Today I wanted to share with you Penelope's 3rd Birthday party! Now, normally we only do a big first birthday party at our house and then smaller family affairs after that but as I was planning Eloise's first birthday party, seen here, I kept jotting down ideas for a smaller shindig for Penelope. I love throwing play date get-togethers so I thought an end of the summer play date-style birthday party would be a perfect reason to gather a few of my momma friends and their little ones before school started.
I decided that this party would have a Dress Up theme and I called it the 'Just Stay Little Dress Up Party' as I completely fell in love with Sarah Jane's Children at Play fabric (the Playhouse line especially since the colors--pink and aqua--were perfect for our party colors) and felt compelled to use it as the main decor for her party :-) Do you ever feel that way about a fabric? This line was just calling to be used as party decor...it is so perfect for a little girl's birthday party.
Here is a peek at the two dresses (talked about here) in action...the main fabric is called 'Just Stay Little', hello theme! I was able to get a few shots pre-party of the girls in their dresses but not so much during the festivities...yeah, that camera didn't get clicked once darn it! Do you not just love Eloise singing in the microphone, that shot cracked me up! She is just singing 'maaaaaaaaa-maaaaaaa!'
I so love that big bow on this tiny girl. Of course she needs momma's phone in hand, what girl doesn't need the Pandora Glee station to rock out to while they are waiting for guests to arrive...it's a pre-party par-tay!
I made my girlies, along with all the little girl party guests, some hair candy as a little take home gift. Penelope wanted me to make her a big statement hair clippie and of course I had to oblige her ;-) Umm yeah, the pigtail look only lasts for a few minutes these days!
Whenever I throw a party for little ones I feel there needs to be some fun things for kids to do. Otherwise it's not really a party for the wee ones, don't you think? Since this was a Dress Up party, we had two bins of dress up clothes, jewelry and the like for them to enjoy. I also laid out boy and girl paper dolls for the kids to decorate with crayons, googly eyes and gluesticks. You could easily make your own out of card stock and a pair of scissors but I just bought mine at Michael's to save time.
I made a whole bunch of different mustaches, lips, glasses, a few monocles and even a bowler hat and hot glued them onto dowels. Since most of our dress up clothing is for girls I thought the boys might like to "dress up" with these.
Here's a peek at the buffet table. I decided to make all the food 'mini' to follow the 'Just Stay Little' theme. Isn't teeny tiny food just oh-so cute!
I cut out a few of the little dresses on the 'Just Stay Little' fabric and used clothespins to pin them up clothesline style behind the buffet table.
Since Penelope's birthday party started late in the morning I didn't want to do a big cake. I opted for little vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting baked in cute little cups from here.
I decorated each one with cupcake toppers I made cutting out more of the little dresses from the 'Just Stay Little' fabric.
Aqua and Pink party decor :-)
I decorated mason jars with different pretty strips of fabric from Children at Play's Playhouse line, one for each momma so that everyone knew which glass was theirs and there was no confusion...don't you hate when that happens.
A few days before the party I realized I wanted a few smaller luncheon-sized cloth napkins for the party so the day before I finally got to making some...it's always the way things work around here.
I used the Aqua and Pink Dot to Dot fabrics to pull the colors together. If you need an easy tutorial for making cloth napkins, see this post here.
I used the hair clips that I made for each little girl as decor for the buffet table, I love when an item can function in multiple ways. They served as the perfect pops of color for my food table. And then at the end of the party the little girls took them home....win/win!
Oh, the mini food...how I love it so.
I used a little girl cookie cutter (a gingerbread girl perhaps?) and made 'mini' little girl shaped cheeses. They were served with 'mini' Ritz crackers!
I also made 'mini' blueberry muffins and decorated them with a 'mini' fabric pennant.
A late breakfast/early lunch party always needs donuts, 'mini' donuts to the rescue! They were glazed and then sprinkled with the colors of Penelope's party...gotta keep with the theme :-)
For us mommas, I made 'mini' Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Kabobs. Two of the ingredients came straight out of our garden, Mmm good!
Here is a look at the drink station I had in the middle of the buffet table.
I served Sweet Tea and Citrus Water...perfect cold drinks for such a sunny summer day.
I just love Sweet Tea...I'll share my recipe on the blog soon, it is absolutely devine and super easy to make!
The Citrus Water included slices of orange, lemon and lime...so refreshing!
For all the children, minus Eloise (sorry little one, when you are older!), I served Strawberry milk in milk bottles for that cute vintage-y feel. I also used my favorite aqua stripey straws from here.
Well another long post with lots of pictures! I hope you enjoyed a peek at Penelope's 3rd birthday party. I had so much fun putting it together but what makes it even better is that Penelope really truly loved it. That just melts my heart. She really adored that this was her birthday and her friends were coming to celebrate her. She is such a sweet little thing, I just want to eat her up.
Many thanks to our wonderful friends who came to celebrate Penny's 3rd birthday, we loved having you there to share in her big day!