Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Party: Life is Sweeter at 30

My friend Shannon turned 30 this month...
Paperless Post Invite

Jenni, Josh, and I couldn't let that milestone be marked without celebration!

Always humble, Shannon asked us to keep the party low key. So, we tried, by mostly just serving desserts...


and cocktails...


But 30 is a big deal (and we're not exactly a low-key people) so....


we had to light up the night just a little!
 Since we were going for a snowy, wintery look....

the 23,424,234 (or more like 50!) votives we used helped make things feel cozy, if not "low key"...



...as did the "snow" (it was just sugar) we sprinkled on the antique window panes used for serving up the sweets!

Just as I believe you can never have too much candlelight, you can also never have napkins that are too personalized - hee!

My favorite napkin vendor on ebay is Party Favors Plus.

These days, you can't have a party without some sort of Pinspiration. From Pinterest, I got the idea to hang balloons upside down...

It was perfect for framing the main food table, plus it was easy and very inexpensive (just toss in a marble before your hot air - no helium, obviously)! It's also a different way to use balloons without your affair looking like a child's birthday party, or a middle school dance.  I also saw this photo and knew I wanted to make pretty drink flags....

I used the same font from Paperless Post featured on all the party's papers, printed a page full of "Happy 30th Shannon!" lines on regular paper and just cut the "flags" down to size. Josh used a glue gun and attached the papers to drink stirs - so cheap to do and very easy!


We stacked the cupcakes on a cake plateau, which sat atop shiny fabric that covered a strand of white lights. With the main lights dimmed, it looked so pretty, as inpsired by this.  And finally, the sticks....

Or, as Dan - who oversaw the gathering, spray-painting, hauling from suburbs to city, and constructing - calls them, the *#!$ sticks! Though they didn't turn out quite like I'd Pinmagined, I couldn't not feauture them after all the curses, sweat and tears offered up by my wingman (we've been watching Top Gun at our house). This guy, however...
 
...he doesn't even need to mine from Pinterest. Josh made this pretty flowered "S" to hang above the fireplace all by himself!
Before guests left the party, everyone signed an empty recipe binder for Shannon, who loves to bake, with their ingredients for having a sweet, 30-something life...

It looks like the Birthday Girl is well on her way!

Happy 30th, Shannon!

10 comments:

Tricia said...

This looks incredible, and I love the theme! Gorgeous celebration!

MCW said...

Such a great party!

Katie said...

I love the upside down balloons! I am going to use that idea in the future. :D Fun,fun!

Dee Stephens said...

I'm with Katie on the balloons! I may steal that for this weekend. How do you hang them?

Katie said...

Hee! I bet Alex has more basset prints--I bought this one from him at a local craft fair.

One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to look at basset art on Etsy. I could go crazy. :D

Hines-Sight said...

This is an AWESOME party. You do a great job. I loved it.

Deviled Megs said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

I Do Declare said...

Thanks, Ladies!

To do the balloons, it's super easy: put a marble or two in the empty balloon before you blow it up with your own hot air (helium wont work, obvs) then just hang from a ribbon.

Whitney of Washington said...

This is SOOOO cute! What great ideas!

Heather said...

Happy 30th to Shannon! What a party! You guys are so creative. Love it!
Heather

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