milk and cookies party

For my daughter Aubrey's first birthday, we had a milk and cookies themed party. Who doesn't love milk and cookies right!?
I'm totally behind the eight ball as most of you have already seen it featured on several other blogs. I'm FINALLY getting it posted here on my blog. I entered this party in the "Most Adorable Kids Party 2009" over at Creative Hostess on a whim. I thought "why not". So I sent her a few pictures and the rest is history. The response has been overwhelming!
This party was a lot of fun to put together. I should also say this party was a lot of fun to put on, as in "put on" a few pounds. I not only made the cake, but all the cookies too - about 30 dozen to be exact. I HAD to sample everything I made - both in dough form and finished product. Quality control is a tough job; I wouldn't want anyone else to have to do it. Well, I didn't make the Oreo's, but still had to insure they were ok to eat!



















The party details:
-invitations: I used a package of plain brown cards and put my own decorations on. The "cookies" I made by drawing chocolate chips with a brown marker and then tracing them with a sharper outline with a Sharpie on natural color cardstock. Then I crinkled the paper over and over again. Really mash it up! Then open and glue. The milk glass was a piece of tracing paper, a little piece of ribbon for the straw and finally a piece of acetate cut larger than the tissue. I rounded the edges for the look of a glass and added a few lines with a black Sharpie to try and show reflection. I was really pleased with how they turned out. The actual invite (inside) was laid out on the computer, printed, trimmed and taped inside.

-signage: the sign at the front door as well as the one on the highchair were a special find. It was a kit (by Bride's) that I found in the clearance bin at Michael's. I only spent $2.50 and look at the impact. The original purpose of the kit was name tags for chairs, i.e. the bride, the groom. Don't always take the instructions literally. I changed it up and it worked beautifully. The kit came with instructions on how to print on your own printer at home. For a couple bucks, I loved it!

-pom poms: You see these pom poms everywhere now. Martha Stewart sells a kit at Michael's that is very easy to use. Unfortunately, they didn't come in colors I needed so I just made my own with brown, white and cream tissue paper I found at various stores. I used the same ribbon to hang the pom-poms as I used to wrap the cookie jars. Its details like that which make an event very cohesive.

-bottles: My original inspiration for this party came when I was rummaging through my grandparents garage, attic and basement. They have saved everything! They had a plethora of old milk bottles, many of which were their actual bottles they had milk delivered in. How cool is that!? Some bottles I used as vases for flowers next to the cake. I hadn't planned on flowers, but when I saw a package of brown and white flowers at BJ's, I knew it was meant to be. What a happy accident! That my friends is sweet serendipity! Other milk bottles I used as, well, milk bottles! Where I was deficient, I bought flip-top bottles from Ikea. Since I want you all to learn from my mistakes and have an even better party, make sure you laminate the tags that go on the milk bottles - and the ice, water and tea in my case. At first everything was fine, but as soon as the condensation started, the labels started to bleed. Midway through the party, they were looking pretty rough. The favor bottles were re-purposed Frappacino bottles. I washed them and removed the labels. The lids were kind of tricky to get completely clean - some elbow grease needed for sure. I printed new labels for both the side and lid. I used 1% milk for 1st birthday - get it!? I also used the bigger side label to thank the guests for coming. Attached to the bottles were little bags of cookies and a brown and white pattern straw. The straws were again one of those happy accidents. I found them in the clearance bin - four for $1 at Joann Fabrics.

-cup tags: Since so many children (and forgetful adults - including myself!) were going to be at the party, I wanted to enable everyone to keep track of their drinks. I printed a sepia-toned photo of the birthday girl on natural color cardstock. I attached the pictures with bakers twine. Its function as well as another cute, affordable detail.

-birthday hat: I really wanted Aubrey to have a cute little hat to match her outfit. I started with a leftover hat from a friend's birthday party. Again, in an effort to keep the party cohesive, I used leftover paper and ribbon from the cookies jars. The "ruffled" ribbon on the bottom of the hat was just loops hot glued close together. I hand lettered the words on with marker and then outlined in Sharpie.

-white everything: Whenever possible, I try to buy any entertaining pieces in white. Not only does food look best on white, but white pieces can easily be incorporated into any decor. I just add color, in this case ribbon, which makes it look like I bought it just for that event. Case in point, I have a matching set from Pottery Barn (on sale way back when) of a white ice bucket and white utensil holder. I couldn't tell you how many times I have thrown coordinating ribbon on those two things to add another small detail to the overall look. You can see both of these items with brown and white ribbon in the photos.

-stamped plates: I have gotten so many compliments on plate stamping I've done in the past. Important note before you start... you want this to be food safe so make sure to follow the directions. You wouldn't want anyone making you eat regular ink without knowing right?! First you will need a couple of supplies. An un-inked stamp pad and gel food color and any rubber stamp that hasn't touched regular ink - Again, food safe! Start by soaking the pad with the food color. You don't need to use all the food color, but just make sure you are completely soaking the pad. I usually use a table knife to spread the color all around. You're now ready to go. Ok, here comes the tricky part. Put on your patient pants because this can be trying at times. When stamping make sure to stamp STRAIGHT down and back up again. Since plates are much slicker than paper, it has a tendency to smudge. When this happens I just wipe off the plate with a damp paper towel, dry it and try again. And in some cases, again and again. Stick with it because once you're all done you'll really get a great party detail. I always get compliments on this project. Once I did an old pram stroller stamp for a baby shower I was hosting and one of the guests asked me "where in the world did you find baby stroller plates?" She had no idea they were temporary images. Once food, especially wet food, touches the image it will begin to smear. I am planning on doing a tutorial on this process soon. Stay tuned!

Just like I use the wonderful web for constant inspiration, I want to provide you all the links of what I looked at for ideas while putting this party together. They are all adorable and great parties. And if you ever do a milk and cookies party, please share it with me. I would LOVE to see your photos.
Inspiration from here and here and here.

76 comments:

I run for cake! said...

This is such an adorable party theme! I have seen these pics featured on several other websites so far and just love every single aspect of your party! The cake is so cute, I love the brown & white colors and the milk jars are such a special touch! Congrats with having your party featured, you are so creative!

katie@tulsadetails said...

Seriously, this party was absolutely amazing. To say I loved it is an understatement! The details are amazing!

Michelle Torres said...

I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I truely enjoyed the pictures of your Daughters Birthday, you did such a wonderful job.... You inspired me in many ways and I wish you could maybe share with me where or how you made your labels for youe comtainers and jars? Thank you so much for the inspiration...



Michelle Torres
cingulwasme@aol.com

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Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

I saw this party in the contest~ too cute! Love the milk bottles. What a great find;o)

~Tanya

Genevieve said...

This party is BEYOND AMAZING! So much so that I featured it on my blog! Come take a look! ;-)
http://genevieve-celebratetoday.blogspot.com/2010/03/cookies-anyone.html

Lisa said...

Love, love, love! The plates are such an amazing idea, especially since I just recently discovered gel food coloring! I will definitely have to try that!

Penelope said...

The stamped plates...pure genius!!!

star said...

how beautiful! i love this party theme! i need to do one of these parties, soon! i will definately feature this party on my blog!

Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns said...

So gorgeous and modern!

{Amanda} said...

wow- this is AMAZING! I love all of your ideas, your cost-saving creativity, and the overall design at the party. it looks like it was an adorable celebration- congrats to a 1-yr-old & great memories =)

Natasha said...

What a fantastic idea! And a perfect way to celebrate a birthday (I am totally stealing this idea)...can't wait to see what you come up with when Aubrey turns two!

xoxoxo

Nina-bo-bina-bo-nana-nana-bo-fina said...

Wow!!! I love this idea!!!!! I might use it soon :-D

Liz said...

What a great party! Thank you SO much for the idea of looking for bottles at Ikea. I am always scouring antique stores looking for milk bottles to use as vases in my projects, which gets pricey.

Love the plate stamping. So clever.

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cellulunatic said...

Wow, awesome idea! I love the attention to detail and the amazing themes! You really went out of your way to make your daughter's 1st really magical! :)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I am in awe at the gorgeous details that went into this party. Love everything you did!

Heather Justesen said...

Wow, you are a party diva! This was totally cool, and someday I'm going to have an excuse to use the stamped plates idea!

Gretchen said...

Could you share with me how you made the brown labels? Did you order them? Thanks, I'm simply in love with this idea and all of your details!

Jilly Beanz Thingz said...

Just to let you know I posted your how to on the plate stamping on my blog: http://jillybeanzthingz.blogspot.com/2010/05/custom-stamped-plates.html

{Brittany} said...

Just wanted to thank you for this idea. I just used the theme for a bridal shower and it was such a hit! I hope you don't mind that I linked to this post in order to give you credit for the great idea. Thanks again!

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frankr3337 said...

What an amazing job! Found you through Catch My Party. Posting on FB
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ohboy said...

Beautiful party!!! Adorable!! Loved that you gave us all the inside details. I might use some of it for my baby boy's 1st birthday coming up in August!Thanks!!

jessieasjune said...

I love this! It is adorable-and your tutorial is awesome.
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Alicia said...

What a PRECIOUS party! I am using all of your amazing ideas for a baby sprinkle I'm throwing next month. But I wanted to add an idea my mom came up with for the perfect favor. She suggested making the cookie-in-a-jar (where you layer all of the ingredients for a certain type of cookie in a Mason jar) with a label as a favor. Love that idea too! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Jenk said...

I am running with this theme for my daughter's 2nd birthday party- where did you find the giraffe straws? I love them! I am at annajenk@yahoo.com

a. party style said...

Mrs. Jenk,
The straws were a lucky find in the clearance bin at Joann Fabrics. Unfortunately, I doubt they have them anymore.

Gretchen,
Sorry I'm so delayed in answering your question. Don't know how I missed it! Anyway, I made the labels myself in the program called InDesign. You could do them in any design software really. I have sold them to others if that is something you are interested in. Just email me - apowers.apartystyle@gmail.com

And to everyone else, thanks for your continuing compliements. You sure do know how to make a girl feel good! This party has taken on a life of it's own! I love it!

