Saturday, June 21, 2014

jaina's mary poppins birthday party

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.
You find the fun, and SNAP, the job's a game!"

The job truly was a game, throwing this Mary Poppins party for my little girl. She has fallen head over heals for "Poppy" over the past few months, and it was so fun to surprise her with all her favorite characters.

I can not believe she actually wore her whole outfit! That hat is an Easter hat from the Dollar Store that I spray painted black and added daises and cherries to, and the scarf is crocheted. I found the top, skirt, and shoes at the thrift store. The umbrella was from Amazon, and the "carpet bag" is actually one of my grandma's purses!

Somewhere just after "Super-" you realize this word is 34 letters long...
Also, we fit that hat stand in my Pontiac Grand Prix. ; )

I made these simple cupcake wrappers using this pattern. So easy, and it really finished them off. Never setting naked cupcakes out again!

 Notice the "tuppence", Jane and Michael's picture, and snowglobe I made with just a picture of St. Paul's Cathedral!

Babybel Cheese Umbrellas! These are becoming one of my favorites. You just pull the center tab off of the wax as normal and cut them in half. Then you cut bendy straws off right after the ridges, and stick them in the cheese. I make these the day ahead of time and just keep them sealed well in the fridge. 

If you ever need an old-fashioned medicine bottle, just pick up a teeny bottle of Jager. ; )

The Spoonful of Sugars were Pink Velvet cakeballs dipped in white chocolate. The secret is to dip the chilled cakeballs in a little bit of the melted chocolate and stick them to the spoons. Once that's hardened it's much easier to dip the whole spoon in the chocolate without the cakeball falling off.

These were actual mini caramel apples! I used a melon baller to scoop out the apples. After tossing them in lemon juice I squeezed each apple-ball multiple times with paper towels to make sure they were as dry as possible. Then I used Wilton's Salted Caramel Candy Melts (which must've been some sort of limited edition, cause I can't find them anywhere online) to dip them just like cakeballs. From the sound of the chatter on Pinterest, dipping them in traditional caramel doesn't work, so the candy melts were my solution. They turned out great!

The penguin waiter scene is one of Jaina's favorite parts, so I dressed up this little guy with some felt to serve the food. Also, over the penguin's shoulder you can just barely see the Mary Poppins outline I drew on the mirror with a whiteboard marker. "Cheeky." ; )

There's one key piece missing from the dessert table, and that's the awesome vintage wallpaper backdrop that I spent hours on. If I had known I wouldn't have my backdrop I would've used a lot more color in the linens. The wallpaper was mounted onto a three-paneled piece of cardboard, and the strong winds that day just turned it into a sail. It would've knocked the entire table over if I had left it. So that bummed me out for about two seconds, but I got over it. If anyone wants to rent a backdrop or photo booth for a Victorian tea party, let me know!

I'm pretty proud of this chalkboard. I have horrible handwriting and am not very good at drawing,
so this is a big win for me. And those are carnations like the one Mr. Banks and all the rest of the men at the bank wear in their lapels. (Extra points for anyone who can tell me the name of the bank in the movie without looking up the lyrics. I have listened to the soundtrack - quite literally - hundreds of times, and I still can not tell what they're saying.)

The Chimney Sweep Brushes were Rice Krispy Treats dipped in chocolate!

I thought it would be fun to have real roasted chestnuts at the party. Turns out no one else remembered Bert saying this line, not even Zach. I guess that's what happens when you've seen the movie 15 odd times.

That's what Jane, Michael, and Mary Poppins say after they each take their medicine.
The drinks were really limeade, pink lemonade, and iced tea. ; )

Lemonade is one of her favorite treats. Or, "Sowry!", as she calls it. (sour)

She looooves her Daddy.

The favors were mini chalkboards and chalk in "carpetbags" that I sewed up.
The line on the card is what Bert says before they jump in the chalk picture.

This horse has been at my grandma's house for ages.
It's gone through children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and helped out! Jaina had a wonderful day. Especially once she kicked her shoes off and found some sticks. ; )

Two years old is gonna be a lot of fun!

Party Credits
Party Styling: Kara Hallead of Kara's Domestic Life
Photography: Faith Scheuerman
Costume: Vintage, Thrifted, Amazon, A.C. Moore, and Dollar Tree
Chocolate Coins, Silver Spoons: Party City
Paper Straws: Kikkerland
Mini Chalkboards: Hobby Lobby
Decor & Linens: Vintage

Thursday, May 29, 2014

red carpet party

Two weeks ago I helped throw the biggest party since my wedding; a red carpet, VIP "Night of Stars" for eeeeeeveryone who volunteers at our church, Providence. And that's a lot of people.

