Charlotte’s "cute as a button" party

 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!
Lovely buttons.
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. :D

Comments

  1. I like the button-like lollipops most :) but all the decor is just adorable and so are your daughters.

  2. Such a fun, fun party! I love all the little details. What a fun and crafty mommy you are! Happy (late)Birthday, Charlotte!

  3. What a beautiful party, love all the details and sweet treats, and the ballon weights are very clever :)

  4. Wonderful! Love your theme (haha of course!) & all the details and LOVE Charlotte’s dress – absolutely gorgeous…you are an inspiration!

  5. Such a cute party! I bet it will be popping up all over Pinterest today! :)

  6. Mine should be like yours. You made an excellent job!

  7. so so cute! Love the theme!

  8. beautiful! lloks like you all had a great great party! And thanks for all the little tips =)

  9. Looks so cute. What a lovely party you created for you little girl. Love all the little details.
    x Marnie

  10. Oh my goodness, what a CUTE party! I love her little button dress. Your kids are adorable. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. Those balloon weights are a terrific idea! I’m going to pin that :) And what a cutie-patootie Charlotte is!

  12. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  13. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  14. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  15. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  16. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  17. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  18. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  19. Oh my gosh, SOOOOOO cute!!! :) (Charlotte and the party! :) ) I would love to have an ounce of your talent and craftiness! :)

  20. Everything looks so great. I love the cookie favors =)

    What a special day!

  21. Very fun! Love the colors and all the little button details. Nice work!

  22. What a cute idea! Loved every part of it……

  23. Awww! Such a wonderful party! Great job on all the details! Stowing this idea away for my baby girl’s first birthday. I adore your button dress!!! I may have to completely steal your idea.

  24. How adorable!!!!! Seriously, what a flipping cute idea! And those cheeks! Never enough cheeks!!!

  25. I’ve been looking forward to seeing what you did for the party, and you did not disappoint! Adoreable!!!

  26. Everything is just adorable! you did a great job. You are very blessed. Enjoy your precious family.
    Susan
    http://www.sewmanythingstosay.blogspot.com

  27. What an awesome party! I think I might copy everything…..haven’t been inspired for Charlotte’s party yet (have until November) so thanks so much for doing all the awesome plans for me in a party that doesn’t NEED to be in spring or summer (like all the super cute kid parties seem to be)

  28. Wow – I am utterly impressed. I’m a birthday details fail most of the time – but posts like this one inspire me to try to do a better job. Ca-ute!

  29. Happy birthday Charlotte! What a fun party! Love the details like the button cookie favors and the fun colors. :)

  30. It’s official…her party was nicer than every birthday party I’ve ever had in my life (even if you combine them). I am so impressed at all the details that you put together and that you made so many of the special items that you used. You are amazing!!

  31. I loooove your parties! Thanks for sharing, this one looks amazing (as always!)

  32. So here is where I tell you to stop being so creative and making me look like a lame mom! :) We have yet to do any sort of fun party for our girls… because I just don’t want to plan it! LAME mom alert!

    I love every detail of C’s party though. Absolutely charming.

  33. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  34. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  35. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  36. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  37. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  38. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  39. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  40. jess, the details are so fabulous! I love this party! way to go, friend.

  41. Looks and sounds like a fantastic party! Lovely theme!

  42. LOOVE her party! It’s so precious!

  43. The party turned out beautiful! Great job! The button balloon weights were adorable! I might have to use a few of these ideas for my daughters 1st birthday in 2 weeks! (altered of course to match her cupcake theme) :)

  44. So damn cute!
    :)
    The cake looks tasteful!

  45. Bet you all slept well after that party! What a lot of planning, and what a tremendous success it sounds to have been. Happy Birthday and many more to come!

  46. That was one of the most fabulous parties I’ve ever seen. You really put a lot of thought and love it to the party. Thanks for sharing all the great links. I can’t wait to try the cake and frosting recipes.

  47. Oh I love it. I was going to do cute as a button for Zoe’s 2nd birthday, but my husband didn’t like it. We went with dogs.

  48. I adore all the heartfelt details you included in this party! The treat bag labels are precious…and I love the chocolate buttons that you made for the tops of the cupcakes!!! Well done!!

  49. What an ADORABLE party theme! I especially love the cake! GREAT job!

  50. I saw the chocolate button molds a few years ago and wanted to do a ‘cute as a button’ party for when Ezra turned one (he is now 2.5 yrs old) but I never did. Wah-wah.

    I am glad you did though. Everything looks perfect! Happy birthday beautiful Charlotte!

  51. What a fun theme! I LOVE her dress. It is absolutely adorable! :-)

  52. Such an absolutely adorable party, Jess.. You thought of everything :) I think my favorite is the button cookie favors… I love the packaging. Amazing job :)

  53. She’s so adorable especially in that dress and you are so creative! Congratulations on a great party.

  54. And the award for Mom of the century goes to.. :D

  55. OK….you are so freakin’ adorable. That party looked sooo precious and fun. Charlotte? Her photos made me drool. I really wanted to kiss those cheeks.

  56. What a wonderful party. I enjoyed reading it. Nice idea with the buttons, so cute.

  57. you’re so creative….. everything looks perfect…and so cute..

  58. Ahhhhh!! I love it, everything came out so perfect :-)
    She is so beautiful!!!

  59. What a perfect party theme!

  60. This is adorable. Perfect execution!! Invite me next time :)

  61. So adorable! And oh my goodness, those cheeks are so cute!!!! Love the idea. Maybe I’ll use it for my little girl’s first birthday! :)

  62. Wow such a fun and creative theme for a party! Loved the button lolli’s and she is definitely cute as a button :)

  63. WOW! You did such an amazing job!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  64. Such a darling, darling party! I LOVE Charlotte’s little outfit–the buttons are to die for on her top. What fun!

  65. I love your party theme. The button balloon weights are so creative. x

  66. its kind of disgusting how far behind on my feed reader I keep getting, happy belated birthday to Charlotte and EEE SUCH A CUTE PARTY. I love the attention to detail! Everything is cute… AS A BUTTON. (no, I can’t be sick of that joke, it won’t happen.) I’m totally saving this to my party inspiration board on pinterest… so cuuute.

  67. Oh my gosh Jess, this party is amazing!! What lucky little girls to have such an amazing crafty mommy who throws them such awesome parties! Wow, thanks for the inspiration!

  68. Anonymous says:

    Hello. Very cute party. I am also doing the “cute as a button” for my daughter Sutton’s first birthday. I have most the details worked out but i cant find invitations that i really like. did you order yours from somewhere or did you make them?

  69. I am lame and use Evite.com-I would just rather spend the invite money on the party and most of the people we invite prefer to RSVP that way.

  70. This is such a cute first birthday idea! You have so many creative, yet easy to do ideas.

  71. cute cute cute as a button! i might have to get that button mold;) love all your parties (I just looked through all of them)

  72. Hi! I love the party and I am in the process of planning my daughter’s first! Where is the fabric from? I’ve Ben looking for something similar. Thanks!- emilyanneanderson@gmail.com

  73. I love this theme! This is what we did for my baby shower :)

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