We’ve already talked about the background behind the ‘Preppy Tie Shop’ theme for Chase and I’s joint birthday and how the party was set up, so now I’m going to get into the details! Let me start off by saying that all of the printable items you are going to see are available for purchase in the shop. I now have a girls version and a boys version of everything. The boys version has the navy bow tie (pictured below) and the girls version has a pink hair bow. If you’re not keen on the ‘preppy tie shop’ wording, text can be updated if you’d rather have a ‘little man’, ‘bow tie’, or ‘hair bow’ party.
Let’s start with the invitations! The main invitation was designed to look like an invitation to a retail store ‘Friends & Family’ event. Since I wanted the focus to be on Chase, I didn’t include any information regarding my birthday on the actual invitation. Instead, I included an enclosure card that contained the additional information for the guests.
I also created printable party hats for the birthday boy and birthday girl to wear. Printable party hats are super easy to put together and add a really nice personalization to a birthday party. All you need to do is print the document, cut the hat out, and then tape or glue the ends together. You can also add some flair like I did below with the bow tie and hair bow.
Another detail that I added was customized birthday numbers. I started with plain paper mache numbers from Hobby Lobby and painted them with stripes to match the party. I created the stripes by using tape and then painting over the tape. I think they came out great!
The hair bows were displayed on an old french memo board that I covered in the same fabric that was used for the table runners. I created printable hair bow holders that the bows were clipped to and then there were hung on the memo board with T-Pins.
The neck ties were displayed in paper drawers from The Container Store. The ties were made by my mom with fabric that I purchased from Fabric.com. The fabrics were a mix of navy, pink, and green stripes and polka dots to coordinate with the rest of the party. I wish I had a better shot of the ties from the party, but they were all rolled up in the drawers. You can see one in the photos from Chase’s birthday shoot.
In addition to the hair bows, there were also gumball necklaces for the girls that were a big hit! They were made out of ribbon, buttons, and 1-inch pink shimmer gumballs, and then hung on a jewelry T-bar I found on Amazon. I found a wonderful tutorial for anyone interested in making similar necklaces!
Another touch that I added to give the party more a shop feel was gift boxes with printable gift tags. They were just empty boxes wrapped in navy blue gift wrap that were set up on various tables. It was a very inexpensive way to add additional decorations.
This beautiful wreath from Sweet Georgia Sweet hung on our front door. I didn’t even have to custom order this! Bethany posted it on Facebook one day and it was just too PERFECT not to buy!
We had 2 different sizes of clip on bow ties for the boys. My mother made these in addition to the neck ties with the same coordinating fabrics. I purchased bow tie clips off Etsy and she used a simple online tutorial (like this one) to make the bow ties.
Each child received an activity kit that was filled with a notepad, bow tie shaped crayons, bubbles, and chalk. The kits were made with navy blue kraft gable boxes and labeled with printable labels that I designed to coordinate with the party and were printed on matte-finish label paper from OnlineLabels.com.
One of my very favorite details from this ‘Preppy Tie Shop’ party was the bow tie shaped cornhole bags! Now, I don’t know if I’m the first person to ever think of this, but I had never seen them before so I thought it was a pretty ingenious idea and it was SUPER easy to do ; ) All you need to do is wrap fabric or ribbon around the center of the bag and voila! – you have a bow tie shaped bag!
I mentioned in my last post where the linens and dessert table curtains and sign were from, but didn’t talk about the plates and cake stands. These lovely white cake stands are from The TomKat Studio and the white plates are from Target. I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE these cake stands! They’re so versatile and I know I will be using them in MANY future events.
That just about wraps up this post! In my final post I’ll be talking about all of the cute food and desserts that you’ve seen so stay tuned…
Invitations, Printables, + Party Styling | Paige Simple Studio
Photography | CapturedNH
Custom Painted Wooden Spoons | One Stylish Party
Custom Galvanized Tubs | Wandering Starfish
Custom Sign Decals | Ten23Designs
Flowers | Lotus Floral Designs
Fondants Cupcake + Cake Toppers | Sugar High Inc.
Cookies | Lizy B Bakes
Chocolate Covered Oreos | Sweeties by Kim
Chocolate Covered Pretzels | Bubbas Sweets
Macarons + Cupcakes | Sophisticakes
Cake | Creative Cakes by Debby
Wreath | Sweet Georgia Sweet
Misc. Party Supplies | PartyOn! Designs + The TomKat Studio
Photo Year Book | Shutterfly
Cornhole Board | Victory Tailgate