Real Parties: Hello Kitty Lemonade

Happy Friday all! It’s been a nonstop few weeks for me but I’ve finally had a bit of down time, and the opportunity to edit photos from my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My sweet girl has had her heart set on a Hello Kitty party for the last 5-6 months, but to make it a little more summery we tied in the Lemonade theme for an sweet sunshiny twist.

Our party location this year was completely different from any of the parties I’ve done for her in the past, at a local water park, which the kids absolutely loved. It was quite an experience to get everything transferred and setup under such a short time-frame but it all came together beautifully and just in time!

I began with the invitations.

Hello Kitty Lemonade Invitation | Posh Little Designs

Then 1 month before the party, started gathering all of my supplies for the celebration. I’ve got a good amount of odds and ends on hand from previous parties that I’ve done, so it was nice to be able to  re-use! Such a great way to save money!

For most of my character parties, I choose to keep the details a bit more subtle. I usually start with a white backdrop because I love having a blank canvas to work with. I tie in my colors from there. We went with a pink and yellow scheme, with Hello Kitty hand printed designs throughout. I put an emphasis on hello kitty’s silhouette and bow and centered the prints around those 2 components. Everything from the invitations, to the bunting for the dessert table, lemonade stand and cupcake toppers and labels were all created and printed in photoshop using these details.

I’m kind of obsessed with oversized balloons these days as I love the look and feel they add to a parties, so I made sure to incorporate those in pink, yellow and white, along with a few Hello Kitty character balloons. We had plenty of mismatched mason jars that I filled with loose stem blooms in shades of yellow and white for a bit of a shabby feel. Many of the flowers I was able to use from my Mother-in-laws garden. Another great money saver!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The kids had their own table in the center of the room with color coordinating placemats and a favor bag filled with themed goodies.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We chose to keep the menu as simple as possible but still a bit gourmet. We had a build your own sandwich station with plenty of options to choose from and my mom made her homemade fried chicken. We served it all alongside fresh fruit, side salads, and fresh chips and crackers with dips and antipasto.

We had a designated location for homemade lemonade which I made by hand squeezing what I think ended up being nearly 40 lemons with homemade simply syrup and purified water. We had mix-ins for the kids – fresh fruit puree’s and for the adults–homemade lavender syrup, rosemary and mint, in addition to other assorted beverages.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

For dessert:

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We served homemade lemon sugar cookies with royal icing, shaped like lemons, hello kitty’s face and hello kitty’s bow. I’ll have the lemon cookie cutters available for purchase in the etsy shop within the next week!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cookies were decorated with the assistance of my two lovely sisters! I also made homemade lemon bars using the recipe I found on Bakers Royale which turned out amazing! I highly recommend the recipe. I chose to make the crust dairy free and they were still so great…definitely worth trying!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Cupcakes were homemade with a strawberry lemonade buttercream frosting. Each cupcake was lined with a Paper Eskimo baking cup and then garnished with a pink paper straw and a quartered strawberry for a finishing touch! They turned out so pretty!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the desserts, we had fresh lemon jelly wedges, yellow and pink sixlets and lemon drops displayed for our guests to enjoy. The candy was displayed in vintage milk glass dishes, miniature wood crates from Michael’s and mason jars.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cute little miniature lemonade stand decoration seen on the dessert table was hand-made by yours truly. I’ll have DIY instructions up soon!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

I also  made a special bunting specifically for the birthday girl’s cupcake!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Here she is blowing out her candle! Happy birthday to our sweetheart!!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

and here’s baby sis enjoying her cupcake! I made a few dairy free for me, her and a few other guests to enjoy!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We finished the party with pin the bow on hello kitty and gift opening. All of the kids seemed to have a great time and after the party was over, my daughter came to me and my hubby and told us that it was the best day she’s ever had!

