This beautiful VINTAGE SPRING + EASTER PICNIC PARTY was submitted by Jennifer Bell of Discarded Couture.
What a lovely party in a lovely setting! Some of my favorite party ideas in this spring celebration are:
The vintage bike up against the tree
The vintage lace
The vintage bunny + Easter tags
The woodland party elements
Jennifer said this about planning the party- “I love Easter, so I created a girl only upcycled party picnic. It was a fun day. All of the items you see in the photos are repurposed.”
Make-up: Melanie Baird Make-up artist
Hair: hair was done by Conscious Hair by Elena
Venue: Kildra Farms
Prop and styling: Jennifer Bell Discarded Couture
Dresses: Jennifer Bell Discarded Couture
Photographer: Rita Steenssens
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Wooden Berry Baskets Easter Party Supplies Bunting / Banner
Here’s what Christy said about planning the party- “My Grandpa, or ‘Pappa’ as my kids call him, lives to play baseball. Every year my grandparents fly from Seattle to Mesa, Arizona for the winter specifically for my Grandpa to be able to play on his softball team. At 79, he sometimes plays three games a day! It’s his love of the game that inspired me to throw him this 79th Vintage Baseball Birthday party.
This party was created on a very small budget with only a few days to plan, so I borrowed as much decor as possible, kept the sweets simple and made the most of the printables!
Glass Coke bottles and striped straws with our mini baseball pennants in a vintage soda crate made for picture perfect and cost effective party favors.
With no time to bake and a tight budget, the dessert table treats included Twinkies with a bit of red icing that became “hot dogs on a stick”, Starbucks cake pops and Golden Oreos dipped in white Wilton Candy Melts and piped with red buttercream to resemble baseballs and of course Cracker Jacks and Popcorn which are a must have for any baseball event. I was able to pick up popcorn bags at my local craft store as well as a roll of brown packaging paper for a table runner and red polka dot balloons which added a lot of bang for my buck. I reused some paper fans I had from last years fourth of July celebration as well. Red and white carnations from the local grocery store rearranged into a baseball like centerpiece with color coordinated ribbon trim provided a centerpiece for under ten dollars.
Overall the party was inexpensive, stress free and fun! Most importantly my grandfather had a great time and was able to enjoy a little baseball even though his playing season was over for the year.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Popcorn Boxes Polka Dot Balloons Cupcake Liners White 2-sided Frame Lollipop / Treat Sticks Striped Paper Straws Paper Fan Honeycomb Flowers Burlap
This ORGANIC GREEN FORTIETH BIRTHDAY PARTY DESSERT BUFFET was submitted by Melissa Fernandez of The Sweet Society in Australia.
I love the contrast of the natural burlap with the clean lines of the chevron print. It gives the party an unusual rustic modern vibe. A few of my favorite ideas in this organic green party are:
The ricrac trim and simple succulent embellishments on the crisp white fondant cake
Here’s what Melissa said about planning the party- “I was very fortunate to be asked by Fran who owns the renowned Cake School in Melbourne, Australia, where some of the world’s best baker’s run the most amazing cake classes for aspiring bakers, to style her best friends 40th dessert buffet as a surprise for her.
The design brief was clean, organic, greens & succulents – Nati’s favourite.
Fran made the cake and called upon one of her friends, Julie from One Sweet Girl, to make the desserts.
The dessert buffet menu from these talented bakers consisted of a caramel mud cake with roasted, salted almonds, chocolate mud cake pops and mini cupcakes (which were delicious lemon flavor with vanilla bean buttercream topped with dogwood sugar flowers). There were also green mini vanilla bean meringues with silver glitter detail, iced vanilla bean cookies and salted caramel, pistachio and vanilla macarons.
I decided to use hessian in the paperie and add a little chevron pattern to add a layer to the styling. I also added wooden tea lights to add ambiance to the occasion. Nati is Uruguayan so they served a traditional Uruguayan BBQ for the main meal.
The surprise dessert buffet from Fran to Nati was a beautiful gesture of friendship and love.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Burlap Cupcake Liners Lollipop / Treat Sticks Jute Twine Apothecary Jars
This fabulous MIDNIGHT ALICE IN WONDERLAND THIRTIETH UN-BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Charlene of Chakoda Design.
This Alice in Wonderland un-birthday party looks and sounds like it was so much fun! A few of the highlights & awesome party ideas are:
The photobooth with the amazing assortment of Alice themed props
Here’s what Charlene said about the party- “Planning my 30th birthday was interesting. I really wanted it to be a little different and whimsical. I have been fond of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland since I was younger, and I really liked the Tim Burton Version of it as well. I love mushrooms and funky objects so what better theme than this? I love the vintage look and bright colors somehow combined well together. All the party props and decor were provided by www.chakodadesign.com so that part was pretty easy!
Sweet tooth by Abby, made my delicious pastries, the cutest cake pops, and just beautifully detailed Eat me cookies, and playing cards! So talented! I’m jealous of all her wonderful ability to bake and make it look like a piece of art. My photographer Angel (Angel G Photography)
was brilliant in capturing the smallest details that were really important to me, and all the effort I put into this design setup! Thank you Angel for putting this day and all my memories in a bottle for years to remember. My photobooth was by Party4beauty- Crystal was such a sweetheart, and much fun to work with. She customized my prints exactly like the design on my invitation for guests to take home. Photobooths are so much fun to have at any event, they really bring out the silliness in the quietest or most shy person. I love them!
I always like to set up at least 2 days beforehand especially since there were a lot of large items I was going to display, however with the unexpected rain, I couldn’t place any of my items out, which really made me kind of nervous. I waited until the next day to see if the rain had dried out most of my yard, only to find that it had rained the whole night before. I now started to panic! My backyard was a muddy swamp. I knew I had to move quickly with plan B (no idea whatsoever). Well, common sense was to put up canopy tents so that my guests would not get wet! I can’t handle looking at plastic tents, so I tried to cover up the inside with a backdrop.
Before I knew it it was almost 6pm! I hurried to call my hairstylist to see what time she would come, little to find out that she had to take her mom to the emergency room, due to some pain she was having. She cancelled on me! I didn’t think things could get worse, as it started to pour rain. I was feeling like I was going to pass out on the floor and then wake up to have a nervous breakdown after! I finally snapped out of it, jumped in the shower and tried to put myself together. One of my friends came to the rescue to put the faux eyelashes on me. (thanks Raquel). When I finally was ready, the DJ had already gotten there and finished setting up, and the photographer was already snapping away at all my party! Things felt a little better! Guests started to arrive. I could breathe again. The night was a success despite the rain. My guests had a blast taking pictures at the photobooth, with the props that were set out. We danced
the night away. After midnight, the music ended, (being courteous to my neighbors) bringing the party inside and continuing until 4:30 in the morning. I thought that was something people just say to describe the party as crazy! However a lot of my guests actually really left at that time. You have to remember that I’m the mommy of a 3 year old, so things are a lot different than my prior life. All my guests and vendors absolutely loved the party and design setup! A couple of my vendors said that it was the best party they had ever been to and it was “theme park status”. Wow, I was so excited! My birthday was over -I and many of my friends will remember this for a long time! (I guess I really got what I wanted- my 30th birthday was actually crazy) next time I will be a little bit more specific to what I actually want. My march hare and I ended the night cuddled together. That was definately a night to remember with all the unexpected craziness! I really hope you enjoy reading my adventure and I loved sharing it with all of you.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Lollipop / Treat Sticks Cake / Cupcake Stands