Friday, October 25, 2013

Party: Flower Crown Birthday Party for Tess

Our sunny Tess turned three at the end of the summer. I had been thinking of some ideas for her party and was leaning towards an intimate tea party colored in greys and fuchsia--a pretty and sophisticated event. 

Then I came to my senses. Tess is so saturated! She needed a party with bright happy colors to equal her personality.

So we threw a dinner party for family with pink, fuchsia, yellow and gold, lots of fresh flowers, and topped it off with flower crowns

I had some Moroccan tea glasses in gold and fuchsia, which I had been saving for some summer occasion, and I thought they were just the thing to group with other glass vases to display flowers on the serving and eating tables.

I found a great linen fabric with oversized orange and fuchsia flowers at Joann to use on the serving table. This is such a fun retro print and it was the bold look I wanted. I'm trying to decide what to do with it next!

I think flower crowns are the ultimate compliment for a young girl--so pretty and feminine and nothing frames the face in the same way. So I made one for the birthday girl and some ribbon crowns for her girl guests. You can find the tutorial here.

We served poached chicken with charmoula sauce, couscous, a chopped salad with red and yellow tomatoes, feta, almonds and this lemon vinaigrette, and grilled bread spread with heirloom tomatoes.

The grilled bread was my favorite! (Though it was all pretty and tasted good.) And it turns out it's a new "like" for my girls, which is a really nice bonus. 

For dessert I made mini bundt cakes. I used an almond cake and almond-flavored butter glaze so they were totally over-the-top if you like almond cake. And I do! I know I just mentioned a favorite, but these little cakes were the real hit!

I served them on colored glass cake stands--one purchased and two DIY (tutorial here)--and there was barely a crumb leftover! Tess probably ate the most, as was her right, being the birthday girl!

I of course couldn't resist sewing dresses for the girls to wear for the party. For Tess I made a Prairie Rose Dress with Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks Voile Coloring Garden. You may recall me sharing a few birthday outfits from this pattern-in-the-works previously (here and here) and it's finally going into testing this weekend! (Update: the pattern is available! Info here.) Scarlett wore the pretty dress, "Look Five" from Five and Ten Designs, which I shared here earlier this summer.

Audrey wore a new design I sewed with Alexander Henry Urban Garden in Lemonade (the perfect name for this party!) and a Lisette cotton print I found at Joann. I love it when you find fabrics that work together this well!

I used another cotton voile Lisette fabric paired with the Little Folks voile to create ruffled table runners for the eating tables. Seemed indulgent to use those beautiful fabrics this way but I just couldn't find something I like equally well! I wanted a full, bright, feminine look and came up with a method for sewing these that wasn't much trouble. I'll have to share it.

It was a fun, beautiful way to spend a late summer evening. An appropriate way to celebrate another year with Tess.


Miss Holly said...

what a feast for the eyes...your beautiful party and your beautiful girls!!!!
Lucky you and lucky little girls....

Nanna Chel said...

What beautiful colours! Your little girls are very fortunate. I will have to make some of those crowns for my granddaughters. They are so feminine and don't look too hard to make.

Kathy said...

What a gorgeous, feminine party for Tess! Everything looks amazing from the dresses, to the tables to the food. Wonderful in every way!

Giselle said...

Como tudo o que faz...Lindo como sempre!!!
Tudo ficou muito delicado e elas estão lindas!!!
Giselle e Amanda(filha)

Bari Jo said...

Gorgeous colors for the party - looked like quite the celebration! I would love to make the ruffled runner like you did for a future shower - such a pretty idea - simple and I like that you can use white table cloths underneath and just change up the color scheme with the ruffle runner!!!!

Anonymous said...

Como siempre tanto trabajo y todo correctamente hecho, no se como puedes con tres niñas pequeñas. Eres un hada? Esos colores que quizá yo no escogiera a simple vista, te quedan realmente preciosos con esa combinación. No eres hada, eres un GENIO! Un besito, Ani- Sevilla.

Meredith said...

Your girls are so blessed to have you as their Mom, you create such an exceptionally beautiful life for them. Happy Birthday little one.

Jessica said...

Just beautiful!! I wish you'd plan my next birthday :)

Seaweed and Raine said...

LOVE. Especially the table runners. Tess is just a picture of sweetness, isn't she? Happy (belated) birthday Tess!

Crafted by Carly said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! I think I need to borrow you to plan all of our future parties!

Emily said...

What a fun and glorious and colorful party! LOVE!!

Dagmar said...

Everything about these photos speaks about the love you have for your family, it is so totally heartwarming to see. Your very creative and sweet way you write and style your photos is such an inspiration..well done! how lucky these young ladies are tohave a mother like you!
Sweet hugs,

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