Sweet Sparkly 16

Designed for my cousin's sweet sixteenth birthday: classy, sassy black and gold themed digital invitation.

With the party being held at Gladstones, which is located right on the beach, there wasn't really a need for decorations. Instead, I focused my energies on party favors for her friends.
White chocolate covered double stuf oreos pops sprinkled with edible gold stars individually wrapped and tied with a sparkly gold ribbon--simple, yet filled with enough pizzazz to personalize and glitter-fy each place setting at the dinner table.
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Pretty Princess in Pink

Last Saturday, we hosted a birthday party for Sadie at our house. With it being her very first birthday and all, I really wanted to make the celebration every bit as special and unique as she is to us. Through Pinterest-ingly inspiration and musings I chose the decor theme. Drumroll please! 

Pink ombre and gold!!! After diving into all of the DIY projects I assigned myself for the party, I felt like the theme was too adult and  lacking in whimsy, so I added the princess element to it. Afterall, "Sadie" means princess. Appropriate much? I thought so.

The Party Details
Before I get into all the deets, I must warn you: I am a HUGE fan of DIY party projects and crazy enough to undertake it all....mostly by myself. It's not for the faint of heart, but I believe you can make anything magical with a lot of imagination and not a whole lot of cash. 

You're probably wondering how a mother of 2 kiddos under the age of 3 even has time to do all this. Honestly, I'm as perplexed as you, but there's always late nights {what I fondly call "me, me, me" time}, early mornings {ugh! very rarely. I am NOT a morning person}, afternoon naps, while the kids are eating, and when family and friends come over to play with the kids. Where there's a will...

Let's dive right in!

The Invitation
The Dessert Table
| DIY Backdrop |
Simply made of streamers cut into varying lengths and hung individually from wall to wall. I used white and 3 different shades of pink. Our dining room walls are painted deep red, so the light coming in through the windows and bouncing off the walls are making the pinks look much more saturated than they are. Both banners were made by hand with cardstock, banner paper, acrylic paint, and gold markers.
Dessert offerings made from scratch
| chocolate covered maraschino cherry cake pops | 
| mini vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting|
| mini strawberry cupcakes with pink vanilla buttercream frosting|
| vanilla pink ombre cake with vanilla pink ombre frosting |

Other desserts (purchased):
| strawberry yogurt covered pretzels |
| crown lollipops with sprinkles shooters |
| pink and white strawberry flavored marshmallows |
 | DIY Tissue paper wreath greeted guests at the door as they arrived |
 | DIY Treat bags with personalized labels |
assorted Hershey kisses in raspberry, caramel, and almond
| Princess Cozy Coupe |
Baby Girl's present from Mommy and Daddy
| DIY 1st year photo board |
Board painted pink ombre. Photos gathered and glued from our monthly photoshoots. 
| Custom chalkboard |
One of my most favorite projects was this custom chalkboard for Sadie's first year stats and favorites. Some people charge upwards of $50 {no, thank you!} for something like this on etsy, so luckily, I was able to use the chalkboard and chalk markers I already had to make my own. 
| The birthday girl's chair |
| Photo prop |
Was it a lot of work? Yes. Would I do it again? <crickets> 

Oh, who am I kidding?! Of course I would, in a heartbeat. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. My baby girl's 1st birthday party was personalized and uniquely all her own.

***This party was proudly featured on Chickabug.com >> http://blog.chickabug.com/2013/10/princess-party.html
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