The Wet/Sticky Bandits are at it again in this awesome “Home Alone” Inspired Birthday Party by Kelsey Klos of House of Fete, out of Petaluma, CA!
Splattered with details nostalgic and fun, this holiday birthday bash is an exciting one!
So set your plan in action and get ready for a thrill because these details and more are sure to wow any Home Alone fan:
- Home Alone Battle Plan Party Invite
- Awesome Home Alone Christmas Tree Birthday Cake
- Darling Home Alone-inspired Sugar Cookies
- Splatter Paint Can Backdrop
- Ice Cream Sundae + Pizza Buffets with Custom Napkins
- Pin the Iron on Marv & Fire on Harry Game
- Luggage Favor Boxes
“Home Alone” Inspired Birthday Party
“Home Alone” Inspired Birthday Party Details:
“Take it back to November when I started playing Christmas Movies, and Brennan quickly became obsessed with Home Alone 2. She started requesting “Kevin” and babbling Home Alone. Between the cannon ball in the pool and the craziness of the bad guys, she was hooked. Come January, we were STILL watching it, and I knew this was what I needed to do for her second birthday. As usual I put together a mood board and color story. I wanted to add in pinks to make it girly, yellow to pick up the taxi cabs of the New York scene, and try not to be OBVIOUSLY Christmas, being that her birthday is in June. From there I went straight to Lindsey of Itsy bitsy Parties, she has been doing my invitations for over a year and she has a talent of customs to make a party come together!
I focused the theme on Home Alone 2 but there are some key moments in the first movie, Home Alone, I could not leave out. For the invitation, Itsy Bitsy Parties designed a Battle Plan all about the party. Incorporating key moments in both movies and details I would be high lighting at the party. It was of course front and center of the infamous flatlay along with all the other amazing details!
Dessets & Food
The food was the easy part, and one of my favorite ways to follow through with a theme. I didn’t serve any food that felt like it didn’t fit it. We did “Little Neros” Cheese pizza and Ice cream sundaes, both items are KEY in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. I created my own small pizza boxes for the guests to take home a couple of extra slices and I love how it carried on the theme. I served Jeni’s Ice cream with all the fixings as well, “two scoops, make it three…”
Of course, I had to have cookies and macarons, because it is not a party without them, even if they weren’t in the movie. The Sugar Bug did the most incredible hand painted cookies. One even had Brennan’s Face yelling like Kevin, the bad guys, turtle doves, you name it. I love how the captured every party of the theme and fit right in. Tara of Soiree Macarons really showed out for this one! Not only did she bring macarons, but I giant macaron Christmas Tree CAKE! The cookies were shaped like paint cans, ice cream sundaes and even the McAllister Door Knob that was burning hot. The tree was a last minute addition, but I knew I had to have a mini train with a Micheal Jordan cut out so the cake was perfection!
The cake sat on top of a clear cake stand filled with ornaments, army men and a fake tarantula of course.
All the food and sweets were served on a long table with a super fun installation above it. A sign that read Eating Junk and Watching Rubbish was totally fitting. Surrounded with paint cans, it was the perfect way to add whimsy and color.
I kept the drinks very simple, my guests tend to drink only a few specific things. I knew I wanted to server “Kerosene” which was actually an Arnold Palmer. I also had Pepsi of course. I served Champagne, beer and water in the kitchen and everyone was happy! I set the bar on our dresser in the kitchen, when throwing a party at home I really try to work in my home decor into the party, purely so I am not taking a bunch of things off the wall and I can keep it all in house. On the dresser I printed out a city scape by The House Lars Built. It was perfect with colors of pink, purples and golds. I used a chalkboard table runner and drew on it to look like a street- and there were tiny toy Taxi Cabs going up and down, just like NYC.
I used red solo cups, just as they did before the airport in the first movie. I added Modern Birch stir sticks and gold straws. Stir sticks are some of my favorite things to add to a party, another custom thing that really ties everything together! The ladies at Modern Birch knocked it out of the park with the house from the logo, iconic NYC elements, Filthy Animal and my favorite, BReNNAN- with the Home Alone e and everything!
Above the bar, I utilized our gallery wall. I usually have this wall blank and was kind of stuck with what to do, but made it work. I used my Petal Lane dry erase boards to my advantage. I wrote out the Plaza Room Service bill on one, and used the other to print a large battle plan and hang. In the frames I printed out scenes and iconic moments from the movie adding speech bubbles of quotes, I even painted a canvas that read KEVIN. The final touch was the Chalk Designs by Me shelfie signs, Miranda surprised me with signage that said, Lost in New York, Filthy Animal, and Wet Bandits Escape. They were totally unexpected but the PERFECT added touch around the party! She also did the Kerosene tag and other tags I used throughout the party!
The pinnacle in both Home Alone Movies has to be the scenes when Kevin is totally defeating the bad guys! We wanted to make sure this was highlight at the party. We started as you walked in the front door, “The Paint Can Pummel” navigating through 40 tiny paint cans as you walked up to the party. Inside you had to “Scorch the Burglars”- this was one of my favorites. Essentially it was pin the tail on the donkey, but with a twist. The kids pinned the iron on Marv and Pin the fire on Harry. Wearing a snorkel mask, the kids places tiny irons and flames onto AMAZING portraits of the bad guys. These were hand drawn by Stacy of Thread Mama and came out absolutely perfect.
Outside the games were even more fun! The “Brick Toss” corn hole into Kevins mouth, the “Pully Sling” to get the handle bars into the play house, and the “Army Man Shoot down” with nerf guns had to be the biggest hit! Don’t forget to “Race to The Gate” and claim you favor.
The Favors + Gifts
This one was actually tough for me to come up with, but when it was all said and done, it was one of my favorite elements! My girlfriend Jeromee was using these paper suitcases for party favors for a party a few months ago, it got me thinking and I ordered right away. I immediately called Itsy Bitsy to design stickers for the suitcases. The scene when the family is traveling to Miami and it was baggage claim where they realize Kevin is missing. Lindsey out did herself with six different sticker deigns all representing different elements of the movies and finished each bag with a tag that read “Hand This to Kevin”. The suitcases were filled with the coolest sensory kits from Bright Box. Little boxes of handmade play dough, tiny paint cans, a Christmas tree, spider, skyscrapers, jacks and toy cars.
And last but not least, we had to have “Brennan’s Toy Chest” for everyone to leave her gifts. I used Marissa’s vintage toy chest and a custom sign from Itsy Bitsy! It was the coolest detail.” – Kelsey | House of Fete
Vendors + Credits:
Planning / photography @house.of.fete
Paper products @itsybitsypartieskc
City scape @houselarsbuilt
Bad guys @threadmama_story
Chalkboard signs/ tags @chalkdesignsbyme
Party supplies @ellieandpiperco
Party hat @augustroot
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