Pizza Party: Moustaches + Mozzarella!

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MOUSTACHES + MOZZARELLA PIZZA PARTY

What could be cuter than a little kids’ pizza party?! We are HUGE fans of this clever theme. Talented Mom Natalie of Southern Belle’s Charm combined moustaches, cooking, and dress-up (her son’s birthday requests) into this MOUSTACHES + MOZZARELLA PIZZERIA PARTY! From some of the cutest cookies I’ve seen to the clever pizza slice bunting, we love every detail of this yummy party! Natalie has shared so many party details with us so without further ado, we’ll let her take it away…
“Every year I get so excited to style for my son, Greyson, and this year for this 6th birthday it was quite the fete.  He had several requests this year and I really wanted to incorporate all of them.  Moustaches. Restaurants with Cooking. Dress Up.  I thought long and hard about creative ways to include all of these requests.  Then one day while visiting Kindergarten on Pizza Day – it all came to me.  {Papa G’s Pizzeria:  Moustaches & Mozzarella}.  I would create a restaurant just for him.

After that was decided, I contacted my fabulous friend Paula of Frog Prince Paperie to turn my son into an Italian Chef cartoon.  She did an amazing job! For the printable collection, I wanted to use red and white checkered patterns with the traditional Italian colors.  When searching for new, creative twists on parties – patterns are a wonderful way to achieve that goal.”

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THE INVITATION
“From start to finish, I wanted Greyson and his friends to have the full experience of a restaurant geared towards them.  White mini pizza boxes from Instawares were embellished with a cover, address label, invitation on the inside panel and a custom Pizza Delivery Magnet created by Buttonhead.  I loved the added touch of the magnet so that the children could put it on the refrigerator to look forward to the upcoming party.   I added checkered parchment paper to the bottom and Lynlee’s Petite Cakes created giant pizza cookies.  The detail work on the cookie was absolutely amazing!  Greyson hand delivered all of the invitations dressed in his pizza delivery outfit.  The experience ended up being so great as it was a wonderful opportunity to see all of his friends.”
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DESSERT TABLE
I chose Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria as the venue for the party partly because of its wonderful pizza but mostly I just fell in love with all of the vintage details.  The brick and wood walls, black and white framed New York photos and the black tables and chairs were a dream.  I knew that the backdrop for the dessert table would be created from the elements in the room.  I used red felt fabric and added the red and white and black and white checkered tablecloths.pizza cupcakes
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DISPLAY PROPS + SWEETS: “The chef alligator, known to us as Simon, was the perfect centerpiece.  The chalkboard that stands next to him was filled with the Daily Specials and it was an added way to incorporate the chalkboard element into the main display.  My new favorite must-have is chalkboard ink.  I have the worst issue with chalk so when I was introduced to the ink – it was love at first sight.  Plus it washes away with soap and water.  I added in my favorite Gourmet art from my kitchen and made a Papa G frame using the printables from the collection. For Greyson’s party, I wanted to try a new look to the traditional birthday banner.  I used the pizza cutouts from the collection and added a 3D look using foam as mozzarella cheese and olives.  Brown mini poms were a great substitute for sausage.

Whenever I style tables, my first shopping trip is to the thrift stores for goodies.  I was lucky to find a Lazy-Susan for $3 and the large Pizza Peel for $2.  We spray painted the Lazy-Susan Italian green and set it on top of the galvanized steel bucket added with a moustache placard glittered by The Purple Pug.  The Lazy-Susan displayed the brownie bites with the stunning fondant toppers by Lynlee’s Petite Cakes.  Words cannot describe the amazing detail on each topper.  There were eight different designs: red and white checkered #6 with moustache, pizza topper that matched the cookies from the invitation, chef hat and rolling pin, pizza ingredients, pizza cutter, red with black moustache, embossed Papa G and the most impressive of all – Papa G himself.

To display the cupcakes on the table, I covered a red box with red and white checkered paper and added a moustache to the front with a pizza pan on top.  The chocolate chip cupcakes were from Retro Bakery and were embellished with cupcake toppers from the collection.  I used Hey YoYo black and white checkered cupcake wrappers to finish the look.


DIY PIZZA CHAIRS: The chairs were gorgeous but I really wanted them to have an added touch.  I made large foam pizzas to mimic the banner on the display table.  They were tied to the chairs with black tulle.  When the party was over the children used them as props in the photos.

Activity 1: Papa G’s Pizzeria Activity Page: Since Greyson was very young, he has always loved the activity pages/menus at restaurants.  We bring them home and hang them on the refrigerator.  It is an accomplishment for him, so I knew he would love his own activity page that Frog Prince Paperie  designed: draw your own pizza, add a moustache to Papa G, word puzzle and included a joke at the bottom.  The children had a blast searching for the words and drawing photos of each other on the back.  The activity page also created an opportunity for the children to be seated once they arrived while others were getting dressed for the party.  It was a great transition to the Dough Play Activity.

Activity 2: Dough Play: Making pizzas was not an option for this party since it was held at a restaurant but I still wanted the children to have the full experience of dough play.  I struck gold at The Dollar Store when I found red plastic cutting boards.  Hobby Lobby had their mini red rolling pins on clearance so I added vinyl moustaches to tie in the look.  Grimaldi’ was kind enough to provide the dough which was put into plastic containers with labels from the collection and chalkboard vinyl on the front.  I added the words (Dough) in chalkboard ink as the children are working on reading for the summer.  The children had the best time rolling out, forming and throwing the dough.  It was a sticky activity but worth the clean up!

Activity 3: Moustache & Foam Pizza Photobooth: Grimaldi’s was a perfect venue because of the ambiance.  The subway entrance doors made for the perfect backdrop for the restaurant experience I envisioned.  The children completely enjoyed posing for photos with their costumes and moustaches.

All of the Moustaches & Mozzarella: Papa G’s Pizzeria inspired party supplies are available on the website!

CREDITS + RESOURCES: Complete Event Styling, Design, Handmade Designs & Photography: Southern Belle’s Charm | Printables & Party Consulting: Frog Prince Paperie  | Photography: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes  | Photo Editing: Jill Luecht Photography  | Cupcake Wrappers: Hey YoYo | Papa G’s Pizzeria Favor Bags: Paper Nook  | Kandy Kones & Ruffled Crepe Paper: Superchick Studios  | Glittered & Flocked | Paper Moustaches on a Stick & Moustache Glassine Bags: The Purple Pug  | Pizza Magnets: Buttonhead  | Pizza Straws: Krazy Straws | Chalkboard Vinyl Moustaches: Braden’s Grace  | Pizza Boxes: Instawares | Cake & Cupcakes: Retro Bakery  | Cake Pops, Chocolate Moustaches, Pizza Cookies & Fondant Toppers: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes  | Sugar Cookies: Cookies Are My Canvas  | I {Heart} Pizza Shirt: Finley & Oliver  | Chef Hats: Party Cheap  | Chef Aprons: KNG  | Hairy Moustaches: Party City | Venue - The Patsy Room - Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria