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Friday, September 21, 2012

Drew's Pretty Picnic Party

“Picnic: Originally, a fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions: no, a pleasure party including an excursion to some spot in the country where all partake of a repast out of doors.” – Oxford English Dictionary

My baby girl, Drew Elizabeth turned two on September 2nd.  I started planning early on in the summer so that I'd have plenty of time to get all the details in that I wanted.  The theme I chose was a "Pretty Picnic Party", with a little bit of a twist.  No, there were no eating on picnic blankets or traditional picnic baskets, but we had a great time outside with our friends.

I ordered very simple invitations from Tiny Prints and lined the inside of the plain envelopes with this awesome pink ombre napkins from Target. 

This was a super easy DIY project.  I found the idea on Pinterest, which is hugely becoming a great place to find great inspiration for all things, but especially parties!  You can follow me here.  Once I had selected my fabrics, I glued them into Mason jars and used them as vases. 

Some of my favorite flowers were available at the flower market before the party and I was so excited.  Feverfew (mini daisies) and anemones!  I put them in these adorable berry baskets from Sweet Lulu

Here is the food table before all the food got set out.  

 The drink station...
The adults had glass Mason jars, but the kids had these awesome plastic bottles from Sweet Lulu that I added chalkboard labels to.

 To make the lemonade a little more "fun", we had mango and strawberry purees that guests could mix in.  It was delicious!
I used these cute baskets from Garnish.  Below are the kids baskets which included a heart shaped PB&J, a fruit cup, and mac n cheese.  Oh and a little Pocky on the side!  The bags, fruit cups, and zig zag spoons are from Sweet Lulu.  The chips bags were an easy DIY.  I got the craft paper bags from Michael's, as well as the doiles.  I found the "D" stamp in the $1 bin at Michael's and wah-la! 

Below are the adult picnic baskets.  I stamped the cute "2" from Paper Source on the treat bags, which included yummy turkey sandwiches.  I made the potato salad and the green salad in the cup. It was so fun for guests to be able to just go grab their basket and have everything in there.
This is our gelato stand!  My dad made this for me from scratch!  The backdrop is a vintage sheet that I found at an estate sale.  The cute chalkboard sign is from the $1 bin at Target.  My dad and I made the tarp on top and I did the banner. So happy with how it turned out! 
Next to the gelato stand is the cake and lace chandelier.  I had so much fun making the quirky toy mouse chandelier for Drew's 1st Kitty Cat birthday, I thought I'd try something again.  Thinking of hanging it in her room I love it so much!  DIY instructions coming soon!
 I made miniature #2 sugar cookies to stick on top of the gelato.

How amazing does this gelato look?  It tasted just as amazing!  We even had sample spoons for people to try.  The strawberry, salted caramel, and brown-sugar sour cream gelato was from EscoGelato.  If you live in San Diego County, you've got to check them out!  The lemon cheesecake gelato was from Bubby's in Encinitas, another local favorite. 
 There is my Micah, taking a break from the bouncie to get some gelato. 
 A Jones birthday party is not complete without a banana truffle cake from CAKE.  The wire topper was done by my dad, and we'll be adding a collection to our Etsy shop soon! 
Here is the birthday girl when we sang to her.  As you can see, she wasn't too excited by all the singing.  This is a preview of the face I get when I tell her "no". 
 Here she is a bit happier with her gelato! 
As favors, we had pints (from Sweet Lulu, as almost all of our parties supplies are always from!) of gelato for guest to take home and miniature "pie bits" from the amazing Elizabethan Desserts.  Some of our guests got inventive and combined the apple crumb pie with the brown sugar-sour cream gelato.  I had a taste and it was amazing!  Below, I got a simple chalk board and just attached a few doiles from Michael's.  P.S. A chalk pen is a must! 
 I had so much fun with this party!  It was girly and vintage and sweet.  It was really fun to spend time with our closest family and friends to celebrate my beautiful baby girl on her special day.  Hope you enjoyed!  Plan on seeing the gelato stand make appearances at many more parties to come.  Now, on to planning Micah's 4th birthday in December! 

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