Turning your little one’s next birthday bash into a whimsical backyard festival is as easy as low tables, loads of pillows and flower crowns, go. Lexi of Glitter Inc. wanted to give her daughter’s birthday a bohemian infusion while incorporating a fairytale like ambiance. From macrame photo booths to peach cobbler shooters and a line-up of the cutest cakes photographed by Annie Watts and Jeremy Timmons, see why little girls and big girls alike are going bananas for this party.
Being new-ish to North Carolina, we’re fairly smitten with the weather here. We grew up in Miami, where it’s 90° and humid most of the year. In North Carolina, we take advantage of the gorgeous weather every chance we get, and Scarlett’s 2nd birthday party was no exception. As a blogger, I’m constantly surrounded by on-trend party and décor ideas, and one of the trends I can’t get enough of: parties with bohemian vibes. I knew for Scarlett’s party that I wanted to borrow from that bohemian feel, giving it a more feminine, fairytale-like twist, and weaving in a bit of the South (in honor of our new home.)
The first thing I dreamed up were the low tables, rugs and floor cushions, and the brilliant ladies behind Greenhouse Picker Sisters helped me bring the idea to life. Those low-tables were actually built by Holy and Amanda and their awesome husbands. There was also a VIP lounge and plenty of chic places to eat, gather, and have a good time. Using macramé curtains that I already had and a backdrop made out of industrial pipes (created by GHPS), along with a whole lot of green garland and fresh flowers from Fifty Flowers, we built the photo booth/backdrop. Who doesn’t want an excuse to take an adorable photo?
And speaking of flowers: Fifty Flowers is a company that sells wholesale flowers at amazing prices; perfect for parties. I will forever be a fan. I had this idea for a simpler flower crown – one that kids would love as much as us grownups, and thus the flower crown headband came to be. Wide plastic headbands held the fresh flowers beautifully (with a little bit of glue and flower wire), but the animal ear headbands were just the cutest and felt so whimsical and fun.
The kids went crazy for face (and arm) painting and the metallic tattoos were a huge hit with the adults too. All of the incredible hand-lettered signs were created by Sarah of Bella Joviality. The menu was chock full of Southern favorites: homemade macaroni and cheese (my Mama’s recipe), fried chicken, shrimp, artichoke dip, plenty of veggies and fruit, and a huge dessert bar complete with strawberry shortcake, vegan chocolate cake, classic trail mix, cherry handpies and strawberry cake and peach cobbler shooters. We even had a “lemonade stand” for all of the drinks (juice boxes for the kids, sodas and craft beer for the rest of us.)
Because we had so many gorgeous flowers leftover, we decided to set up a make-and-take bouquet station as guests left the party. We set out craft paper, scissors, twine, and buckets of flower stems for guests to pull together their own bouquet to take home. It was almost sad to take apart our backyard fairytale festival grounds at the end of the day. I’m pretty sure I’ll be pulling cushions and our coffee table out into our backyard for many months to come.
Photography: Annie Watts and Jeremy Timmons | Flowers: Fifty Flowers | Birthday Cake Bunting Topper: Ginger Ray | Boots: Justin Boots | Cake Stands: Martha Stewart Collection | DIY Cereal Charms Marshmallow Cake: Glitter Inc. | Face Painting: Flutterby Faces | Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder: Home Essentials | French Market Basket: Traders & Company | Furniture Rental: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Gold Glitter Cutlery: Creative Converting | Light Box: Cotton On | Macramé Curtains: Urban Outfitters | Naked Cake, Strawberry Shortcake and Peach Cobbler Shooters: Sugar Euphoria | Plate Holders: Fox Run | Recycled Wood Wall-Mount Coat Rack: Kalalou | Scarlett's Outfit: 3Claps | Signs: Bella Joviality | Styling + Party Planning: Glitter Inc. | Table Flower Arrangements: Serendipity Designs | Temporary Metallic Tattoos: Flash Tattoos