P is for Party {Vintage Birthday Party}

P is for Parker and Piper…and Party!  My sweet and adorable twins just turned 3 and we had an old fashioned birthday party to celebrate.

I wanted to have an old fashioned birthday with simple food, cake and party games.  I was inspired by my mom’s early edition vintage copy of the Dick and Jane books and set out to create a party reminiscent of that time.

I borrowed vintage toys, games and books from my Grandma and a few friends.  The color palette for the party was planned around vintage paper and fabric I found.

The table design was centered around the backdrop I designed and created, which you can see here.  The handmade drawstring bags served a dual purpose as party backdrop and party favors.

I kept the food simple and served box lunches with PB&J sandwiches, potato chips in custom made wax bags and oranges.  I sealed the wax bags with stickers I made using printables that Sweet Sosbee Designs created for me.

I served pink lemonade in glass bottles and used fabric and twine to cover them.

I made paper cones with my vintage scrapbook paper and embellished with paper rosettes.  I placed them in an old Coke crate and filled with popcorn.

I wanted a simple cake, just like you would have found at a birthday party in the 50′s.  My fabulous mom made the cake.  I added a little bunting I made with left over fabric, put it on this gorgeous cake stand and it was simply stunning!  (It was so tasty!  Too bad I forgot the knife and forks so we didn’t actually get to enjoy it at the party)

To keep with the theme of simplicity and old fashioned I made party decorations out of newspaper, crepe paper, doilies and vintage paper.

Party games included duck, duck goose, sack races, bean bag toss, making newspaper hats and a cake walk.

I set up a little bookshelf with vintage toys and individual boxes of cupcakes for the cake walk.  The idea was that each kid would get to take home a cupcake along with all their other party loot, but it was a good thing I had planned this activity since I forgot the stuff to serve the cake.

I can’t believe my twin’s are 3!

It really feels like just yesterday when I brought home 2 babies from the hospital, wondering how I was ever going to survive.  I adore these two with all my heart and can’t imagine my life without their sweet smiles.

We had such a great time at their old fashioned birthday party and it truly was a labor of love.

Vendor Credits:
Invitation, party tags & party signs – Sweet Sosbee Designs
Photos of twins – Elayne Dunn Photography; Party photos – Me
Paper – October Afternoon 5 Dime Series, found at Hobby Lobby
Fabric – Strawberry Field by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda
Everything else – ME!

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  1. LOVE everything about this sweet party!!!! GORGEOUS littles, by the way! :)

  2. BEAUTIFUL!!! Everything is so sweet & just PERFECT!!!

    Maria :)

  3. I adore every lil' detail! You created such an amazing party for your doubly cute twins!

  4. Absolutely precious! I love it!

  5. The pic of the kids at the bottom made me tear up!!! Seems like yesterday we were pregnant!!! (kinda!). Love it and my heart is breaking! You are beyond talented and deserving friend!

  6. soooo cute!! i love all things vintage :)

  7. Happy birthday to your sweeties. Gorgeous pictures of them! I also remember meeting you when you were pregnant with them. :) Times flies when you are having fun!

  8. What a darling party! I love it!

  9. Love this! I actually wrote a party plan with this same theme and it looked a lot like this in my mind. I never got to do it, though. So glad you were able to do this fun, unique theme! Looks so fun!

  10. This is truly one of the cutest parties I've seen … I absolutely love it!

  11. This is one of the loveliest parties ever. I have to pin :)

    My kids (also boy/ girl twins) will be 3 in July and I'm already starting to think about ideas.

  12. So adorable and precious!

  13. I just came across this when I was searching for ideas for my son’s birthday and I wanted to know what you put in goody bags to take home. I’m stumped to figure out what should go in his favors for a similar themed party.

    • I put a set of jacks, old fashioned hard candy and salt water taffy in the bags. Depending on the age of the kids you could also do other “vintage” toys like slinkies, silly putty, or toy cars. Have fun planning your party, this theme is one of my favorites!

  14. This is just the cutest party – I love your style! Too much vintage-cuteness in one post. :)
    Shared on our Facebook wall today. Thank you!


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