The Amazing Little Miss Eva

Posted on by Teresa Lang

When it comes to parties, I'm all about the look for less. It's amazing what you can take from ordinary to extraordinary with a few household items and a little elbow grease.  

 

To compliment  our yellow and pink color scheme, we chose a strawberry lemonade buttercream cake and embellished it with tissue paper flowers and handmade bunting.   I designed the vintage poster you see in the background and had it printed at Staples as an engineer print (less than $7 for a 36"x48" print).   

To compliment  our yellow and pink color scheme, we chose a strawberry lemonade buttercream cake and embellished it with tissue paper flowers and handmade bunting. 

 I designed the vintage poster you see in the background and had it printed at Staples as an engineer print (less than $7 for a 36"x48" print). 

 

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The dessert table was filled with easy-to-make goodies: white chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberry marshmallows with white chocolate and shaved coconut, strawberry-flavored oreos, strawberry malt balls, store-bought caramel popcorn, iced animal crackers in paper cones....it was outta control. All the patterned paper was printed at home, and I found a printable template for the popcorn boxes.  The tent was much easier to put together than it looks. We built a very simple wooden frame out of 1x2s. Four were cut to the appropriate height and secured to our dining table legs. Then we built a rectangle that we nailed to the four posts. That's it. I repurposed four painter's drop cloths for the actual tent and had leftover paint from a previous project for the pink stripes. In case you don't, the sample paint size from the hardware store is all you need. I used a staple gun to secure the tent to the posts and the ends met at the top of our light fixture, where I simply sewed them together.   

The dessert table was filled with easy-to-make goodies: white chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberry marshmallows with white chocolate and shaved coconut, strawberry-flavored oreos, strawberry malt balls, store-bought caramel popcorn, iced animal crackers in paper cones....it was outta control. All the patterned paper was printed at home, and I found a printable template for the popcorn boxes. 

The tent was much easier to put together than it looks. We built a very simple wooden frame out of 1x2s. Four were cut to the appropriate height and secured to our dining table legs. Then we built a rectangle that we nailed to the four posts. That's it. I repurposed four painter's drop cloths for the actual tent and had leftover paint from a previous project for the pink stripes. In case you don't, the sample paint size from the hardware store is all you need. I used a staple gun to secure the tent to the posts and the ends met at the top of our light fixture, where I simply sewed them together. 

 

For the invitation, I wanted something that stood out but not so far outside the box where it broke the budget, so I created these...a fun mix of fonts and colors with a moving center piece that revealed the party details. They are printed on pearlescent paper for the slightest bit of shimmer. Since my husband and I wanted to avoid a toy overload, I  included a personalized bookplate inviting guests to bring their favorite childhood book instead. 

For the invitation, I wanted something that stood out but not so far outside the box where it broke the budget, so I created these...a fun mix of fonts and colors with a moving center piece that revealed the party details. They are printed on pearlescent paper for the slightest bit of shimmer. Since my husband and I wanted to avoid a toy overload, I  included a personalized bookplate inviting guests to bring their favorite childhood book instead. 

I was incredibly lucky to find an old rocking horse via Craigslist for $25. It wasn't attached to the base, so all we had to do was cut off the springs and clean it up a bit. We drilled a hole on the top and bottom of the horse and bought pvc pipe from our local hardware store to fit. I placed the entire piece in a Christmas tree stand and sprayed painted it pink. After adding more of the handmade bunting and a small strip of ribbon, it was ready for it's debut! All in all, this cost around $40. 

I was incredibly lucky to find an old rocking horse via Craigslist for $25. It wasn't attached to the base, so all we had to do was cut off the springs and clean it up a bit. We drilled a hole on the top and bottom of the horse and bought pvc pipe from our local hardware store to fit. I placed the entire piece in a Christmas tree stand and sprayed painted it pink. After adding more of the handmade bunting and a small strip of ribbon, it was ready for it's debut! All in all, this cost around $40. 

Our vaulted ceiling was perfect for a "big-top", so I made pom-poms out of kool-aid stained coffee filters and spare ribbon. Total cost for 1000 coffee filters and 2 packs of kool-aid , $5. 

Our vaulted ceiling was perfect for a "big-top", so I made pom-poms out of kool-aid stained coffee filters and spare ribbon. Total cost for 1000 coffee filters and 2 packs of kool-aid , $5. 

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FAVOR BAGS I had a few white paper bags on hand, so I adorned them with a handmade pinwheel on printed patterned paper and a custom kraft label and filled them with goodies from a local dollar store. 

FAVOR BAGS

I had a few white paper bags on hand, so I adorned them with a handmade pinwheel on printed patterned paper and a custom kraft label and filled them with goodies from a local dollar store. 

I had a few vases tucked away and the others were dollar store finds that I glued atop candle sticks (thank you Pinterest for that brilliant idea). Paper fans from Oriental Trading Company and a candy bar with candy from the dollar store. Handmade bunting and labels. 

I had a few vases tucked away and the others were dollar store finds that I glued atop candle sticks (thank you Pinterest for that brilliant idea). Paper fans from Oriental Trading Company and a candy bar with candy from the dollar store. Handmade bunting and labels. 

One happy birthday girl..

One happy birthday girl..