Last night I brought my middle child, Gabriel, to his Junior Kindergarten orientation. I still am not sure where the last four years have gone and finding it hard to believe that it’s almost time for him to enter school! You know that saying “The days are long, but the years are short?” Well never has that rang more true then with my son Gabriel.

The first two years of his life there were moments when it felt as though time stood still. I mean REALLY still. Gabe was a tough baby. He had severe eczema and was basically in excruciating pain for the first six months of his life. We went from doctor to doctor in search of answers and nothing seemed to help until we finally saw a dermatologist who prescribed a whole slew of medications and within three treatments, he was a different boy. Problem was, by that point, he had developed the absolute worst sleeping habits and it would take us another full year of sleepless nights to try and correct them. There was alot of pacing the floors, alot of crying (from both him and me!) and alot of praying!

Little Moustache Bash Birthday

Needless to say, the first few years were really tough. But once we finally got him over the sleep issues and his eczema came under control, it was like a whole new boy emerged. If you know Gabe now, you know that he is one of the sweetest, funniest and most loving little boys you’ll ever meet. I can’t count how many times in one day he will stop what he is doing, come over to me, wrap his arms so tightly around me and say “You’re the mommy I always wanted! I love you!” This boy is so special. And it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the idea of sending him off to school in just a few short months.

So with that, I wanted to go back and reminisce with you about his first birthday. I struggled long and hard to come up with a theme that I felt reflected his funny personality (that by this point was starting to come to life). I finally settled on “Little Moustache Bash” and wanted to share that with you today! Please note, that these pictures were taken almost four years ago…wayyyyyy before I knew how on earth to take good quality photos with our SLR. So don’t mind the flash and other issues you may notice!

We did a lunch BBQ for our family and friends. The menu included hotdogs and sausages, potato salad, caramel popcorn, chocolate pretzel “cigars” and homemade chocolate fudge cupcakes! 

Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

I bought chocolate molds from Michaels and made chocolate moustaches which were such a hit!

Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

We had the table set up so the kids could color while they ate.

Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

I raided my dad’s old tie collection and used a bunch of them to decorate! I love that it added a personal touch from Grandpa as well as some true vintage!

Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

I always try and put something on the front door when I throw parties. I really feel like this helps set the tone for your party, before your guests even walk through your doors. 

Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

I wanted a fun craft that kids of all ages could do and then take home to remember the party. I also really like the idea of incorporating the craft as the kids take-away from the party. When you make something fun, you don’t need extra loot bags filled with stuff that the kids will likely break or loose. I don’t think parents appreciate that either (ok, maybe it’s just me!). This was so easy, albeit extremely messy, and cheap! 
Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

I purchased these canvases from the Dollar Store and then used painters tape to tape off each kids name. Then we let the kids go at it with finger paints. It was super messy and we probably went through three packages of baby wipes, but they all had a blast! Once the canvases were dry, we removed the painters tape to reveal their names. Little Moustache Bash Birthday Party

Here is what a finished one looked like. I think this was one that turned out the best! 

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Well there you have it! Our first birthday bash for our not-so-little-anymore, little guy! Do you have a birthday party that you’ve planned for one of your children that you’d like featured right here on the blog? If so, please fill out this form to apply. We have a guest reader birthday post coming up THIS weekend that we can’t wait to share with you.

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Happy Friday friends!

Love & Blessings,

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51 Comments on Little Moustache Bash: Gabriel’s 1st Birthday

  1. Emily
    May 22, 2015 at 10:23 am (2 years ago)

    That is such a cute party! My middle one (who is 5) was our tough baby. He was born 7 weeks premature and bringing him home was a hard road. Feedings, long, really long feedings, weight checks, pneumonia. Because of that he was a fussy baby. Once he turned about 2 he transformed into my sweet, kind, always helpful boy. My youngest will be in 4k. The years do race by!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Wow! Sounds like you had a rough go too! Glad to hear he turned around! Thanks for stopping by Emily! xox

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  2. Stephanie
    May 22, 2015 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

    What a great theme!! Fun pictures and I lovelovelove the tie banner!!! So awesome and a unique idea!

    I have one going on to kinder this Fall too. They grow too quickly.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 9:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Awe thank you Stephanie! My pleasure! xox

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  3. Melodi Steinberg
    May 22, 2015 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

    omg! This is one of the cutest parties I have ever seen. I love the paint idea! Totally gonna try it!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Melodi! Definitely give it a try! So easy and fun! xox

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  4. Katrina Turnbull
    May 22, 2015 at 11:44 am (2 years ago)

    Christine, I absolutely love the theme and decor for your son’s first birthday. It looked so sweet and charming. Kudos to you for putting in such a huge effort and executing all those thoughtful details. I had a similar go-all-out party for my son’s first birthday this year, with a Dr. Seuss theme! It was so much work, I don’t know I’ll be able to maintain the same level of awesomeness for subsequent parties. Were the rest of your son’s birthday parties as detailed? I’m still working on my Dr. Seuss birthday party themed post. I had so many details, it’s taking ages to put up. But I’ll submit it once it’s complete. Great idea!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Hey Katrina! Thanks for stopping by and for the love! And yes, I’m unfortunately a little party crazy so all the kids parties have been at this kind of level! I’ve blogged a few of them but still have others to share as well! And I can’t wait to see yours! Please let me know once it’s up…I can even share it here! LOVE crazy themed parties!!! So fun! xox

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  5. laura
    May 22, 2015 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

