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{real parties} a charlie brown inspired birthday

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It’s been so hard to hold off posting this party…but I wanted Chris at Celebrations at Home to have the exclusive! Thanks again, Chris, for featuring our party today. We love your blog and feel like we’ve hit the big time!

Since there are so many details to this party–menu, décor and lots of Create-Your-Own elements, I think I’ll just do highlights and photos today. We’ll save the tutorials and such for another day!

Inspiration: J (aka Jeff) has always loved the Peanuts comic strip and I often say to him, “You’re a Good Man, Jeff Brown!” Since he’s such a great guy and his birthday falls 2 weeks before Christmas, I try to make his celebrations extra special. With his permission, I included a little Christmas magic in the décor.

Invitation: We wanted to honor Charlie Brown without going commercial.

Tablescape: The centerpiece of the table was Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree wrapped in Linus’ blanket. The backdrop was inspired by the CD artwork from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Menu: The menu was inspired by the Peanuts characters and food served by Snoopy on the TV special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

Servingware: Food was served in Snoopy’s dog dishes, Lucy’s football chip tray and comic strip snack cones*. Comic strip word bubbles added a whimsical feel to the table. Besides love letters written to the Little Red Haired Girl, Charlie Brown’s mailbox held napkins and taster spoons.

I fell in love with the fondant cupcake toppers by LIV Creativity during an Etsy search. They were my “splurge” purchase for the party!

We asked our guests to bring a dip with them in lieu of gifts and we provided the dippers–chips, pretzels, carrots, celery, crackers and cocktail toast.

Woodstock’s Wings Bar: J requested wings for his birthday. Wings? Really? They weren’t a food in my repertoire but I was up for the challenge. I found an easy recipe, tweaked it and created a wings bar. Woodstock was the perfect mascot after a little “wing” lift!

My sister, Dort, had brought us a Woodstock with bat wings to use as décor. I covered his bat wings with vellum and embellished them with glitter to create angel wings. Dort added the halo and then I perched him atop a little tree to watch over the wings bar and hold the big red star.

Beverages included the World War I Flying Ace’s favorite drink, root beer, “Christmas Time Is Here” Apple Cider and Spike’s Cactus Water.

Décor: We used 50’s-inspired colored lights on our Christmas tree this year and added a comic strip garland. Comic strip paper chains and garlands and plush Peanuts characters were placed throughout the house. The fireplace was adorned with our Charlie Brown small banner and Peanuts votive candles.

Favors: The favors were inspired by the Christmas tree and Snoopy’s doghouse. We filled them with Snoopy fruit snacks and peppermint patties.

Party Wrap-up: J and I created a “Charlie Brown and Peanuts Trivia Game” which I’ll share in a future post. It was so fun to see the looks of bewilderment as our guests grasped for the answers!

The birthday boy guy had a fantastic time. He wore his new Charlie Brown t-shirt–a gift from his lovely wife–and thoroughly enjoyed his Charlie Brown cupcake!

Budget: The budget was a little bigger for this party than usual. J deserved an extra special celebration for all of his hard work during the launch of Piggy Bank Parties this year!

Piggy Bank Party Budget: $135.00

Food: $67.50

Servingware: $9.60

Invitations & Mailing: $16.74

Décor: $20.96

Favors: $19.75


Party Receipts Grand Total: $134.55

{break for an Under Budget Happy Dance!}

Thanks: J and I want to send a special message to my mom, Audrey, and my sisters, Dort and Nora…

Thanks for spending part of your Thanksgiving holiday

creating special touches for J’s party!

We appreciate all of your love and support!

Giveaway: Please be sure to hop over to the Celebrations at Home blog and enter to win a$25 gift certificate to The Market!



*{NOTE}: The comic strip snack cones are NOT available in our shop. They were created from copyrighted comic strips for personal use only.

Invitations, Party Cards, Food Labels, Banners • Piggy Bank Parties
Fondant Toppers • LIV Creativity
Black RicRac Ribbon • May Arts
Plain Favor Boxes • Envelopments
Yellow Bin, Snowflakes, Red Plates, Dog Dishes • Dollar Tree
Foam Core, Blue Lotka Paper • Blick Art Materials
White Swirled Paper • Phoenix Art Supply
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree • Amazon
Football Chip Tray • Big Lots
Peanuts Paper Dolls • Toy-A-Day Blog


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  1. What a Blast! We will be celebrating our baby’s 1st Birthday and want to do it in a Charlie Brown theme…it’s been hard finding anything in the local shops or online, THANKS for sharing!!!!

  2. Im totally going to copy you for my son’s birthday. He was born on Christmas morning and he’s obsessed with Charlie Brown. You’re was so stinking cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. You’re welcome, Joanna! My husband loved the “Peanuts” comic growing up so it was a perfect theme for his birthday!

      [In another note, did you purchase our Charlie Brown Collection the other day? If so, we sent you a message via the email address on file with Etsy regarding your order. If you could let us know the information as soon as possible, we can process your order. If you didn’t order the collection, please disregard this part of my response. Thanks!]

  3. Omg, I love everything! My son is tuning 2 in November & this is the theme we’re doing! I’m amazed how little was spent, unbelievable! How can I make the dog houses & get the image you printed for veggie & popcorn cones? I’m so excited to use some of these ideas for our party!!! :)

    1. Thank you for your sweet comments, Kathy! The doghouses were made using a red favor box with cardstock attached. The black lines were made with a permanent marker. You can see the before and after here: https://piggybankparties.com/oink/2010/12/sneak-peek-charlie-brown-birthday.html The cones were made by downloading our favorite comics from the internet, creating a collage of them and printing on white paper. Since these are copyrighted, we do not sell them. We’d love to see photos of your party!

  4. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this party! We are big Charlie Brown fans here too. Come visit my blog today and you can see the Charlie Brown wreath I have on my door for Halloween. So glad to “meet” another CB fan. I’m sitting here drinking from my Peanuts Tervis Tumbler as I type! LOL

    1. Thanks for stoppin’ by, Shelly! J, our illustrator and my hubs, is a huge fan of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts gang so this was truly a party focused on him! {Cute wreath!}

  5. What a pity I'm seeing this so late – I would SO have done this for my twins' party in 3 weeks' time.

    I swear my two could be Charlie Brown and Lucy. Hahahaha.

    I'm pinning for next year :)

  6. Thank you for all of the wonderful comments! We had a great time planning this party. It brought back so many childhood memories!

    We truly appreciate your support!

    Happy New Year!
    The Crew at Piggy Bank Parties

  7. It was definately a fun and very well put on party! Creative decorating and a fun 30 question quiz. Good job, Doris and the birthday boy, Jeff.


  8. LOVE THIS!!!! My favorite part is the menu tags that look like the bubbles from the strip! Adorable!

  9. I'm definitely going to purchase some of these cute items to make my moms birthday in August extra special. She loves Peanuts!

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