We can all agree that Charlotte is cute, right? (not as cute as your kids, I know, but I digress…) So when I decided on the “cute as a button” theme I knew I could have some FUN with the details! So, fun I had. (a major THANK YOU to my wonderful in-laws who let me commandeer their home for the afternoon and evening! We had our wedding reception in their backyard actually.)
First off, the monthly picture banner-just some simple scrap-booking paper, ribbon, and homemade-looking handmade paper buttons.
The rest of the fabric for Charlotte’s button dress got made into a table runner by hemming the edges under. I made some vanilla cupcakes with this amazing frosting (also used these recipes for the cake) and decorated them with white chocolate buttons. (found the mold here) Ca-ute huh? (as a button! Yeah, get ready to be sick of that joke.)
I got my cupcake liners here, and made the little banner by sewing together some little felt triangles, gluing the ends to two bbq skewers, and puff painting Charlotte’s name on them. This was a last minute decoration and I love how it turned out!
Balloons. (the green one in the back must have had too much slushie to drink.) Yes, we had a slushie machine!
Ok, it was for my brother’s wedding open house the next day but my mom offered it for our use so we took her up on it. It was really fun to have, but the (free) flavors they gave us were…meh…so my mom got some better flavors for my brother’s shindig. (they were really good!)
Back to the tables…I made these little wooden button balloon weights literally 2 days before the party….thought them up, called my dad for the green light, drove over to his garage wood shop, and had them cut out and first coat of paint on in an hour. Did I mention my dad is awesome? Thanks for the help Daddio. Aren’t they flippin’ cute?
Continuing the list of fun but unnecessary things to make for the party, I made some button lollipops!
Granted, these were actually really easy and fun to make (Sadie helped…and by “helped” I mean-asked to eat every. single. one.)
I used this mold. For these and the little buttons I used the Wilton melting chocolate you can get at Michaels or Joanns.
YUm! They were a big hit among the kiddos!
Here’s a view of the food table set up, pre-food…and the slushies pre-freeze.
I had this button bouquet planned since the theme was decided on, so it’s been made for awhile! I just glued felt flower shapes together with buttons and then to some bamboo skewers, which I stuck in that green florist foam inside the basket. (covered with tissue paper)
I thrifted the white basket and belt…and glued it around the basket with a fun bow! Notice one of Ela’s pictures! (she was kind enough to send one so I could print it off!)Also you’ll notice a felt banner that I made with no plans but we hung it in the wisteria bush tree ginormous plant. Make it work!
The favors were some tasty button sugar cookies! I made them with a biscuit cutter, dolly bottle lid (no joke, lol), and a bamboo skewer. Obviously I was not going for perfection, but I think it makes them charming!
Then I packaged them up in some cello bags and cute homemade looking handmade labels. These were also a hit with the kiddos. Pretty much anything with sugar usually is.
The cake. Tada! This cake was probably the easiest birthday cake I’ve made. It was frosted and decorated in a bout 20 minutes. I copied these awesome ladies. Everyone raved about the cake and frosting, which are amazing recipes and make you feel like a baking superstar!
Charlotte LOVED when we sung Happy Birthday to her-look at that big grin! love.
Huh Daddy? You’re gonna blow the candles out? Ok, I’ll just grab a bit of frosting while you’re occupied….
The layers were supposed to be like ombre or whatever it’s called, you know, different shades of the same color…middle layer FAIL! Oh well! It was still colorful and tasty. Next time I’ll know better.
I was SOO hoping for a messy cake eater, but nope…she’s just like her sister. A dainty eater.
Charlotte enjoyed opening a few presents…
…but soon became more interested in the card with the button sewn onto the front…(so cute, Cassy!)
…and also climbing all over her presents. Which, resulted in a little tumble…and crying, so Sadie gladly took over the present opening duties.
It was a gorgeous summer night and I think everyone had a lovely time, at least, I hope so! We sure did, and enjoyed celebrating our awesome little fantastic girl.
Thanks to all who came, and congrats to you who made it through this supa long post.