Magic Birthday

 4 months of planning and my son’s Vintage Magic Party celebrating his 6th birthday is over. But is was such a great time filled with so many memories I couldn’t be happier. He decided on a magic theme after he received a magic kit from his 5th birthday. I’m not one for cutesy so we went with more of a vintage feel. I made the invitation and tried to make it as vintage looking as possible but I think it turned out pretty good. This Magic Birthday invitation is now available in my Etsy shop.

How awesome and unavoidable is this 36″ red and white polka dot balloon that greeted my guests as they arrived?  The poster helped direct them to the party which was happening in the backyard.  I found this quote by Roald Dahl on Pinterest and knew it had to be included somewhere. Chalkboard art is really popular right now so I thought I would try my hand at it and used our black pergola as my backdrop. I enlarged a Run for the Roses banner from Hostess with the Mostess and used that as my stencil. Printing is more my strong suit, but I copied out the quote in my best Honey Script font writing, and I think it turned out pretty good. We draped the side of our pergola with curtains to create more of a magic stage feel.

When I think of magic, playing cards, wands and stars come to mind. I thought it might be fun to make extra large playing cards that could be used to make a life sized house of cards. I used white cutting boards that I found at Dollarama (love that place) and used my Cricut to cut out the numbers and shapes. I think this was more up the adult’s alley, but it was sure fun to see them try and stack them up.My mother in law came across star themed tablecloths and they worked out great for my tables. I wanted to keep the clean up from lunch pretty quick and simple so I picked up disposable plates and these cool biodegradable cutlery sets from Greenmunch.  To tie in the colors I wrapped Smash Tape in black and white polka dots around the bottom. Each guest also received a ticket for the photo booth. I have always wanted to try a photo booth, but was worried the adults may not be that into it. I was so very wrong! Here’s where you can print your own tickets and photo booth sign. I processed all of these images in Instagram with Kelvin, so while the images have a vintage feel, they are also a tad orange ;)Here is my take on a Vintage Magic Dessert table. I was inspired by many wedding sites using paper fans as backdrops and thought they would be perfect. I came across these DIY paper fans by Pretty Expedition and added the stars for more effect. You can download and print yours here.


I have a secret….but don’t tell anyone. I didn’t make the cupcakes! There I said it!! I did however, drive to Crave Cookies and Cupcakes (which has the best cupcakes in town) to pick them up, so that counts for something right? I did make the gold stars out of melting chocolate and dipped the ends of Pocky sticks in white chocolate to make them look like wands. To finish them off and tie in my party colors I placed the cupcakes in these super cute cupcake wrappers from Sweet Social. Pretty close to homemade–ish…. What I did make from scratch were the Top Hat Cupcake Stands, you can catch all of the DIY details at the end.I searched far and wide, travelled to two different antique stores,and used Kijiji to scrounge up these antique half pint milk bottles, but I so love them. The black and white striped straws are extra long at 10.5″ so there is lots of space to stack my cookies, add a happy birthday flag and still leave room to get to the good stuff.I think everyone is a sucker :) for lollipops and they are so easy to add to any dessert table. All of my serving pieces are white, and I usually stick with white for my dessert tables, but as this was a vintage dessert table I wanted to use creams and taupes. Instead of rushing out to purchase pieces I would only use one, I made this paper pedestal for the lollipops in my party colors. You can catch the DIY details here
Magic Fruit Wands to help balance out the rest of the sweets table.

I love this vintage gumball machine I came across at the Antique Mall. I also love the rabbit in the hat popsicle moulds I found online. I knew this would be a big hit with the kids and needed somewhere to hide the pennies for the machine. It worked out great. As most of my son’s guests were under 6, and probably junior gum chewers, I picked up cherry sours (which actually aren’t that sour) from Coney Island Candy.Thankfully they were the perfect size (and color). A magic birthday just wouldn’t be the same without a magician, and Kent Wong did not disappoint! Kenny (as he refers to himself as) is the real deal and it is easy to see why he is one of the most sought after entertainers throughout Western Canada. He is a must have at any special event and we are so happy he was able to help make our party extra special. 

