Monday, March 14, 2011

{My Parties} Greyson's Hamburger Themed 3rd Birthday Party

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Well, my little one is really 3. I am still struggling with that fact!
He starts preschool next week and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be "THAT MOM" who is bawling in the parking lot after I drop him off. Being 6 months pregnant doesn't help matters.

Greyson is not really into any characters or themes yet, so I still had the luxury of determining the party theme this year. I expect that will end next year!
So, I wanted to do a party theme that I had never seen before--a hamburger party!
I wanted it to be very retro-feeling, with lots of restaurant touches and red and white checks. Like a 50s diner, but updated and modern!

So, the inspiration was Bakerella's Hamburger Cupcakes. From there, I knew that my color palette was hamburger condiment colors--red, green, and yellow.

Hope you enjoy the Hamburger Party pictures!

Welcome to my party!
Grey's adorable shirt was made by a friend, Mollie, who has made him something for every birthday party, so far. I need a close-up picture of it, because every layer of the burger was a different fabric. The burger was minky! It was SO precious. I want him to wear it every single day.

All vendor information will be at the bottom of this post.
The invitation that started it all!

I hand-painted this sign and chipboard letter for the front door and modge-podged red and white checkered paper onto the edges for a finished look.
I always like to have a big-impact piece for the guests when they come into a party. Last year, it was a huge rocket. This year, a giant, 9-feet hand-painted hamburger!  I made it out of science fair backdrops that I cut into strips and painted. The "lettuce" is green bag shred.
I threw together a last minute hanging decoration from some lanterns and oversized ric-rac that I had in my stash!
On the bottom, Purple Pug threw in a little "extra" for me, so I hung it off the lanterns.
This cute banner was all of $16 from Shindigz. Score!

The adorable table-drop is by lovely, lovely Cari from Social Circles. She knocked it OUT.
The backdrop was a soda shop backdrop that I ordered from Shindigz. But, we modified it to fit out 6ft backdrop. It was originally 5x11, but we cut it down and glued some pieces back on it.
I wanted to have a buffet that WASN'T candy this year. It was important to me that guests (mostly adults) enjoyed getting to eat some real food, so we planned it around lunch and we grilled out sliders and had french fries. My husband had the brilliant idea to deep fry the fries in our turkey fryer and it worked out perfectly!
I got this great, antique Coca-Cola crate at Sheffield's Antique Mall for $15. It was the perfect display for the burger-cupcakes with the adorable, hand-glittered toppers by The Purple Pug.
Kristy at The Purple Pug is my GIRL, and as usual, she killed it with these precious toppers. I am biased, but I think these are possibly the cutest thing she's ever done.
A closer look at the table drop.
All the printables for this party were by the amazing Piggy Bank Parties. Do was amazing to work with. I was planning on doing my own graphic design, but when she offered to help, I was thrilled! She did three different designs for me and they were all brilliant. Mine would have looked ridiculous in comparison to how fabulous hers were!
Do did the menu cards, the stickers that I used everywhere, and the favor sign.
I loved how they turned out!
I had to have these squirt bottles. I mean, YES.
And this vintage inspired straw container was the perfect touch for the striped straws from HeyYoYo.
All the utensils were arranged in these actual restaurant supply utensil holders. They are perfect to thread cute ribbon through!
Instead of plates, I used red burger baskets, lined with checkered basket liner. It made for super easy clean-up too!
In each basket, I put the stickers in the bottom.
That great three tier stand it from Kohl's from the Food Network line.
My husband did a great job as head burger chef that day! Don't they look delicious?
I also HAD to have root beer floats. Grey loves root beer, so this was a must. Those small cups are from Lit Restaurant Supply, along with all the other authentic restaurant equipment. We did Diet floats too!
For the favors, I did two different skewers for the guests to take home.
The Purple Pug made me these adorable centerpiece flags and I used them in the top of the two jars of sweets that I had out. I sent my husband to Kroger to get the candy and I gave him instructions to get red and yellow candy. He did good right? I picked out all the grape jelly beans, because I am a spazz like that.
Piggy Bank Partes made me that favor sign which said..."Thanks for coming to Ketchup!" The Purple Pug's favor tags also had that same saying on the back.
The lovely Elizabeth with Stix N Pops made these OUTRAGEOUS marshmallow favors for me. I literally gasped when I opened the box. I wish I could get over to you how REAL the burgers looked. I had so many comments about HOW in the world she made those. Elizabeth--I need to know!
Look at the loveliness!
It is hard to tell, but I made that bucket into a "grill" with "coals" underneath it.
These cute gummy skewers were from WalMart in the Valentine's Day section. My friend Kari texted me one night and said.."GET to Walmart and get these!" So, you know I did. They were originally Spongebob SquarePants, but I took off those wrappers and put them in plain, clear ones.
For beverages, we kept the retro theme and went with old school bottles. We did Coke, Diet Coke, Root Beer, and Dr. Pepper. Those coke crates are from Hobby Lobby. I realized yesterday morning that I never put out the juice boxes for the kids! Woops! Sorry about that friends, I hopped your kids up on Coke for the afternoon!
This is the first year that Grey actually enjoyed his birthday and I think understood it a little more. I adore this picture!
This would have been a GREAT one, but three-year olds are SO unpredictable!
And, to boot, my sister is a creative genius and made him this I Burger NY shirt (she lives there!). That cape was a gift from our friends, and made by another friend, Erin.
Thanks for coming to my birthday party!!!
A huge, enormous, heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful party girls that helped me with this party! I literally could not have done it without you!!!


