Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gracie's girly pink, peach, and mint green soiree!

I'm going to stop prefacing every party post with my usual, "I'm horrible at party planning" disclaimer because I know you guys already know what a hot mess I am.  I try and plan ahead, but most things usually end up getting done the week night before.  I did actually get most of the crafty stuff for Gracie's first birthday party done fairly early, but I still found myself scrambling to finish it all up... even after guests had started arriving.

But I will warn you guys that this is only the decor and recipes... actual party pictures will have to come later. 

I wasn't going for any theme in particular.  I'm not much for themes, anyway.  I usually just try and keep things in the same general color palette.  But I did know that I wanted to try and recreate a look I had seen on Pinterest (see original post here) that featured a paper fan display in pinks, peach, and mint green.

This is what we ended up with.

I was pretty enamored with the look.  Now for the details.

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I scored the mint green frames and runner at HomeGoods a month or so ago. I made the two smaller cake stands from Dollar Tree candle holders attached with epoxy to Target $2 plates (primed, spray painted, and sealed).

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The silver bucket came from Target's $1 spot, and the sucker favors were from Party City.  Almost none of these were eaten.  I'll remember that for next time... ha!

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This chalkboard sign was a One King's Lane purchase a year or two ago, and I wrote the quote on with a chalk pen.

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And oh, the cakes...

I tried a new bakery called Brendal's Bakery and Cupcake Couture (located in Rowlett for any local readers), and y'all.

Brenda was AMAZING.  So accommodating, so quick, and so incredibly talented.

And I swear to you... it was some of the best cake I've ever eaten.

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How sweet is this teeny smash cake for Gracie?

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I actually made these little cake bites myself using this stupidly easy recipe.  I colored the vanilla candy coating with food coloring and shockingly ended up with peach and mint green.  I'm always leery of food coloring... :)

And for the other half of the dining room...

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I know I've mentioned how hard it is to shoot my dining room table because of my very-ugly-and-needs-to-be-replaced chandelier.  Also, how do you like that "Gace" there up on the wall?  The day before the party, the "R" fell off and shattered. :)

I re-used the tissue poms I had left up from my sister-in-law's shower over a month ago! Score!

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The tissue tassel was originally going to be hung on the fireplace, but I ended up making one out of paper (which I forgot to photograph!), so it ended up as table decor.

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The glass vases were some I had from Hobby Lobby, and I just stuck the eggs in at the last minute.  I also found the frame at Hobby Lobby.

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I had some leftover Scrabble tiles from a nursery project.

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Lucky Charms Munch - modified to use vanilla candy coating instead of white chocolate

The bucket is from Hobby Lobby, and the stuff inside of it is heaven.  I had to pick out all of the marshmallows from an entire box of Lucky Charms, but it was worth it.  So very worth it.

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The cotton candy popcorn was really fun and a pretty touch to the table (also delicious).

On one of the other walls in the dining room, I displayed this labor of love.

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It's nearly every Instagram picture I have posted since the day Grace was born taped to foam board that I cut into a heart.  I seriously adored looking at all of these pictures again.

And last, but not least, here is a tulle wreath I made and hung in the living room.

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Sorry for the terrible lighting.  It was just a foam wreath with pieces of tulle tied on.  I glued the letters on with hot glue... crookedly. :)

For entertainment, we rented a bounce house and had an egg hunt.  Thank heaven for that bounce house... it kept all of the older kids entertained and outside!

We also had tons of food, but I didn't get any pictures after we got it all set up.  We served smoked brisket and chicken, potato salad (I'm going to have the share the recipe one of these days!), cole slaw, beans, corn dip, broccoli salad, and peach tea.  Plus goldfish, applesauce, and juice for the kids.

I'm still amazed we managed to survive the whole thing.  But seriously... I'm pretty sure we'll be having a very low-key celebration at the park next year... :)


The Tale of Three P's said...

I'm so impressed by all of the little details! I especially like the Scrabble letters and all of the mint frames. Totally adorable!

Nichole @ said...

Ummmm, you don't look like you can't throw a party to me! Looks awesome, Ryan!

Emily said...

Love love love the d├ęcor!!! And that cake!?! AMAZING!

Laura said...

This is unbelievably adorable Ryan!! A true over the top first birthday extravaganza befitting your little princess! Ps I am totally stealing that heart Instagram picture idea for baby no. 3's first bday.

Elizabeth said...

I don't believe that you are horrible at party planning. Everything looked lovely and so well thought out. I loved her color scheme and all the little details that you did. So so cute!

Skylar Buchanan said...

Where did you rent your bounce house from

Hayley Chandler said...

Whatever you don't know how to throw a party!!! I loved all the details. Everything was perfect!!!

Kristin said...

So sweet and adorable! And it definitely matches your blog color theme lol

Jessica K said...

You did an amazing job! So many awesome little details! Love it! The cake looked awesome!!

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

OMG! I can't even..this is so amazing. I'm such a sucker for details. I love the frames also! I love the tassel garland and where did you print your insta pictures from? Happy Birthday to your princess!!!!

Carrie said...

Such a CUTE party!!! You did an amazing job with all the details. Seriously, adorable. I LOVE Brendals Bakery. My niece is at Rowlett HS and they provide cupcakes during intermission at theater events and they also make their cakes for the cast and crew. So good! My family has started using them for our personal events.

I just found your blog (not really sure how??), but I'm so glad I did! Your little family is too cute!

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