The Amazing Little Miss Eva

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..

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