March 28, 2012

Cars & Trucks Birthday Party

I'm so excited to share our 
Cars & Trucks Birthday Party 
with you today! 

We had a ton of fun and, thanks to being able to visually gather ideas on Pinterest, it was easy to plan and fairly stress free to put together! 

I focused on color scheme (blue, orange, & gray) for our party decor and food. 
I really loved planning it this way and it made it super simple! 

I will put a list of where to find items I used at the end of the blog post.

The balloons on each side of the table may be my very favorite aspect of the decor! 
They had a huge impact for little cost and very little work. 

I bought 20" balloon sticks and put paper straws on them make them a little more fun. 
I put the sticks in old tin cans that I had wrapped in twine. 

Our main party drink was orange citrus water. Mmmmmm, good! 

Unfortunately I didn't bookmark the recipe and now I can't find it, but basically you cut up some oranges, a lemon, a lime, and add some cilantro to water. Its pretty, tasty, and healthy!

I also had some orange cream soda available as well as sweet tea because, hey, this is the south, y'all!

The orange creamsicle cake was absolutely divine! 
And, yes, that is in past tense. It is long gone!

In my opinion, this cake is absolutely hideous, but the taste more than made up for it! A lot of it had to do with the orange-flavored cream cheese frosting (both the hideousness and the great taste!).

And though you can't really tell in the photo, its an orange ombre cake! 
You find the recipe at Tales from Tangerine.
I did make some edits to the recipe. Instead of separating the batter into fourths, I separated it into halves essentially doubling the recipe. In turn, I ended up cooking each cake twice as long.

There are some stories to tell about this cake, but I think I'll save them for this weekend's Social Saturday post. So if you're curious to know about the not one, not two, but three catastrophic events of this cake, you can find them here!

The Food:
I wrapped my cake pops holders with scrapbook paper that was a source of the cars & trucks party inspiration. 
I filled them with brownie truffles covered in orange and blue chocolate icing. 

I filled a wire basket with clementines.

Inside decorative take out boxes I placed candied orange slices, white rock candy, and peaches & cream gumballs.

In little paper cups I had small carrots with ranch dressing and blueberries & cream.
Perfect portions!

The sky Jello was super yummy and perfect for our littlest partiers. 

We also had bbq pulled pork, bbq chips, cheese puffs, and potato salad for lunch. 
I think the potato salad was my only non-color scheme food!

For my backdrop, I taped blue and orange streamers to a dowel rod and settled it on top of my big picture window in the kitchen. We had the table pushed up to the window so it made for a bright and festive background! 

I strung up my Sunburst Straw Chalkboard Wreath in front of it with a message to our birthday boy. 

I decorated our wooden party untensils to match the decor 
by stamping them in blue ink with my Chevron Stamp

Making it work: I could not find a 1st birthday Mylar balloon that worked in my color scheme and had a matching and/or generic theme. So I bought a balloon I could alter to work for me!

This blue and purple balloon was super cute with the little cupcake, but the purple had to go so I used a circle punch on orange scrapbook paper to cut out circles to adhere over the purple spots. 

Easy peasy and now it matches my decor!

I made my little guy a shirt to wear for his party. Its the same car that is on his birthday invitation

I put fusible webbing on my fabrics (all from my stash!! no new material! you might recall my goal of not purchasing fabric in 2012!) and cut out templates for my car, circle, and #1.
I ironed it all together and it came out super cute!

I must admit though that I chickened out big time on this project. 
I wanted to stitch around the edges of the fabric but lost my nerve to do it
It wasn't necessary, but I thought it would make it even cuter.

Maybe next year?

I made a fun bunting of my little guy's first year. 

Its fun to see how much he has grown and changed! 

It was a big hit with my party guests. Especially the ones that didn't get to see him very often!

And the best part of the party was seeing this little guy so happy! 

He was an absolute doll during the party and had a great time eating his personal cupcake!
He was even a champ and wore the party had I had made him. 

Happy first birthday to my little Caleb!!

