Ice Cream and Monsters... yes, please! I was so honored to create Kentlee's 1st birthday bash with a mash up of these two really fun elements. I got to work with the sweetest and most creative mom who had so many awesome ideas. Narrowing down the assortment was challenging because it was hard to give some things up. Good thing she was open to suggestions and some new ideas.
It all started with the monster. This little guy was so fun to sketch. Seeing him come to life was a real treat. I was lucky enough to team up with a great artist. Vern from Nerv's Screen Printing studio who was kind enough to lend me his studio. He was so generous and even taught me how to screen print. Can you believe this it's my 1st lesson? Vern has really sick graphics. He's such a superb designer with a unique hand and intricate details. You guys should check him out for his cool cool graphic tees.
Concept & Styling is one of my favorite things to create. Especially when I get to work with Grace from Sweets by Grace. She's always my go to person when it comes to these delicious confections. The delicate hand cut sprinkles and the painted stripes on the horn makes the little guys so lively.
The backdrop was filled with happy little ice cream pinatas. I haven't created papier mache art since I was in grade school. I'm so grateful the camp I attended hosted afternoon arts and crafts sessions. They would be proud to see what I created. And of course monsters eras are a must. What kind of monster would you be without these furry/ fluffy little ears. I think the adults enjoyed them a bit more than the kids.
How cool is this? My super duper talented mama friend created this awesome sprinkle pit for the kids. It was hours of fun for them as the adults got a chance to mingle and eat.
Let me know what you think. If you like what you see please leave me a comment and feel free to give me a thumbs up.
Here's a peak of what went on behind the scenes of Mr. Milky's first birthday. I'm so thankful to have such wonderful family and friends. They all came together to pitch in with the execution. Knowing that I would be crazed the day of the party. I wouldn't have pulled it all together if it wasn't for them. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!!! For all your endless support and love that you show our family.
I decorated these 40" mylar balloons with cut out paper and acrylic paint. Inspired by Flynt's milky stashes. It made me laugh as I was painting on the details.
I had so much fun collaborating with Sweets by Grace. Honored to say that Grace is one of my talented cousins. I guess it runs in the family, wink* I messaged her one evening with this bogus idea of creating a unique treat for my guest. A Mr. Milky Nutella mousse filled cakelet with his signature face. Of course I had to choose the most challenging design and most delicate of ingredients. I fell in love with Kawaii Sweet World's bomb cake. This girl makes the cutest desserts.
The brainstorming session happen within moments after the message went out . We were both so excited and up for the challenge. I was jumping with joy when she invited me into her astonishing chef kitchen. I got a chance to bake with Grace herself and create the look from scratch. What a dream!
I always cherished this Korean traditional ritual called Doljanchi. During the child's first birthday there are 5 objects placed in front of them. Depending on which object they choose will determine their aspirations for their future.
1 origami bill folded into a shirt and tie symbolizing finance
2 brush for an artist
3 eagle globe and anchor for the Marine Corps following in daddy's footstep
4 pencil as a scholar or journalist
5 foam mic as an entertainer
Photos by the oh, so talented Jenny Fu from Jenny Futography. It's always such a pleasure working with her. She so talented and has such a great vision in composition. Working with Jenny is effortless.
Here's a little video I put together. Enjoy!!!
Many of you have been wondering what's in the Mr. Milky milk carton that I designed. Surprise items are always so much fun to receive. Especially when the kids get to unwrap something. The cartons contain various objects and I also had the challenge of age appropriate gifts.
For the younger kids::
1 Wind up light torch:: Kids gets to learn about energy with this toy. The coolest thing is when the kids charges up the torch by squeezing the handle. The energy is stored and batteries are not required.
2 Temporary tattoos:: I had a hard time finding images that I wanted to share with my guest. So I decided to print my own. There was a mixture of images that I created as well as a collection of images borrowed from pinterest. I used photoshop to create a layout. Each kid got to take a sheet home. I also had some random ones cut out and placed on the table at the restaurant so that the guest could entertain themselves. It was a hit!
For the older kids::
1 Wake up be Awesome pouch:: either for school supplies or makeup. I love the vibrant colors and as well as the message.
2 Glow in the dark dinos:: What boy doesn't dig dinos? Maybe they can take them along on their next camping trip?
There you have it. Hope you enjoyed the selection of gifts I found for Mr. Milky's milk carton. If you have any suggestions for future gifts, toss them at me.
I know I've been MIA for a while but for good reasons. My baby turned ONE!!! And of course I had to do up his birthday. His theme was Mr. Milky's First Birthday. If you were wondering, Flynt's Mr. Milky. Since he's a lover of Milk and huge fan of it. I decided to build up a character for his birthday extravaganza.It all started with designing his milk carton as his give-a-ways and it all stemmed from there.
How Mr. Milky came to life::
When Flynt was born the nurses rushed him over to the warming lamp. The first thing I notice when I turned around was his oversized mouth. Letting the world know that he's arrived. The first thing that came out of my mouth was "Wow, he has such a large mouth." Throughout his first year I've really grown to love that face. That initial moment when he's about to cry. His mouth widens in silence before the tears start to roll down his round little cheeks. That's the signature Mr. Milky face. With his wide mouth full of teeth. He love's his bottle and the best part is when he leaves a milk stash or a beard or little freckles of milk traces all over his face.
The celebration has been going on all of last week. I think Flynt knew that it was his big day. He started mimicking "Happy Birthday" and he loves it when we sing the birthday song to him. Do you still get milk stashes? or perhaps a foam stash?
A daydreamer with an adventurous soul. Exploring the joys in life and always ready for fun!