Every once in awhile, after years of collecting party decorations and vintage supplies, you go to throw a party and you don’t have to purchase one single thing.
Well…except for the flowers and the birthday dress and the food. But you get the point.
Such was the case with Baby Betsie’s first birthday party, inspired by Pat-a-Cake.
I went to digging and borrowing, and everything came together quite nicely.
The morale of this story is, 1. Don’t get rid of that stash of doilies the neighborhood lady gave you. 2. You were a good girl not to buy that crocheted tablecloth at the antique store. You have one almost just like it in your linen drawer that you forgot about. 3. Pretty parties don’t have to break the bank and are sometimes even cheaper than parties filled with disposable plates and napkins and decor.
But, of course, you probably already knew all that.
We kept this party pretty simple, inviting family only and, after eating sub sandwiches and relaxing in the house, we all migrated to the front porch to celebrate the life of our Betsie Fair. Every member of our family was present, and the entire evening was just beautiful and meaningful and fun. I’ll never forget it!
Take a look…
A birthday dress perfect for a classic Pat-a-Cake baby. I purchased this treasure from Cornflower Creations on Etsy, and it arrived within the week, sweetly packaged with a bonus padded hanger and a cloth handkerchief dispenser. I love the vendors at Etsy! To see the other sweet creations from this shop, click here.
And my amazingly talented friend, Jeni (at Mooseprint Designs), designed this beautiful sign for the dessert table. I will cherish it always!! To see more of Jeni’s work, visit her flickr portfolio here.
Here’s what it looked like on the table:
That leaves only one thing needed to make our Pat-a-Cake party: a cake marked with a “B”. I wanted this to be rustic and homespun, so I did it myself. This was my very first time to use fondant, and rather than researching how to use it well, I pretended like it was play-doh and rolled it up and made what I wanted. I’m sure you could have done much better, but you know what else starts with a “b”? Back off. Be nice. Bully. Don’t be a baking bully – and don’t you dare laugh at my big, fat, roly-poly “B”!
I also remembered this vintage birthday illustration my Aunt B sent me a few years ago and pulled it out of the cabinet at the last minute – perfect!!
I loved the soft colors of this party and the vintage details – this is totally my cup of tea!
the menu was so simple: cupcakes and cake pops. And we nearly polished off the entire table!
My friend, Tammy, graciously made these precious cake-pops at the last minute. The were perfect for our party, and the best part? Underneath that pretty pink exterior was an ooey-gooey oreo cake. YUM!
I made a simple white cake from a box, but iced them with Paula Deen’s delicious strawberry icing. To find the recipe, click here.
And rather than purchasing the doily banner I wanted at Etsy and rather than sewing one of my own, I pinned the doilies I had to a cream-colored ribbon. Now I can unpin them, put them back in the linen drawer and use them for other days in other ways.
Pink lemonade and a silver pitcher filled with leftover straws from Miss Sunday’s 2nd birthday party!
And speaking of Miss Sunday…
Ready to see the birthday girl? She didn’t quite know what to make of all the ado!
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man…
Bake me a cake as fast as you can (which is exactly what I did!).
Amy wowed me with this preciously wrapped gift. I very carefully opened it and set the wrapping aside for Betsie’s scrapbook.
The cake pops were a huge hit…
And so was the lemonade.
The cake, not so much…
But she loved receiving her very own rocking chair to add to our porch line-up.
It was a sweet and simple night…
and Baby Betsie was surrounded by the ones who love her most.
Happy First Birthday, beloved Betsie Fair! And to think…
this is only the beginning!
I received lots of inspiration for this party via Pinterest. To see more, click here.