Our little Maisie Boo turned 4 at the very beginning of January and we finally got round to celebrating her birthday in the second weekend of February. I'm sure most December and January babies (I'm one too!) can relate to the agonizing wait as a kid for your birthday party until your friends are all back from their summer holidays. Last year Maisie didn't even have a party - we took her to Rainbows End and told her that was her party. She thought it was awesome! No such luck this year - she completely understands about birthdays and she wanted her special day. Fair enough too! The theme was almost Doc McStuffins but she caught a glimpse inside my party supply cupboard and decided on a pretty party instead.
As always my starting point is the invitation and I build the party from there. Etsy is my go to place for party printables when I don't have time to design my own. I chose this design from Westminster Paper Co. They emailed me the finished invite and I had them printed on the spot at Warehouse Stationery.
Pop Roc Parties had a sale on over Waitangi weekend so I took the opportunity to grab some supplies. The great thing about this theme was that everything was mismatched but all worked in together so it was really easy. I had been dying to use the Meri Meri Liberty print range and this was the perfect occasion.
The table décor were mainly items I already had around the house - the white photo frames were from the girls bedrooms and the white washed wooden crates were old packaging that I had hung on to. I seem to use these are at every party.
I am made the floral "M". I had seen similar ones of Etsy that were upwards of $100 with shipping on top of that. I found a local man on Trade Me who custom cuts MDF letters and shapes. He cut me a 30cm M which I painted white and hot glued flowers from the $2 Shop and Kmart. I really enjoyed making this.
I made the heart garland by cutting out paper hearts and sewing them all together. One of the only things I bought for decoration was the doily bunting from Rochelle's Vintage Love on Etsy.
I made Maisie a party hat of course and I think this might just be my favourite one ever. I love those colours!
I found these sweet wee display stands to hold mason jars of flowers. So thankful my dahlias are still in bloom. Not for long though. I can see the colour starting to drain and they are shrinking in size.
The party food was kept really simple...
Popcorn, 100's and 1000's Biscuits, Fruit Cups and Jelly plus Fruit Puff Slice and Cake Pops which (along with the cake) were the only things I actually baked. The little flowers on the cake pops were edible wafers from Countdown.
For the cake I made a Pink Velvet Layer Cake. I didn't mess around with fondant this year. Just a wee crumb coat layer using the mascarpone icing and the top covered with shaved white chocolate, icing flowers, strawberries, blueberries and flowers from the garden. Plus my favourite Rice Cake Candelabra which I have had for years and been waiting to use.
Our beautiful girl absolutely loved her special day and her moment in the spotlight.
Happiest of birthdays to our happy, sunshiney, bundle of energy, Maisie Boo xxx