Getting Down to Business…
I know a lot of people start off their blogs with a story about themselves, blah, blah, blah…and I’ll certainly get there. But I know that a lot of people just want the goods…meaning pictures, stories, what have you. I don’t know what inspires others to start writing blogs, but I was inspired by my daughter’s first birthday party…and my complete disorganization in getting it together.
Let me just say that I spent six months planning this party. I came up with a Garden Theme pretty quickly, but went through several different designs until I found a few ideas that truly inspired me.
I know…how cute is the little girl in that picture from Spearmintbaby.com?!?! I totally think my little girl is the most adorable thing on the planet, but the girl in the photo deserves some serious cuteness credit. I totally stole their use of strawberry cake and the birthday tutu. LOVE IT!
I also loved the way that all of the food in the pictures above are presented in a totally creative way. There’s no need for additional garnish (which is definitely not my forte), and they are all simple ideas. Sounds great right. *sigh* I should know better. As you’ll see later this week, my execution was almost there.
The color scheme for the party was inspired by the centerpiece in the top row. My little one’s entire room is painted in shades of pink, but she’s also in purple a lot. It’s just a fun, totally girly color palette, and I loved it. The party itself was filled with various shades of pink, dark purples and some white and green thrown in as garden neutrals. In the end, however, I found it difficult to keep everything within the color palette. Instead, I just used pinks and purples as my primary colors, with other flower-inspired colors incorporated throughout the party.
Somehow I made it onto PrudentBaby, and found the tutorial for the tissue number sign she created for her little girl’s third birthday. Of course I had to have “1” plastered all over everything to celebrate T’s first year, and this worked in perfectly with the garden theme.
You probably looked at the pictures and thought that the moss runner was pretty random right? Well, I loved the idea of adding in some rustic, earthy elements while keeping everything fairly whimsical. I knew I had to incorporate this in my design somehow; and it turned out to be one of my favorite design elements.
Alright, I know this is already beyond long-winded; but I just have to gush over Eloise Corr Danch. I just can’t explain how inspired I was by her paper flowers. They’re just amazing! I had started off with her tutorial for the giant paper poppy on Martha Stewart’s website; but quickly moved on to creating other flowers, and even creating some of my own designs.
I’ll be posting pictures of the actual party, as well as specific details later this week. For now, I’d like to know what inspires you for your parties. Do you typically go with a theme or just a color palette? Both?
Photo Credits from top left to bottom right:
1. Toadstool appetizers – Hostess with the Mostess
2. Pink, Purple and White Centerpiece – www.spearmintbaby.com
3. Standing Cruditee platter – Martha Stewart
4. Flower fruit skewers – unkown source
5. Tissue number sign – PrudentBaby
6. Moss Table Runner – www.save-on-crafts.com
7. Birthday Girl eating strawberry cake – www.spearmintbaby.com
8. Paper Flowers – Eloise Corr Danch