Here’s what Brandyce said about the party- “We wanted Brooke’s birthday party to be a memorable one. We had been trying for a 2nd child for over 4 years and when we found out we were having a girl (we already had a boy) I started planning her birthday party! I love chevron and pink! Kara’s Party Ideas gave me inspiration and I was able to tweak to fit our party theme and overall look. I bought some of the items from Kara’s Party Ideas Shop, the chalk board labels from Sprinkled Joy. Simply Party did the food labels, straw flags and the favor stickers. My husband and I designed the chalk board print, the photos around the mason jars and printed all the prints and portraits we had taken of her over the year. My husband is a professional photographer with Studio Benton so he took all the detail images and friends took candid photos for us so we could enjoy the party with our 1 year old! It was a celebration of her 1st year and a Thank You to all our family and friends for supporting us!”
This stunning EASTER THEMED VINTAGE BAKE SALE PARTY was submitted by Mandy McCready of Koko Blush & Company.
Looking at this party is making me wonder what country or planet I can move to where they celebrate Easter sooner than next March because I am absolutely dying over every detail and thinking I’m going to have to throw an Easter party. Now. Such a beautiful celebration!
Some of the stellar details to look out for in this vintage Easter party are:
The assorted vintage milk glass stands used to display the candy, favors and cakes
The children playing croquet as a party activity
The idea of the dessert display being a “bake sale”
Ashley said this about planning the party- ”My daughter’s first birthday was my very first party to plan — and I have a new respect for party planners! Wow, they’re a lot of work! I have known since my daughter was born that I wanted her to have a vintage, ‘shabby chic’ themed first birthday party. I know this may be the only birthday where I have free reign (I’m sure it will be Minnie or Rapunzel in years to come) so I wanted something sweet, girly and simple.
I started out with a light pink, peach and mint green color scheme. I couldn’t get ANY of the green things to match that I ordered online, so I just did away with the green and replaced it with ivory. I made everything myself except for the cake and the catered BBQ. I made the fabric banner out of prints that I’ve been collecting here and there for the past few months. I made the ‘LILY KATE’ and ‘ONE’ banners from burlap, white craft paint and stencils made on my home printer. The antique scale, blue Mason jars, crocheted things and produce boxes were either borrowed from family or things I already owned.
My husband made the mason jar ‘sippy cups’. The guests loved these! I used ivory paper straws and attached pretty tags made from kraft cardstock and paper roses. Turns out, the guests wrote their names on the back of the tags, so I may just include a blank ‘name tag’ next time instead of something decorative. Also, many guests asked to take these home, so this would be a GREAT party favor!
We set tables up on our back porch with catered BBQ for lunch. (Sorry, I didn’t catch any decent pics.) We had the “dessert” table inside as well as the drink bar. The cake was made by a local bakery and my mom and I dipped strawberries, pretzel sticks, and marshmallows in pink and peach tinted chocolate. We used pretty pearl sprinkles as garnish. I also served fun pink candies and included a few things for the babies to snack on.
I loved making the favors for the guests. For the kids, I used small kraft paper bags and filled them with little goodies and candy. My husband has a friend in the carnival business and he provided us with 50 bags of pretty pink cotton candy. (How cool?!) We had enough for each guest and I attached a tag that said, “It was so SWEET of you to come!”
The custom invitations, wrap around mailing labels, birthday “chalkboard” poster, favor tags and framed birthday print were also designed and assembled myself. The digital files will be available soon for purchase in my Etsy shop.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Pom Poms Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks Kraft Paper Bags Candy Sticks Striped Paper Straws Jute Twine Burlap Balloons Clear Cellophane Bags
This VINTAGE PIE THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Kara Praed of Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets is just so creative and cute! This theme is not only perfect for a patriotic 4th of July party, but how darling would it be as a baby shower or birthday party? The possibilities are endless!
Items available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Lollipop Sticks Swirl Lollipops Striped Paper Straws Mason Jar Drinking Glasses + Daisy Cut Lids Ribbon, Fabric Mini Plastic Cordial Glasses Electroplated Mini SpoonsKara said this about planning the party- “This party was a patriotic tribute to one of the trendiest treats of the moment: the all-American pie. The event showcased some fresh and clever interpretations of this “classic-turned-trendy” dessert. No doubt KPI readers are familiar with the old adage, “as American as apple pie,” and pie definitely seemed the natural choice when I began planning this patriotic celebration. True confession: I’ve had a love-affair with pie (and the concept for this party) ever since I watched the movie “Waitress,” drooling over each and every luscious pie concocted by Keri Russell behind the counter of her pie diner (Sidenote: I’ve been waiting ever since for someone to publish a cookbook of the pies featured in the film — including her recipe for Falling In Love Chocolate Mousse Pie — but alas, no such cookbook has materialized to date). The porch of my historic 1910 American Foursquare home in suburban Washington, D.C. provided an ideal setting for this tribute to a humble dessert which dates back to our founding fathers. I incorporated vintage touches throughout the décor (an assortment of vintage cake stands / antique mason jars / wooden crates; handmade paper pinwheels and cupcake-liner paper flowers; colorful fabric runners and flag banners stitched by my talented neighbor; an antique hutch rescued from the trash heap and spiffed up with a new coat of paint; even a vintage bicycle loaned to me by another neighbor, which arrived at the shoot sporting a woven Nantucket bike basket). I admittedly took a bit of liberal license with the traditional patriotic palette, using red, white and aqua as the main colors, and sprinkling “Modern Vintage” fabrics by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics and aqua-striped sip straws throughout the display for added charm. Other fun (and eco-friendly) details on the buffet included tin pie plates (purchased from the dollar store and dressed up with fabric and wax paper liners) and half-pint milk bottles and mason jars adorned with custom printables by Anders Ruff in lieu of plastic disposables.
As the proprietor of Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets, I am often asked to create extravagant mini-dessert buffets for my clients’ parties and events. I decided to take this celebration’s “mini-buffet” up a notch or two by creating an “all-American pie buffet,” inspired by the delicious recipes and gorgeous presentation of the pies featured in Dani Cone’s book, Cutie Pies. I developed a menu to include both savory and sweet pies, turning to trusted partner, Windows Catering, to tackle the savory recipes, while Freshly Baked handled the sweet stuff. Together, we prepared a smorgasbord of pies in all shapes, crusts and sizes, including blackberry pie pops; apple, cheddar, rosemary pie jars; lobster mac ‘n cheese cutie pies; shrimp and crab salad tartlettes; ham and gruyere hand pies; “pie” cake pops; and even deconstructed versions like “mudslide pie dessert shots” and “blueberry pie milkshakes”. By keeping serving sizes petite, guests felt comfortable sampling all the different pie varieties on the buffet – and there were plenty of choices to satisfy every palette!
No matter how you slice it, this party was a heap of fun without being fussy. The theme could work especially well for the 4th of July, but some minor tweaks for a baby shower, afternoon tea or even a casual wedding reception would be … well … as ‘easy as pie’.”
Vendors and Credits:
Event Stylist: Kara Praed from Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets
Photographer: Cynthia Chin from MoxieSox Photography
Caterer: Windows Catering Company, www.catering.com
Cake Pops, Pie Pops, & Pie Jars: Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets
Fabrics: Vintage Modern & Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabric
Printables: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Flag Banners & Runners: Amber Blaha
Items available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Lollipop Sticks Swirl Lollipops Striped Paper Straws Mason Jar Drinking Glasses + Daisy Cut Lids Ribbon, Fabric Mini Plastic Cordial Glasses Electroplated Mini Spoons