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!
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!
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
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)