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Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Inspired Birthday Party

Just over a week ago my daughter celebrated her third birthday. Hard to believe how quickly the time has gone!

To honor the big day, we hosted a spring-inspired party and celebrated with family and friends. Bright pinks, blues and greens were peppered throughout, with flowers, butterflies and pinwheels making appearances too.

Here's a quick sampling from the big day, beginning with a shot of the birthday girl in her coordinating outfit (a tradition my sister started).

Switching to decor, a stop in the "dollar" section at Michael's yielded these coordinating vases that were each given a bright purple tulip (the birthday girl's favorite color).

That brightly colored table cloth is actually fabric, scored for $1.50 per yard and making it just as economical as its plastic counterpart.

Below, Michael's also produced some large and small butterflies that were added to each of our chairs.

Paper lanterns and coordinating ribbon added some pizazz to our linear chandelier and highlighted the cake I made for London. Under that fondant was vanilla cake with a blueberry whipped frosting. Yum!

These giant Bella Vanilla Bean cupcakes from Pick 'n Save were also added, bringing in lots of color and sugary goodness.

Behind the table our buffet was home to a small candy bar (I used ribbon and scrap book stickers to label each) and some butterfly-kettle corn (locally made/sold and delicious!) bags. I found a similar idea that inspired these butterflies on Pinterest using clothes pins but they were out at the store so I opted for colorful pipe cleaners instead.

Across the way, the ribbon used on the candy jars was also incorporated on an assortment of fruity drinks that filled plastic "milk bottles" with colorful straws.

Per usual, matching plates, napkins and forks were used. Likewise, some serving platters (A.K.A. chargers) and bowls that I picked up around Easter-time for only $1 each.

I'm a big fan of serving foods that guests can grab and eat as they walk by or are easily consumed over conversation. We tried to keep those brightly colored too. Like these strawberry shortcake kabobs. 

And these caprese cups with bright blue forks! A few grape tomatoes, basil, mozzarella balls and balsamic  vinegar--good to go.

Those little blue forks also made an appearance in my fruit cups. Simple plastic cups filled with fruit and topped with an umbrella skewered with cheese ... again, healthy but easy! And the kiddos liked the umbrellas!

Finally the little party-goers were given a parting gift. Namely wind-up pinwheel pens, note pads and swirly suckers (with a little extra space for goodies from the candy bar).

Overall we had a wonderful day and our little girl loved her very girly party. Special thanks to all those who helped us celebrate!