the guests were greeted at the door with a really fancy entrance (curtains hung in a tension rod, with ribbons tied to the rod.
lily was all decked out with not 1, but 2 fancy skirts, a shirt made by me at the 11th hour, and a super fancy posy hair clip with lots of sparkle and feathers.
a friend had hosted a jewelry party a couple years ago and had picked up tons of beaded garland in fancy colors like hot pink, lavender, and aqua. i added some boas and vintage cut glass crystal garland sean and i scored years ago at a flea market.
i *love* to decorate my chandelier! boas, beads, and chandelier crystals were just the right touch to make it completely over the top!
for the table top i just layered white table cloths, topped with random scraps of pink fabric i had.
the centerpiece was a compilation of everything fancy i had on hand, other than the borrowed tray. cake plates, silver cups, crystal serving dishes, pretty china… all on top of pink chiffon.
when all the girls had arrived and finished coloring, we went straight to the table for parfaits (ice cream sundaes – fancy nancy says everything sounds fancier in french).
a parfait for the birthday girl.
almost everything here was found at local thrift stores: silk flowers, tiaras, and boas (this was the perfect time of the year for the last two items since its so close to halloween).
and of course lots of straw hats. we were going to take these plain jane hats and make them “exquisite”.
all the moms were so helpful! i had 4 hot glue guns at each corner that they were manning, helping each of the girls decorate their hats to their heart’s desire.
(do you see tyler bella’s hair above? she had dixie cups under there to add some extra volume! i think she’d make a great who from whoville!)
overall, i think it was a huge success!
and inexpensive, too. the only things i paid for were the ice cream and toppings, and the thrifted hats and hat decor. everything else i had on hand or borrowed. love that!
p.s. – i’m still having my sale! i’m half way to my new camera!