In honor of my birthday week I though I’d share my 35th birthday party inspiration; a Tropical Flamingo party.
I have been obsessed with flamingos for almost a decade, it all started on a shooting party in an Arizona dessert. My stepmom Sheri had packed up a box of potential targets including a glorious pink lawn flamingo. But as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to save it. I smuggled him out of harms way and stashed “Felipe” in my suitcase. Felipe the flamingo become my beloved mascot, I even named my apartment “the Flamingo.”
In 2008, Felipe was kidnapped and held for ransom. I unfortunately never saw him again. But his memory lives on in my heart.
Here is what you need to throw a fabulous tropical Flamingo party.
Start with a whole flock of flamingos. But not just any flamingos, go with the original Don Featherstone flamingos, they have the best details.
I have loved Shirley Temples since I was a little girl but since this is my 35th birthday, not my 5th, I decided to “adult” it up for my party by serving a Dirty Shirley. Here is a great recipe from The Solstice Table.
Some call it a drip cake, others a drizzle cake. I like to call it a drip drizzle cake, I must be conjuring up my inner Snoop Dog. Whatever its name, I am completely obsessed with this hot new cake trend.
I mean, whats not to love, you take an already amazing cake and then drip drizzle your way to beyond amazing. The best part of these gorgeous drip drizzle cakes is all the crazy toppings; donuts, Japanese pocky, bon bons, macarons, flowers, lollipops, fruit, marshmallow, meringue, cookies, truffles, candy, or mini bottles of Jack, the possibilities are endless.
If you are currently looking for inspiration for an upcoming shower or birthday party, you have come to the right place because I have put together the perfect tea party shopping list.
Last spring I had the honor of helping my dear friend and boss Starla with her daughter Kylie’s bridal shower. Since I adore them both I was really excited to help.
I wanted the event to be whimsical, bright, fun, and a little eclectic.
The food for this shower was a sight to behold; fresh salads, an assortment of delicious tea sandwiches, veggie shooters, hummus shooters, chocolate and pistachio mini bunt cakes, mini lemon cheesecakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and beautiful candy dishes filled with hand crafted caramels and marshmallows.
To continued the eclectic, whimsical vibe I added edible butterflies and canapé flags to many of the dishes.
Edible butterflies from SugarRobot on Etsy
Truly Scrumptious canape flags
Lavender and Vanilla Caramels from Calabasas Candy Co, cucumber sandwiches, and chocolate covered strawberries.
(Since working on this post I have had an intense desire all day to make cucumber sandwiches for dinner. I’m not sure how My hubby Juice or little O.J. would take it but these were so delicious, I might just be willing to risk their disappointment.)
Truly Scrumptious plates
For the decorations we gathered up miss-matched tea sets from friends, family, and a few stops at the thrift shop. We then pulled an old collection of books from her bookshelves, covered them with craft paper, and added a little lace and ribbon as part of each table centerpiece. About a week before the event Star planted pretty little flowers in a handful of the extra tea cups and had them ready to go the day of the event. To finish off the centerpieces we added large goblets, hot water, and tea flowers.
I also used one of my favorite tricks; micro flower arrangements. We used 2 dozen roses and a “garden bunch” to create 12 mini flower arrangements in gorgeous champagne glitter votive holders. There were flowers everywhere but we didn’t spend a fortune.
All the tables were covered in white linens and then layered with different crocheted tablecloths and mismatched doilies.
Star’s big back yard was the perfect space to add in giant lavender and mint balloons strung with lace.
We strung a large glitter “All You Need Is Love” banner across the front of her Pergola along with an eclectic butterfly garland.
and added delightful little paper butterfly cake toppers to all of the flower arrangements.
my balloon guy, John with Balloon Architects
tea party bridal shower baby shower
Butterfly Caketoppers from Kiwitinicreations on Etsy
Champagne Glitter Votive Holder as a mini vase from SweetHeartsStudios on Etsy
Free to Fly Butterfly Garland from Julamade on Etsy and All You Need is Love Banner from ThreeLeafPaperie on Etsy
The ice tea bar was the perfect solution to having a tea party on a HOT spring day. Darling paper straws and delicately hued lavender and mint sugar cubes were the sweetest addition to a fabulous, ice cold, glass of tea.
