Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{My Parties} Greyson's LIVE at FIVE Anchorman Party

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 Good evening and welcome to my LIVE at FIVE party!
When I was brainstorming my big guy's 5th birthday, I really wanted to play on the word "five." So, after tossing around several ideas with my sister and her hubs, he suggested Live at Five. Since we are all huge fans of Anchorman, I immediately jumped on this! I wanted to give it a retro spin, and harken back to the classic news anchors of days past.
And, since we call him Grey, even though his name is Greyson, the four letters were a perfect fit for the call letters of a news station.  

One of the first people I contacted when I was first planning this party was Piggy Bank Parties. I knew that they could absolutely kill it when it came to the printables. And, of course, they did not disappoint. Do sent over this absolutely amazing invitation using the call letters logo! I got so many texts and emails about how cute this invitation was!

 If you follow my parties for my boys, you know that I always have to do a big-impact piece for my entryway. This year, I made the call letters of the "news station" out of a large piece of cardboard and some paint. I printed the letters out from my computer and mod-podged them onto the signs. I spray painted the five with silver paint to make it reflect. 
 Do you love the tv banner? 
 Do also sent over some printable papers, including this retro TV. So, I printed five copies out and put his picture on each of his birthdays inside them. 
My idea for the table was for it to be a news desk. So, I ordered this corrugated cardboard from Shindigz and rolled it around the table to make it look solid. Then, I customized this awesome Brooklyn Bridge backdrop from Shindigz with a logo to make it look like a news studio backdrop. This is probably my favorite part of the entire party. 
For the food, I wanted some unique serving pieces, so I bought these video tapes at Goodwill for $1 a piece and glued them all together to make stands. Then, I printed out our station call letters and taped them to the videos. A simple clear plate on top and you've got yourself a stand!  Some of the food items were Chic-Fil-A wraps ("That's a Wrap!") and Nuggets ("Sound Bites").

And what's the news without coffee and doughnuts? I found this coffee cup planter at Lowe's months ago and used it to display the doughnuts on skewers. 
The phenomenal cake is from Mad Lily Cakery. I gasped when I saw it! The airbrushed woodgrain on the sides was my favorite part. It was the perfect retro touch! And guests couldn't believe it was the cake! And, it was delicious!
I found this adorable little movie camera light on Shindigz and could not resist. 
I was brainstorming ideas for food for the party and came up with these microphone meatballs! They were breadsticks with meatballs which I served with marinara sauce. 
The cute little suit, tie, and cookies were from Whimsy Cookie Co. I love their cookies so much and I have been responsible for eating several of these for the past few days! I love how they turned out!

My sister helped me make this "news ticker" for the top of the news desk. We used the little tv test patterns from Piggy Bank Parties and some bulletin board letters and mod-podge to make this perfect little ticker!
I searched high and low for a toy helicopter to add to the party table. I found this little guy at Wal-Mart and peeled all the stickers off and made my own little sticker with our call letters. Now Greyson loves playing with it!
For the favor table, I created a weather forecast for the backdrop. I handpainted this and it took several hours, but it was totally worth it. Several people asked me if this was the actual forecast for the week. And trust me, this weather outlook is pretty typical for Memphis!
I knew I wanted Piggy Bank Parties to do their microphone favor box for me, because it is awesome. And I asked them to add a little "box" around it for the call letters. They turned out amazing! And they even did a little tie tag for me too! The detail on this mic is so awesome! I filled them with dum-dums for the kiddos. 
I printed out the test pattern tv and taped it to a black cardboard box to make a 3-D tv for the mics to stand on. 

My sweet boy broke his leg last week and was in the hospital over the weekend, so he spent his birthday party in a cast and a wheelchair. But, being the champ he is, he enjoyed his party anyway!

And, because I am a total freak for the details, I had to make a photo-op for the guests. These are two of my favorite boys, posing as a news anchor. I hand-painted this little guy too.
This is some kind of miracle--us all smiling and looking at the camera!
Greyson's birthday shirt is by my extremely talented friend, Mollie at Personally Stitched. She blew my mind this time by replicating the call letters! She is so great!
 And, just because he is cute and this makes me laugh!

Signing off! Tune in next time!


Backdrop: Shindigz.com

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.


  1. Definitely one of the most original parties i've seen! Great job!

  2. Clever, creative, innovative, fresh, unique........Seriously!?!?!? Just perfect! I think I'm in love with you!

    1. This made me laugh out loud for real Debra! Thanks so much!

  3. Brilliant! Your themed food always blows me away. LOVE the Meatball Microphones, Sound Bites and such! We adore you and are always honored to be a part of your boys' parties! ♥

  4. Absolutely fabulous! I always look forward to your events darling!

  5. WFAB. I cannot believe how seriously awesome you are. All of the clever, original details and so perfectly presented. I adore the backdrop, the crawl, and the weather forecast is hilars. I still think the meatball mics jumped the shark, but I would have eaten three:0) Love you. Love Grey. Extraordinary.

  6. You never disappoint. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this clever theme and all the amazing details. What a fantastic collection by PBP!

  7. Brittany, that is such a creative party! I love all of the details that you came up with to make it cute and so clever! I also love all of the party cuteness from PBP- they are fabulous! The last photo still has me laughing!! :) Hope Grey is doing okay with his leg- what a good sport!

  8. Love this. And love it more because it was all about your son!

  9. you are so clever!!! i am in love with this!! amazing as always girlie!! xoxo

  10. This is so great!! Original idea, beautifully excecuted!!!!

  11. No words!!! So freakin' original and adorable, Britt! The backdrop alone is fab, let alone the photo booth and all the coordinating details! Congrats on another amazing party, friend! Happy Birthday to Greyson! ♥

  12. What an adorable party! I ALWAYS love your entry way pieces and this one is just toooooo cute for TV (pun intended). Awesome party for an awesome guy!


  13. LOVE this!!! So original and such perfection in every detail! You always blow me away. Amazing work Brittany!!

  14. Wow, the attention to detail is amazing! Love the theme!

  15. So stinking UNIQUE! Pinned this! Amazing work!!!

  16. This is one of the most creative and unique parties EVER! I'm so impressed by your attention to detail! : )


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