With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Mustache Bash Birthday Party w Lots of How-To's

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mustache Bash Birthday Party w Lots of How-To's

My beloved had a birthday in January.
Wanting to celebrate, get together with family and a few friends and looking for a time of laughter and fun, I decided to throw a party.
A party with a Mustache theme.

Even with a week of fighting a cold and sinus infection with nasty headache plus a snow storm the morning of the party, we were all able to gather for a good time.

After all the planning and preparation, I had a small twang of worry that the evening might be considered silly and dumb.
But, as you can see in the photos, everyone got into it and it was a blast!

~the invitation~

As guests arrived, they were able to choose and apply a mustache from the "Grooming Station" in the foyer. I followed a Martha Stewart video to make the various mustaches from fake fur and used fake eyelash adhesive to attach them directly above the upper lip.

In the living room, a photo booth was set up to capture those dashing faces.
I used thumbtacks to drape a sheet for the background and supplied a large white frame and smaller gold frame as well as props on-a-stick (link to patterns).
The Photo Booth Sign is from  Pinterest.
I had my camera on a tripod that made picture-taking a little easier.

 Jill (far right) totally surprised us by coming down Thursday night from New York with her youngest daughter, Shaela, which made us all very happy!

John with Jamie and Jill

Following patterns found here, I made photo props for the photo booth.

 My adorable niece and nephew-in-law found their favorite props.

Dear cousins Karen and John, Toni and her mom, my sister totally got into the silliness of the party.

 Carol, me and Karen.
Carol couldn't stop giggling all evening sporting her well groomed stashe.

 Jamie and Jill

The little ones played mostly upstairs but they just couldn't resist joining in while donning their penciled-on staches.

This sweet couple are our next-door neighbors for the past 28 years.

 More longtime friends and John's brother (in red flannel)
There were a couple others, but I didn't have permission to share photos of them wearing their mustaches ;)

I made a guessing game of famous mustache-sporting celebrities and included our mustache-wearing guests in the game as well.  One (unmentioned) guest didn't even recognize his own mustache ;)
The game that I thought would get the least participation was actually the one that almost everyone played.  
How about some wiggling, twisting, jumping and shaking with a box of ping pong balls on your rump?!?
Junk in the Trunk
(instructional video) was very exciting... and the blur you see in the photos...
that's what it took to get those little ping pong balls out and win the game
(even though I shaved 1/4" off the opening of the box).
We played with groups of four and there was some real competition happening when I mentioned prizes!

Happy Birthday chorus to Our Guy!

 The party picks were inspired by this talented lady.  I found the derby graphic from Graphics Fairy. 
I made a Pin-the-Mustache-on-JOHN game by editing a photo in Photoshop and cutting paper mustaches and applying a dab of Scotch double sided adhesive roller. To make it large enough, I printed the top half and then the bottom half and taped them together onto black card stock.
We ran out of time at the party for this but the kids thought it was great fun and I think the adults would had as well.

I made a bunting using this template, but instead of gluing, I sewed it with right sides together and bias tape to attach them into two lengths. 
A matching tiny bunting following a tutorial from Intimate Weddings decorated John's cake

Party Menu
Baked Crab and Artichoke Dip ~
Cheese Tray ~  Baked Crab and Artichoke Dip in Bread Bowl ~ Pepper Jam Spread ~  Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Zucchini Pie ~ Cheese & Crackers ~ crudités of cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, cucumber slices, carrots, grapes ~ "Goat-tea" sandwiches ~  Pineapple cheese ball

Baked Ham w pineapple, and cherries ~ Pineapple Glaze ~ Three Bean Salad ~ Cocktail Meatballs ~ "Stubble" Sausage Bites (pigs in blanket) w/ poppy seeds and mustard's for dipping ~ Deviled Eggs

Yellow Birthday Cake w Creamy Chocolate Frosting decorated with tiny bunting ~ Lemon Tartlets ~ Tassies Cheesecake Shooters ~ Chocolate Covered Pretzel "Cigars" ~ Brownies w Peanut Butter Frosting

Planning on hosting your own
party?  Feel free to use these printable's I made for mine ~ just click on image and save to your computer then print.  I printed on computer paper and attached to black poster board with a glue stick.

