Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today I'm Posting about a Vintage Storybook Birthday Party....

Ash turned 3 in November.  I am waaaaaaaaaaaaay overdue in posting about her big birthday party.  Sheesh.  I'm already planning her fourth.  Anyways, I went with a vintage storybook theme because she loves books.  Brace yourselves.  I'm putting up a ton of pics!

(the birthday girl)


(this is the bunting/banner i made out of vintage storybooks.  i glued the paper to ric-rac and adore how it turned out!)

(my sister and i taped these little butterflies all over.  again, they were cut from vintage storybooks.)

(i also placed books all over the room to serve as decorations.)

(how the hall/entry was decorated.  these are the favors.  more on that later.)
(and of course a sign and balloons so no one took the birthday girl's seat of honor.)

(the guests mostly arrived at the same time.  tony's family took a ferry to get there.  the four adorable girls in the forefront of this picture are some of my sisters.)

(i wish i'd gotten some better pictures of britt so we could see the adorable dress she had on.  totally looked circa 1933.  she was sportin' a super short skirt and awesome pudgy legs!)

(i had soooooooooooo much fun planning the menu.  it was all story related.  here we have hack and jill's pails full of water bottles.)

(my hubby made super cute labels for everything too!)

(captain hook's booty.  heheh.  it's like healthy cheetos.  sorta.)

(cinderella's pumpkin cookies. i'll include the awesome recipe at the end of this post.)

(the giving tree's hot apple cider.)

(green eggs and ham quiche.)

(three little pigs in a blanket.)

(the very hungry caterpillar's fruit.)

(goldilox tea sandwiches. yum!)

(sal's blueberry muffins. from costco.)

(curious george's bananas.)

(peter rabbit's veggie tray.)

(the evil queen's poison potion.  if i remember correctly, this was made with a carton of limeade, a quart of lime sherbet, and a 2 liter container of sparkling water.)

(the little red hen's bread.  my sister, molly, made this.  she's a very talented baker.)

(winnie the pooh bear's honey butter.  of course!)

(some of the lay out.  it was a help yourself type of thing.)

(bakerella's sprite cake, homemade strawberry frosting which involved pureed strawberries and cool-whip and i wish i'd kept the recipe, and vintage book butterflies again.)

(blowing out the candles.  love how beethoven is right next to her, sharing in the excitement.)

(sweet, little side profile.  and another little candle-blowing coach.  heehee!)

(tony's lovely grandma helping ash open a present.)

(admiring her new hungry caterpillar game.)

(now beethoven is helping.  **laugh**)

(the favors!)

(i set up a bunch of vintage books and reprints of vintage books and put a box covered in vintage storybook paper in the middle.  the box held retro candy wrapped in...yep! vintage book pages!  everyone took home a package of retro candy and a vintage book.)


(and see?  i love how they were decorations and favors.)

(one of my brothers with his retro licorice mustache candy.  all sorts of awesomeness!)

(color shot of the birthday girl.  she's so pretty!)

(love her gorgeous, soft eyes.)

Cinderella's Pumpkin Choco Chip Cookies

2 cups shortening (or 1 c. shortening and 1 c. butter)
2 cups sugar
1 15-oz can pumpkin
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 stp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips (or one bag)

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla; beat well.  Stir together flour and dry ingredients.  Add to batter; mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop rounded spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Yum, yum!


My Journey With Candida said...

What a fun party!! Good job Mom!

Amy said...

You are amazing!!! Mind if I steal this idea? If I get a girl someday.
Totally pinning this. I LOVE IT! I'm so nuts about anything vintage and nuts about books and cute dresses and clever food. Ah, the whole thing is just perfection!

MommyMert said...

Seriously... So CUTE! So much work and creativity. Plan my next one k?? I may just still this idea.

alissa apel said...

WOW everything looked GREAT!!! You and you co-helpers did a great job! Happy Belated Birthday to her!

Faith said...

what a great birthday party! the amount of thought and details that went into this! i love it! and i am so not surprised that you are already planning her 4th birthday party! super mom :)

Charmaine Poulin said...

Awesomeness!!! You're so creative!!

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Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you posted these. I love the birthday party theme and the birthday girl is so darn cute.

Emily Peck said...

This looks so amazing!!! You did such a great job! Blueberries for Sal is one of our all time favorite books. :)

mun said...

What a super duper party. Just love how pretty Ash looks, the decor, the cute food labels and the yummy food. You did a great job - doing a vintage storybook themed food spread.

Rosalie said...

I so wish I could have been able to see this in person. I'm sorry, again, that I missed it. But I absolutely LOVED seeing it on your blog! You did such an amazing job! And such did such a great job of illustrating it with pictures. Those cute girls of yours are so lucky to have you as their mom!

Oh, and I totally saved the recipe for Cinderella's Pumpkin Cookies. Those are my favorite, but I'd always love to try a new recipe for them. ;D

Linzy Cotaya said...

Love the idea but where did you get all of the storybooks?

What I Did Today said...

Linzy - I got most of the books at thrift stores. Some were old books I already had and a handful were given to me.

What I Did Today said...

Linzy - I also got some really cheap lots off of Ebay.

Lea Hunt said...

Awe, what a party idea ... so nice!!! Can you come and plan ours? :)