all the details are amazing and everything looked so clean and put together. Cristina is so talented and organized if you ever order from her or have her help you throw a party you WON’T be disappointed!! She’s great :)

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    Such a fun party idea! I love the hot chocolate bar and all the mustaches! The party is put together so well too!

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