(many graphics from the Graphics Fairy)

If you find you are running out of time and energy, fun Mustache Bash items are available on Amazon.
There are affiliate links in this post. That means if you buy something from that link, I will earn a small commission, but it won’t cost you anything additional.


marie said...

What an awesome party idea Lorraine! It sure looks like it was a fun time for all.
Thank you for sharing all the wonderful images with us and the links to recipes as well.
LOVE the bunting that you made...it's pretty enough to use after the party.
The photo booth, frames, and props are such a great idea...I'm definitely going to be saving it for future reference!

Happy Birthday to John!!!

Dimple said...

What fun! I enjoyed everyone's 'staches, especially the little ones'!

Barbara F. said...

Wow, this is a very creative party idea for a man's birthday! Love the photo booth and frames, such great fun photos. Your menu sounds delicious and I am sure everyone had a blast at this party. As I was reading, I was thinking about your daughter and her family in upstate NY, with the storm, and was so happy to hear she came down in advance. xo

Marysol said...

Even with a thick, fluffy stash, you're still adorable!

Ann said...

oh my gosh that looks like so much fun. You really went all out for this one. The decorations and everything else are awesome.

Desiree said...

What a fun party!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a great idea for a party and that everyone had a blast:@)

Shelly Ann said...

That looks like a great party! Very neat theme. I am glad everyone had such a fun time. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

Cyn said...

oh looks like yall had a great time!! Love all the photos with the picture frames.

coco said...

super super funny :)

Sandra said...

thanks for stopping by my geese post. and this is the coolest party I have ever seen. love the photos in the frame and my favorite prop is the pipe and the photo of your nephew with the pipe is so cute

lindsey said...

Such a great idea! I love the photo frame photos and it looks like lots of fun had by all!

Susan said...

Hi LDH...What a party! What a menu! What fabulous mustaches! WOW WOW WOW Enjoyed reading about it all.

What was the ping pong balls game? Looked hilarious.

By the way, I made the cherry muffins and they were a hit!

Thanks for sharing everything. Great job! Susan

SarahGeorge said...

Enjoyed reading every detail dear Lorraine. What an idea! wonderful pictures:-)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That is so funny - love the photos! What a cute idea for a party, Lorraine.

Cuparoons said...

Love the picture frame idea! So cute!

Leann said...

Oh my word this is just too much fun - you all look like you had a fab time. Plus the food looks divine!

Enjoy your week!


Pretty Lorraine, what a fabulous and fun party you did for your sweet heart! My hubs birthday was Jan. 28th. as well. I did a table and bake him his fav cake. Your family is so much fun and beautiful too. The grands are adorable and I can see all the love they have for their grandpa! Thanks for your kind visit.

Selene said...

such a lovely post!

kisses from italy

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Too Cute!!

I hope you will stop by and enter my 3rd Blog Anniversary Giveaway..


terrileanne x said...

That is literally the coolest party xx


Heather said...

Too Cute!! we just had a moustache party I think I spell it different because I am Canadian?? we have a few words that spell European ...We made the cutest cake in the shape of a moustache for Liams birthday ~Great pictures Love Heather

Cheryl Mellema said...

This is FABULOUS!!!

My hubby turns 50 in April and I had no idea what to do...NOW I DO! I've only just stumbled onto your blog and I can't wait to read more. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing :)

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a fun, creative, and unusual birthday party! This is the best party idea ever! Every picture is so good and makes me smile with each one. So thankful I visited here tonight.

Micupoftea~ said...

Themes are so great, and you carried yours through very nicely! Looks like everyone had fun. Wonderful candid pics~


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