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A 50’s Diner Inspired Boy’s 1st Birthday Party

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When a mother’s love for her son and everything 1950s collide, you get one amazing boy’s first birthday party! Liz Bassey, of Liz Bassey Studios, not only styled this incredible ‘50s diner inspired party, but also designed all of the darling printable items (decorations and invitation) and photographed the event!  I adore the retro decor and creative themed treats which created the feel of a real diner.  Come join the party for loads of inspiration on celebrating your little one’s first birthday party!


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Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Invitation Ideas

Guests were invited to this ‘50s inspired party with absolutely darling invitations.  How fun it would be to get invited to “Max’s Diner”—featuring “crib side service with a smile”! The retro color combination of aqua, red and yellow paired perfectly with vintage style fonts and graphics. And how cute is little Max, presented on the front, wearing his soda jerk hat and outfit?
Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Table Backdrop Ideas

Liz did an awesome job bringing in a variety of retro 1950s inspired decorations and props.  The DIY backdrop stand and black and white checked tablecloth made a striking background.  A red and white checked picnic tablecloth covered the food table.

Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Backdrop Ideas
My very favorite element was the amazing laser cut wood diner sign crafted by a neighbor.  Not only did it consist of several painted layered elements, it had operational lights. It looked amazing and added so much to the vibe of the event.
Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Banner Ideas
Another aspect I loved was Liz’s use of classic 45 vinyl records to create a 1st year banner to highlight Max’s first 12 months.  What a fun way to pay tribute to her son while staying true to the event’s overall theme.
Boys DIner Themed Party Menu Ideas

Boys Diner Themed Party Food Ideas

Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Drink Ideas

Boys Diner Themed Party Soda Fountain Drink Ideas

An awesome menu was planned.  Catered by In and Out Burger, highlights consisted of hamburgers, cheeseburgers and french fries galore—how fun and yummy for guests!  The beverage bar was styled to look like an old-fashioned soda bar with vintage soda crates filled with classic Coca-Cola bottles.  Cherry, vanilla and chocolate syrups contributed to a real soda shop feel.  Guests could concoct their own soda creations or use suggested recipes listed on the menu boards Liz had on display.
Boys Diner Themed Party Food Dessert Ice cream Ideas

Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Hat Decoration Ideas

Because a ‘50s diner soda shop party is even better with milkshakes, Liz set up a milkshake station too!  Yummy cake batter milkshakes, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and cherries made a sweet addition to the party. Liz visited her local ice cream shop and scored big with soda jerk hats for all of the guests, complete with her own custom Max’s Diner labels.
Boys Diner Themed Party Candy Table Ideas

Boys Diner Themed Party Candy Favor Table Ideas

Another fabulous addition to the set-up was a retro candy cart built by Liz’s father.  Liz created candy bowls by melting old records and also filled apothecary jars with vintage penny candies. Red and white striped favor bags were available for guests to fill and refill with nostalgic candy from their childhoods.

Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Centerpiece Ideas
Diner inspired tables were decorated with faux ice cream soda centerpieces.  They were made using red and white carnations and colored cellophane in soda shop glasses.  Check out the striped straw peeking out of the top! I love how Liz chose to display the centerpieces on top of vinyl records she sourced at her local thrift stores. Liz shared that guests were even able to take home some of the records as favors.

Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Table Decoration ideas

Boys Diner Themed Party Table Centerpiece ideas

Kid-friendly tables were also set up in the middle of the room.  Retro car inspired favor boxes were displayed at each setting and included vintage themed party favors like cat eye or wayfarer style sunglasses, blow up guitars and a mini Coca-Cola drinking glass.  Can you imagine all of the fun the little guests had rocking out with their new toys?

For entertainment and activities, Liz piped in 1950s era music and had a life-sized cardboard standup of a Wurlitzer Jukebox to set the mood.  Guests could bop and dance and sing their hearts out.

Boys Diner Themed Birthday Party Decoration Ideas

In addition, Liz created adorable “guest check” receipts for party goers to fill out with birthday wishes for Max.  What a fun activity that also served as a memorable keepsake from the first birthday celebration! For the youngest guests, Liz established a play zone with toys for keeping busy.

What a memorable milestone birthday for one lucky little boy!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.