Ahh, I so love these moments, and the fact that she’ll have the memories to look back on for a lifetime. It is truly a blessing to have such special daughters. They are my main source of inspiration and the reason I do all that I do. Seeing them happy is what life is all about.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Thank you all for reading! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific Hello Kitty Lemonade invitation and party design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

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Make: Superbowl XLVIII Sangria

Before I get to today’s post, how many of you tuned in to the NFC championship game? Well, being that I’m a native Washington girl, of course I was reppin’ my team, with a 12th Man Mojito in hand. They ended up being quite the lucky cocktail for the afternoon, considering that the Hawks pulled off a win with just a few seconds left in the 4th quarter. Whether you’re a fan of the hawks or not, and whether you agree or not, they are deserving of their spot in the Superbowl! Statistically, they’re one of the best teams of 2013 and I’m thrilled that they made it! I’m also thrilled that they’re going up against the Broncos, because I like them as well! Not quite as much as the Seahawks, but honestly I couldn’t see it any other way! The Broncos have an incredible offense and that paired with the top defense in the league means we’re in for a fantastic game!

I’ll be hosting a very quaint Superbowl party at my home this Sunday and one of the drinks on the menu is a light and refreshing sangria which I’ve appropriately titled Superbowl XLVIII Sangria. I’m a big fan of the recipe because it’s simple and I can make it ahead of time, with easy refill options as the day goes on. This Sangria is also wonderful because it’s very versatile. Of course, I’m a Seahawks fan so the version I’m sharing with you today includes fruit in a blue and green color scheme, topped off with Wild Lime Soda DRY Soda….you know, the less sweet all natural soda that just happens to be my favorite, and is also local to Seattle. What a fitting way to represent our team this Sunday!

Superbowl score!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - PLD

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria

Superbowl XLVIII Sangrai - By PLD - Go Hawks!

This recipe is ideal for those non beer drinking Seahawks fans like myself. Light and refreshing with subtle sweet and tartness. The addition of blueberries and fresh honeydew melon matches the color scheme of our team, and the football cutout shapes add a touch of whimsy making this beverage a fabulous option for your Superbowl Party! The local soda from DRY adds a tasty finishing touch! 

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - By PLD

Feel free to switch out the fruit to match the team you’re cheering for. For example cheering for the Broncos? Use Oranges and Blueberries.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice.

4 key limes. Slice two into rounds, and 2 into quarters for the drink’s garnish.

1/4 of a honeydew melon cut into 1” rounds and then cut into football shapes using a mini football cookie cutter (optional)

1 cup fresh blueberries washed.

1 bottle of your favorite Riesling or Chardonnay. Use Riesling if you like your beverages a little sweet.

1/2 cup Cointreau.

2 bottles Wild Lime DRY Soda chilled.

Ice.

INSTRUCTIONS

Place lemon juice, and sliced limes in the bottom of a large pitcher and stir together, muddling the limes a bit to release their juices.

Add in remaining fruit and stir.

Pour in the full bottle of wine, and Cointreau. Stir and place in the fridge for about 2 hours.

Add chilled soda right before serving!

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - PLD

Serve over ice and enjoy

While searching for a glass to serve this beverage in, I came across some Heritage Collection Ball Mason Jars which just happened to be in blue!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - By PLD - Go Hawks!

 

Vintage Blue Mason Jars

What a great way to tie in the Hawks color scheme. I chose to use mason jars instead of wine glasses because I felt like they fit better with the Superbowl theme, but feel free to serve this cocktail in any glass that you’d like!

You can garnish with green paper straws, quartered limes and fresh blueberries. The straws can be found in my Etsy shop. The Seahawks logo was attached using stickers that I found online.

Vintage Blue Mason Jars - PLD

Superbowl XLVII Sangria - By PLD

Do you have plans for the Superbowl? A few months back I predicted that both the Hawks and the Broncos would go all the way and since I’m a fan of both teams, I’m excited to see how it all plays out! Of course, I’ll be cheering for my Hawks and I’m hoping this cocktail is just as lucky as my last one! Today while at the grocery store to get items for Sunday, I attempted to pickup some bags of skittles in honor of Marshawn Lynch and they were completely sold out of the original flavor. I guess that just shows you how serious the 12th man fans are!

Superbowl XLVIII Sangria - By PLD - Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!

More to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for the Superbowl XLVIII Sangria was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2011-2014

Real Parties: Vintage Glam Baby Shower – Yellow & Gray

Our newest addition to the family will arrive sometime at the end of this month, or beginning of next. We celebrated the anticipation of her arrival a few weeks back at my vintage-glam themed baby shower brunch, which couldn’t have turned out better! I have my mom, sister and a few good friends to thank for their assistance in pulling together all the little details leading up to the event, the day was simply perfect.

