Hello lovelies! I am quite excited to finally be sharing a thing or two about a special event my family & I have been planning for the past 2 months! If you remember, two years ago Brigid had a big birthday dance, and four years ago, Jessica pioneered into the realm of a self-hosted contra dance birthday party. Well, now it’s my turn! Being the youngest of the three, it has now come upon my shoulders to make the pretty dress, pull on my party hat, and get planning! The party now being only a week away (!!!), I think I have most everything ironed out theme-wise, and I am excited to share what I’ve come up with!
I knew from the start that I wanted something colorful, with lanterns. Party lanterns have always had a special place in my heart with event decor, so it is a bit of a dream come true that I am able to incorporate them into the theme of my big birthday dance 🙂 Being on a very limited budget, I have been getting creative with ways we can use items already available to us, and being economical with the funds I do have to spend. It’s been a bit of a challenge, but a very healthy one too.
The mood board above describes pretty well the overall theme: Bright Colors, Lanterns, Flowers, Golds, and Vintage Hankies 🙂 Since we will be having chili cheese dogs for dinner (yum!), and strawberry shortcakes & fruit pies for dessert, I wanted to keep the party decor a bit more feminine vintage/1950s patio party inspired. The vintage hankie garland that I made (similar to the one pictured above) using our girls’ ample supply, will help incorporate that theme perfectly; as well as the bright party lanterns (some obtained at a garage sale, others via the party store) and wild flowers arranged in vintage vases, coke bottles and the like, which we have been collecting for years now. Also, being that my party dress is white & gold (pictured at the end of this post), I wanted a bit more cohesiveness with that theme. So I will have touches of gold metallic and yellow here and there spread throughout the decor, via garlands, napkins, etc.
Now this is a fun part of my tale: my gorgeous 1950s coral crinoline. Who would have thought that I would get my hands on such an incredibly perfect find?? Well, actually, not me, but Jessica 🙂 She and mom were shopping in at an antique store that was having a closing-sale, and she came across the treasure pictured above. Its elastic waistband was stretched out within an inch of its life, so I had to replace it, and it had several weak spots in the tulle that I had to reinforce; but I must say that Jessica’s early birthday present to me was spot-on perfect! Especially seeing that my party dress has an extremely full skirt, perfect for slipping this bright underpinning underneath for added fullness.
As they say, it’s all in the details. And when I tried on my dress after I had completed it, I knew that the perfect finishing touch to my birthday ensemble would be a custom-made necklace. That desire was happily fulfilled by the wonderful Catherine of Meadowland Designs. I sent her a sketch (pictured above) of what I envisioned for the necklace, and lickety-split, she had it done and shipped out to me! But this is not to say that no detail or extra care was put into this charming piece: quite the contrary! She took such regard to ensure that I got the necklace that I wanted, and sent me pictures of the finished piece for me to approve, just before sending it out. Once I got it, I squealed with delight at how perfectly perfect it was! An added bonus was the bracelet extender she sent along with the necklace, which she said could be worn as a bracelet, if you have a small wrist. And ladies, but do I have a small wrist! Ever and again this appendage fails to do the lovely bangles found in-store justice, but when I hooked on that beautifully simple chain of gold around my wrist, I have never known a better fit! I am so excited with the simple, elegant jewelry provided by sweet Catherine, and can hardly wait to dance the night away in it!
And as for seeing my full ensemble, you’ll just have to wait for that 😉 My friend Joanna will be taking pictures of the night, just like she did for Brigid’s party, so I want to wait to share with you my entire outfit until she can do it, and the night, justice in her camera 🙂
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer
P.S- I just wanted to let you all know that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our site, and it may be down for the next few days. Not to fear, though! We have not been wiped off the face of the internet! 😉