A Shabby Chic Birthday Party

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posted on September 12, 2012 by  |  posted under Birthdays, Fun With Kids, Girls

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

We recently celebrated a BIG birthday in our family. Our baby girl just turned THREE! (I’m still in shock.) Where does time go?!

We weren’t going to do a big party this year. We had a lot going on, including selling our home.  BUT our little girl has been VERY much into parties lately.

For instance, it was still weeks before her birthday, and it was all she could talk about. She would sing the ‘happy birthday’ song to herself and talked about all the friends she wanted to invite to her party. She started walking around the house with her birthday hat on. She even made her 7 month old brother wear a b-day hat so they could have “pretend” parties together to practice for the real thing. So sweet.

Needless to say, we weren’t getting out of this one. (I say that like it’s a bad thing, although I love parties just as much as she does.) ;)

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

So the planning began. It was just 2 weeks before the big day and we still had no theme. Every time I would ask her what kind of party she wanted, her reply was always, “a FUN party, mom!” Ha. So I took the question to our facebook page, and received oodles of great theme ideas.

I ended up just planning the food and desserts around what her very favorite things were at the time, and hoping it would all tie together somewhat in the end.

We started with making the invitations. Which of course she insisted on hand-delivering herself to every single friend. :)

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

 I used this cute template I found here, and just changed out some of the colors.

 I admit I spent most of my efforts on the backdrop for the table. My husband and I spent a lot of late nights trying to re-create the ‘picture’ I had in my head. ;) (Thanks babe!) I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

The big day arrived and honestly, I wasn’t even close to being done. The backdrop still needed the final touches, the cake needed frosted, the cookies needed baked, the sandwiches needed made, the cupcake wrappers weren’t put together, ect. {Sigh} I know all you professional party planners out there are shaking your heads right now.

Luckily I had some sweet friends who came to my rescue that morning and helped me whip everything together. I barely had time to get some pictures taken before the food was devoured by some VERY anxious 3-year olds.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

I mentioned this party theme was centered around some of Chanley’s very favorite things.

*We apologize to all of her little friends’ parents who’s children came home on severe sugar high.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

The birthday girl insisted that grapes be apart of the menu. To her, it’s basically it’s own food group.

We just put them on dowels to create a grape shish kabob. So easy and cute.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

 We made our own ice cream sandwiches using my all-time favorite cookie recipe.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

For the turkey and cheese sandwiches, (another birthday girl request), we simply used a flower shaped cookie cutter on the bread.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

 I used this recipe to make these oreo truffle pops. Aren’t they so pretty?!

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Simply tying some burlap fabric around mason jars gave it a little shabby chic touch.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

We made these cupcake wrappers simply by cutting a doily in a semi-circle and wrapping it around the cupcake. SO easy.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Cute doily bags for the party favors.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

I {heart} banners.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Here’s a little tip for those of you planning a party for 3 year olds: They love bubbles.  Just make sure you have plenty. You wouldn’t believe how fast they go through that stuff.

They can be entertained for hours.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

That’s pure joy right there. :)

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Cake time!

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

Well, after it was over I was one tired momma. If I learned one thing, it would be don’t make EVERYTHING yourself. And if you do, save yourself some stress and don’t put it off until the morning of the party. Oh wait, that’s common sense? ;)

As stressful as that morning was, the birthday girl sure had a good time, and that’s all that matters. She’s already talking about her next birthday party. (Oh boy.)

Happy Birthday to the very sweetest little girl in the world. Xoxo.

Shabby Chic Birthday Party

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  1. September 12th, 2012 at 8:42 am
    Shelley says:
    Ahhh!!! This party is gorgeous! Every last detail makes me wish I was THERE. She is one lucky 3 year old. :) --How did you do your backdrop? Gorgeous, gorgeous. -Such an adorable family you have too. :)
  2. September 12th, 2012 at 8:44 am
    Shelley says:
    PS. Where did you get her dress in the invite cards?!
    • September 13th, 2012 at 9:09 am
      alysha says:
      They are Matilda Jane. That site is trouble I tell ya! ;)
  3. September 12th, 2012 at 10:41 am
    Janae says:
    Holy GORGEOUSNESS overload!!!
  4. September 12th, 2012 at 10:43 am
    Tanya says:
    What a beautiful party and family!!!!
  5. September 12th, 2012 at 11:08 am
    allie says:
    where do you get those mason jar lids with the patterned holes in them?? LOVE.
    • September 13th, 2012 at 9:29 am
      alysha says:
      Hi Allie,

