Strawberry Shortcake Party Essentials

Hello! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve been busy getting plans in order for my daughter’s 4th birthday which is coming up in just 6 days. I can hardly believe it! The summer has surely flown. My sister will also be flying in from LA this Saturday and staying for a full week which means life is gonna be hectic here at home. Whenever things get a little crazy and I don’t have much time for fresh blog concepts, I rely on Instagram to share with all of you what I’m up to. An easy way to still feel connected throughout the chaos.

Below is a look at a few of the decorative essentials I’ve compiled for the party and posted to Instagram a few days ago. As you know, our theme is Strawberry shortcake. We’ll be combining elements for a picnic/chic themed event, like the lace and twine accents, washi tape wrapped wood cutlery, my favorite baking cups, green striped paper straws (which can be found in my Etsy Shop), and some custom strawberry shortcake labels made by yours truly.

20130729-150831.jpgI’m so excited to see how it all comes together!

I’ll be sharing more party snippets from Instagram later this week. Plus I’ll have a sweet treat from this past weekend up on the blog soon.

I hope you check back in for the recipe and to see how everything relating to the party ends up!

In the meantime, let’s be friends on Instagram.

Have a lovely week.

xo

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Celebrate – Independence Day Soireé

Fourth of July is only 1 week away and we don’t have big plans, but I’m still looking forward to the holiday! We’ll most likely throw a quaint celebration at our home with a few family members and if the forecast holds true, we’ll have sunshine and warm weather to look forward to! This is a bit of a rarity where I’m from. Usually we say our summer starts the day after the fourth as each year we seem to have rainy days through the holiday and then it magically starts to transition to summer on the 5th of July. Classy Northwest…real classy! Anyway, I have my fingers crossed that we’ll actually get to enjoy some time outdoors this year and avoid the rain altogether. I’m expecting that we’ll forgo our tradition of watching the firework show at the bay, but we will get to revisit this next year once our youngest is a bit older.

What are your big plans for the holiday? If you’re still looking for patriotic party ideas for next week, I have some unique inspiration and suggestions that will make for a memorable and of course posh Independence Day celebration.

Independece Day Soireé

 Like what you see? Use the tips below to plan a Independence Day Soireé of your own!

Posh Little Tips

Send. Schedule the celebration for late afternoon, early evening to set your soirée’s tone. Opt for a clean and modern invitation like the one seen above from Etsy. If you don’t have time to send invites through the mail consider Evite. A great invite alternative where you can quickly create online and send out for free via email. All you have to do is sign up.

Decorate. Choose a subtle and sophisticated base color scheme of white and gold, with minimal blue and red accents to tie in the holiday. Tissue poms are affordable and offer the simplistic chic-ness to any celebration. Hang them in different heights above your dining space or dessert table. Use festive table confetti to spruce up your surfaces and add party flags as drink markers to cocktail glasses for a fun final touch. The ones above came from Minted.

Make. Set up an evening picnic theme with assorted appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Use trendy wood cutlery like the ones referenced above from the Sucre Shop to capture the vibe. To tie in more red and blue, you can intentionally create dishes that match the holiday color scheme. Last year for our Fourth of July dessert I made Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries. The perfect one-bite red white and blue treat, great for easy entertaining. These are a must try for your celebration! Get the recipe here.

Serve. Champagne/Sparkling wine for the Fourth seems fitting. If you’re able to find it in stores, the Limited Edition Chandon would be perfect! I fell in love with the bottle alone, and at a price of just $22.00 per bottle it’s still in the affordable range. Otherwise, check out your local grocery store for inexpensive options.

Give. Rock candy is a nostalgic treat that brings me back to my childhood, as does the Fourth of July holiday. Choose a color that matches the holiday, adhere a little party flag and give as parting gifts to all of your guests.

Save the firework show for the soireé’s grand finale.

Sources 1. Fourth of July Invite 2. Gold Chevron Wood Cutlery  3. Party Flags 4. Limited Edition Chandon 5. Rock Candy  6. Tissue Poms 7. Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries 8. Festive Confetti

I hope you’ve found some ideas you can work with for your upcoming Fourth celebration. I’d love to hear more about your plans so feel free to share!

Up next on the blog is a festive Fourth of July treat recipe. Be sure to check back in for that soon and thanks for reading!

xo

Real Parties – Spring in Paris 1st Birthday

This past weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter’s 1st birthday. Her actual born day falls on the 11th which is a special day to me not only because of her, but also because it happens to be my late Father’s birthday. I have to say, it was so nice to come together with close friends and family and celebrate. My baby girl had the most amazing day, full of smiles and lots of dairy free cake!!!

Birthday girl

 The inspiration for her party came from the city of love, and her Spring-time arrival. We paired them together to create a sweet Spring in Paris theme fit for our petit bebe. We actually haven’t had the opportunity to travel to France yet, but have always been mesmerized by Paris, and the french culture. The concepts that I thought up basically came from inspiration I found, but mostly from the advice of one of my closest friends who went to Paris a few years ago. I was fortunate to have her photos for reference! My father was a jazz musician so we had jazz playing in the background in his honor, which seemed quite fitting for the party’s theme anyway.

The birthday party took place at Cafe de Mimi (Mimi is our daughter’s nickname) last Saturday afternoon.

