Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lily Kate's Third Birthday Party

I can't believe I'm already blogging about my daughter's THIRD birthday. Wow. I know everyone says these sweet years will fly by, but goodness gracious! It seems like a few weeks ago I was writing this same post about her second birthday party. She has turned into the sweetest, most stubborn little girl and I wouldn't change a single thing about her. (Her third birthday letter will be posted shortly!)

This was definitely one of my favorite parties to work on. Lily Kate is all about everything princess right now -- Elsa, Ariel, Cinderella... She knows and loves them all. I didn't want to plan around a specific princess (I'm not the biggest fan of licensed character stuff anyway), so we made her the princess of her own party. Her favorite color is pink and I've always wanted to do a party with sparkly gold accents, so those were the main colors. She definitely felt like a princess on her special day. Her birthday happened to fall on a Sunday this year, so it was special to celebrate and have her party on her actual birthday.

Since the party was on a Sunday, we did things a little different this year. We had it at our home but we had two "phases" of the party. We served lunch at noon... We all congregated, the kids played, and the boys watched the football game. We then cut her cake, served "pink" punch, and let LK open her gifts at 2:00pm. It was sort of a come and go thing all afternoon -- Very casual, and it worked out well! We noted this on the invitation, so everyone had the option to join us at the time that was best for them.

The party theme revolved around her silhouette. I have a love and respect for children's silhouettes so I thought it would be the perfect way to personalize the party to make her the princess. Her silhouette showed up in several little details around the party.

Every year, I always say that I'm going to do a "simple" party but then I always pull out my bag of tricks at the last minute. 😉 I can't help myself -- I love party planning too much! Believe it or not, I was able to plan this party for reasonably cheap. Throughout this post, you'll see some ways that I saved a lot 'o change.

I collaborated with Party Pail for most of the tableware. Their customer service is outstanding! The quality of the products are amazing and the prices are right on par with local party chain stores. (I found most of their products are actually cheaper!) And, shipping is free over $49. Score, Score, Score. Their gold party tableware ended up being the perfect color for our party! (See my "Source List" at the bottom of this post for specific links to the products I used.)

A few random bits behind the planning: First, I always like to have some sort of "backdrop" for my party tables. And usually, I focus mostly on one party table instead of trying to decorate my whole house or venue for a party. (It's just cheaper and always easier cleanup for me.) Benjie made us a backdrop stand for LK's second birthday party and I used it again this year. It worked perfectly. Of course, I made another fabric backdrop. (That's three years going strong! Haha!) They're just too easy and so cheap! I used rosey pink, light pink, peachy pink, and gold fabric -- two yards of each color, cut into about 1.5" strips. I also saved the cupcake stands from last year so I spray painted them gold to match. (Originally a $4 Homegoods Halloween clearance!)

My best friend, Emily, came down and helped me out with the party. She has an equal love for party planning so we had the most fun decorating and prepping. She is an AWESOME cake decorator and and owns a little self-run bakery in Columbus, MS. She was the artist behind LK's gorgeous cake this year. She also has access to a laser cutter and surprised me with the sweetest gift -- custom cake and cupcake toppers! I am obsessed with them and I love that I can use them for future parties. Oh, and I can't leave out my mom... she helped a lot, too! 😃

I made the "wands" with glitter card stock stars cut with my Silhouette and glued them to wooden sticks that I painted gold. I also added a few different ribbons between the sandwiched card sock. I think they turned out so cute! Lily Kate loved them, especially twirling the ribbon.

The little glitter stands turned out so much cuter than I ever imaged. I made them from glass plates and glass candlestick holders, both from Dollar Tree. I painted the candlesticks with Modge Podge and then drowned them in gold glitter. After they dried, I glued the plate on top. Voilà! Too cute (and cheap) for words.

Also from Dollar Tree, these cute little crowns made the perfect touch to pass out to the little princesses. They were originally rainbow-colored, but a little gold spray painted always solves a problem. 😉

Lily Kate's crown was from Love Crush Boutique. She loved it and I couldn't be happier with the quality! They're practically indestructible.

For lunch, we ended up serving two kinds of soups with all the fixings (it was the perfect cold-weather day), a few appetizer dips (for the grandparents that always come early), and a table of snacks. We were all stuffed by the end of the party! We also had a "coffee bar" that included anything imaginable for coffee or hot chocolate. It was a big hit! Also, we made "pink punch" for the 2:00 crowd. All it included was raspberry sherbert and ginger ale. So yummy! (Sorry I didn't get pics of either of those...)

(Please don't judge my tree! Haha! I didn't get it up around Thanksgiving and we were at Disney World the first week of December. It was just one of those years that I really didn't want to put it up but felt guilty because I have a three year old who's all into it right now.)

The invitations I designed were one of my favorite parts of the princess theme. Not to toot my own horn, but they really turned out cute! When we decided on the theme for the party, I immediately envisioned some sort of storybook invitation. I wanted the look and feel of an old fairytale book.

The thank you card was equally as cute. I loved being able to put a picture from her party on the back. (And my mom ended up framing it.)

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask it right in the comments section for everyone to see. I'll leave you with this last image. We have a one-of-a-kind. ;)


 Source List (and affiliate links):
  • Invitations: Paper Dime Design
  • Thank you cards: Paper Dime Design (not currently listed, but will soon!)
  • Gold 10" dinner plates: here
  • Gold 7" snack plates: here
  • Gold napkins (guest towels): similar 
  • Gold plastic bowls (for our soup): here
  • Gold plastic spoons: similar
  • Gold plastic forks: similar
  • Pink hot/cold cups (for punch and coffee): similar
  • Gold coffee stirrers: here
  • Framed princess party sign: Paper Dime Design
  • Candy bar wrappers: Paper Dime Design
  • Custom princess cake: Delish Bakery
  • Custom cake and cupcake toppers: Gift (I've seen similar for sale on Etsy!)
  • Glass plates (to make food stand): Dollar Tree
  • Candle holder (to make food stand): Dollar Tree
  • Gold Chargers and rectangular plate (holding napkins): Michael's
  • Gold "3" number pick: Hobby Lobby
  • Lily Kate's crown: Love Crush Bowtique
  • Lily Kate's dress: A Facebook BST group
  • Gold "3" balloon + helium inflated balloons: Party City / similar
  • Fabric for backdrop: Hobby Lobby and Joann's
  • White fabric tablecloth: here
  • Gold/White lollipops: here
  • Gold frame: Ikea
  • Crowns (painted gold): Dollar Tree / similar

 (All images are photographed by me and are copyright protected. Also, please do not "Pin" any images of Lily Kate. Thank you for your respect and understanding.)


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