Susan Hutchinson of the wonderful blog Fleurishing recently threw the most amazing party for her twins’ Henry and Marie’s third birthday. Her family was in the midst of a big move (read: totally surrounded by boxes!). But instead of skipping a party this year, she turned the boxes into a fabulous cardboard box-themed birthday bash. We asked her to share all of the party details.
Susan chose “Cardboard Box” invitation by Lehan Veenker for Minted for her twins’ birthday party.
This is genius! How did you come up with the birthday party theme?
We’re in the midst of a move and are surrounded by boxes! I honestly was leaning towards not doing anything this year. But then I had a light bulb moment and couldn’t believe my luck when I found the “Cardboard Box” invitation by Lehan Veenker for Minted—that sealed the deal, it was too perfect. It simply had to be done.
Where did the party take place?
At our (still empty) new place—an industrial loft in an old knitting mill factory (circa 1895).
How did you make those amazing cardboard structures?
My husband Parker made them—he’s amazing! I researched online and found some pretty cool ones, both commercial and homemade, as inspiration. Ours ended up being pretty unique, though, thanks to his imagination and brilliant engineering! It took him about three late nights after work to craft them. He reached a new level of rockstar daddy status.
How many guests attended?
We had about 10 adults and 13 kids… our closest friends and their children!
What were everyone’s reactions to the party?
The kids’ reactions were the best, of course—seeing their faces light up with delight was such a treat. The best part was when we passed out (washable) markers and told them to go wild decorating and drawing on the boxes.
The party menu included cardboard-colored snacks like graham crackers, square-shaped pretzels, and a homemade croquembouche that Susan made out of 200 donut holes!
For party favors, Susan gave each child in attendance a copy of the book Not a Box, about a clever rabbit with a knack for imagining brilliant cardboard creations.
Photos: Courtesy of Susan Hutchinson of Fleurishing
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