So at summer's end, tables were set with runners, which I appliqued with vintage embroidery panels and trimmed with pom poms. I created the embroidery panels from old and new embroidered flour sack kitchen towels I purchased from Etsy and eBay. Maybe I'll repurpose them again and turn them into a quilt--wouldn't that be so sweet?!
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Placecards and pom pom ringed calico napkins marked places for each guest and at the center of the tables were vintage books! A few of my favorites including Lois Lenski, Beatrix Potter, Golden Books, Gyo Fujikawa, and others. Propping up the books were vintage book ends. Gorgeous black and white puppies with rosy cheeks! Unbelievably, I found one set from an Etsy seller in Ontario and the other from an Etsy seller in Chicago and they were clearly made by the same company. Such serendipity!
A calico pattern I drew based on my favorite Liberty of London fabric became an important motif for tying all my different vintage "loves" together. It appeared on the invitations and reappeared on paper lining trays and all the party printables.
I created a present station out of a tray table that was my mother's. It was cherry stained and I spray painted it white and lined the trays with floral paper. I love using paper to line wood trays or large platters--such an easy and fun way to pull through the theme.
I made book plates, which could also be used as gift tags, so we can remember who gave Tess which books on her first birthday. We love books and have many, but I wanted Tess to have a few of her very own to keep, and hopefully to share with her children.
The serving table was set with a simple bouquet in an antique blue pitcher, which was also my mother's. I love blue, pink and white together!
I also used this darling embroidered quilt, which hung for years in my younger sister Sarah's room, as a tablecloth. It was just perfect for the party with it's calico puppies and kittens. I love it and I love the memories it evokes!
This bird tray, and the smaller version on the present station, are from World Market. A perfect impulse buy in time for the party and now both are on my vanity as soap tray and jewelry tray.
I found these pretty vintage drinking glasses on Etsy (the pink) and eBay (the blue). I couldn't believe how perfectly they worked with the party scheme! The flowers look almost exactly like some in the patterned paper lining the tray!
On the menu were Tarragon Chicken, Chopped Spinach Salad with Orzo and Pinenuts, Parmesan Rolls...
...lemonade (always my summer favorite)...
I baked a six-inch, 3-tier lemon cake with strawberry buttercream frosting and placed it on a milk glass cake stand (reminds me a bit of this cake I made for Audrey). Perfectly baby girl, I think! I made cupcakes too, which are displayed on a tiered metal stand from Target. Cupcakes seemed easier for our younger guests to enjoy.
Though Tess did just fine with her piece of cake! I served it on pressed glass plates, some from my husband's grandmother, and some from the dollar store.
Scarlett and Tess both wore their Liberty of London skirts and embroidered t-shirts (which, I purchased, though I wish I'd had time to embroider something myself).
And, Audrey wore her favorite color: purple.
But the intended favors were blank books and crayons for my nieces and nephews to "make your own book" (so fun!) and paper covered composition books for the adults. These were set up on aqua and pink tables from Scarlett's room.
I affixed bookplates in them and included a bookmark "thank you."
UPDATE: I created a newer version of these printables with other sweet and vintage elements. You can view the updated designs here.