Monday, August 18, 2014

Sadie's Pink Lemonade Party, Part 1

I have sooo many pictures to share from Sadie's party, I thought it would be best to divide it in to 2 posts.  (A HUGE thank you to the talented Anna Chambers for spending the day with us and taking all the party pics!)  This first post is all about the details!  
The day after Sadie's birthday, we had her party.  I had came up with the idea of a pink lemonade party and thought that would be such a unique, cute party...turns out that is a pretty popular theme these days!  I loved the idea though, so I wanted to stick with it but put a vintage picnic twist on it.  I absolutely loved how everything turned out and the laid back, sweet theme fit our little Sadie perfectly!  Holly from Hollydays designed the invitations and other paper products for the party and did an amazing job!  
We had the party at my parent's house.  They have a huge yard with big shade trees and lots of room for a party.  I borrowed the lemonade stand from my sweet friend Gina.  We put the food table and cake table on each side of the stand to make it the main focal point since it was all about the lemonade.  We had fresh squeezed lemonade, pink lemonade, and water - perfect for a hot summer day!

All of the decorations were pale pink and yellow, and I used gingham to give it the picnic feel I was going for.  All of the tables were dressed with big check pink gingham cloths, with ball jars filled with lemon slices and pink zinnias.  And I just have to say - mercy, I could not have possibly done everything without my precious mama and daddy.  They helped to make it all happen - mama made all the tablecloths and bunting, and my daddy...well, my daddy ran lots and LOTS of errands and did things I probably don't even know he did to help.  One blessed girl I am to always, always, ALWAYS have their help (no matter what crazy idea I have)!!

I had wanted a stats chalkboard for Sadie, but after looking at them on Etsy and seeing the prices, I decided I could make my own.  I used a chalkboard I already had (that actually was leftover from our Gender Reveal) and used oil based paint pens to do the writing.  I thought it turned out super cute!
I had her monthly pictures displayed as well...everyone liked seeing how much she had changed each month!
Gina also sent me this metal girl to use...I wish I had taken a before picture of her.  She was all rusted and faded out and in desperate need of some TLC.  I gave her a facelift and painted her up to match the party, and she stood beside the food table holding the forks and napkins.

Since it was a picnic, I used lots of my natural colored Longaberger baskets lined with pink gingham fabric and white dishes for serving pieces.  The party was late afternoon, so we had a light supper menu:  build your own sandwich, salads (Asian Slaw, Pasta Salad, and Cucumber Salad), Veggie Dip Cups, Fruit Kabobs, and corn chips with dips (Avacado Salsa, Corn Dip, and Spinach Dip).

I wanted everything about her party to just be very sweet and girly, just like Sadie.  Her cake turned out to be perfectly that!  Tina Cakes in Rainsville did a great job!
One of my favorite decorations for the party were the favors for the guests!  We had sugar cookies (made by the uber talented Telah) in the shape of cups of pink lemonade for the adults, and little baskets for the children.  I got the baskets 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby, lined them with pink gingham parchment paper and filled them with a sugar cookie, homemade bubbles, a yellow and white lollipop, and a baby food jar filled with lemon drops.  

I had planned to have the favors set up on the gift table, and right before we set up the gift table I saw my grandmother's pie safe sitting in my parent's garage painted the perfect colors for the party and convinced my dad and Brad that it would be a much cuter option than just the table.  I'm so glad they were willing to listen and move it outside for me - I just loved it!!  Instead of having a gift table, guests just put their gifts around the bottom so it worked out perfectly.  
Since it was a 1st birthday, I knew the majority of the focus would be around Sadie and her cake, but I did want to have some simple activities for the kids to do.  I set up little play stations that they played at before the party started, and the kids could go over and play throughout the party as they wanted.  I had a large tub of different sized bouncy balls, sidewalk chalk, bubbles with all different types of bubble wands, a water table, and Sadie's wagon.  It was just enough to keep the older more active kids busy, but was also things Sadie could participate in too.  I thought the play stations were just perfect for a 1st birthday!

Stay tuned for pics of my sweet girl and all the fun she had with our family and friends at the party! :)

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