I always say that the event invitation should really set the tone for a party, as it is the first impression folks will have of your event. It is also an easy way to find a theme (colors, fonts, and patterns) that you can carry through your whole event to make it pretty and consistent.
For the case of this party, I found a really pretty invitation from Printastic Design on Etsy that I used to inspire my party. I ended up creating the paper products on my own with Illustrator, and using my favorite online printer (the best prices I have found online, plus quick turnaround, and always great quality), UPrinting. But I loved this design on Etsy, especially the blue and green color scheme.
Printastic Design also has really cool printables for sale on Etsy here.
Here are the details from Sawyer's party:
Shutter Shade Sunglasses, a steal at under $7 for a dozen at Amazon.
Favor bags. Favors in the bags included musical-themed favors from Party City in the party's color scheme (kazoos, harmonicas, little trumpet shaped whistles), as well as bubbles (always a favorite amongst the kiddos), these mini rock star rubber duckies from Amazon, these rock-themed stickers purchased in bulk from Amazon, and rock-themed temporary tattoos.
Neon green wristbands, also from Amazon. Everyone at the party was given a wristband at the door by our "doorman" (my husband).
Keep Calm and Rock On posters in the party's color scheme lined the hall.
Instead of buying custom water bottle labels, I used a trick I saw on Pinterest of using patterned duct tape around the bottles, then stickers I printed with some of the party theme.
Lemonade mixed with Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid on the left, and green juice on the right.
Popcorn served in popcorn containers sold at Party City. Party City had many products that matched perfectly with our party's color scheme (which were Party City's Caribbean Blue and Kiwi colors).
Homemade Rice Krispie Treat Pops. Popsicle sticks and ribbon came from the craft store. I followed the usual recipe for the Rice Krispie Treats, then cut them into cubes using a pizza cutter. After inserting the sticks, I dipped them into melted blue candy coating (also from the craft store), then dipped into sprinkles. I let chill overnight so the treats and the candy coating could set. These were a big hit, and were much easier to make than cake pops.
Homemade chocolate-dipped pretzels using the same method as the dipping of the pops above. Also a huge hit among guests. I dipped about half od them in sprinkles while the candy coating was still wet.
Homemade star-shaped sugar cookies to go with the Rock Star theme. I used blue sugar sprinkles for the top.
What's a rock party without rock candy? Party City has these in every shade imaginable.
Homemade cupcakes with DIY toppers and sprinkles.
DIY toppers were easy to make. I purchased guitar die-cuts in the party's color scheme from The Purple Butterfly on eBay, added a white star punch, then hot glued them to toothpicks. Voila!
Inspired by this stone sign, I created a paper "It's Only Rock n' Roll But I Like It" sign for décor using the event colors and a free Circus or Carnival style font.
I made this mini sprinkles knock-out carrot cake for Sawyer's obligatory first birthday "cake smash." First, I frosted the cake. Then, I cut out a "1" from some paper, and placed it on top of the cake. I proceeded to pour sprinkles all over the top of the cake, pressing them down into the frosting a bit. When I removed the paper "1," this is how it looked.
As always, my themed parties need a good playlist. Here's what we used:
- I Love Rock N’ Roll (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
- Old Time Rock and Roll (Bob Seger)
- Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo (Rick Derringer)
- Rock’n’Roll is Here to Stay (Danny & The Juniors)
- TWe Built this City (Starship)
- Shake, Rattle and Roll (Bill Haley & His Comets)
- It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It) (The Rolling Stones)
- Rock and Roll (The Velvet Underground)
- I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister)
- Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry)
- Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS)
- Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin)
- Your Mama Don’t Dance (Poison)