Party elements

spring in paris

Fresh rose and lilac centerpieces adorned each table. Speaking of the flowers…I got a steal of a deal on them. I picked up two bunches of roses from Costco for $30.00 total and the rest of the lilacs came from my Mother-in-law’s home. We were out at her place just a few days prior and the lilacs hadn’t bloomed yet, so the timing couldn’t have been better! The whole house smelled of Spring and fresh flowers. As usual, I enjoyed creating the centerpieces. To give them a Parisian market feel, I added chalkboard signs to each adding the names of the flowers in french. I used a variety of jars, pots and mugs to display the arrangements.

flower arrangements

 I also made a homemade lilac floral crown for my sweet baby girl to wear.

Floral crown

To give our home a French cafe vibe, I setup a small table in the center living area to resemble cafe seating. It was quite romantic when our guests would sit and dine here.

cafe table

Here’s a closer look at some of the decor from the celebration. I made all of the paper banners by using a striped and floral print paper form Michaels. Which we hung on the dessert table, backs of chairs and fireplace. Other decor details included hat boxes that I found at Ikea, wrapped in lace ribbon, and Eiffel tower figurals from Target.

Decor details

Baby M’s dress came from Baby Gap.

Beauty

Our guests dined on a delicious hand catered lunch and gourmet treats. My mom and I prepped all of the lunch items ourselves and aside from some of the macarons, I made all of the treats homemade. I even made a batch of dairy free macarons which I was quite pleased with. Everyone seemed to enjoy them despite the dairy free filling I used.

The Menu

I created the menu signs using trays from the dollar store and chalkboard paint. Check out the DIY post for more details.

Menu

Beverages 

Homemade Lavender Lemonade, Assorted French Sodas (blood orange and lemonade which I found at Cost Plus) French Market Berry Soda from Trader Joes, Perrier and bottled water. Raspberry, lemon lime wedges and rosemary garnishes.

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Appetizers

Baguette and Cheese (Gruyère, brie and Roquefort blue,) crudité and dip, pain perdu, fresh grapes and strawberries, nutella and strawberry crepes, artichoke crostini and homemade tapenade, blue cheese and citrus stuffed olives.

appetizers

Lunch

Nicoise salad,  Fresh baguette sandwiches with choice of ham, turkey or chicken. Stone ground mustard & pesto mayo. Fresh mozzarella, havarti, and brie, heirloom tomatoes, arugula (rocket) and assorted veggies. Homemade Pommes Frites which my hubby hand cut and cooked.

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Dessert Table

Homemade strawberry cupcakes with a vegan vanilla buttercream icing. Homemade lemon and lavender infused sugar cookies (dairy free) with a vegan lavender frosting. Store bought French Macarons, plus homemade french macarons with a dairy free strawberry swiss meringue buttercream and also a strawberry jam using this recipe. Assorted drageés (pastel jordan almonds and chocolate covered sunflower seeds.) Strawberry Eiffel Bon Bons (found at Cost Plus) and chewy multi-color nougat. Pistachio and pink grapefruit gelato accompanied the cupcakes for dessert.

La Patisserie

Dessert Table

La Patisserie

A closer look at some of the sweets and the cute ice-cream cups I found at Jo-Annes.

Posh party sweets

Homemade french macarons, ivory paper straws and rose napkins from Ikea. Please note: I’ll have the paper straws available for purchase in my Etsy shop soon.

Party sweets

We made an individual size cake for my daughter and I cannot believe how much she enjoyed it!

Baby M

I made the cake using a dairy free butter and the icing was a homemade vegan strawberry buttercream. I’m not the best at decorating cakes, but I wanted it to look a little rustic anyways. We were pleased with how out it turned out.

individual bday cake

She dove right in and then cried when I took it away. This was after it ended up in her hair and just about every other place imaginable! So cute to see!

Cake!!

One of my favorite moments from baby M’s celebration was the slide show of her 1st year that we shared with all of our guests. This included video snippets of all of her milestones which had me full of tears. I seriously cannot believe my baby girl is already one!!

1st bday

Thank’s to all of our wonderful guests, baby M got some adorable new things to play and learn with!!

Party goers

We thanked them all for celebrating with us be offering white chocolate Eiffel Towers that I created with one of my dear friends. We made them using an Eiffel Tower mold that now available in my Etsy shop. We filled the bottom of the favor bags with pastel pink sunflower seeds to resemble flowers at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower.

party favors

Each bag was tied with bakers twine and a tag that read, Merci.

party favors

All of the details you see here were hand created by yours truly with the wonderful assistance of my lovely mom and sister, plus a few of my girlfriends…thank you lovely ladies!! From the food, to chalkboard trays, and signs, to the invites, flower arrangements, labels, paper prints, to the mustache and lips props, banners and photography. Talk about exhausting! But totally worth it, because this is what I love to do!! I was also able to save quite a bit of money doing it all myself.  There’s nothing more personal than hand created details. I just think they make parties more memorable and extra posh!

Kid’s favor bags.

Party favors

and chalkboard signs & props.

Paper details

I know I don’t share pictures of myself often, but I vow to do more of that! Not in a vain kind of way or anything, I just think it’s important for my readers to get to know the girl behind Posh Little Designs. I’m still working on my hubby though! He’s usually hiding from the camera, or the one taking the shots the girls and I together. Eventually I’ll bribe him into being in a few!

Mommy and the birthday beauty!

Mommy & bday girl

Momma & Baby

Big sis.

Big sis

Sweet sisters.

Sisters

My oldest daughter and I testing out the mustache props.

Silly

Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how baby M’s 1st birthday celebration came together.

Baby M

One of the simple DIY’s (chalkboard clothespins) and the recipe for the Lavender lemonade we served at the party are coming up next on the blog, so be sure to check back in for those details and more!

Have a lovely Saturday!

xoxo

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