      I actually got them from Groopdealz, but I believe party supply places like Kara's Party Ideas and TomKat Studio carry them as well. :) Hope this helps!
  6. September 12th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Patty Price says:
    OMG!!!!!!!!! That is the most adorable party ever! Will you come decorate for mine and make me feel & look like a princess too???? How could that party not be a hit?!?!?!? It looks FABULOUSLY AWSOME!!!!! Way to go!!!!!
  7. September 12th, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    Corie Gibson says:
    Thanks for you birthday post. My daughter turned three last month and this momma has put it off because of 110+ temps. I am finally planning it for the end of this month. Like your daughter, I can't come up with a theme. She just likes too many random things. So I scheduled a bounce house and we will just have some fun. The bubbles is a GREAT idea. I know I have pinned a large refill bubble station. I will make sure I have that at the party too. Now since it will be outside, I pray for cool temps and no rain. LOVE your pinwheel backdrop!!!
  8. September 12th, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    madeline says:
    What a beautiful celebration! Love, love, LOVE the backdrop. Please post a tutorial on the paper rosettes when you catch your breath.
  9. September 12th, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    Cari says:
    AWESOME! I can soooo appreciate this as my daughter turns 3 on Sunday and we (also) agreed to not have a (big) party. HAHAHAHA! All my daughter asked for was a "PINK" Party, so I've had 2 weeks to pink everything up!! I LOVE your ideas and LOVE that I'm not the only mom that thinks the way you do!! Great job Momma!! Now onto my 10 month old's 1 year party (and you onto your 7 month old's 1 year party). Exhausted just thinking about it :)
  10. September 12th, 2012 at 2:54 pm
    Alana says:
    What a beautiful party!! I love the party hats and the birthday gurl's adorable outfit!!! I have 2 little ones and I can totally relate to the craziness of planning that special day. Looks like everything came together in the end and was spectacular <3
  11. September 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Kristen says:
    It's lovely, but i guess I just don't get going to all of that for a 3-year-old who likely would have been just as happy with something far simpler and, as you say, plenty of bubbles. Or maybe everything - the decor, that backdrop, those lacy cupcake wrappers - were for the guests' parents/other adult guests? It sounds like you killed yourself slaving over it and, while the results are gorgeous, I guess I just don't get the thought process behind it. Too much stress for me. :)
  12. September 12th, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    Jennie says:
    Soooooo stinking' cute!!!!! Makes me want a girl!!!! Love the doilies on the cupcakes, the mason jar drinks, the backdrop is gorgeous, invites are darling... I could go on!!!!
  13. September 12th, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    hilljean says:
    OMG she is darling! I love it all but what really speaks to me is the ice cream sandwich with homemade cookies. I can't think of anything better!
  14. September 12th, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    Michelle says:
    A true labor of love! Simply beautiful! Looks like everyone had a great time too!
  15. September 12th, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    Wendy says:
    So adorable. Love the pinwheel backdrop is the Bomb! Love the hats and the food table really is cute. Love how the food was displayed. Great job!
  16. September 12th, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    Maryanne @Scrappy Gifts says:
    Love all the details! Great ways to dress up those food choices =) Love the backdrop. Cute cute cute!
  17. September 12th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    Chrissie says:
    Lovely. Simply lovely.
  18. September 12th, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    Carla says:
    This looks like a true work of art and so much fun for a little 3 year old girl & her friends! Everything looks so festive and yummy! What a wonderful (& creative) Mom you are! Thanks for sharing the photos, tips, and how-to's! Great job all around!
  19. September 12th, 2012 at 3:58 pm
    Tiffany says:
    How exactly did you make the cupcake wrappers from a doily? Would love a tutorial!
  20. September 12th, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    Jessica says:
    So cute! You are a spectacular party planner. Wanna plan one for my little girl?
  21. September 12th, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    patricia says:
    oh my wowness!! i am currently planning my 3 year old little girl's party too. well, "planning" might be a bit optimistic! lol we are doing a purple theme (cuz i couldn't get her to decide on something either!) and i see a few of your fabulous ideas that i could use for the party! everything looked AMAZING! congrats on a fabulous party!!
  22. September 12th, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    Brianna says:
    Everything looks gorgeous! It also looks like your little girl had a lot of fun. I wish I had your party-planning skills.
    Brianna from Flippin' Delicious
  23. September 12th, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    Shawna says:
    Beautiful party! I would love a party like this. Great for all ages!
  24. September 12th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Joan says:
    You really are creative, loved all your wonderful ideas and your daughter is so fortunate to have two parents who work together to make her dreams come true.
  25. September 12th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    Laura says:
    LOVE. This is so adorable. I have two boys (not complaining! Being the only female in the house can be fun..I'm very protected. Haha) so I just adore looking at little girly things since I don't get to partake in any of it myself. Your family is cute as a button and you did a really great job with this party. Fun!
  26. September 12th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    Traci B says:
    Wow, this really is amazing. I have a 2 and 3 year old and can't imagine doing all of this for their parties. Way to go Mom! What special memories!
  27. September 12th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    julie says:
    What an incredibly sweet party! You are one talented and wonderful mama. :) Such great pictures, too! Very very nice. :)
  28. September 12th, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    Teresa says:
    Adorable! Especially Love the paper flowers! :)
  29. September 12th, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    Meme @ Living Well Kitchen says:
    This is adorable! Your daughter is so cute, and her birthday party turned out fabulous!! I love all the treats, especially the grapes on a stick :)
  30. September 12th, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    kiran says:
    loved your backdrop. great color scheme!
  31. September 13th, 2012 at 6:26 am
    Hannah says:
    LOVE it! You are so creative! We recently threw a surprise Birthday Party for my sister and I am doing a tutorial series on all my projects- would love for you to check it out!

