If my daughter were over my shoulder right now, as I type, she would be able to recite the nicknames she's given every birthday party we've every had for her. Endearing terms like Parisian Acrobat, Rock Star Studio and Duo Luau come to my mind. Yes, the parties had themes, but their execution was absent the typical big box decorations and out of the catalog cake. We either have the parties at our home, in the backyard or in my studio. The decorations are a combination of things we have, can make or buy on a budget.
My having a studio workshop filled with unusual props, store window display items, craft supplies and a seemingly endless supply of "this and that's" plays a huge part in this annual challenge. A challenge of how to create memorable birthday parties utilizing the past years collection of stuff. I find myself rummaging through my beloved miscellaneous in search of decoration ideas, things to sew, items to hot glue and embellish. I dig out some of my eclectic lighting supplies from my retail display service and imagine how to repurpose them into theme majesty stretched across the walls or dangling out from out trees.
Thankfully, when asked "What are you and your friends going to do while dressed up", my daughter cracked the door open, just a bit, letting in some creative wiggle room. She said "I don't know, how about a sit down dinner." Yes! we proclaimed, a sit down dinner it is!
So, without loosing a year of traditional rummaging the studio for party mecca, my wife and I came up with our backyard dining room, complete with chandelier and twelve foot long table. Our inspiration was the pretty pink and black dress she bought. We mixed in an accent of turquoise and her favorite print Zebra.
I strung a wire across the lawn from neighboring trees to secure the outdoor chandelier from. To adorn the chandelier and the wire, I used some miscellaneous pom poms, ribbon and beading I've been toting around for years. We utilized wicked oil torches instead of candles, they are just wrapped in fuchsia parchment and damask paper.
The place settings were fun mix ups of paper plates from the party store and monogrammed black damask napkins from a discounter store.
To transform a $5.00 white cardboard cupcake stand, I glittered the inner support with black, wrapped the tiers in damask scrapbooking paper and added ribbon. The "C" on top was cut out from black core foam core and hot glued to the top. Adding in some fresh florals from our yard and a few accessories from within the house and the cake table became a beautiful setting.
The beautiful hydrangeas, sea thistle, dahlias, fuchsias, dahlias, bells of Ireland and daturas are in full bloom right now, which made for a fragrant and color themed display.
Considering we had a small wind storm come through during set up, I had to double stick tape all the paper plates down to the table, so the party guests were treated to table-side service with sparking cider and hors devours. The dinner went off without a hitch, candles were blown out and songs were sang. What a wonderful evening we shared with her and her guests. We got to be creative, craft our way into celebration and she got to dress up. What her 14th birthday will behold, I'm not sure, but I hope it's as fun and memorable as the 13 years past.
Now, I have 12 months to accumulate some new goodies for a surprising themeless party next year. Thankfully, I'll have an excuse to pick up and save every crazy bit of this and that for who knows what.
This and that for who knows what....I like it!
Pre-festivity hugs for Daddy, who's working up a sweat. Payment in Full! Love ya baby girl!
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