My Party: Emery

My Party: Emery

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Carrie McBride
Nov 17, 2010

Do you have a modern princess at home? Victoria's party is full of inspiration: Emery turned 3 and she specifically asked for a modern take on the princess theme (no Disney allowed)! We choose a palette of hot bright pink mixed with a baby pink and went to town in true girly style. Since the party was held at an outdoor park we decided to center the design on a few very large scale pieces to make sure the local did not overwhelm the decor.

The backdrop for the food table was an inspiration piece created after one of JCrew's spring window displays. We painted three large boards of wood and using double sided tape, put up paper silhouettes in a random fashion. It was an incredibly simple way to make a large scale impact behind the table. I used the silhouettes as well to make napkin labels, cupcake flags and a grouping of bold modern frames that we hung around the party.

For food service we used two thrifted desks painted in our shades of pink and adorned with beautiful jeweled and flower knobs. We also built a gigantic 14 foot light pink frame that made an enormous impact on the space for under $20! This would be an amazing idea to use for just about any type of celebration.

Since it was a little girls party after all we incorporated lots of fun activities. I built a hot pink swing and we had a dress up table with tierras, princess dresses, swords and charm bracelets for play. Using a bit of tongue and cheek humor we made a royal ball (pit) filled with balloons and a royal (coloring) table for an activity station.

I also collected and brought in 3 mattresses which we stacked under a canopy to make a royal throne! It was a great lounge station throughout the day and the perfect story time spot when our real life princess showed up to read.

The beautiful felt flower bunting came from a past project I created- the DIY can be found at The City Cradle. It was hung throughout the party space. Our guests enjoyed pink popcorn pops, cupcakes, a cake with a single homemade 14 inch candle, fruit, raspberry lemonade and a royal lunch of croissant sandwiches.

I also created a bingo game that was a fun diversion for the adults- you can find the free download.

It was truly a day fit for our modern little princess...

Thanks Victoria!

(Design and styling - The City Cradle; Photography: Carly Taylor Photography)

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