Here’s what Brittany said about planning the party- “When I was brainstorming my big guy’s 5th birthday, I really wanted to play on the word “five.” So, after tossing around several ideas with my sister and her hubs, he suggested Live at Five. Since we are all huge fans of Anchorman, I immediately jumped on this! I wanted to give it a retro spin, and harken back to the classic news anchors of days past. And, since we call him Grey, even though his name is Greyson, the four letters were a perfect fit for the call letters of a news station.
One of the first people I contacted when I was first planning this party was Piggy Bank Parties. I knew that they could absolutely kill it when it came to the printables. And, of course, they did not disappoint. Do sent over this absolutely amazing invitation using the call letters logo! I got so many texts and emails about how cute this invitation was!
If you follow my parties for my boys, you know that I always have to do a big-impact piece for my entryway. This year, I made the call letters of the news station out of a large piece of cardboard and some paint. I printed the letters out from my computer and mod-podged them onto the signs. I spray painted the five with silver paint to make it reflect.
My idea for the food table was for it to be a news desk. So, I ordered a corrugated cardboard from Shindigz and rolled it around the table to make it look solid. Then, I customized an awesome Brooklyn Bridge backdrop from Shindigz with a logo to make it look like a news studio backdrop. That was probably my favorite part of the entire party.
For the food, I wanted some unique serving pieces, so I bought video tapes at Goodwill for $1 a piece and glued them all together to make stands. Then, I printed out our station call letters and taped them to the videos. A simple clear plate on top and you’ve got yourself a stand! Some of the food items were Chic-Fil-A wraps (“That’s a Wrap!”) and Nuggets (“Sound Bites”). I also
came up with microphone meatballs! They were breadsticks with meatballs which I served with marinara sauce. And what’s the news without coffee and doughnuts? I found a coffee cup planter at Lowe’s months ago and used it to display the doughnuts on skewers.
The phenomenal TV cake is from Mad Lily Cakery. I gasped when I saw it! The airbrushed woodgrain on the sides was my favorite part. It was the perfect retro touch! And guests couldn’t believe it was the cake! Plus, it was delicious!
For the favor table, I created a weather forecast for the backdrop. I hand painted it and it took several hours, but it was totally worth it. Several people asked me if this was the actual forecast for the week. And trust me, that weather outlook is pretty typical for Memphis! I knew I wanted Piggy Bank Parties to do their microphone favor box for me, because it is awesome. And I asked them to add a little “box” around it for the call letters. They turned out amazing! And they even did a little tie tag for me too! The detail on the mic is so awesome! I filled them with dum-dums for the kiddos.
Greyson’s birthday shirt is by my extremely talented friend, Mollie at Personally Stitched. She blew my mind this time by replicating the call letters! She is so great!”