My Party: Matilda

My Party: Matilda

Carrie McBride
Sep 13, 2010

Matilda's playgroup certainly got off to a beautiful, celebratory start! Ariel describes the affair: These are actually photos of a kickoff celebration I threw for a playgroup I started here in Austin. I began the group to socialize my daughter, Matilda, and find other like-minded mothers interested in all things DIY and home style blog related. The name of the group was "Buffalo Bebes."

I was inspired by the rustic, wilderness style I had seen reflected in clothing and home decor at that time and the classic children's story- "Where the Wild Things Are." I was also inspired by the adorable, child friendly cafe in New York called Moomah. I hit a couple thrift stores, Ikea, and of course Hobby Lobby.

I also purchased a book titled The Time of the Buffalo - which was my biggest source of inspiration. It featured pages of text related to buffalo as well as various drawings and photos of them. I used these pages to create two banners and a mobile hanging from a tree branch above one of the refreshments tables. I wanted the look to be a combination of sunniness, play time, vintage, modern, and wilderness. The theme for the group was that it was a place for little wild things to come grow and growl.

The area featured two refreshment tables, a canopy, a patio area with seating, and a carpeted area with tables for blocks and coloring in. We ate pear and goat cheese skewers, a selection of dried fruits and fresh coconut in brown parcel paper cones, and tiny pie crusts filled with brightly colored sorbets. To drink there was coffee from a local brewer, fresh grapefruit punch, and of course water. It was a great time of conversation for the mothers and the kids- aging from 3 mos to 4 years- got along splendidly.

Thanks Ariel!

(Images: Ariel Tustin)

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