Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wrapping it up

I generally gravitate toward colors as themes, rather than characters, because you can always mix colors for a fun combination and let's face it, there's always a few leftover everything.  Usually not enough for an entire new party, but for years, my party drawer has been full of half a dozen small plates and groupings of various colored napkins, assorted birthday candles, cupcake liners and straws.  (I have thrown many an impromptu special night with those mixtures too!)  As we approach birthday season, I begin buying napkins and candles, tissue paper for pom poms, and I always stock up on white paper plates and clear utensils.  (The white and clear go with everything.)
 JJ's party was as thrown together as it gets, but I threw with the best of them because of some careless pre-planning last month.  I say careless because until I started pulling things out of a drawer yesterday, I had no idea what we were going to make this party look like.  I had polka dotted napkins and straws already in stock, but not necessarily planned to go together.  But then I was like, "Well blue and green are great together.. why not?"  And there you go... party started.
 I wrapped his present in green paper because I always have a wild assortment of wrapping paper on hand.  I usually buy four different rolls in about February so I'm ready and prepared.  (Wrapping paper is crazy expensive by the way, and I'd go with simple brown wrap if I didn't use it every day for Etsy items.) I scrounged around in my ribbon jar, and found a turquoise and white polka dotted ribbon that I didn't even know I had.  Fortuitous. 
 I also had the green tray, bought at Ikea years ago, and spray painted "Ivy Leaf" green last summer.   Everything looks better on a tray.  Seriously, it does.
 JJ wanted gluten free carrot cake cupcakes, (as he always has for the last ten years) and I didn't know what colors I'd be doing for his party a few days ago when I baked them, so I used white liners.  (Always keep white cupcake liners on hand.  You can use them for so many things!)
 We had to have cream cheese icing because it's my boys most favorite, but I tinted it blue.  I found a baggie of blue gumballs in my party drawer that I was planning to use for a 4th of July treat when I changed my mind and topped each cupcake with them on a whim. 
Adrain hit the store late last night and got eleven balloons in blue, green and white per my request, and voila, "Par-tay!"  (We were going to fill his room with them so when he woke up eleven balloons were floating all over his ceiling, but then we thought that might freak him out so we put them by his cupcakes instead.)

I just finished repeating his birth story, which of course I do every year as I cuddle the stuffing out of that boy, early in the morning.  It's so cute how he still curls up, all arms and legs, and wants to hear it... every bit of it.  And now we are off to bowl and pack the day full of fun and memories.  I can't believe my boy is eleven!! 



milk bottles and straws can be found here.

23 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday AJ hope you all have a great day!! Donna in Kelowna

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  2. Sorry I meant JJ!!! Seriously can't hit the right keys this morning.
    Donna in Kelowna

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  3. Hope it's a wonderful birthday. Thanks for sharing your party planning tips. Always appreciated!

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  4. My girl is 11 next Saturday and my party will be thrown together (and not nearly as prettily as yours!!) :) Thanks for the ideas though...I think I need to get a party drawer!!

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  5. Bowling Party I remember those with my kids do they still give you a retired pin so all the kids can sign it. Happy birthday JJ!

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  6. love the theme and the colors. those cupcakes are super cute!! I've always wanted those paper straws. Maybe it high time I finally invest in them. Is it beautiful and sunny up where you are too? I've really enjoyed it this weekend.
    I needed it!

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  7. That cuddle in the morning and the perfect decorations and cupcakes followed by bowling! I'd say JJ had a great birthday!

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  8. happy birthday to your boy! by the way, your thrown together parties look better than my planned ones. : ) have a fun day celebrating, sweets!

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  9. hApPy BiRtHdAy JJ!!! What a fun celebration!!!

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  10. Sasha,
    you are queen of "the partay!" I love when you make cupcakes. They always looks so scrumptious.
    Sounds like birthdays are pretty special in your house...and as it should be.
    They grow up too fast,don't they?
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JJ!!

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  11. love all the little details of your thrown together party ~ including the polka dot straws, matching ribbon for present and the blue gumballs on the cupcakes ~ too cute.

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  12. I always stress a bit with birthdays. I want everything to be perfect. It all looked so yummy and pretty. Sweet that you relive his birth story. My girls would love that.

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  13. Your thrown-together party is beautiful! It's amazing what colour can do.

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  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JJ! I hope being 11 is the coolest year for you! Have lots of fun!

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  15. Unplanned decor is the best! I adore those glasses/bottle...where did you find them? Telling them their birth story is such a great idea...my kids would love that!
    Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thanks girl. I included a link for the milk bottles at the very bottom of my post. :)

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  16. Have the best year yet, JJ! We are all SO glad you were born.
    Continued blessings, daisy

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  17. I love the glass bottles also. Where can I purchase these? Also I enjoy the realness (is that a word) of your blog. You bless me often

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    1. Thanks girl! I included a link at the very bottom of my post for them.

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  18. Awww....it is all so sweet! I love those polka-dot straws!! You are such a sweet mama, such a lucky boy he is!

    Mary

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  19. What cute spur of the moment party decor! I may have to go with the party drawer, too. I already have a candy drawer for various desserts.. Happy birthday, JJ! Hope you have an amazing party day!

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  20. There is no way I could just "throw together" a party like that and still have it look so beautiful. You are amazing.
    Happy Birthday JJ!

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