Nonno was such a good sport. I don’t think he knew what he was getting into!

My son was super excited (and a little curious) to be levitating! How awesome is that?!!

This is the poster we had hanging on the gate thanking everyone for coming and making his birthday magical.

My party is over, but maybe your birthday magic is on the horizon. I am **GIVING AWAY**  my dessert table backdrop, happy birthday banner, both Magic posters, red + white striped fabric and photo booth banner!! This is a local giveaway only and you will have to be available to pick this up. All you have to do to enter is “share” this post with your friends on Facebook and comment below that you did. I will tally all of the comments and will draw by random.org on August 31st at 5pm. Good luck to everyone!

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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  • August 14, 2012 - 6:23 pm

    Allison - I love making dessert tables and garlands for showers and I can’t wait to do them for my little man’s birthday parties. Your parties are very inspiring -I was happy to share your creation on FB.ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    Colleen - Silly question for yoy but how did you do the photobooth??? Party looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • August 14, 2012 - 9:34 pm

      admin - Hi Colleen! I set up the fabric backdrop similar to my photo shoots and asked guests to stop in for a quick photo. There is really no “booth”, just me with my camera. All of the photo props are from Oh Happy Day….and they’re free! Hope this helps :)ReplyCancel

  • March 12, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    Kristin Santa Maria - I was wondering if you sell the birthday invitation. Thank you. KristinReplyCancel

    • March 13, 2013 - 8:07 am

      admin - Hi Kristin,
      Yes of course! I have sent you a message with more information :)ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Louise @ My Garden Party - This is the coolest magic themed birthday party I’ve ever seen!ReplyCancel

    • March 20, 2013 - 7:10 am

      admin - Thank you Louise! How very kind of you to say :)ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    tori - can you send me info for your invitation? I am planning a magic party for my daughter and LOVE this!ReplyCancel

    • June 3, 2013 - 1:27 pm

      admin - Hi, thank you for taking a peek at my son’s party. The magic invitation is available for purchase. Please send a note to me at stephanie@stephaniepasutto.com and we can start working on your daughter’s invite :)ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2013 - 6:30 am

    Cassie - Hi, I love your set up, was wondering how you made the pocky stick, was it a pretzel?ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2013 - 9:23 pm

    Lindsay - ABSOLUTLEY LOVE THIS PARTY! when my son told me “magic” this year I started my search on Etsy and purchased the invites from you, LOVE THEM BY THE WAY! Im just curious on a couple other things… the “DIY paper fans” did you buy the paper then cut them or print the design on plain paper? also on the photo booth, did you personally take the photos or was it an actual photo booth? SOrry so many questions :)ReplyCancel

    • September 24, 2013 - 10:12 pm

      admin - Hi Lindsay,

      I’m sooo glad you love your invitations! Some of the DIY paper fans came from this site here: http://prettyexpedition.com/Post/FireworkFans.pdf (it takes awhile to load, so you may want to grab a beverage of choice). Once you have the template you can really use any paper you wish. THe photo booth is also a DIY and quite easy. I found the striped fabric at a local store and added the photo booth sign. The photos were all taken by me and was set up just out of the way of my kitchen table. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    Lauren - Hi-the party looked amazing. I had some questions about the cupcakes-did you use the whole pocky stick or cut in half and how did you drizzle the stars?
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2013 - 7:00 pm

      admin - Hi Lauren,

      Thank you! It was awhile ago but I don’t believe I cut the pocky sticks. To make the stars, I laid out some parchment paper and piped melted chocolate onto it in the star shape and let dry. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Lauren - Thanks! Do you remember how far in advance you made the stars? Also what did you use to pipe the chocolate? This stuff is new to me!ReplyCancel

    • October 8, 2013 - 8:40 am

      admin - I think I made them the night before. I also made extras just in case one or two broke. To pipe the chocolate you’ll need a ziplock or pastry bag and a small icing tip which you can find at Michaels :)ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Lauren - Awesome-thank you soooo much!ReplyCancel

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