Setting up the night before.
It came as no surprise that after our party was over, I had totally forgotten to take pictures. That’s okay – I was too busy havin a good time! Luckily, though, I remembered to take a few photos while we were setting up.
A vase of Ranunculus.
Streamers and balloons add a sense of Party to any room. I usually purchase most of my party supplies from the Dollar Store. Hanging on the wall is one of my favorite drawings, The Dinner. At seven feet wide (RIDICULOUS), it’s nice to finally have a spot to hang it.
We invited our guests to play records from our modest vinyl collection, although Jake was quick to play DJ most of the evening. We spun everything from the Supremes to Bowie to Hank Williams.
The birthday boy.
I played Martha Stewart for a bit and made four varieties of tea sandwiches, then catered the rest. Everything for the sammies was made from scratch, and they were completely devoured (and I have no photos – darn!). The signs are all handmade, of course, and I used old music sheets for the menus.
New Seasons salted caramel cupcakes: FTW.
Here was our liquor station and hand-made drink menus. Our guests were allowed to be their own bartender and make whatever concoction they desired. In addition to the infused liquors, I also made my own simple syrup and sweet & sour mix (both really, really easy to make).
Everything came together great, and I had so much fun making the labels and signs! And Jake had a fabulous birthday. Thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate!