THIS was seriously one fun party to plan! Why, you ask? Because my husband and son are both huge James Bond fans and because he was turning 007… yeah, could I have picked a better theme?! And even though I love my share of pretty pink celebrations, I’ve always had a soft spot for boy parties. We had a total blast at Neil’s “Lego Mania” party last year too!
I absolutely adore how all the details came together on the big day! We chose a local park to host the party at so the 20+ boys could have all the space they needed for all the spy activities planned for them. It was a slightly-too-windy-but-beautiful-otherwise kinda day, and the best part of it all was when my very-tired-but-very-happy 007 year old Neil told me it was the best party he had ever had! Oh my stars! Did you read my letter to him when he turned five? He’s a huge piece of my heart and celebrating him means the world to me!
Enjoy all the fun details and leave me a comment if you’d like more information on any of the resources and vendors involved!
The colors were picked from the world map which was also used as the backdrop for the dessert table, inspired by the movie “The World Is Not Enough”. Bits of gold accents here and there added the perfect amount of sparkle!
I absolutely love the look of boxed invitations and knew I HAD to have mini magnifying glasses as part of the design! To carry the design onto various other decor elements of the party, I first created the 007-inspired logo, which included a black bow-tie to honor Bond’s favorite accessory. A map background and party details in a tiny font at the bottom completed the look. The idea was for the secret agents to use the included magnifying glasses to read all the details of the mission. Custom stickers for the front of the clear box sealed the deal! PS. These will be available soon in the Etsy shop.
Setting The Scene
Simple, minimalistic and FUN were my main thoughts while planning the decor details. The entrance to the park pavilion was dressed with red pom-poms and some fun custom-made posters to set the tone for the party. Black vinyl footsteps stuck on the floor then directed you to the dessert table and the picnic tables. Each place setting included gold and red square plates, a striped napkin, a snack sack which said “E.A.T. Destroy The Evidence” and a mini water bottle dressed with black and gold paper sunglasses!
Each child was given an ID and a 007 badge as they entered the “mission”! Giant black balloons with custom gold vinyl “007” numbers made a statement on either side of the dessert table and scattered around. My sweet birthday boy looked chic in a black shirt that said “Secret Agent In Training”; custom made by Amy at The Goods Shoppe on Etsy. Thank you so much Amy!
THIS was definitely the most fun element of the party! Neil and his friends enjoyed eating and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the desserts as much as I enjoyed planning them. Almost every sweet treat was carefully planned and inspired by a Bond movie! The chocolate cake with layers of vanilla bean frosting was designed to have the same custom logo that was continued into most other decor elements. Gold glittered 007 candles were the perfect touch to an otherwise simple cake!
“Diamonds Are Forever” inspired the diamond-shaped lollipops. “Casino Royale” begged for casino cookies made by the uber-talented Deb Buker of Yummy Delicious Cookies. An artist-turned-cookie designer, she is simply the BEST! Mini vanilla cupcakes were dressed with fondant magnifying glasses, sunglasses and bow-ties of course. “Thunderball” inspired red velvet cake balls with fondant lightning strikes on top. Too cute, I know! “Goldfinger” translated into ladyfingers sprayed with edible gold spray, and “The Man With The Golden Gun” became “The Boy With The Golden Candy” aka Ferrero Rocher. Can you tell I had way too much fun with the desserts? Mini cups of fresh strawberries added a splash of healthy sugar!
In addition to the sweet selections, we had pre-packaged snack sacks with a
sandwich, baby carrots and applesauce. That was my lame effort at trying to include healthy options :)
My favorite edible detail? Mini martini cups filled with fruit punch, and a gold sparkly stirrer with a green gumball at the end. To mimic a green olive of course. “Shaken Not Stirred” tags were the piece de resistance!
You mean the boys needed more than just climbing on every vertical surface possible? Yes apparently! They had a BLAST with chemical experiments, disappearing and magically appearing ink, learning how to lift fingerprints with ‘magic powder’, looking for secret clues and much more! “Imagine That!” did a great job with coordinating our theme with their activities.Favors
The adorable favor boxes were designed by Christina of Something Chic. Aren’t they fab? Each included edible spy paper with a pen that oozed vanilla-flavored edible ink. Incredible, I know. The boys could actually write secret messages to each other and then destroy them by eating them up!
We finished off all the spy madness with a fun photo session, you guys know I have a weakness for photo signs and props :) A HUGE thank you to my dear friend and coordinator Peggy Lee for all her help, and to Sophia Barrett Photography for capturing all these wonderful memories!