PARTY ET CIE EVENTS - A SWEET SPRING BIRTHDAY PARTY
Every spring, Party et Cie is buzzing with activity. It's birthday season here at HQ, and there's one little girl whose birthday we look especially forward to every year!
It was a little over 5 years ago that I was heavily pregnant with my youngest. It was a difficult pregnancy, and I was experiencing some complications which forced me into bed rest at the hospital for the last few weeks. I entered the hospital at the beginning of May. It was very grim and depressing outside, and still very unspring-like. I was advised to not leave the hospital floor, so I was stuck with a view of concrete buildings.
After a few weeks on the fluorescent light lit hospital floor, I went in for an emergency C section. All proceeded well, and I left the hospital a few days later, in late May with a beautiful, healthy baby girl. I vividly remember driving home that day, and spring had fully sprung. Everything was green, flowers were blooming in vibrant colours, and Toronto was giving me and my baby girl a most special welcome home. So every year my daughter's birthday reminds me of beautiful blooms, spring rain, and rainbows.
To celebrate my daughter's 5th year, I wanted to create a party with all these symbolic motifs.
In lieu of fresh blooms, which we are always a fan of, we decided to create a branch with oversized crepe paper blossoms to hang as a stunning centerpiece. A DIY blog post for this is coming shortly! We decided to go with a light pastel, spring-like colour scheme, and chose pretty shades of blush, country blue, ash grey, mint and butter and dijon yellow.
We wanted to keep our menu super kid friendly, colourful, and with a mix of healthy and not-so healthy foods! If you've been following along with our blog, you know we have a slight obsession with menu cards, so how could we not for this party? We decided that since most 5 year olds can't read yet, we would include cute illustrations on the menu. This menu was hand illustrated by yours truly.
We are huge fans of UK-based Alice and Rosa Cake Studio, and especially love their "mod" cake featuring a pattern of repeating motifs. We created an inspired cake with mini fondant rainbows and metallic gold and magenta dragees from Sweetapolita. What is not pictured is the sprinkle explosion inside - a special request of the birthday girl!
We love the idea of a party craft. We are all crafters over here at HQ, and a beautiful craft makes for a fantastic party activity and wonderful take-home memento. We love HelloWonderful's absolutely delightful blog, and the birthday girl picked a Unicorn Dreamcatcher as the party craft. Depending on the age of your guests, there is some adult supervision required, but the kids had fun selecting their yarn, ribbon, and flower colours, and cutting out and gluing their unicorn pieces.
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