Hello dears! It’s back to it with the birthday posts! Today I will be sharing with you the decor of my big birthday party (click to read about the portraits & dress). This was definitely one of the most stressful parts of putting everything together, as we have never decorated the way we did ever before, and it required quite a bit of thought, planning, organizing, ordering, re-ordering, and then of course, stringing and tying, tacking and taping everything in place on the hot June days preceding the party date. Whew! I think you can grasp a little of the adventure we went through by reading that paragraph alone lol!
Monday, the week of the party (which was that Friday), I cleared the chalkboard and drew up everything that needed to get done. It was a bit of a mess of scribbles and human cursive (because we all know that nobody has completely perfect cursive ;), yet through my scatter-brain scrawling, we managed to get everything done spic-and-span! You can view the works of our hands via the images below
First up, we have these gorgeous bouquets courtesy of our friend Nellie at That Girl’s Flowers. She and I did a barter of sorts, where she agreed to provide flowers for my party in exchange for my photographing her flower farm. It was really a win-win for me, actually, because I had been dying to get my camera out to her farm and capture her whimsical fields of blooms and blossoms… so yeah 😉
The flowers we used were a whole myriad of types, and I love how the eclectic, old fashioned vibe they gave off tied right into everything else that we had set up in the garage and party tent, which you will see below.
Next, we have our great toilsome work of streamers, hankie garlands, lanterns, and paper pinwheels! Those were quite the feat to put up, but once they were securely in place, I couldn’t have been happier with the effect. So much pretty! 😀
Along the drink and dessert tables we had vintage windows which Jessica beautified further with her vibrant doodles. I couldn’t have been happier with the effect, and still can’t get over her little caricature of myself in my party dress. Um, yeah, I loved it 🙂
I chose to use my hope chest (which was an early birthday present from Mom and Dad, but I’ll cover that story in a much later post) as a gift table of sorts, since the presents-part of my party was all themed around supplying me with tools to store and hope for later use when I am married, etc. I had a fun time setting up a few decorations around that area with a portrait of me that Brigid had taken earlier on before the party, birthday candles, and of course a picture of me as a baby… Yeah, I was a bit of a chunk 😉
And last but not least, the party lantern and lights that lined the inside of the tent! We strung up the lights when we had some friends over to help out with setting up the tent, and the next morning I put up the lanterns. I think they added a nice touch and really brought everything together very nicely.
I posted a while back about my hopes and plans for the party decor, and as you can see from that post, much of it came to fruition. That was quite exciting and fulfilling to see that what was drawn up in my head wasn’t just a bunch of fantasies that couldn’t be translated to reality.
Which was your favorite part of the decor?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer