Adulting your Littles Birthday Party

In the past 2 years and 8 months, I’ve planned 3 parties for the littles in my life – Brooks’ 1st and 2nd birthday and more recently Graham’s First Birthday party. I’ve planned m0re parties for these kids in the past 3 years than I have in the past 10 years {probably more!} for anything else! It’s sort of amazing how time consuming and stressful planning a birthday party for a tiny person can be! Especially when the littles are still so little!

But I grew up with my parents throwing me a special birthday party every year and I want to create that for my children too. And you can bet that even though the party is still for Brooks + Graham – it’s also for me too! Because we made it another year together! Woohoo! table

When I was going into the planning phase for Graham’s birthday I was a little over my head. It was the end of summer, everyone’s schedule was a little all over the place and did I mention the insane heat?!  I wanted to do something a little different and while celebrating Graham’s first birthday and making sure he had his special day, I also wanted to use G’s party as an ‘excuse’ to get together with all our friends + family to reconnect after a busy and beautiful summer! on-table

Side Note: I’m obsessed with Graham’s September birthday. Brooks’ January birthday is cold and snowy but September is all about that fresh air and {possibly too much} sunshine! I sort of want to celebrate both their birthdays in September next year! Ha. party-hat

In an effort to reconnect and make it more than just a birthday party, I wanted to make it more than just pizza and cake for the littles! Sure we had it at a massive playground in the city {which is amazing by the way} so that was great for the kids, but I wanted to do something special for our friends and family – for the adults to take a little time out and enjoy  the party, the day, the season. I know I’m guilty of getting all wrapped up in the whirlwind of a party, blinking and then the  few hours of the actual event I spent weeks and weeks prepping and planning for, is over. Just like that. one

I was SO excited when I found out the lovely folks at DiBruno Brothers {my favorite) wanted to treat the adults at Graham’s party to some extra special eats on my little’s First Birthday. This was the perfect way to ‘adult’ Graham’s party up a million notches! Cheese plates, vegetable al forno, antipasto of my dreams! Throw in a cookie and brownie platter and I’m done. And that’s just what my friends at DiBruno did!

Seriously, CHECK OUT those gorgeous platters!


Some amazing things we got to enjoy:

Rittenhouse Cheese TrayGorgonzola Dolce, aged Asiago, Parmigiano Reggiano, Manchego, Delice de Bourgogne, DB Roasted Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread, sweet soppressata, Très Toffee Cashews, truffle honey

Crowd Pleaser Cheese TraySharp provolone, aged Gouda, Cantal, Pecorino Crotonese, DB Roasted Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread, pepperoni, sweet soppressata, fig preserves, Très Toffee Cashews

Vegetable al Forno – Grilled seasonal vegetables, hummus, marinated feta cheese, sliced pita

Traditional Antipasto – Prosciutto di Parma, soppressata, pepperoni, grilled asparagus, artichokes, hand-stuffed pepper shooters, lightly dressed mozzarella, sharp provolone, imported olives

And a Cookie + Brownie Tray for good measure.


If you aren’t drooling on your keyboard right now, something’s wrong with you. These pictures don’t even do this amazing tray justice. 

I’m so glad I had the chance to partner with my friends at DiBruno Brothers to celebrate Graham but also to celebrate the special people in our life. It takes a village to raise kids these days and I really believe that it’s so important to stop, take a moment, eat some good cheese and enjoy those around you that make the difference in you and your kids lives. I think that was the great thing about this special part of Graham’s party – the cheese and antipasto treats brought everyone {adults and littles alike} in to connect .


I have to say, that if all kids parties had eats like this, I would be WAY more excited to go to them. And just stand here, in front of the food table all day. And I’m not just saying that because this was actually my kids party – I’m saying that because I’m obsessed with good cheese.

And this is some seriously amazing cheese.

Pretty much everyone was hanging around this table all day long. And how could they not, the food was just too good/Sure, I rented out a massive playground in Philadelphia for everyone to enjoy to celebrate Graham and run around and play –  but let’s be honest – the cheese plates win. Every. Time.


For Brooks’ past two parties the only ‘adulting’ I did to step up the party game for my friends with kids and my friends without kids was to have champagne and mimosa bar {since all the parties were in the am} – to take the edge off. And everyone was really into that – I would have done that for Graham’s party too, BUT alcohol wasn’t allowed {I totally checked} but DiBruno’s was an even better treat for sure!


Now it’s your turn to share – because I am already starting to think about Brooks’ 3rd birthday in January {how is he almost 3?!} and how I can step up the Littles party for the Adults again! Obviously DiBruno Brothers + cocktails are top of my list – but would love to hear your thoughts too!

Do you have any ideas or inspiration on how you make your kids party extra fun for the adults in attendance?!

Please share!

And a HUGE Thank YOU to the wonderful folks at DiBruno Brothers for totally MAKING Graham’s Party extra delicious! We SO APPRECIATE all the amazing eats!

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  • Reply Patty O October 4, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Graham’s First Birthday was awesome – the venue, people and especially the food – love DiBruno Brothers eats always!

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