With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to share my latest tablescape with you all. I love, love, LOVE these colors, a nice change from the traditional red and green. I think the vibrant colors are eye catching, and perfect for a girly kid's holiday theme.
Once again, Cassie from South 2nd Photography did a FAB-ulous job! Included are some kid friendly decorating ideas and handmade holiday party decor. I hope you find inspiration for your own holiday parties and tables!
I truly do love creating these tablescapes. And while they may not be as intricate as some, I feel it displays much of my own personality and creativity. With each tablescape, comes new ideas and more experience. I'm happy with the first two I've done these past couple of months. I do know, there's lots more to come! I can't wait to see what 2011 brings!
This past weekend, I threw a (very small) Gingerbread House Decorating Party for my girls. We kept it (very) small mainly because I was nervous about having to construct too many houses. I had never made a gingerbread house in my life and was terrified of disappointing my own kids with a gingerbread house that was going to fall apart on them with the first piece of candy they applied to it. But, now that I faced my fears, I must say, they were rather easy to construct and quite sturdy too. Not one house collapsed on me or the girls. They had a wonderful time and I am already looking forward to next year's (much bigger) party!
The Almost-Too-Adorable-To-Eat Gingerbread girl cookies by Sweet Designs Kitchen in Orlando. Boy, were they yummy!
The treat table!
My favorite treat of the party! (They went perfect together with the cookies!)
I thought they all looked fabulous! It was fun to see the creativity come out in a different way through each girl's house. They had so much fun with it all!
When I got a request for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, my head started spinning 100 miles an hour. I had never designed one but had daydreamed (yes, I'm that obsessed) about it. I'm happy to say I now have my first Wonderland Tea Party in the books! This particular party was a 5th Birthday Party for 15 guests. The mother was a complete dream to work with and had lots of ideas of her own. For instance, as guests arrived she gave them a tiny glass of juice which made them "shrink". Once they drank the juice, they crawled through the little doorway into the party room.
Upon entering, their first stop was the Mad Hatter photo booth!
The Tea Party table was a sight to see! I love details...
I painted ceramic tea cups and stacked them to use as centerpieces.
Don't you just LOVE the sparkly mushroom?!
So much COLOR!!
Alice arrived just in time for tea!
Other fun themed activites that weren't captured on camera were Alice in Wonderland Bingo and Ring A Flamingo Toss in the yard, where guests got a chance to toss hoola hoops around the flamingos. Alice also does a mean face painting...who knew!? What fun this was to create! The girls had a blast and so did I!
I took my girls to see the one and only Santa Claus! I say "one and only" because the Santa at the Millennia Mall truly is the one real Santa Claus. I really believe that if there were a Santa, he is it for me. And there is no doubt my kids feel the same way, even though my 8 year old knows the truth. She still wrote out her list, and talked to him as if she were talking to Santa. I'm convinced she's in complete denial and is holding on to any hope that I may indeed not be telling the truth, and there really is a big man in a red coat who has a magic key that opens every child's front door. Anyway, the twinkle in my 4 year old's eye is priceless. It was worth the hour and a half wait for this moment...