Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Sweet & Cozy Birthday Party

My mom and two sisters have always had the joy to celebrate their birthdays together, since they are all January babies. Of course I had to throw a little lunch & dessert party! Although this winter hasn't exactly been "bad", I was totally inspired by a cute paper print I found and decided to go with a Sweet + Cozy Birthday Party. 

Lunch was pretty simple - Pizza, salad, veggies with cheeses & crackers. The little, white cups I used for the veggies are actually little "dessert wine glasses" I found at Marshall's a while back. I can't get enough of the white! The cupcake liner poms were from a fun little project my friend Jody and I made for an Anthropologie-inspired bridal shower. I love every chance I get to re-use those pretties! 


To go along with the cute + cozy theme, dress code included a requirement to wear a scarf. Maybe a little cheesy, yeah, but I had about 30 to choose from and everyone had a fun time with it! 

The birthday girls!

And then for dessert! 

While planning the party, I was really excited to pull colors and inspiration from the paper I found. I used lots of white and cream, plus aqua, mint, coral, terracotta, grey and some patterned black and white. 






I have been in love with yarn poms for the longest time and especially after our friends threw us an amazing farewell party and decorated the room with tons of poms, I never realized how easy they are to make! There are a few ways to do it... I know there are lots of pom-pom makers - wooden and plastic, using a FORK - but I went old school and used my fingers. I think it took me about 4 lazy hours to make all the poms for this party. By lazy, I mean 4 very distracted hours filled with movie-watching and music-listening as I wound, tied and trimmed. Not bad! I loved combining them with my clear, vintage glass vases, pearls, twine balls, mini tree stumps and doilies. 



Back in December, I asked my sister, Vanessa, to knit me some extra long skinny strands that could be used as garland for our Christmas dinner party. I just about died when she showed me four 30-foot strands she made. I was to stinkin' excited to be able to use them again.. what's more appropriate for a cozy-inspired party than knitted strands of yarn?!


A few of the patterns and paper prints I used. Love the polka dots and stripes! I punched each flag with two of my favorite Martha Stewart punches





  1. looks like a fun party:) love all the handmade details.

    thanks for stopping by to say hi on TLC. hope the pinwheels turn out great!

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