Table Drop: Social Circles
Printables: Piggy Bank Parties
Cupcake Toppers, Favor Tags, and Centerpiece Flags: The Purple Pug
Fabrics: Joann
Marshmallow Favors: Stix N Pops
Personalized Banner and Soda Shop Backdrop: Shindigz
Invitation: Invitation Box
Restaurant Supplies: Lit Restaurant Supply
Striped Straws: HeyYoYo
Giant Hamburger, Hand-painted Door Sign, and all edibles: Handmade

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  1. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!! It was even more AWESOME than I knew it would be!!!! Greyson is such a handsome little boy! What a gorgeous family you guys are!!!! Thanks for letting me be a part of his special day!!!!

  2. looks yummy!! cute party! lots of details and i love that!!

  3. OMG Brittany, so stinking gorgeous!!! Everything is just so amazing I can't catch my breath!!! I'm sharing on FB right now : )

  4. Oh wow!! You did a FANTASTIC job with this party!!! Love it!! I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures-very cute!!

  5. SO super fabulous! What an insanely clever theme!!!
    Love Love Love

  6. amazing, everything was just amazing!! You are killing me with that 9' burger, GREAT job!

  7. had me at the entrance!! OMG that huge hamburger is amazing!! Love it ALL! Your little guy adorable as always!!

  8. HOW CREATIVE!! Overflowing with originality! Love, love, love! Fabulous job, Brittany. ;) Hard to pick a favorite item, but i'm going to go with your stellar cupcake display!

  9. I love every detail!!
    What a fun, cleaver great!

  10. So cute Brittany! I love this! You are never going to believe this but G's party this year will have the red and white pattern fabric included. How funny! I love it all! Totally love the marshmallow favors!

  11. WOW!! Love love love this party theme! You really rocked it, congrats! That backdrop and those cupcakes are genius! I'm totally going to share this as well!

  12. Holy smokes girlfriend, I need to come up with something bigger that 'rocked it out' 'cuz it's way more awesomer!!! Running off to share!

  13. so cute & fun! LOVE the burger theme!

  14. Awesome! This is so much fun! Love every detail!

  15. how amazing! love all the vintage coke stuff!

  16. Unbelievably cute!!!!! Love love love this Brit!!! Fantastic job!!!


  17. I have to agree with everyone!!! what a creative theme!!! love how everything turned out!!! just amazing!!!!

  18. Every detail is brilliant! You are very talented!

  19. beyond looooove this party!!!! love love love

  20. AMAZING!!! You are so talented. This is just too cute for words!

  21. you knocked it out of the park Girl!!!
    You are honestly one of my top fave party peeps!!!

    Flipping burger FABULOUS.

  22. Happy Birthday Grayson what a clever Mummy you have! I love it all but my face is your cool invite. Awesome party.

  23. This is just too cute! Love the details!

  24. What a fab party and fabulous duo - You and Pug! :D

    Way to go gals!!

  25. Stop it! Love everything! So creative and nailed the details. Looks like a fun day and what a sweet sweet birthday boy!!!!!


  26. Love every last deet. Perfect party. Perfect little birthday boy:) Ginormous burgers up the staircase RULE!

  27. Super! That backdrop is awesome!

  28. wow! You should get mom of the year for this party! Would love to share as my "merry monday" party this coming Monday!
    RM, Home Confetti

  29. This is amazing!!! It is such a unique theme, love all of the details. Great job!

  30. WOW WOW WOW! I am in LOVE with this party. The details and theme is so fantastic!

  31. As always - adorable!!! Great work. Great detail. I love it. And your little man is the cutest thing in all the land.

  32. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Absolutely adorable - I love the diner menu backdrop and antique Coke bottle holder!

  33. This is AMAZING!!!! I love the diner theme and the menu board is amazing!!! I'll be participating in "Lemonade Day" with my daugher and some of these ideas I'll keep in mind when we set up her "shop!" Thanks for the great post!!! I'd love to share this on the Tots blog if it would be ok? Just let me know :)

  34. Hi Brittany, been out of town. Party looks awesome and the ginormous hamburger FABULOUS!! Great job and awesome vendors :)

  35. DARLING! all of it- the huge hamburger is so great and i love that you used a cupcake stand for condiments :) so wishing i lived in the same town as our extended family so BIG birthday parties would be easier for me!

  36. This party is AMAZING!! Every detail is so creative and original! You have amazing talent! I love everything so not sure I can pick out my favorite! I need to step up my game for Madison's birthday party! :)

  37. This looks awesome! Going to have to try this for my next cookout or tailgating hamburger party .

  38. Such an amazing theme and an amazing party! I just love the colors and the details and especially the giant hanging hamburger! Wow! --Michelle


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