Basically, we threw a wedding reception with a small budget, and a tiny team, but it all came together beautifully!

The theme was Red Carpet, Award Show, and we really went with it. We had velvet ropes, a red carpet, mini Oscars, and lots of glitz and glam.

I'm pretty good at spending little to no money on rustic or vintage centerpieces but cheap and glamorous don't usually go in the same sentence, let alone party. It was quite a puzzle to figure out centerpieces that cost little to nothing. 

I used glass cylinders from my wedding, water, floating candles, mirror tiles, and sprigs from gold star Christmas tree picks that I already had. Those were quite the ordeal. My fingers were raw after pulling apart 70 or so spiky star sprigs. You'll have to use your imagination, but with the lights dimmed and the candles lit, they sparkled brilliantly.

Our photo booth was a big hit. This was an eleventh hour idea from Julie, our amazing church administrator (slash Queen of Providence). We wanted to do a backdrop with our logo a la red carpet photo shoots, but it looked suuuuper cheesy. Plus, the forecast called for rain, so we took the 180 "Walk-of-Fame" stars that were supposed to line the walkway outside and hung them from the ceiling with fishing line. 

Each one of these stars has the name of someone who volunteers at church. I printed all the names on transparency sheets (remember those?), and attached them to the stars with Glue Dots.

Check us out! On the left is the Party Planning Trio of Greatness: Julie Hennon, Carrie Fausey, and me.
And on the right is me and my gentleman. ; )

I don't have many pictures of food, but we were able to have some very fun hors d'oeuvres. We had passed sushi, bruschetta, little shot glasses with veggies and dip inside, and kielbasa/apple/cheddar picks. Then we had a cheese, cracker, and cocktail meatball table, and a popcorn bar.

Caramel, white cheddar, and lightly salted popcorn 
with chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces, toasted coconut, and lots of spices for toppings.

We also had a lovely cake and cupcakes made by Terri Washburn and her daughters. 

But one of my favorite pieces of decor was the stage background. 

Made to look like the Hollywood sign, of course, I cut each letter out of heavy white cardboard. It was quite the mathematical feat for me to figure out the ratios and measurements of each letter. There's a scrap of paper with equations all over it - I'm quite proud of myself. 

We had silliness...

A live band and a time of worship...

 Some heartfelt awards...

My aunt and uncle, Tim & Lori Shultz wo do so much for others.

And some silly awards...

"Most Conservative Hair" ; )

"Mr. Sunshine"

"Queen of Providence"

That's a bouquet of bulletins that I made for Julie! ; )

And dancing!

Thank you SO MUCH to all of the people who made this possible. Carrie and Julie, you're the best. We did it. Thank you to Kelsey Kinard of Lovefusion Photography for donating your time and talents and capturing the night for us. Thank you to Philip Herndon and the band for both worshiping with us and keeping the dance floor alive! Thank you so much, Matt & Holly, for killing it as emcees. I know you put a lot of work into it, and it showed. Thank you to those from Utz, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Hanover Packaging Co. for your generous donations. A big thank you to Hickory Falls for being so gracious with the time it took us to set up and tear down (You've gotta check out their new banquet room, people. It's by far the best formal space in Hanover.) And a huge, colossal thank you needs to go to the lovely ladies who assembled and served our food. Jennifer, Leah, Adrienne, April, and Sharon, you guys totally rock and deserve many manicures and foot rubs!

And thank you to everyone who attended. I hope you felt loved and appreciated for all that you do for Providence! And after clean-up from the party took roughly 15 minutes, Zach said, "You should throw parties for volunteers more often!" I love our church, and I'm so glad that God brought us here. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to show everyone a good time! 

I kept all of the decor details pretty close to the vest throughout the planning process, but I just made my Red Carpet Party pinboard public on Pinterest. Check it out if you want to see how my crazy mind works or if you want to host a VIP party yourself!

VIP Party Credits
Party Planning: Julie Hennon, Kara Hallead, and Carrie Fausey
Party Styling: Kara Hallead of Kara's Domestic Life
Live Music: Philip Herndon
Emcees: Matt & Holly Ford
Cake: Terri Washburn
Servers: Jennifer and Leah Ilgenfritz, Adrienne Dashawn, April Berry, and Sharon K
Linens, Velvet Rope, and Stanchion Rental: Harvey's Rent All
Veggies & Dip: Buffalo Wild Wings
Cardboard for Providence Sign: Hanover Packaging Co.
Stars, Oscars, Tinsel Background: Oriental Trading
Mirror Tiles: Lowes