Iced Tea Bar
Colored Sugar Cubes from TrioArtisanDesigns on Etsy
The Perfect Tea Party Paper Straw Combo from Twigsandtwirlsllc on Etsy
For the favors we filled pretty little paper bags with cookies for later and finished them off with hand stamped “thank you” doilies.
Cookie for Later Favor with these Hand Stamped Doilies from OhJoyGypsy on Etsy and these Favor Bags from theStationeryRoom on Etsy
As promised here is the perfect tea party shopping list:
It has been 24 years since the last girl was born into the Dawson family. Needless to say, us girls are seriously outnumbered. So it’s no surprise that all of us ladies were more than a little giddy when we found out our Niece Jessica is expecting a girl. And especially thrilled to throw her a baby shower.
What better theme to celebrate a little girl than a Kate Spade inspired baby shower complete with: polka dots, stripes, gorgeous flowers, black and white, gold, hot pink, all punctuated with a little sparkle and sass.
This Hello sign is from HelloHeidiWallArt, Which I usually have hanging in my kitchen but loved the idea of Hello Baby so I used it for this fun shower along with a d.i.y. floral BABY sign. I just cut out the front of these paper mache/ cardboard letters , painted them black, and then filled in each letter with an assortment of pink silk flowers and a little hot glue.
Have I mentioned how much I love a fruit pizza bar?!!!
Hello Baby Kate Spade Inspired Baby Shower It has been 24 years since the last girl was born into the Dawson family. Needless to say, us girls are seriously outnumbered. So it’s no surprise that all of us ladies were more than a little giddy when we found out our Niece Jessica is expecting a girl. And especially thrilled […]
If the last time you had sherbet punch was 1992 like me, you need to make some and be quick about it. It was even better than I remembered.
I decided to do pink nail polish as the favor, but about choked when I saw how expensive most nail polish is. Luckily I shopped around and found just what I was looking for at Walgreens. How cute are all these different shades of pink?! I just added a cute tag and a little bow.
Here are a few more pictures of the invites and address labels. I did bleep out my actual address, if you want to leave me love note, you can always leave me a comment.
“She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.”
I thought it was the perfect quote for all little girls, and big ones for that matter, to remember to sparkle.
One of my favorite things during the shower was the realization that almost every single gift was wrapped in coordination with the theme; pink, polka dots, & stripes. It was definitely a sight to behold. It made me smile knowing the invitations totally conveyed the theme enough that all of these ladies go it and just ran with it.
I am also dying over these amazing pictures my awesome nephew Alec took at the shower. It was a huge stress relief to have his help. I am totally blown away by his talent and really excited to see what he does with it.
I’ve been obsessed with candy kabobs for several years because they are crazy cute and yummy to eat. But I have never gotten around to making them myself until now. They are a great party favor or Valentine. I love that you can totally color coordinate your kabobs to match your party theme.
sticks ( I used these rock candy sticks from Amazon but you could use kabob skewers)
paper straws (optional)
an assortment of gummie candy:
Cut the paper straws in 1/3 and slip on to the stick. I found it helpful to line up the candy I wanted to use in the order I wanted to use it. I tried to coordinate between big and little to make it looked balanced. The cherry hearts were a little gooey so I decided to just use them as the topper. I used pretzel stick favor bags but they were a tight squeeze with the licorice wheels so I will definitely rethink those next time.
Top off these adorable candy kabobs with a little ribbon and a tag.
I hope your Valentine’s Day or Party is a sweet as these kabobs.
I love to cook, bake, plan parties, decorate, and craft. I love being a mom. I want to improve my health in lasting, lifelong ways…Travel the world and create treasured memories with the ones I love. I want to treasure the little moments.
So here is what you can expect from Living Darling:
Delicious recipes, my ideas on health and fitness, craft projects, decorating ideas, a million posts about my obsession with oatmeal and breakfast salads, parenting tips, party planning, my Husband Juices’ list of Honey-do’s, and pretty much anything that tickles my fancy.
All of these things are in pursuit of a darling life.