By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist
My little guy adores everything cows, so when it came to designing his second birthday, I knew cows would be a dominant element…But, instead of going the direction of country cow, I took a bright, bold direction and opted for a more modern, or “Mod Cow” theme. Check out the post for more on how I styled it, along with details that made it special…
I looked to minted party decor patterns for inspiration, found Brandy Brown’s Modern Minted set and knew it would be the perfect starting point for our cow theme. The lattice party decor patterns have a combination of high contrast black and white to reference cow colors, with hints of mint and acid yellow to suggest sunshine and soft grassy green. The irregular stripe patterns even look exactly like stylized blades of grass! To reinforce the high-contrast modern feel, I integrated a bold runner.
To continue the cow theme with the cake, I bought a simple black and white cake covered with dark chocolate ganache and labeled it “Manure Drizzled Cake”. To complete the messy feel, I added edible dragonflies. The Happy Day invitation was the perfect find for a Mod Cow theme, featuring bright happy letters and a full black and white photo of Luke on the back. I even managed to work some cow-themed language into the invite with the wording “Light grazing for grown-ups, Dinner and treats for little calves”.
At each place setting, I layered a single paper plate, a piece of giant confetti, a small cow figurine, and a votive cup filled with bubble gum “grass”. For a place card, I used simple black cards with white calligraphy by Laura Condouris.
To frame the treat table, I used paper table runners and hung them with staggered spacing to create depth. I also used large black balloons to add contrast and anchored them to the floor with ribbon and white cow bells.
I used these mint-colored Milk Glass Cake Stands to hold stacks of Oreos. (Luke had to taste test a few before the party!)
One of my favorite details of the day was the Pin the Tail on the Cow game! For the pinnable game board, I used Moglea’s Farm Party art print in charcoal, mint green and acid yellow. To create the “tails” I used paper wine tags and attached cow tails crafted from this natural twine. As an extra bonus of using this art print, the cow rear-end was the perfect height for little hands to reach!)
To create the table centerpiece, I spray painted inexpensive glass bottles and grouped them on the center of the table. Just before the party, I cut several Japanese Aster blooms and dropped them in the vases.
I found the perfect lollipops from an amazing gourmet vendor on Etsy. These custom black and white swirled lollipops look exactly like cow print and taste like vanilla and black tea. Boss Girls Inc. elevates lollipop making to something of an art form. Check out their beautiful work here or contact them directly for custom lollies.
I even chose the room’s artwork to suggest a modern cow theme. Koshi’s soft-yet-bold shapes in his Three Again are the perfect organic forms, slightly reminiscent of a cow pattern. Underfoot, a photo backdrop acts as the perfect kid-friendly party rug: Protecting the floor from spills and wrapping the room in the theme’s signature pattern.
The birthday boy preferred splashing in the cow trough to bobbing for apples.
To incorporate some photos of Luke, I alternated black and white pictures with Marabou’s Modern Minted bunting banner. The countdown style pattern in Brandy’s design was the perfect choice, because I arranged photos of the birthday boy in chronological order–from his earliest pics through his most recent photo. Minted will soon be letting you upload photos to your bunting banners!
For grown-up favors, we sought out a cow-specific charity and contributed a small charitable donation. After giving to Heifer International, we printed the details onto Moglea’s Mr.Laurence design and handed these out to party guests. Our contribution covered the share of one dairy cow (Heifer International works to eradicate world hunger by giving cows to families in developing countries).
Modern Minted Party Decor Minted
Photography Morgan Blake of Three Pennies
Weathered Bench Rental Blue Eyed Yonder
Black Balloons Bargain Balloons
Happy Day Invitation Minted
Cake Whole Foods
Edible Dragonflies Etsy
Cow Figurines Amazon
White Cow Bells Amazon
Milk Glass Cake Stands Minted
Farm Party Art Print Minted
Natural Twine Minted
Custom Color Spray Paint My Perfect Color
Black and White Lollipops Etsy
Three Again Art Print Minted
Heirloom Pear Art Print Minted
Triangle Garland and Tissue Fringe Etsy
White Beverage Tub Home Depot
Paper Straws Minted
Plastic Milk Containers Shop Sweet Lulu
Archive Block Mini Signs Minted
Mini Moon Pies Amazon
Mr.Laurence Directions Cards Minted
Cow Donation Heifer International
Favor Boxes Minted (coming soon!)
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