Jake's Red Scooter Birthday Party!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

When I think of Jake, I think of him zooming around on his little red scooter.  So when it came time to plan his 4th Birthday Party last month, I knew that a "Little Red Scooter" party was perfect for him.  And I love parties with a "vintage" feel and his little hand-me-down scooter looks practically vintage from so much use.  I was thrilled with the pictures that our photographer {Marjorie Deacon} took, and patiently kept them to myself while only sharing them with one source as I dreamed about something I've always dreamed about as a party loving mama... a feature on Hostess With the Mostess!  

Last week, my party mama dream came true and Jake's Vintage Style Red Scooter Party was featured on HWTM!!  

Here are some of the pictures from Jake's fun party...


Painted "aged" JAKE on the mantel 

with pictures of him on his little red scooter 
on the wall above the mantel

Vintage style suitcases throughout the party...

Jake's "Little Red Scooter" that provides him hours upon hours of scooter fun {a well-loved hand-me-down Radio Flyer from big brother Samuel}

 I made the little scooter in Microsoft Word and used the font Veteran Typewriter for a vintage look...

Dressed up this burlap wreath for the front door...

{food... scooter style}
fresh fruit

and handle bars, of course!

plus lemonade, water bottles with my own labels, and juice boxes

All of Jake's friends brought their wheels 
{scooters, bikes, wagons...} 

and they decorated them for a Birthday Parade around the lake {we have these beautiful walking trails right behind our house... oh, how I looove that Willow tree whose branches are flirting with the water} 

Baby ducklings spotted on the lake 
during the Birthday Parade!

I love this old-fashioned game and seem to work it into every party theme.  I made it with part of a cardboard box, painted on a scooter, then added the polka dot ribbon as a border to hide the ragged edges. 

I'd like to eat a scooter now... don't you?  Made from Vienna Fingers, pretzel rods, and mini Oreos... all "glued" together with royal icing.

 {desserts... scooter style}
Jake wanted a "vanilla cake with vanilla frosting"... this Martha Stewart recipe adapted from her cupcake book's vanilla cupcake recipe was delicious, along with Martha Stewart's red velvet cupcake recipe I used for the dessert table too.

These sugar cookie "speed bumps" are like Oreo truffles but with sugar cookies... want to make them?  Click here for recipe and instructions :)

My boys had The Dangerous Book for Boys on their bookshelf and I love how it looks stacked with the suitcase and my favorite cake stand {from Target on clearance after Easter a few years back}

When I found that little vintage scooter on Amazon months before Jake's party, I squealed out loud... it was perfect! 

more scooter wheels

The devastation in Japan was so heartbreaking to see and hear about.   We had a Bake Sale just weeks before Jake's party and donated the money to savethechildren.org to help the kids in Japan.  When it came time for Jake's party, I was stuck.  I like to do "theme" favors and there just aren't many scooter favors out there and I didn't want to spend money on junk that I knew would get thrown out or on candy {his party was the day before Easter so I tried to avoid a sugar overload}.  

So I talked to Jake and we came up with this idea instead...  

I used Living Locurto's Halloween Cookie Mix recipe, and changed the name to Jake's Scooter-rific Cookie Mix.  I really wanted to do red and blue M&Ms only, but seriously WHY are those solid color M&M's soooo expensive?  They turned out great with regular M&M's and I saved about a million bucks by not going with red & blue only.

After the party, we were so happy with this idea that we've decided that we will be choosing a charity to donate to instead of favor bags every time one of our boys has a birthday.   And guess what?  Not one party guest asked about a goodie bag.  I love family traditions, and I'm so excited to collaborate with my boys and hear them decide which charity they want to support when it's their birthday each year!

{love this boy!}  
Happy 4th Birthday Jakers!!  
You are the funniest, sweetest boy in the world... 
love you to the moon and back, 
plus a whole lot more :)

This adorable shirt from piccadilly circus on etsy... great quality, definitely order a size up as recommended by Suzanne.  This is a size 6!

I'm linking Jake's Party here!

Craft That Party said...

I love this party more and more with every new picture I see!

Unknown said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my site. This party looks like so much fun. I love the edible scooters...what a great idea! I am following you back!

sherri lynn said...

This is the best party theme I've seen in such a long time! Congrats on getting featured - you definitely deserve the recognition! Your theme played out SO well in everything - the food, decorations, games, dessert. I love it!

Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said...

LOVE this! A girl after my own heart...I adore ALL things vintage and working those details into party planning! Congrats on the HWTM FEATURE!!!! That is a BIG deal! Thanks for poppin' by my blog...I'm following you too so I think we are officially stalking each other - LOL!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous party! I was just wondering where you found those gorgeous timber look baskets? Kim :)

www.gallamorewest.com said...

Thank you Kim! The little berry baskets are from thinkgarnish.com and the bigger wood boxes were my greatest find EVER... on clearance at Harry & David a few years ago for 97 cents each!

Jennifer said...

This party was fantastic!! I love it! I'm not HWTM or Kara's Party Ideas but I hope you don't mind me featuring it in my Soiree Day!
I'm your newest follower too!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful party! May I ask where you found that wire cake stand? Love it! Thanks so much!!

Véronique aka So Lovely Moments said...

I love this party and I hope you don't mind if I feature it on my french blog to give some cute ideas to french mums !

www.gallamorewest.com said...

Thank you, thank you! Jenny- the wire cake stand is from Target on clearance after Easter a few years ago. I have a collection of cake stands, but that one is my very favorite! :)

www.gallamorewest.com said...

Thank you Veronique! I'm thrilled that you're sharing it with your readers! :)

Colleen said...

Wow - I love this. Coming over from Stephanie Lynn's and I think I'll stay for a bit : )

Moore Minutes said...

This is just so PERFECT!! Congratulations on the HWTM feature! :) Thank you for commenting on my post too so I could find YOU.

The theme of this party is adorable! I can't get over it. Every detail is perfection. The scooter snacks are so cute. This was an exciting post for me to read.

Erin said...

Wow! Your party looks amazing! What fantastic ideas. LOVE the scooter sweets! =o) Thanks for finding me!

Anonymous said...

That is such an adorable party! Love the creative games you did.

milliemorganmedia said...

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Marcia (123 blog) said...

Love, love, LOVE your party. You did such a great job with the colours and the vintage elements, and most of all, i love your party favours :)

And Jake is just gorgeous!

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