    Those decorations are so cute and what a cute and fun craft project! I love the colors too!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Laura! xox

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  6. claire
    May 22, 2015 at 11:53 am (2 years ago)

    Great party! Love the chocolate cigars 🙂

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Claire! They were super easy to make! xox

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  7. Jacynta
    May 22, 2015 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

    such an adorable theme! you have a talent for parties! the ties are awesome. looks amazing Christine!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks girl! It’s a hobby of mine! xox

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  8. Logan Can
    May 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

    This is SO adorable! I love the “cigars.” That is so clever!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 11:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Logan! Super easy and fun to make! xox

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  9. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    May 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm (2 years ago)

    All the details are so perfect! I love the ties as decor and I love the fun kid’s craft! That is such a great idea!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Justine! It was a super fun party! xox

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  10. Brittany Bergman
    May 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm (2 years ago)

    This party is ADORABLE. Each detail really shines! Also, I could not agree more: the days are long, but the years really are short. I’ve been feeling that way lately and this phrase has been a constant reminder to me!

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 11:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Brittany! We will all be sitting here one day longing for those years back! So hard while we are in them but so sad once they are gone! Enjoy momma! xox

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  11. Jaya Pandey
    May 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the idea of ties. And the art work, perfect idea for party fun. I love birthday party posts. Great to see all the ideas parents put together by parents.

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    • Christine
      May 22, 2015 at 11:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jaya! I have a few more coming up so stay tuned! xox

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  12. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    May 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm (2 years ago)

    The decor is amazing! And the finger paint name canvas is such a brilliant idea.

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    • Christine
      May 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! xox

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  13. Brooke Knipp
    May 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm (2 years ago)

    So cute! I think having a creative activity at a kids’ party is always the best route (says the art teacher) and your canvases were great! Baby wipes are so helpful to have around, even when you no longer have babies, in my opinion 🙂 You are so creative!!

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    • Christine
      May 24, 2015 at 9:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks love! And yes, I think I will ALWAYS have baby wipes in my life now! So useful! xox

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  14. Brittany
    May 24, 2015 at 9:32 pm (2 years ago)

    What a perfect party for a little man! Love it, and the painting idea at the end is AWESOME!

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    • Christine
      May 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Brittany! xox

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  15. Lauren White
    May 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm (2 years ago)

    What fun!!! Did you find this totally stressful? My little one is turning nine months this coming Thursday and I’m just now starting the whole look-for-an-idea-on-Pinterest and it’s so overwhelming! Our guest list is going to be small, so luckily I won’t have to go over the top!

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    • Christine
      May 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

      I don’t find it stressful, really. It’s a hobby for me, so I enjoy paying attention to all the little details! Best of luck with the party details! xox

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  16. Mwali
    May 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Very cute final results! To be cherished, for sure! Great idea Christine! 🙂

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    • Christine
      May 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Mwali! xox

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  17. Ellen Oliveira
    May 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks so amazing! You did a great job mama. I too had a hard time choosing a theme for my kiddos first birthday, and settled on vintage airplanes.

    Young Love Mommy

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    • Christine
      May 28, 2015 at 10:04 am (2 years ago)

      Oh now that sounds amazing too Ellen! Would love to see pics of that! xox

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  18. Julie
    May 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I remember this party so well! You always go above and beyond for your kids’ birthdays!! The painting idea for the kids was such an amazing one!!

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    • Christine
      May 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie! Can’t wait for little Cece’s 1st birthday! Auntie is going to spoil her! xox

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  19. Brittany
    September 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Such a great idea with the painting!! I love the mustache theme!!

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    • Christine
      October 1, 2015 at 11:47 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Brittany! xox

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  20. Ashley
    September 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! What creative ideas! I LOVE the ties. And that craft! 😍😍😍 Seriously saving this for my littles birthday party coming up!

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  21. Jen @ Living in His Way
    September 12, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    My almost one year old has been tough too so I can totally relate! I have to admit, I’ve never really been a fan of the whole mustache thing for little boys… until I saw this party! I love the ties on the wreath and the banner. And the paint activity is brilliant! Pinning a lot of things here 🙂

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  22. Amanda @ Green Tea + Cotton
    September 12, 2015 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

    What a cute birthday! The canvas with painters tape finger painting is BRILLIANT!! I love the colors too!

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  23. Kelly
    September 12, 2015 at 11:58 am (2 years ago)

    Love the ties as a garland! I’ve always loved this theme, great job!

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    • Christine
      October 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kelly! xox

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  24. Brittany
    September 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG girl I love it! The tie banner, the wreath, and paint craft!

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  25. Alicia
    September 12, 2015 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

    This is SO cute!! I love all of the ties! And finger painting canvases, omgosh LOVE! What an awesome idea, and so much better than a favor bag 🙂 such a cute party, and your little man sounds so sweet!

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  26. Lisa Gegolick
    September 12, 2015 at 11:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry to hear that Gabe suffered with eczema! I have it and have terrible memories of living with it as a child, but luckily you fit it under control so soon!

    Love his party details and those canvases are genius!

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  27. Lorinda
    September 13, 2015 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

    I adore the moustache theme! This is great and I think I”m going to add it to the list of possible themes for a 3rd bday! well done!

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    • Christine
      October 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! enjoy!

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  28. Misty Blue
    September 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, the wreath. You really go above and beyond, mama!!!

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    • Christine
      October 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

      I try! It’s a hobby! xox

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