{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Last month J celebrated his 8th birthday. I'm not sure why but 8 seems like a big deal. Appah and I keep saying to each other, "I can't believe J is 8". Well, it is true. Every year we always have a big birthday party for J and invite all his classmates from school. But this year we decided to try out a smaller party and settled on 9 friends, 10 boys including J.  After a bit of brainstorming for party themes J settled on blue stripes. Inspired by the Pantone Color Bridge I incorporated varying shades of blue stripes into the party invitation and thank you card designs. I used coordinating blue envelopes that I picked up in Korea a few years ago.

The first half of the birthday party was at a local trampoline place so I only brought bottled water, fruit and J's rice crispy cake [he doesn't care for regular cake]. I made individual rice crispy toppers using paper straws and sticker paper.

I made paper chains out of glitter card stock and the simple centerpieces were printed out on card stock and folded in thirds. After some jumping fun and pizza and "cake" the boys headed back to our house to hang out and play. Appah grilled his yummy chicken and the boys enjoyed Dinner #2. 

For the party favors I made freezer paper stencil initial t-shirts and packaged up a few organic lollipops and gummy bears in glassine bags. [I also made J an "8" t-shirt, a tradition in our family.] I was happy to see that the boys wanted to change into their t-shirts right away. And on the following Monday all the boys wore their t-shirts to school. 

I didn't get a chance to take a photograph of all the boys together but here's some shots of J + few of his silly friends! I think this was the most low-key party we have had to date and I rather enjoyed it. Now on to planning j's 6th birthday party next month!

Reader Comments (30)

i love it, sally!!

05.22.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchelsea

I love how neat the decoration looks and I love this shade of blue!

05.22.2011 | Unregistered Commenterla boom!

What a great idea with the freezer paper t-shirts for favors!

Everything is so neat. Looks like the boys had a super fun time.

05.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGhislaine

I love your simple + clean lines from decorating a party space to the gift bags your little guest receive. Wonderful just wonderful. Thank you for inspiring me, yet again. I love your blog!!!

05.23.2011 | Unregistered Commentertonya

wow! as always, you did a fabulous, fabulous job on these! love the clean simple lines! Lucky guy =)

05.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruly Smitten

what an great party for an 8-yr-old! i love your party favors and the invites! the boys looked so cute with their matching tshirts (your boys looked the most fun and animated in the photos). :-) you did such a great job, sally.

05.23.2011 | Unregistered Commenterangie

sally it is wonderful! so beautifully done. Looks right up J's alley. Can't wait to see what you do for j.

05.23.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

CHELSEA // Thanks! :)

LA BOOM! // Thank you so much!

GHISLAINE // Thanks! I was so happy the boys loved their t-shirts!!

TONYA // Thanks, Tonya!

SARAH // xoxo

ANGIE // Ha! My boys are total hams!! Thanks!

PAULA // Thanks, Paula! We're using NEON for j's party. So FUN!!

05.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

Wow, I can not say it enough. You do the greatest things, clean, simple and beautiful.

05.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnaliza

so great. I can't wait to see j's party! neon? so fun. maybe neon + kraft?

05.23.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkenzie

ANALIZA // Thank you, Analiza!

KENZIE // White + lots of NEON!! Should be fun!

05.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

everything looks great sally!

05.23.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Hi Sally! Loving your new blog!
And happy birthday J! I love the blue theme but the last three pictures with the boys are absolutely the best!

05.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Oh, I love it! Your modern design and stunningly simple take on things is always visually pleasing!

JOYCE // Thanks, Joyce!

ALEX // Thank you!! Glad I at least captured a few of the boys together!

VICTORIA // Thanks! :)

05.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

such a happy gathering.

and love the party theme. you outdid yourself, i think :)

05.24.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjane

too fun!

05.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenterbonnie tsang

Wow, I LOVE the idea of the #'d shirt for the birthday honoree! Such a sweet & simple tradition. My oldest is 8, but it's never too late to start something new, right? I also love the idea of the personalized t's as a favor instead of simply bags full of candy. Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. My oldest son turns 7 next month, and this will be so great. Thank you!!

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Malek

JANE // Thanks, Jane! :)

BONNIE // Wish you + V were there!!

CRYSTAL // It's never too late to start a new tradition!! :)

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

i hate to be an obnoxious anonymous commenter but i can't help but think about how J's other classmates must have felt on monday - the ones who weren't invited to the party and, as a result, weren't wearing matching shirts. obviously, they must have figured out pretty quickly that they were excluded from a special gathering. clearly, you had no control over whether the kids decided to wear their shirts to school together, but hearing about those little acts of exclusivity breaks my heart. i hope my daughter never has to feel as left out as those other kids must have felt.

05.27.2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

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