First of all let me backtrack for just a moment to a very important aspect of any party - the invitation.
Since I was on such a tight budget I had to go with an Evite invitation for this party. I found a template that was very simple and most importantly, pink, and I tried to make it cute with some fun wording. It read as follows:
We're tickled pink and happy to say that it's time celebrate Addyson's 3rd birthday!
Maybe not the world's best invitation but it got the point across and it was free. Gone are the days of spending money on expensive customized invitations that coordinate perfectly with the party theme. Even though this party was very small and the guests had already been notified of the date via e-mail or in person, I still wanted to create some sort of invitation as a reminder to the guests and also to have as a keepsake.
Okay, on to the (more) fun stuff! First up is the dining room tablescape and decor. The tissue pom poms (love those things!) made yet another appearance dangling from the chandelier above the table, but this time I added some homemade paper chains that I made using pink/white striped scrapbook paper. I borrowed the idea of combining these 2 elements from a great blog that I started following but my presentation wasn't quite as grand as the one that I was attempting to duplicate. The chandelier above our table just wasn't big enough to support a huge display so I had to scale it down a bit and work with what I had. I was pleased with the end result but was still yearning for more space to create something larger. Oh well - sometimes you just have to settle and move on!
|This image from www.snowybliss.blogspot.com was the inspiration for my tissue pom/paper chain combo above the dining room table.|
|My version was MUCH smaller and not quite as interesting but it's all I could do with the space that I had to work with.|
|Ribbon in various width and patterns added interest to the solid colored table cover and runner.|
|The table and chandelier decor featured multiple shades of pink in several patterns keeping the monochromatic scheme from being too boring.|
|Butterfly nets from the Dollar Spot at Target were used to play a game and also sent home with guests as a party favor. I used pink ribbon to tie "Thank You" tags onto each net.|
|The Birthday Girl trying to catch tissue paper butterflies with her net.|