Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Last month, my oldest girl turned 10 and my little guy turned 1! Two huge milestones within a week. I knew I wanted to do a combo party this year, and play off the number idea, which is how I came up with this banner for their birthday photo shoot with Mel. I used this photo for the invitation, stitching each one to a piece of burlap, just slightly larger. I also new I wanted to use red, yellow, turquoise, and pink... and decided to leave the party theme at that!

Fabric for skirt, tie, and bunting are a mixture of my favorite prints ever, from Heather Bailey and Amy Butler.

Thank goodness for Kevin's parents for graciously letting us use their beautiful backyard, which is waaaaaaay bigger than ours!

The color scheme provided a great excuse to show off three of my favorite vintage pieces: red gumball machine, turquoise typewriter, and yellow scale.

Cole discovered how much he loves red licorice by accident, a few weeks before his birthday. Just like Uncle Bobby!

Just about anything would look cute in wooden berry baskets and striped bags!

Dinner: balsmic watermelon & cucumber salad... layered grilled chicken, asparagus & green beans, and smashed potatoes... tortellini pasta salad.

Doilies replaced the metal mason jar lids, making the drinks bug-proof, but with easy straw access.

We had blankets all over the lawn, in lieu of tables and chairs, so I thought it'd only be appropriate to serve the food picnic-style. Each guest had their own personal picnic basket, and chose from several sized to-go type containers.

Our August birthday babies.

The backdrop is just paper streamers sewn to a piece of wine, which we strung between trees.

Chloe with BFF, Peyton.

Birthday Boy and his date, Kenzie

The little girlies {aka: 4 of the mini-Hollas}.

Our 'C's: 1...4...6...10!

Games: Cornhole (beanbag toss) and Tic-Tac-Toe. Kevin is a pro at constructing Cornhole boards, leaving me to paint the stripes and make the beanbags. The Tic-Tac-Toe is just painted burlap, and I wrapped rocks with fabric for the markers.

Favors: Ruffled streamers (so easy!) sewn to brown paper treat bags filled with licorice, gumballs, and candy buttons.

The heat made for a major cake fail, resulting in... wait for it... STORE BOUGHT mini-cupcakes at the last minute. Thank goodness for my cute sprinkles.

But I sort of redeemed myself with this one, on Chloe's actual birthday the following day.

This party was simple casual, and fun... and was a two for one!
A great way to spend the last weekend before back-to-school.

Thanks, Mel for photographing!

Paper Straws & Striped Treat Bags: HeyYoYo

More Inspiration: Pinterest


Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Love love love everything about this part! You out did yourself!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

It was a great party!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Such a fun party! Glad we could be there to help celebrate C & C turning 1 & 10!

Mrs. Kirbyface said...

Such a great Job Lady As always.... :)

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Oh my, it looks fantastic!!!
Happy Birthday to your babes!

My son's is 8/2.
Mine is 8/9.
My daughter's is 8/23.

So I feel ya on the double party ideas!

Sheri said...

oh my gosh. cutest party ever. awesome job!

Natalie said...

Good luck to you with mops, all last year my pager would go off, 5 minutes in, 10, 15 I was always being paged. I have gone 3x this year so far and NO PAGES! There is hope in your future.

Beautiful party too by the way :)

The Future Mrs. Knifton said...

Please come recreate this party for Mason's 3rd! And let me introduce Cole to the magic that is black licorice... mmm. :)

Blanca said...

This party is so beautiful...just like all your parties. There is always a bit of whimzy to your parties that I adore. I only hope to have a party this good for my kiddos this coming summer. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Two Shades of Pink said...

Wow. Gorgeous party. Mine was EXTREMELY similar for both of my girls. Love the details.