Food! Who doesn’t love party food? I almost always keep food pretty simple for many reasons, but the main one is selfish. I really enjoy spending my time on the desserts, beverages and decor, but not so much the food, so I buy almost everything. Let’s begin with the photo booth and come back to food shortly.

Please note that all photos were taken by the lovely Melissa Oholendt. She is SO wonderful. If you are in the Twin Cities and looking for someone for parties, weddings, family portraits or anything really, I just love her!

I created a simple “mini photo booth” this year and it turned out great. I was really happy with the random props I made and the DIY backdrop using this tutorial and a couple of yards of Ikea fabric.

This year we utilized a lot of things we already owned.

I’m not a big fan of giving Bodhi sugary drinks at all. He drinks water and plain milk 99.9% of the time, but for his birthday, I broke my own rule. As a treat from time to time, he gets vanilla milk at Barnes and Noble when I have a coffee and we read books. He loves it, so I thought it would be a fun drink for the kids.

The activities this year were mostly just Bodhi’s toys everywhere, but we did have a story time with The Story of Ferdinand. My mom (aka Grammy) read the book to many of the kids who were willing to sit still on the rug. Believe me, with all of the sugar and action going on, it wasn’t easy to get anyone to sit, but a few little ones did.

See! They did. They really did.

I used the book to decorate the fireplace too.

As I mentioned earlier, we kept the food simple. I made greek pasta salad cups, but everything else was bought, mostly from Trader Joe’s.

These utensil holders were my favorite thing ever! And it’s a free printable. I wrote about them here and about how I just used washi tape to hold them together.

The coffee and beverage area was a big fail! I couldn’t find my big silver beverage tub anywhere and had planned to use it. I panicked several times that day trying to figure out how to keep things cool and pretty. But finally gave up.

Then on top of that, I forgot to go pick up a cute cow creamer bowl from my awesome friend Cassie and realized about five minutes before the party started so you have a big bottle of Coffee-mate sitting out. Minor details, right?

Our guests enjoying the event.

It was such a fun day for Bodhi. When we were on vacation last week, he talked about it every time we sat down at a restaurant. B said “So, when is my birthday mama?” Not until next year, my darling. And that will come much too soon for your mama who wants time to stand still for a bit.

Resources and vendor credits 

Event styling: Jessica Flannigan of
Photography: Melissa Oholendt Photography
Paper products: Grace & Guy Paperie
Yippee signs: Paging Supermom
Dessert table backdrop-canvas with black ribbon
Banners and garlands-DIY using scrapbook paper
Cake topper-DIY using scrapbook paper and paper straws
Cow candle-DIY following Hank+Hunt directions
Milk bottles-Shop Sweet Lulu
Black and white snack cups-Shop Sweet Lulu via Amazon
Cow cake pops-Shelby’s Bakeshop
Cow silhouette and ribbon cake pops-Beyond the Bar Bakery
Cow silhouette sticks for cake pops-DIY at Archiver’s
Ribbon sticks-DIY
Cake pop stand-wood box from Michaels, foam and moss covering it from Joann Fabrics.
Silver cows-plastic toy cows spray painted silver
Cookie cake stand-A Fabulous Fete from last year-spray painted white
Kid tables-Ikea
White, black chairs and green and white stools-Ikea
Green chairs-garage sale and painted kelly green
Table runners-Cut out of Ikea Sophia fabric left with frayed edges
The Story of Ferdinand Book-used as art on gallery wall, fireplace and party favors
Paper lanterns-Martha Stewart on Amazon
Chair garlands-DIY with scrapbook paper
Topiary trees-Home Goods
Photo booth props-DIY
Suitcases on photo booth-Land of Nod
Mini photo booth backdrop-DIY using this tutorial and fabric from Ikea
Party favors-The Story of Ferdinand from Amazon
Green plant pots-Target dollar spot
Cows, cows everywhere-all from Runnings in Benson, MN (Thanks mom!)
Chalkboard easel-Ikea
Balloons-Party City
Eat Drink Play and Eat Drink Smile utensil holders-DIY using this free printable and washi tape
Cake stand and wood platters-Borrowed from a friend. Originally purchased at Michaels.
Silver table for singing happy birthday-West Elm 

All of the other party goodness!

Dessert table

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