Custom parties are kind of my thing. I love starting the process with a little idea, and blowing it up into an amazing party with details around every corner. The party I am sharing with you today is one of my favorites to date. Held in honor of one of my favorite little clients, Alexandra’s 5th birthday, it was as fun is it is gorgeous. And we are so fortunate that Alexandra’s mom and Goodlight Photography are allowing us to share these gorgeous images from the day.
The party theme was centered around the birthday girl’s love for manicures, make-up and fashion. And with the party date falling on the final weekend of NY fashion week in September, well…a fashion show was in order! A soft mint green and pale pink color palette, a few gorgeous custom patterns and a unique boxed invitation were our jumping off point. Read on for more details……..
Guests were welcomed by a jumbo balloons at the front door, with custom paper bows hanging down from them, made out of our coordinating patterned paper. A welcome sign, featuring our fashion girl (in her monogrammed party dress and pearls), hung at the front door.
The party space was draped off in sheer white linens, creating a very luxe atmosphere for the birthday brunch. One long table ran down the middle of the room, draped with white linens and a table runner made from our exclusive fashion ikat patterned fabric. A large mint green and white striped fabric bow anchored each end of the table, and it was sprinkled with hot pink accessories and gorgeous pink rose centerpieces draped with pearls. Each placesetting held mint green and white striped plates, cups with our fashion girl stickers and striped straws with straw flags, monogramed napkins, and placecards with each of the girls’ names on them.
High top tables dressed in green and pink and miniature versions of the centerpieces were scattered around the kids’ table, allowing the moms to mingle and enjoy the brunch food and drinks as well.
The drink bar was set up on the kitchen island, decorated with a scalloped paper banner and large bow. One of my favorite decor pieces is this giant floral number 5. Using flowers in unexpected ways always makes a statement, and this is the perfect example of that! Basic pink paper cups were dressed up with our fashion girl stickers, mint striped straws from Shop Sweet Lulu and our gorgeous (and new!) gold foil-stamped straw flags.
Once the girls arrived at the party, they were welcomed into Alexandra’s “Bowtique” – a full-service beauty shoppe, where they put on monogrammed robes, got manicures, their hair and make-up done, and got to shop the “bowtique” for beauty supplies. A stylized table was set up as the shop, anchored with a custom fabric backdrop, pennant banner, and oversized paper bow. Cake stands held bottles of nail polish, small bottles of shimmer lotion and chapstick held custom labels, and loofas made for a colorful decoration in candy jars.
The brunch buffet was laid out in the dining room, with an oversized rose and pearl floral arrangement holding center stage. Peek behind the table, and you will see that we did a large cling version of our fashion girl to hang on the mirror. Other decor items included napkin roll ties, stickers on the mint striped plates and striped food tent cards labeling the delicious brunch menu.
After brunch, the girls were ushered outside to the “models’ lounge”, or the outdoor living room. They were instructed to get dolled up in their swankiest attire – pearls, bling-y rings and feather boas were on hand. The fireplace was decorated with a variety of tissue paper balls in mint green, white and shades of pink. A braided ribbon garland was double-hung on the mantel, with “snapshots” and fashion quotes hanging from gold bow paper clips from Kate Spade.
Here’s where it gets REALLY fun. A runway show was set up in the backyard, featuring a shimmering hot pink runway, a 3-D white floral backdrop and large scale monogram. Ghost chairs lined the runway for the parents to watch the show, and waiters handed out “tutti frutti” popcorn as a snack during the show.
After working up an appetite at their runway show, the girls headed back inside to enjoy dessert. A full dessert table full of gorgeous sweets awaited them. The table was draped in a gold sequin tablecloth, and a pennant banner and bow on the front. A custom fabric backdrop framed the table, and macaron trees sat on either side. White cake stands and platters were topped with Cake Plate Clings in coordinating patterns.
Desserts included: cupcakes with pink fondant bows, macarons, cake pops, bow cookies, monogram cookies, and a variety of pink candy from Candywarehouse.com.
The desserts didn’t stop there! A gorgeous five-tier cake, from Cakes by Gina, sat in the dining room. Featuring coordinating patterns like our bow lattice, stripes and monogram, it also had two gold shimmer tiers and the bottom tier featured fondant ruffled flowers. GORGEOUS!
When it comes to party favors, I love giving a gift that people will enjoy/use or consume. In keeping with the theme of the party, Alexandra gave her friends a chic fashion coloring book. We tied them with mint green satin ribbon and a shimmer pink, gold foil-stamped gift tag. The favors were laid out on a table for the girls to grab as they left the party, with a sign thanking them for attending.
As I have often mentioned on my party recaps, I love when kids’ birthday parties provide an experience for the guests – not just sweets! Alexandra and her girlfriends enjoyed a day of beauty treatments, the experience of putting on a runway show, and toasted the birthday girl with sweets and Shirley Temples. This party goes down in the books as one of my favorites!
Sources: paper goods, fabric, cake plate clings, foil-stamped napkins, gift tags and straw flags, and custom party plan (whhostess.com), photography (goodlightphotography.com), plates, napkins, cups and straws (shopsweetlulu.com), pink candy (candywarehouse.com), cake and desserts (cakesbyginahouston.com), fashion coloring books (amazon.com), catering and event set-up (afehouston.com), florals (weddingflowersbylisa.com), mint green ribbon (papermart.com)