Party Supplies:
Hobby Lobby: Balloon Sticks
Party City: Balloons
Shop Sweet Lulu: Candy Cups, Chevron Favor Bags (used for bunting!)
Pick Your Plum: Paper Straws, Orange Baker's Twine
Susty Party: Wooden Utensils


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE, Michele!!! I've got E's monthly pics and was trying to figure out a way to incorporate them and I'm totally snatching your bunting idea! :)

  2. Wonderful!

    I love the drink jug, do you remember where you found it?

  3. I am so impressed! I love everything about it! All the little food displays are so cute - but I think my favorite thing is the little bunting with pictures from his first year! Such a darling idea!! What a great party! And Caleb is too cute. ;)

  4. Your party looks so fun and festive!! I love how you made everything match and color coordinate...even the balloon:-) My favorite part are the balloons too...genius idea to add the straws to the sticks!!!! He is way too cute btw:-)

  5. Wow! This is one amazing party - well done! It's a lot of work putting together something like this :)
    I think the cake is incredible and can only imagine what the disasters may have been....!

  6. First of all, I can't believe he's 1 already! And what a way to celebrate?! Just gorgeous.

  7. So fun! Love how colorful everything is! Not having children, I tend to love seeing all the pink for girl's parties...but you have inspired that I too can have lovely decorated parties for boys as well!

  8. WOW, you really out did yourself! What a GREAT party!!! It would be awesome if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday and shared your party ideas with us. Thanks, I hope to see you there! ---Sheryl---

  9. This is amazing! EVERY detail I love. Your son is adorable in that hat too. Great job. Jodi @

  10. Such a fabulous party! You did an amazing job as always! I LOVE the photo banner. TOO CUTE! Thanks for linking it up this week!

  11. WOW! You went all out! Great memories were made I'm sure!

  12. Visiting from Serenity Now! Great job on the party! My favorite part is the balloon bouquets! Great idea! Heidi Rew from

  13. such a big party for such a little boy! ;) Love all the decor. You're such a great mom!
    Happy (belated) birthday to your Caleb!


  14. Just beautiful - love the orange and blue! Happy Birthday!

  15. I love this party. It's so creative and fun. That cake looks delicious and is just beautiful. Megan

  16. Wonderful party! So fun and colorful! :)

  17. Look at all that yummy food!

  18. Love this so much that I had to feature it as part of my link party wrap up! Please feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like!

  19. What an adorable party! We'd love for you to link this and whatever else you'd like at our new Beautify It Monday link party going on now at

  20. What a great party!! I have been on the hunt for a good orange cream cake so I will definitely have to try this!!

    Newest follower :)


  21. Your son is such a cutie pie..Happy birthday!

    Visiting for Pink Sundays- hope you can stop by:)

  22. The birthday boy is adorable! You did a wonderful job with this party. Lots of detail and everything flowed perfectyly. Kudos!!

  23. Great party!
    love the ideas and the colors... Pinning for my little man!

    found you through Tip Junkie link up!
    New Follower too!

  24. This is such an awesome party and I especially loveeeeeeeeeeee the bunting banner you made for his first year! Wow! I got so many ideas for my little one's first birthday that is coming up this month! If you have a minute please link this up on my Destination: Inspiration linky party going on now.

    Happy Easter!
    Michelle @ Teagan's Travels

  25. WOW!! Michele, every detail is incredible! I love his little shirt!! You did an amazing job, and you that happy smile on his face must make it all worthwhile! I can't believe he's one already!!

  26. Michele the party is gorgeous, all your hard work, it just looks amazing. I love everything you did, and I bet the cake was super yummy, it certainly looks like it was.

  27. Love that picture bunting! soooo cute, what a good idea. your whole party looked great!

  28. What a perfect party!! I cannot believe he is already one. Time goes by so quickly!

  29. OhEmGee Michele, this is stinkin A D O R A B L E !!! So sweet- betcha your lil man had a blast :) Great details. Love love love!

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  31. Saw you on 30days pity party linky....that cake looks wonderful!! Orange Creamsicle is my FAVORITE!! The little birthday boy shirt cute cute! Good Job.


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