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Wednesday
Apr092014

nate's 3rd birthday

When planning Nate’s 3rd birthday, I knew I wanted it to have a couple of handmade details and bright pops of color.  I opted for a palette of turquoise, green, yellow and gray (the names of these colors on the Paper Source site are peacock, clover, sunshine and gravel).  I crafted a couple of party elements—paper chains and flags with Nate’s first initial in washi tape.  Since Nate adores cookies, it was easy to decide on the theme: milk and cookies.  On the menu were a selection of delicious cookies and gorgeous “milk and cookie” fondant cupcakes made by the wonderful Candy Clay Cupcakes.  Happy birthday, Nate!  We are thankful for the blessing you are and your boundless energy and enthusiasm! :)

Sources: cupcakes by Candy Clay Cupcakes, paper from Paper Source, straws from Sweet Estelle and Target,  and set of suitcases from The Land of Nod (a big thank you to Nod for sending them!).  Sources of inspiration included: Sara’s Party Perfect, Hello Hanna and You Are My Fave.

Monday
Feb102014

avery's 5th birthday

Knowing the countless hours that are spent putting together a party, I wanted Avery's 5th birthday to be simple but lovely and special.  It took place at Layer Cake Bakery, a beautiful and airy bakery and cafe with a modern and industrial aesthetic.  I set out to put together an essential set of party elements: centerpieces, a table runner and favors.  The decorations centered around a color palette of oranges, yellows and grays with hints of other colors mixed in to round out the look.  We used pinwheels left over from Avery's baby shower as centerpieces, reworked a little with yellow and gray striped straws from Sweet Estelle.  Sprinkled on the table were confetti (to serve as a table runner of sorts) made using a Marvy Uchida circle punch and Paper Source paper.  Avery's friends took home Hello Me and Hello Robot Get-Set Placemats by Hello Hanna as favors (we had some Hello Me placemats that were sent to us a while back as part of a giveaway).  The Hello Hanna stickers were placed in these adorable gray polka-dotted bags finished with personalized cat labels from Paper Culture and duck-shaped paper clips.  A balloon artist from Super Inflated was on hand to twist fun balloon sculptures for Avery and her friends.  Thanks to everyone who celebrated Avery's birthday with her!

Thursday
Dec052013

alice in wonderland party: the fun

The activities for Audrey's Alice in Wonderland party were so well planned with piles of amazing little details.  They included painting the roses red on individual rose bushes that the guests got to take home, a "pass the teapot" game, flamingo croquet complete with hedgehog balls and making jewelry with special sun-activated beads.  Cheshire Cat Tail push-up cakes were served with afternoon tea and colorful "eat me" cakes along with assorted Alice in Wonderland goods were given out as favors.  It was a curious and wonderful afternoon!

The first two posts about the party menu and decorations can be found here and here.

Saturday
Nov092013

alice in wonderland party: the setting

This is the second post on the Alice in Wonderland party designed by my cousin Amy.  The first post about the menu can be found here.  For the party, Amy created a marvelous wonderland, including a fantastic painted landscape, bread-and-butterflies, momeraths, colorful paper lanterns, a garland made out of playing cards, white rose bushes painted red, and playing card soldiers.  One last very important note: don't step on the momeraths!

Wednesday
Oct302013

alice in wonderland party: the menu

My übercreative cousin Amy put together this brilliant Alice in Wonderland birthday party for her daughter Audrey over the summer.  I'll be sharing the fantastic wonderland that Amy dreamt up in three different posts.  Today's post is all about the whimsical menu: Mad Hatter tea sandwiches, Jabberwocky salt & pepper wings, caterpillar kabobs, mini "eat me" cakes, The Queen of Hearts raspberry tarts, Cheshire Cat tails, wushrooms (Audrey's favorite!), snacks served in flower cups and more toothsome edibles befitting a delightful tea party.