Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bella Turns One!


We celebrated my niece's first birthday at our house last night. Since Faryn had just had a c-section I planned, decorated, baked and hosted the party for them. It was so much fun to put it all together. Turned out to be a bit of a dry run for my girls' Strawberry Shortcake party coming up in September.  Win win!  I did run out of time on a couple of the details but hopefully you won't even miss them (and I'm not telling what they are!). I wish I could have found my good camera lens (still!) too. What I did find though is that it's difficult to run the show and be the photographer. I'm exhausted!

Now, on to her beautiful party...

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This was my first time making a fun chalkboard for a party. My {living room} has been looking a little sad without it lately. I actually made three for the party but forgot to get photos of the other two. I stumbled upon these {two} {signs} and melded them into this one. So thankful that the first one already said "Bella". The key is to keep dipping your chalk in water so they act more like pastels, they feel more creamy when writing. It also stays on better when you do that.  Bella touched this many times and it never smudged. {Here} is my chalk art board on Pinterest for more inspiration.

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I made three of the table clothes from fabric in my stash, adding a hole for the umbrella table. It's patchwork and later if I fold it right can double as a dresser scarf for the girls' room. These will of course come out again for their party. Oh, hey! You can see one of the other chalkboards hanging from the light on the house. The  third was propped on a chair in the front yard with balloons and a TaDollie and said "join us in the back yard". Thankfully we didn't have any extras joining us since I left it out there all night. ;)

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The square table is actually covering the fire pit. Sneaky, eh?

I spent most every morning this past week, refinishing those aqua chairs. I picked them up off the side of the road in Amy's neighborhood last summer.  I remember asking if she'd mind me embarrassing her by picking up her neighbors trash.  Hehe... I'm glad I did. Though they are pretty much rotting (you can stick a screwdriver right into the bottom of the legs), they will hopefully last a couple of years. I sanded, primed and painted them (aqua spray paint) and then sanded again since the wood grain stood up after the painting. They were now looking pretty distressed. I brushed on and rubbed in past wax for a waterproof and soft finish. I love them now!

Chairs: free
Sandpaper: $5
Paint: $30
Gorgeous aqua chairs just in time for Bella's party: priceless

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Earlier, I had David scoop the ice cream into cupcake papers and put the trays in the freezer until we needed them.  That was a huge time-saver. I'll be using that tip for every party going forward, even indoor ones. It was hard getting the food all outside at the right time and later setting up the dessert table. I need a tray to carry things! It's not quite picture perfect because at the last minute I was upstairs washing out my oatmeal glass jar (I now have old fashioned and quick cooking oats mixed together in one oatmeal tub...oops!) and making the punch to put in it. The punch, I almost forgot the punch! Oh and re-writing the chalk tag on the jar, which ran due to the condensation from the punch. Next time I must remember to do that well in advance. Boy, that was a whirlwind! And I'm forcing myself not to even mention everything else I forgot. Oh my! ;) But it still looks great, right? Well, maybe that white ceramic owl could be moved left or just left out? David would vote for left out, he thought I was silly for dragging that thing outside.

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Faryn requested a cake covered in sprinkles. This was the {inspiration}. I think it turned out perty cute with the pink bow around it (3 pics above^). I made {this buttercream frosting} and it is THE. best. I. have. ever. tasted. Seriously!  I also added fresh raspberries between the layers and I do believe I will forever do that each and every birthday cake I make from here on out. Forever and ever amen!  Please do that just once and you'll be saying the same thing. Strawberries won't work, it has to be raspberries. Their tartness compliments the sweetness of the frosting.

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Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! You are so very loved. We look forward to watching you and your brothers grow up and are so glad to be a part of your lives.

Father, please bless this little girl.  May she grow up to be a gracious, fun-loving girl that knows and trusts you.

8 comments:

lnelson said...

I love everything about this! Every detail you can see on here is so great! You are truly amazing, great job on the ideas, decorating, photography, colors, painting...the list goes on!

Heather L. said...

What a great party - I love every little detail! The table looks great with the owl. The chalkboard is amazing!!! I need to try that trick with the chalk.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Kelli said...

Wow!! What an amazing party. I love everything about it! What fun colors! And the owl completes the party...I think it is a cute touch.

Jessica said...

LOVE the chalkboard and love all the sweet touches you added to make it a special day for Bella and her family! Will definitely be using the chalk trick on our BTS chalkboard!

Debby said...

What a lovely party!!! Every little detail is perfect, lucky little BD girl

David Eagen said...

I didn't think it was silly. I thought it was to keep birds off the food table.

Tessa Marie said...

I love those aqua chairs. You did such a beautiful job on making a magical party!!

Samantha Schofield said...

I saw your chalk board on pinterest and had to check out your site. love your party ideas. As a new Mummy and crafter I am always looking for new ideas..Lovely post, take care, SS