Monday, February 16, 2009

party photos...


After two days of rain, we were blessed with some beautiful sunshine for Sienna's Strawberry garden party. The guests arrived wearing something red and before long the back yard was filled with the sound of 17 children playing and plenty of chit chat from the adults.

With Valentines Day in the same weekend, we found plenty of red decorations in the shops to fit the strawberry theme. Red heart shaped balloons were decorated with green crepe paper leaves to become strawberries, and we iced heart shaped biscuits with pink icing - green spearmint lollies cut in to a zig zag shape became the leaves.

JJ delegated the role of cake making and decorating to her hubby, Lucas (very brave!). The smarties were the most popular part of the cake with many of them mysteriously missing before the cake was cut. As most of the children who came were quite young, games were kept to a simple 'hunt for laminated paper strawberries in the garden' and collage using red, pink and green materials. Thanks for all the ideas for food and decorations - we used lots of them!

Party planning, for us, is not a chore. Some people may think that it is a lot of work for a children's party that lasts a couple of hours but we really enjoy brainstorming ideas, working to a theme and getting creative. The truth is we don't spend a lot of money, making most things ourselves. Having each other's help makes a big difference too!


12 comments:

katiecrackernuts said...

Very clever. It all looks great. Lots of smiles to be seen.

OLIVEAUX said...

So cute...sounds like so much fun!!
Amanda x

Porchlight Interiors said...

Love the cake! How sweet for a little girl. My youngest daughter is having her birthday in 2 weeks, I'll have to get started!

MelsRosePlace said...

what a cutie wootie of a party..i love it all, was happy to see you used the idea of the strawberry & marshmallow kebabs...great memories, Mel xxx

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Christine xxoo

Millie said...

Just wonderful! Everyone looked as though they were having so much fun. Yes you are right, celebrating that little cherub's birthday could never have been chore. Although I thought I'd misread the line about the Cake Decorator - on the third read I did actually get it - a big High Five to Lucas!
Millie ^_^

Catherine said...

It looks like it was a fun, fabulous and stylish party! Sienna is a lucky little girl. Perhaps you should also start doing party planning as well!

A-M said...

What a gorgeous party! I bet the birthday girl had a hoot! A-M xx

Rachael said...

that looks great - well done!

paper aeroplane said...

Sienna's party looks amazing! So cute! My daughter is turning one later in the year, I am taking notes!! So clever.
Shanyn

Kimberlee said...

gorgeous. Like it was taken from the pages of a Donna Hay Kids Magazine - only better. You are amazing x

katherine said...

ooo. Just came across your site and noticed your strawberry party. I did this (though not quite so beautifully) for my daughter's 1st last November. You can check it out here http://saffronthreads.blogspot.com/2009/01/shes-strawberries-and-cream.html

Awesome work!