AubreyRose @ My Simple Everyday said...

I LOOOOOOOOVE this theme!! Great job!!!

Angie Mack said...

I have always wanted to do a "milk-n-cookies" theme. Your set-up is oh so divine ~ I love the details! Beautifully done Anne.

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Anonymous said...

what an amazing party idea! how did you make the wrap around labels for the invitation?

Lorena Cagnotti said...

Hi Anne!
I featured your post on my new blog!
Hope you like it! You did a great job!!

http://www.sueniosencantados.com/blog/2010/07/cookies-and-milk/

ADayInTheLife said...

I'm new to the blogging world, but stumbled across yours when I was trying to find a cute idea for my daughter's First Birthday. You have inspired me to take on the "Milk and Cookies" theme! It is in October, but I'll be sure to send pictures your way. Thank you for the pictures and instructions!

Anonymous said...

wow! I love love love this party idea! I have been racking my brain for a creative first birthday idea. What was the wording on your invitations? Im sure you had some adorable wording and would love to hear it!
Dallas mommy

a. party style said...

Anonymous - The wrap around labels for the invitations are actually 2 pre-bought labels from Paper-Source. I cut one in half for the return address on the back and for the front, I just cut off the border on one end so it looked like it went on around.

Lorena - thanks so much for the feature! And best of luck with your new blog.

ADayInTheLife - Thanks, you're too sweet. PLEASE do send photos; I would love to see your party. I'm still waiting on several others to send me theirs.

Anonymous - If you click on the picture of the invitation, it will enlarge it so you can read the wording. It was pretty ordinary, but did do a couple of word plays. For the timing of the party, I put "bake time" and for the where, I put "our oven" followed by our address. Hope this helps!

Leigh Anne said...

I'm doing this for my daughter's 1st birthday in October. I'm wondering what kind of food you served to your guest?

Your party was amazing and your little one is gorgeous!

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kami @ nobiggie.net said...

So stinkin' cute!

I featured your party today. You can see it here: http://www.facebook.com/NoBiggie

Are you on Facebook?

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Celebrating the first birthday of your child is one of the milestones in a parent's life. Especially when you have such a cute baby as your daughter. There is a cute store just blocks away from tent rentals, Bay area . It has a lot of stuff that you need for special occasions like these.

Shannon said...

I recently copied this idea for a first birthday party for my daughter. Here is the blog post, so you can see how we put our own spin on it. We didn't quite have as many adorable touches, but I'm still really happy with how it turned out. http://the-grooters-family.blogspot.com/2011/01/milk-cookies-paiges-1st-birthday-party.html

Thanks for the great idea!

Monica Bremer said...

Hey Anne! I'd love to imitate this for my son's second birthday. I love the cake! And those bottles are so cute (as well as your daughter). We'll be inviting the whole family, so we decided to hold it in a ballroom. Most of my cousins from Denver, CO have children so the room will be filled toddlers! I'm so excited. Thanks for this idea. Btw, how's Aubrey's birthday for this year?

Pauline said...

Ok, so this a VERY FUNNY question...but I am trying to find the border you used for the invitations and all the lables and I can't find it anywhere...would you be able to help me? I love the way it looks on the bottles. Thanks for your help:)
If you don't mind, would you email me at:
Pauline at tinkertoys dot net
Thank you so much:) I am in the middle of trying to get a "Milk and Cookies" baby shower together and I am working on the invites/lables right now.
Thanks again,
Pauline

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This is just way too cute! I love the idea and gonna use it for my next party.

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Mrs.G said...

I think I'll be doing this party in November for my little boy who will be turning one. I love it. You did an amazing job. The whole thing is awesome :)

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Ann-Marie said...

I just discovered this post -- and thereby your blog -- via Pinterest today. This is probably the cutest party idea I've seen in a long time. The question I have, is where did you get the following things: the wide-mouth jars you put the cookies in (primarily the four in the front row of that photo) and the pitchers used for the water and tea? I love them all. Great job!

a. party style said...

Ann-Marie-
I have collected those wide-mouth jars at places like Target, Ikea and Wal-Mart. The pitchers for the water and tea were from Crate and Barrel years ago. I don't know if they are still available??? Hope this helps.

Ann-Marie said...

Thanks for the tips!

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This party is so amazing! What a great idea! How did you make the cookies on top of the cake????

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I think I'll be doing this party in November for my little boy who will be turning one. I love it. You did an amazing job. The whole thing is awesome :)

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BEAUTIFUL PARTY!!! We are going to try something similar for my son in March. Can you tell me where you purchased your cake stand and what size it is?

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love this party theme, I plan on doing it for my daughters 2nd birthday in 2 months. I have been stocking up on starbucks bottles and recently found out how to easily take off all the sticky stuff! Cover the sticky area with peanut butter, let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub off! Takes off everything!

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I love the down to earth colouring of this party, it is so relaxing. The cake is an absolute stand out feature, it is sensational :-)

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