Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our little Princess is turning 3!

What a year it has been...

We started on this years birthday party back in March, and spent the year dreaming up ideas, creating lots of fun props and of course buying everything on sale! Luckily we started early as this year brought us a lot to do - selling a house, moving, buying a new house etc. Had we not started early this party never would have happened...and without the love and support of my parents (Nana & Fapa) this party never would have come to life. Thank you for being just as crazy as me!!

My daughter is so into Cinderella aka Lala, so we decided to plan her birthday around her favorite Princess. At first I wasn't excited about the pale blue and pastel pink colors typically used for a Cinderella themed party, especially since I LOVE COLOR! So it took some time to come up with the vision and color theme.

We ended up showcasing both parts of Cinderella's life, the "Before the Ball" as well as the "After the Ball." With this in mind we were able to incorporate burlap, orange, and the rustic side of Cinderella being a housemaid. We then glammed it up for the other décor and used bright pinks and blues and tied the whole thing together with glitter and gold!

Check out the photos courtesy of the most amazing photographer - Jenny from Jenner Rose Photography. Contact info for Jenny and all other vendors listed at the bottom.

A chalkboard sign Welcoming and Directing guests to the party. (Chalkboard found on sale at Hobby Lobby)
A directional sign showing guests a bit about Cinderella "Before the Ball" and "After the Ball." (Directional sign made by Fapa and towers created from cardboard concrete forms from Home Depot, moving boxes as the base, poster board for the tops covered in tissue paper and painted to look like brick and stone)


"Before the Ball" food table. Lots of burlap, rustic buckets, pumpkins, tin plates etc. (Once Upon a Time and Clock made from core board, wood letters, paper numbers cut out with the Cricut)

The drink station made from an old ladder and fence boards. (Paper flowers made from old Trader Joes bags and paint, frames are plastic Ikea frames painted)

Sewing items for the mice and birds to make Lala's dress. (Sewing items from Hobby Lobby)

Fruit Wands loved by all!
The kids table - lined with gold painted cans filled with roses, swords for the boys and purses for the girls. (Chevron table runner from The Paper Source)
Party favors for a Prince. Boxes filled with bubbles, snacks and candy. (Boxes are a printable from Paper Art by MC)

Party favors for a Princess. Filled with bubbles, snacks and candy, crowns were also loved by the girls. (Bags from Hobby Lobby, Nana sewed on the tulle and sequin trim, crowns from Oriental Trading and tags were part of the printable invitation package from Paper Zoo Printables)
Lace crowns lined the tables. Made with lace, fabric stiffener, paint and glue.
There were also wands for the girls. Simple wands dressed up with ribbons and tulle. (Wands from Oriental Trading Company, added ribbons and tulle from Hobby Lobby)  
Centerpieces - a real pumpkin painted in gold and glitter, adorned with rhinestones and flowers. Tied to the stems were tissue paper garlands held up by 36" pink and blue balloons. (see picture below)
The dessert table. Chocolates, marshmallows, cake and more.
An amazing dress sewn by Nana. (Dress form found at our local antique market that happens once a month)
Ice Cream cones dipped in chocolate and sprinkles - so simple and so delish!
This has become a staple at all parties, marshmallows dipped in chocolate and colored sprinkles. This can be done for any theme, any color and any design of a party.
Another staple - Chocolate covered Oreos. (Bubba's Sweets)
Chocolate covered pretzel sticks. (Bubba's Sweets) 
Chocolate suckers - 3's and pink castles. (Bubba's Sweets) 
Princess candy bracelets with a crown charm. (Oriental Trading Company)
 
One of many story book banners we made from the pages of a Cinderella book.
Simple pink and white roses lined all tables and this gold wire carriage, painted gold held the most beautiful arrangement that we put in the vase made from a foam gold painted pumpkin.  
Photo backdrop - painted canvas on a stand made from PVC pipes. So simple and so fun for all guests to take a picture as a keepsake from the party.
Cinderella even joined us for story time, face painting and fun.
The Birthday Girl! Love our little princess!
 
 
Here is a list of resources for different vendors used for this party:
1. Photographer - Jenner Rose Photography
2. Cake - Great Dane Bakery
3. Party Favors (wands, swords, crowns, candy bracelets) - Oriental Trading Company
4. Chocolates (suckers, chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate covered pretzels) - Bubba's Sweets
5. Birthday Girl Tutu & Shirt - Tickle Pants
6. Balloons and Straws - Petite Party Studio
7. Prince Favor Boxes - Paper Art by MC
8. Tissue Paper - Hope Décor
9. Chevron Paper Table Runner - The Paper Source
10. Gift Tags, Invitations, Food Tent Cards - Paper Zoo Printables


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