Jennifer tells us about an elegant outdoor party for her girls: Inspiration started a long time ago when I came across the "Birthday Chicks" layout by Heather Bailey in Mary Englebright's Home Companion Magazine.
I blogged about this here. It all started with the invitation. I used the template from Heather's site and then used Photoshop to layer different patterns. That way I could just print them out on a color printer and cut them out once rather than cutting each layer.
Then I made the bags. I used some of Heather's fabrics and some of Sandi Henderson's. Each one is different, but they all seem to "go." I then stocked the with a feather boa, a big jewel ring, a bird whistle, and a lollipop. They were a hit! Each girl made a foam crown while waiting for all of the guests to arrive. Lunch was finger sandwiches, fruit kabobs, and a veggie tray. The girls drank sparkling lemonade instead of tea.
After lunch they opened gifts and beat the tar out of a pinata. Then cake was served. I made 2 sheet cakes. One chocolate and one yellow and cut it into rounds. Each cake had one of each layer. I then frosted them and added a gum paste flower that I purchased on Etsy from Sweet Bouquet. I saw something I wanted and emailed her a picture. She created her version and I am thrilled. They were beautiful and even tasted good (according to the girls).
Place settings were great! I used the china from a friends collection and a place card based on the same Heather Bailey party. I used the same pattern from the invites and made the chicks. The blocks were purchased from Casey's Wood Products. Always thrilled with my purchases from them. The key to this party was borrowing. I borrowed the china, the tea pots, the ceramic chickens, and some of the chairs. I picked up vintage linens at garage sales and thrift shops. The result is a party that actually cost very little to put together, but has a big impact.
Thanks Jennifer! You can see more of this beautiful party at Handbags by Jen