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Inspiration for a boy’s birthday party theme can come from anywhere.
Would you believe that an old rusty neighborhood Post Office mailbox inspired Jenny of Craft that Party and Crossing the Bugger Dixon Line to throw this incredibly creative mailman themed party?
Believe it or not, it did!
And just wait until you see the photos by Allison Kaharick and the first class fun guests enjoyed at the party.
You will love how Jenny put her own personal stamp on the decorations, dessert table (don’t miss the fondant postal truck birthday cake topper), party activities, and birthday party favors.
She signed, sealed, and delivered an amazing event.
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A first class celebration starts with a first class party plan. Jenny already had the stamp of approval from fellow party planners in the party world. Her party plans had a reputation for always delivering in a big way.
No stranger to party planning, she quickly got down to business choosing a color palette, appropriately focusing on red, white, and shades of postal carrier blue (as seen on their uniforms).
Armed with the color palette, she had the dynamic duo behind Piggy Bank Parties design an all-new mail themed printable party collection, including the most delightful interactive invitations!
Guests received a mailbox-inspired invitation, complete with a moveable red flag. That detail alone has me smitten with this party.
Inside the paper mailbox, guests received two postcards/letters which outlined all of the exciting party details.
Can you imagine the excitement over being invited to Noah’s Post Office for a birthday tour?
I love that 4 cent stamps were used on the postcards —such a fun personal touch highlighting the birthday boy turning 4. And who could miss the cuteness of the return address label that read: “Our little mailman has made it a priority to deliver this invite to you.”
When the day of the birthday party arrived, guests were greeted by a creative wreath, complete with post office accents that tied in with the theme.
Some may think decorating the front porch for a party isn’t necessary, but we tend to disagree. After all, once the invitation delivery is over, the next opportunity for generating excitement for a party theme might just happen when guests are delivered on party day to your front porch.
If invitees for this party had forgotten they were attending a mailman themed birthday party before they arrived, they were definitely reminded at the door!
The first class details didn’t stop at the front door.
Once inside, party guests entered a world inspired by the Post Office. They even received personalized badges for their official post office tour.
Sporting their mail carrier name badges, they were now cleared for all sorts of mail themed fun.
Delivering a first class party means making decorations a priority. The décor Jenny came up with for this party theme will blow you away.
Her ingenuity, creativity, and budget-mindedness are amazing!
Jenny created the majority of her party décor by repurposing packaging materials and boxes that she received throughout the month leading up to the party.
Everything from the table runner made from Kraft paper and envelopes to mini envelopes used to create buntings and banners to centerpieces crafted from boxes and packing peanuts all tied in with the theme.
I love that large manila envelopes were used as placemats on the dining table and shipping boxes were used as balloon bouquet weights.
The dessert table is another fabulous example of Jenny’s creativity. I love how she wrapped recycled boxes with kraft colored packing paper to use for the dessert table backdrop.
Notice the custom 4 cent stamps in each corner! A festive “Noah” bunting made by The Purple Pug, added just the right touch of personalization. Color coordinating tissue fans were hung and provided a great pop of color.
Pay close attention to how Jenny chose to display her desserts.
An official Post Office mail bin made for such a theme-appropriate cake stand. Filled with mail, Jenny situated her cake plate right inside creating a perfect focal point for the table.
Using her son’s birthday as a “zip code”, the cake was topped with a darling glittery banner which read “Post Office 41608”, as well as an adorable fondant mail truck.
Another creative DIYd display piece, Jenny built a 3-tiered dessert stand out of packages which provided a perfect platform for displaying beautiful mailbox cookies.
Keeping with the mail theme, lemon and raspberry Chambord petit fours were dressed up with stamps and envelopes created from fondant by Edible Details.
And while every dessert was creative and crafted to coordinate just so, the most popular treat on the table were “Owney’s treats”—graham crackers shaped like dog biscuits (this is a darling nod to one of the party activities detailed below).
I’m sure the dessert table alone could have kept Jenny’s guests happy and entertained for hours, but Jenny was prepared with several fun games and activities for the kids.
First, they played a mail sort game using an incredible mail box DIYd from recycled cardboard. After receiving their mail carrier name badge, guests got to work stamping, sorting and delivering the mail.
When the game was finished, each guest had a mailbox full of letters. What a treat!
To keep the party flowing, the kids received clues and hints about activities and fun to come. One such clue tipped guests off about a special library book called Owney, the Post Office Mascot. This book was read aloud, and enjoyed by the birthday crowd.
Designing their own postage stamp was the next activity. Guests received a special letter inviting them to the stamp designing station. Next they received a special letter inviting them to design their own stamp.
After a little history lesson on stamps, guests got to work designing their own using their new colored pencil sets. These were packaged in cute kraft colored tubes.
Party favors delivered to guests in envelopes was an exciting conclusion to the party.
From envelopes to mini letterhead and stamps, these darling mail must-haves were created to fit perfectly in custom mail truck party favor boxes.
At the end of a fun-filled mail party shift, guests got to select their very own “Owney” stuffed dog—complete with a collar adorned with metal tags—to take home with them.
Word on the street is that the children were delighted to pick out their own new stuffed puppy friend! What a fun way to end a delightful celebration!
This party was definitely a first class success. Jenny delivered in a big way.
Plan a mailman birthday party with these party supplies:
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- Vintage Mailing Envelopes
- Vintage Airmail Paper
- Vintage Airmail Postcards
- Collectable Mailing Stamps
- Kraft Envelopes
- Colorful Mini Envelopes
- Cardboard Moving Boxes