As a little girl, I have fond memories of going to my grandmother's house for tea parties. She would break out the fine china, set the table properly, and serve dainty treats, as any Southern belle should. When my daughter Scarlett's 4th birthday rolled around, I wanted to recreate these special celebrations with a proper and fancy tea party!
Inspired by Pantone's colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity), I chose a palette of soft blues and pinks, and added in some minty greens and darker pinks. I designed and hand-made the invitations myself, along with coordinating food toppers and hanging paper teacup decorations.
In the "tea room", I created a backdrop with curtains, paper doily flowers, and a handmade teapot banner. We made feminine, English garden-style flower arrangements with hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, tulips, tweedia, and greenery.
Scarlett greeted her little guests with glee and all the prim and proper hospitality that can be expected from a preschooler. When the girls arrived, they painted tea cups, and the activity doubled as a take-home favor. After we set the masterpieces aside to dry, the girls were invited to "get fancy" for tea time. Each girl received a personalized jewelry pouch with faux pear necklaces and bracelets with matching clip-on earrings and rings to don. I also made some super frou-frou "fascinators" for the girls to wear!
The girls sat at a table just their size with adorable kid-sized Chivari chairs from Sweet Seats. Atop the flowery vintage tablecloth, we placed a mini flower arrangement and china-esque paper place settings with rose-gold plastic utensils. Each girl found another little surprise at her place - a lip gloss favor packaged in lace ribbon. But the most special element of the party was little girl-sized antique tea set, a gift from the birthday girl's great-grandmother (my grandmother)! The girls were absolutely precious sipping daintily out of their fine china and passing each other sugar cubes!
For the food, we served tiny bites of tea sandwiches, mini quiches, scones, and cookies. We arranged some flowers on top of a "Lemon Zinger" cake from Metrotainment Bakery in Atlanta.
The party was filled with girly-ness and giggles, with just the right balance of refinement and fun that I had envisioned for my little girl!
2015 was a wonderful year! We had the opportunity to work with some incredible new (to us) venues, we made lots of new "friendors," and grew in our skill, confidence, and creativity! Here is a look back:
For my daughter's third birthday, we created a Winnie the Pooh themed party. With a pink and yellow color scheme, it was girly and whimsical!
Scarlett enjoyed making some handmade Valentines for her friends and family.
We traveled to Savannah, GA to create these pastel florals for Sarah and James's wedding at 45 Bistro. Oh, how I loved Savannah!
Sun, sand, and margaritas in the Mayan Riviera! We vacationed with our dear friends in Akumal. I wouldn't say it all that relaxing with three little munchkins, but it was beautiful and fun!
My sweet little guy turned one, and we celebrated with a County Fair Birthday Party.
For Abigail and Trent's Wedding at Cleveland Park, we created lots of woodsy and whimsical details, including a moss escort card display and a maypole for the ceremony!
Pretty pinks and peaches for a classic and romantic wedding for Lucy Anne and Carroll.
Delainey asked for a "pink party" for her second birthday, and that's what she got!
Also, Scarlett had her first EVER day of school!
We participated in our first Big Fake Wedding, and had an absolute blast! It was fun to let our creative juices flow freely, and we were so proud of our ombre ceremony backdrop!
Photo credits from left: Emily Platt Photography, Casto Photography & Cinema, Southern Jewel Photography
We loved creating some Victorian-inspired romance for Claire and Chris's wedding at the stately Piedmont Ballroom of The Georgian Terrace!
The Cliffs at Glassy offered the most breathtaking views for Dani and Daniel's formal mountaintop wedding.
We were back at it again, this time with some stained glass inspiration at The BIGGEST Fake Wedding at Amy Osaba Event Studios. This was definitely a high point of the year as we got to push our creative boundaries and connect with an incredible team of vendors!
Photos by Kaitie Bryant
We ended the year with a bang at Nicole and Brian's New Year's Eve wedding at Indigo Hall!
What a year it has been! Here's to 2016, may it be another year filled with inspiration, learning, and memories!
Come one, come all to the Silas County Fair! Today we give you a look at the first birthday party of my sweet little boy!
For this county fair-themed birthday party, my goal was to keep it classic and old-fashioned, but not too "vintage-y." I wanted to evoke a nostalgic tone while infusing a bit of modern flair, so I chose swap out the more typical red and blue for a color palette of tangerine, aqua, navy, and yellow.
Sometimes you can plan out everything you're going to make, but some of the best decor ideas come spontaneously when you're setting up and see something in the space that you can incorporate into the design. In this case it was a wonderful existing garden statue that served as the perfect focal point to greet partygoers. We gave her a bundle of helium balloons and strung up some handmade fabric bunting in the party's colors. She held what I think may have been my favorite party detail - "popcorn" flower arrangements made from white and yellow carnations.
For the tables, I cut squares from gingham fabric and layered them atop white linens. I didn't even bother hemming the table squares because, hey, it's rustic, right? The flower arrangements featured daisies, mums, carnations, roses, and some dogwood (from the yard!) in tin planters and mini burlap baskets that I picked up at Target.
A beautiful quilt handmade by Silas's great-grandmother provided the perfect backdrop for the food table. I made the paper banner using a prize ribbon motif, which I also echoed in the cupcake toppers. I also made a lighted marquee "one" and a rag garland with the same fabric as the bunting and table squares.
What else would we have at a county fair party than good old-fashioned fair favorites? I did make some adaptions to simplify the food-prep and keep the kitchen from smelling like a deep-fryer!
The menu consisted of corn dogs (frozen from Costco), funnel cake bites (cake balls made in my cake-pops maker and sprinkled with powdered sugar), mini pies (frozen from Trader Joe's), kettle corn (Trader Joe's - how convenient that the packaging was within the color-scheme!), fresh seasonal berries, and the new fan favorite - chicken & waffle cones!
The chicken & waffle cones were a huge hit and a twist on the trendy southern dish. These were my own concoction of purchased waffle cones stuffed with crispy chicken tenders (frozen Tyson brand from Costco) and shredded cabbage, drizzled with maple-dijon.
THE GAMES AND DETAILS
I created a game "tent" by draping curtains and fabric on a clothesline. I set up some home-made carnival style games like a bean bag toss, tin can knock-out, duck pond, and a face painting station. Of course you need prizes to win, so I made a "prize booth" with prizes that doubles as favors, complete with bag toppers that matched the invitations.
And of course any self respecting fair needs rides! You can't go wrong with a bounce house at a kid party!
I was pleased as punch with how Silas's first birthday party turned out. My little boy was happy, and we all had a wonderful time with friends and family at the fair!
See more pictures of the party here.