I love planning parties for my kiddos. I put so much thought into all the aspects of the party--from the cake, to the decorations, to what they will wear.
My starting point, of course, is coming up with a theme. This is usually up to the birthday girl or boy in my house, but from there I take over and try to bring the theme to life.
I love basing the decor for a party around a fabric collection. This year when Brenna decided she wanted a unicorn rainbow party (which she decided the day after her birthday party the previous year--hehe), I waited for the perfect fabric collection to inspire the party design. When I was at quilt market last fall, I saw a wall previewing a new Art Gallery Fabric collection that would be releasing in the spring called Chalk & Paint by Sew Caroline. I knew this would be the perfect collection for her party.
By the time May came around I was still sure this was the perfect fabric for our party, and with swatches in hand I went around town collecting all kinds of supplies that would coordinate with the collection.
I always start with my dining room when decorating for a party. I have 3 large mirrors behind my table and after a couple years of trying to take pictures the day of the party and always having my reflection or an annoying bright flash in the mirror I have learned that the center mirror has to be covered completely.
I decided to cover it in flowers and a unicorn I purchased as decor for Brenna's bedroom. I brought my fabric swatches to the store and was lucky enough that I found all the blooms on clearance. I attached the flowers to the mirror with large glue dots. I attached the unicorn with heavy duty, double sided velcro.
Voilà! I love how it turned out! Brenna requested that I do this in her room, and it is on my summer to-do project list.
I always make pennant banners because they are the perfect way to incorporate fabric in your decor. I use them in all different places--lining the driveway, spicing up the staircase banister, etc. For this party I decided to decorate the cake table and the party favor table with them. I not only used my favorite prints from the Chalk & Paint collection, but I also used fabrics from the AGF line Boardwalk Delight and Imprint line that went perfectly.
I have to take a moment to talk about that cake! I sent my amazing cake designer from Smash Cakery a picture of the fabric, and I was blown away by just how perfectly she matched my favorite fabric from the Chalk & Paint line, Dripping Paint Warming.
I still had some blooms and fabric leftover, so I thought a wreath on the front door welcoming guests would be a perfect touch. I took a simple wired wreath and began attaching the blooms with floral wire. Next I cut small strips of fabric and just tied them onto the wreath to fill in any blank spots.
Finally, I had to make the birthday girl a dress to match the party design. I chose a new pattern by Simple Life Pattern Company called Cora. Brenna requested a maxi dress (of course because that is her favorite), and I am obsessed with the unique bodice on Cora, so it was the perfect party dress. (I added more pictures of this dress in the slide show at the end. You must see that bodice up close!)
To entertain the girls while they waited for the "real" unicorn to arrive for a photoshoot, I set up a photo station with fun accessories and dresses. I had selfie sticks on hand for the girls that had their own phones, but the biggest hit was the polaroid camera I bought for Brenna as a birthday present. They had so much fun changing outfits and taking polaroids, and the pictures were an extra party favor to take home.
I hope you enjoyed a peek into Brenna's 9th birthday party!