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Flamingos and Pineapples Birthday Party

My Daughter Sophia was ecstatic when it occurred to me that we could do a Flamingos and Pineapples party for her 5th birthday! She is actually obsessed with Flamingos because of their beautiful pink color and she loves to eat pineapples during hot summer days. To add to the excitement we celebrated Sophia’s birthday jointly with her dear friend Charlotte.
My backyard was the perfect setting for this Tropical Chic party.  As the birthday theme indicates the party decor consisted of lots of Flamingo and Pineapple decor.   The delicious Strawberry and Chocolate cake was the focal point of the “Flamingo Cafe” dessert table.  It was adorned with fresh flowers and an adorable Flamingo Pick. The girls’ table had a very festive decor. I created the prettiest Floating flower arrangements with Flamingo Picks as centerpieces.  The girls loved the flower shaped floating candles.   Another hit among our little guests were the Pineapple Cups with Flamingo Straws! We had a blast using all the adorable party supplies from our Flamingo Party Theme available at the Via Blossom Shop.
The array of sweet treats were definitely a show stopper!  The incredibly talented, Roni of Roni’s Sugar Creations created the most beautiful Gourmet Apples for the Party!  They were a true masterpiece, almost too pretty to eat. Sabrina of Simply Brigadeiro made the most decadent mini desserts for the party.  They’re called Brigadeiros.  They are “truffle like” bite size desserts in a variety of flavors. They looked adorable in our Petite Blossom Cups!   We also served Flower Cake Pops and chocolate Pineapple Pops. I DIYed the Dessert Table awning by hand-painting it to replicate the bright and festive floral tableware and banner.
The Girls dressed up with pink boas, head boppers, Daisy hair clips and heart shaped sunglasses.  They enjoyed a magic show, followed by a silly fashion parade and a dance party!

Garden Party Baby Shower

Party Details told by Cristina
I will never forget, the gorgeous Baby Shower my sister Gaby threw for me when I was expecting my first child.  I had just moved to a small town in Maine and didn’t know a lot of people yet Gaby managed to put together a beautiful celebration in my honor with basically every women in town.  When she was expecting my niece, I knew I had to plan something special for her.  Her only wish was that she wanted something intimate with her closest friends.  An afternoon Baby Shower Garden Party was perfect for the occasion.
The Baby Shower planning began when I found the perfect invitation at Tiny Prints.  It had a blackboard design with a delicate pale pink font.  The color Palette of the party consisted of different shades of blues, pinks and yellows.  We mixed gorgeous Tissue Flowers with natural flowers to achieve a spring garden feel.  To honor my beloved sister we displayed a gorgeous photo of her on canvas next to the cake as well as a beautiful acrylic photo block of her on the main table.  It was a great gift and a way to preserve this special moment of her life.  We created a relaxed feminine atmosphere by DIYing a wavy tent above the dining table.  We served an array of mini desserts that included gorgeous floral cake pops designed by the so talented Vy of Vypassetti Cake Pops, darling Teacup and Flower Cookies by the fabulous Madgeline of Madgeline Cakes as well as cupcakes and cake balls displayed in Petite Blossom Cups.  My mirrored vanity came handy when it came to displaying the Charlotte Cake that I made for the party.  I loved the gorgeous Candy Kabobs the amazing Marie Dannetelle of Sweet Indeed custom designed.  My favorite part of the decor was the flower backdrop we created with Tissue Flowers and satin ribbon.  It was the perfect frame for the party photos.
Our dining table had a mix of floral partyware from delicate shabby chic plates and napkins to intricate cupcake stands, all available at the Via Blossom Shop.  We served a refreshing watermelon lemonade in our Champagne Flutes which is one of Gaby’s favorite none alcoholic drinks.
This memorable afternoon was captured by very talented Spencer of Lovely little’s Photography.
 

A Nutcracker Ballet Party

This is the third year my daughter Sophia will perform as a Mouse and a Bon Bon at the Nutcracker Ballet.  She dreams about one day performing as Clara and ultimately as “The Sugar Plum Fairy.”   To kickoff rehearsal season, I decided to Surprise Sophia with a Nutcracker Ballet Party for her and her Ballerina Friends.  My inspiration for the party was a gorgeous photo that I took backstage during a Nutcracker performance.  I knew that this magical photo of gorgeous Ballerinas would be perfect as a customized invitation for the party.
I decorated my fireplace mantel with different elements of the Ballet.  Glitzy Christmas trees, elegant nutcrackers, giant pinwheels from Via Blossom and my Ballerina Photo turned into a canvas as the focal point.  To add some warmness to the Christmas atmosphere I hung 3 gorgeous Stockings I customized with family photos and a winter landscape.  I decorated small Christmas Trees with adorable double sided ornaments of my kids at different stages of their lives.
I really enjoyed turning the dessert table into a theater stage by DIYing velvety curtains and a snowflake backdrop.  Spectacular desserts were truly center stage.  I was honored to have the fabulous Vy of Vypassetti create the most amazing Nutcracker Cake Pops.  The super talented Magdeline ofMagdeline’s Cakes worked her magic by shipping the most adorable Nutcracker and Star Cookies.  They were a true work of art.  The most darling pink Christmas Tree Kabobs by the lovely Marie ofSweet Indeed added the perfect touch to our 8 layer cake and to the mantel.  Our salted caramel cupcakes were taken to the next level by the creative work of Brittany of Edible Details who created gorgeous Ballet Slipper and Nutcracker cupcake toppers.
Our little guests turned into the Sugar Plum fairy as soon as they arrived.  They danced to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker music and enjoyed pink lemonade in our Nutcracker Cups from the Via Blossom Shop.
The girls’ table showcased Via Blossom’s latest collection of Nutcracker partyware; from adorable plates, to magic crackers filled with trinkets to Nutcracker Cups.   I added a family touch to the table by displaying our Christmas card, which I had recently designed through Tiny Prints.   Our Ballerinas went home with customized mugs filled with Hot Cocoa mix.  The Mugs featured backstage stage photos of my little Sophia as a Bon Bon and a Mouse with Ballerinas from her classical Ballet academy.
This magical evening was captured to perfection by the super talented Spencer of Lovely little’s Photography.
My little Sophia skipped a few years of grueling training to become her beloved Sugar Plum Fairy for one day and I’m so lucky to be part of this special day!