Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Little Man First Birthday Lunch + $50 Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway

Winner update 9/20/13: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry #16 Jessica D

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review. 

My oldest just turned 12 and I still remember when he was an itty bitty.  His first birthday was a simple affair...his dad and I watched him eat a cupcake. I wasn't into parties until his second birthday...and well, you know the rest. Nowadays, it becomes an over-the-top affair that clearly is all about the parents. But I have to admit, if I could do it over again, I would have made a bigger deal.

So when Pear Tree Greetings invited me to sample some of their stationery, I saw it as the perfect opportunity for a do-over.  How would I have done it? I still would have kept it simple (hubby would have vetoed a crazy affair anyways) and have a simple luncheon and playdate with friends.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch Pear Tree Greetings project screen

Pear Tree Greetings is known for their memorable birth announcements, baby shower invitations  and kids' birthday party invitations and more.  Created with designs from vintage chic to festive fun and printed on premium quality paper, their products are affordably priced.

They also carry super cute party decorations.  It was pretty hard to decide but I went with the Mr. Mustache table decor and address labels and built the entire party table around them.  You can customize colors, wording and even upload your own photos....and sidebar, wasn't he adorable? I uploaded his birth announcement and first birthday studio photos for the table decor items.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch table

So without further ado, I bring you my sweet and simple do-over, a  Little Man First Birthday Lunch. This would totally work for a baby cute would it be to use baby photos of the parents-to-be?

Little Man First Birthday Lunch full shot

I am so over mustaches (that was sooo 2 years ago...sorry) and resisted the urge to do any further decorating with them. I couldn't change the ones in the table decor confetti though but it's all good because bowties was the name of the game.

I used them as wall confetti instead and paired it with a crepe paper bow tie garland I created using The Flair Exchange's easy tutorial.  And don't think I wasn't obsessing over finding navy and mint crepe paper, because in my mind I would have alternated between the three colors.

I mixed and matched tassels from my existing The Flair Exchange garlands but you can order your own in these colors.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch Pear Tree Greetings wall decor

I absolutely LOVED how the wall confetti turned out! Of course, looking at pictures of the boy probably was part of that. They come in a deliciously big 5.5, 4.5"  and 3" circles of quality cardstock for a total of 27 pieces per order.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch a slider bar

Little Man First Birthday Lunch slider bar

Easy party food is always the name of my game.  If men are involved, you can't be breaking out finger sandwiches and you can never go wrong with sliders. Set up a easy slider bar with toppings and condiments in small containers like my Pier 1 white porcelain spoons.

Just because they are sliders doesn't mean you can't still party them up with a custom skewer.  I made my paper bows using this paper punch (I found mine at Paper Source) and added a pop dot for dimension.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch dipped marshmallows

I never tire of wooden candy sticks; get them party ready with a few ribbon ties for dipped marshmallows.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch beverages

Little Man First Birthday Lunch bow tie salad

Of course you have to serve bow tie salad.

Little Man First Birthday no sew bow ties

I'm still excited over my no sew bow ties...peek back at my Tuesday Tutorial for how to make them. Somehow, I must figure out another reason to make some more.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch favors

I turned the PTG address labels into thank you labels for the finishing touch on Chinese take out favor boxes wrapped with crepe paper streamer. Yes, I found them in streamers, not in sheets.  I wanted to make more bows from the streamers, but  I couldn't for the life of me figure out the bow tie tutorial using streamers. They never looked right.

Seriously, look how easy it is to make these favor boxes! I buy mine in bulk from Cash & Carry and let me tell you, it is the best party investment yet, since they are seriously overpriced at party and craft stores.

Remember, fabulous party decor doesn't have to be over the top, it's the little details that make it special.  Of course, it was all made easier working with Pear Tree Greetings.  The online customizing was straight forward and you can see exactly what your order will look like with its color and type.  My order came in lickity split too, yeah!
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Don't believe me? Here's your chance to get some party pretty for yourself because Pear Tree Greetings is graciously offering one of my readers a $50 credit for your next celebration!

No party on the horizon? That's ok, they have holiday cards, stationery, teacher gifts and more! Just enter below on Rafflecopter and be sure to read the terms and conditions.  Good luck!

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

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  1. It is all so cute! I love those tiny bow ties! You have such a fabulous talent for putting together creative parties.

  2. I'd get the "Bold Style" address labels.

  3. Adorable party! I just love this! This would be a great theme for a Father's Day celebration too!

  4. Very cute!! I really liked your finger sandwiches idea and how you had it set up!! Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week.

  5. How cute! I wasn't big on the mustache fad either, but I love the way you used them here. I think I'd get some address labels made up for our new home, and maybe some holiday cards to go along with them! :)

  6. I would get Halloween party invitations. I am not sure which ones. They are all so cute!! I love your party too!

  7. Love the baby announcements.


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