    http://welivedhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2012/08/if-you-saw-my-first-post-in-this-series.html
  32. September 13th, 2012 at 8:45 am
    Lisa says:
    I've used your recipe for oreo truffles before and they're SO delish, but how did you get them pink?? I'd love to make them for my sister's bridal shower!
  33. September 13th, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Melissa says:
    Stunning party, very well done. Hard to pick my favorite details but the backdrop for sure!I recognize the paterns, I bought that same book a few weeks ago for my 3yr olds party. They are so beautiful. I also really love the party hats and the favor bags, those are great!
    • September 18th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
      Stacey says:
      What book has info for the backdrops?
  34. September 13th, 2012 at 11:57 am
    Carrie // cue the confetti says:
    Everything looks AMAZING!!! But the backdrop... that's the show stopper. GREAT job!
  35. September 13th, 2012 at 3:15 pm
    Monica says:
    what a beautiful party!!! ♥ the backdrop!
  36. September 18th, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Karmen says:
    How did you make that adorable backdrop? I would love to learn how to make it!
  37. September 18th, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    Valerie says:
    Where did you get the cute flower mason jar tops?
  38. September 18th, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Annalea says:
    Wow . . . that's beautiful! Where did you find the lids for the mason jars? Those are ad.or.a.ble!!!
  39. September 18th, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    Tina says:
    How did you make the backdrop poster? It's beautiful and exactly what I'm looking for!
  40. September 18th, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    Julie R. says:
    I hope you Modge Podged (sp?) the back drop and hung it in her room. Adorable!
  41. September 19th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    kamber berger says:
    I love everything you gals do. I am wondering where you got the cute jar lids for the mason jars??
    thx
    Kamber
  42. October 25th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    Becky says:
    LOVE LOVE LOVE it all!
    Great job on all the last minute stuff! I am SO like that too. I design everything perfectly in my head, and then last minute go into crazy mode to execute it all! lol

    Becky
  43. May 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    Jessi B. says:
    Such a cute party! The pinwheel display is really neat. I want to make something similar for a father's day party- thanks for the tutorial! Do you remember how wide your folds were when making the pinwheels? Thanks!
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