Little Man Extravaganza: A Birthday Wish for Bodhi

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Although I’ve seen the “little man” theme done many times, I couldn’t help but plan this theme for my son’s first birthday party! We have called him “little man” and “Bodeman” since before he was born so it was a very fitting option for us.

Get all the party details and view more pictures of Bodhi’s first birthday extravaganza after the jump!

We also this felt like our only chance to avoid cartoons and other typical little boy birthday parties. We know that once he is just a little older he will have an opinion about his party and we’ll want to do something more childish.

I worked with Shana from Belva June on the color palette which really helped direct the rest of my work including the easy DIY dessert table backdrop.

DIY goodness
I was obsessed with the idea of making bow ties for all of Bodhi’s little friends. Party favors were bow ties for little boys, hair bows for little girls and chocolate mustache pops for the adults. I made the backdrops for the dessert table and the cake smash as well as the party favors, poms etc…

I reused a vintage Samsonite suitcase that we own and a little suitcase set from Bodhi’s room for decorations.

My favorite detail is the “a wish for Bodhi” station. He has some of the sweetest notes from all of his favorite people saved in a book for when he is older. And of course, having Wing of Canary Grey Photography at the party to capture all of the special moments is something we are so thankful for.

My mom also created a game that was simple since most of the guests were under the age of two. The game was called “Peek-a-Bow-dhi” which basically had a bowtie with a door that you open and get a prize. It was simple, but all of the kids loved it.

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Vendor Credits & Resources
Photography: Wing of Canary Grey Photography
Little Man printables including “a wish for Bodhi”: Shana at Belva June
Cupcake toppers and smash cake decorations: Parker’s Flour Patch
Cake stand: A Fabulous Fete
Cake bites: Beyond the Bar Bakery
Tie cookies: Bodhi’s auntie Alycia
Tie onesie for Bodhi during the smash cake: Short and SweetPeas
Party Favors:
Bow tie party favors for the little ones: DIY
Mustache pops: DIY

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More photos and a complete list of vendors and shopping resources is available in my blog, Live the Fancy Life.


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About Jessica @ Live the Fancy Life

Jessica is a Minneapolis-based blogger and mama to a wildly sweet 15-month old boy. While she loves a good diy project, she sometimes prefers to leave it to the experts.
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  1. This is so adorable, and what precious little boy!!!


  1. […] Today is our third anniversary. My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful trip to Vail, Colorado this past weekend. I will be sharing a review of the town and the resort we stayed at from the perspective of parents (traveling with children) in the coming weeks. But today I wanted to share a quick DIY project. I’ve had a few readers ask about the blue letter “B” from Bodhi’s first birthday party above and wanted to share how we got it. I’m also over on Chic & Cheap Nursery today sharing the details of Bodhi’s first birthday party.  […]

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