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A Vintage School Themed Boy’s 3rd Birthday Party

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If you hear the words “classic” or “vintage” and excitement starts to build within you, chances are you will love the charming details in this old school boy’s 3rd birthday party that Abbey, of Aesthetic Outburst, threw for her son.

Abbey chose a few key party elements to focus on and really made them special. Pay close attention to the purposefully chosen decorations, incredible invitations and darling handmade favors.


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Old School Birthday Party Invitation Idea

All great parties start out with an amazing invitation!  Abbey clearly already knows this party planning basic because her invitations are amazing (with a capital A).

While her son may not remember the custom details, I’m sure recipients won’t forget the unique presentation.  Abbey created printed invitations on graph paper which she rolled up into scrolls and sealed with foil stars.

Each invitation was placed in a brown paper, shred-filled, aqua-colored tin found at the local dollar store. I love the addition of the orange ceramic number 3, a darling custom accent.
Boys Old School Vintage Birthday Party Chalkboard Decoration Ideas






Boys Old School Vintage Birthday Party Decoration Ideas

Using vintage chalkboards discovered at her parent’s home, Abbey dressed up the party space. Cheery aqua, white, and yellow felt pennant banners added a festive, handmade feel to the décor. After the party, that bunting was moved to the playroom.

Boys Old School Vintage Birthday party Flag Favors

Abbey used the same colored felt and chopsticks to make party favor flags just the right size for little guests to take home.  Such a fun reminder of EZ E’s special day!

Another of the flags tops the birthday boy’s giant cupcake birthday cake.

Boys Old School Vintage Birthday Party Food Cake Idea

Boys Old School Vintage Birthday Party Eraser Favor Decoration Ideas

One of my favorite details from Abbey’s old school styling was her use of classic pink erasers as place card holders!

Abbey added names and foil stars to pieces of graph paper and inserted them into slits in the erasers (made with an Exacto knife).

So simple, but so cute.

Boys Old School Vintage Birthday Party Custom Wearable Favor Ideas

Custom clothing or accessories for the guest of honor are a popular party trend.  Abbey made a custom “”E”” ribbon out of coordinating felt for her son to wear on the day of his celebration.

Although EZ E didn’’t want anything to do with “that thing”, it was a sweet gesture by mom.  What a classic boy reaction!

What a great way to celebrate a birthday — kicking it old school!

Boys Old School Vintage Birthday Party Custom Gift Wrap Ideas

If you love the classic, old school styling featured here, be sure to pop over and see more photos from Abbey’s blog here.

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Plus, check out A Colorful Back-To-School Party

Boy's Back To School Birthday Party Ideas

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.