 In one of my previous posts Sunshine Yellow and Gray, I mentioned that I would be using that color scheme, along with some vintage and glam details, to pull together my concept for the celebration. Here’s a look back at my special day and all the details that made it so posh.

Brunch has forever been one of my all time favorite meals, so of course I had to incorporate that into the day when planning the menu. I am a big fan of little bites and appetizer portions so that’s how everything was prepared, in mini sizes. The delicious homemade menu consisted of the following; french toast rounds with maple syrup, a yogurt parfait station complete with fresh fruit, golden raisins, coconut, granola, white chocolate chips and pecans. We also served turkey sausage links, turkey bacon skewers, fresh fruit skewers made up of cantoulope, mango and pineapple and accompanied by a heavenly orange dream dip made by my Mother In-law. Lastly we ate mini frittatas, assorted cheese, fresh bagels and light cream cheese, donut holes and roasted potato cups.

To go along with the menu we served virgin mimosas using fresh mango orange juice and san pellegrino. We also prepared homemade virgin caesars, and a homemade cucumber lemonade. So fresh and perfect for a spring time soiree.

The sweet menu consisted of small bites as well, all of which were homemade and tied in perfectly with the color scheme. The dessert table included homemade lemon poppyseed muffin pops, skinny mango cheesecake bites, onesie lemon sugar cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, gray and white M&Ms, mango pineapple and lemon gummy bears, yogurt dipped raisins and almonds, and banana and vanilla saltwater tafffy. Each guest was given a favor bag to fill up with sweets of their choice as a little token of our appreciation.

The onesie sugar cookies were the perfect touch. I incorporated fresh lemon juice into the glaze so you could taste citrus in every bite. They were also hand designed by myself with the assistance of my sister and good friend using sugar pearls in our yellow and gray color scheme.

I found the recipe for the lemon poppyseed muffins in a cookbook and just cooked them in mini muffin pans. I inserted sticks into them the same way you would if making cake pops.

The recipe for the mini cinnamon rolls came from this fabulous blog: Iowa Girl Eats. I chose to use organic crescent dough from Trader Joes, just a personal preference. They were a big hit!

The decor and dishes used in the display tables and throughout the shower were a combination of vintage and modern. I added sparkle by adorning some decorative pieces with crystals, which I found antiquing. I borrowed the rest of the pieces from family and friends. The fabric for the tables was purchased from a local fabric store, and I found the birdcages at Michaels. Printed paper treat bags were purchased online and I found the damask plates and napkins at a local party store.

For the flower arrangements, I used milk glass, vintage decanters, vintage wine glasses, mason jars and teacups. The doily banners was hand designed by simply threading twine through doilies, and the adorable baby clothesline was hand designed by my sister using twine and the same glitter clothespins from my previous post Glamorous Glitter Clothespins.

To create the centerpiece on the left I used inexpensive flowers; carnations snap dragons daisies and spider mums and put them in a vintage decanter and mason jar. I used a vintage gold mirror, twine and a white porcelain bird to finish off the look. I used the same flowers for the centerpiece on the right and placed them in an old china teapot. I hung some crystals from the spout for the touch of glam. These same details were displayed all throughout the shower.

Here’s another look at some of the florals and table decor.

And here are some additional views of the decor from the celebration. The letter ‘M’ is the initial of our baby girl’s first name. My husband distressed it and painted it for me and we hung from the front door for a personal touch. All of the decorative pieces here will be incorporated into the nursery, which I will be revealing over the next few weeks once it’s finally finished!

To tie in our colors I custom designed all prints including invites and labels in a yellow damask with gray accents.

The fun games from the shower consisted of Guess Mommy’s Tummy size, Attributes, Never say baby Clothespins, Guess how many diapers, and Finish the Nursery Rhymes. We used the glitter clothespins I blogged about a few weeks back for “Never say baby.” Prize bags were hand designed. Check back next week for my easy and inexpensive DIY tutorial on these.

Here are some more snapshots from the celebration.

and more with my favorite people…

Thank you to all of you who helped make our baby shower celebration extra special and nothing short of posh.

xoxo~

Sunshine Yellow & Gray ~ Baby Shower Inspiration

The due date of my 2nd daughter is fast approaching and I have many projects to accomplish before her May 2nd arrival. A few of my largest tasks consist of designing her nursery and creating items for my upcoming baby shower. Although I am not planning the baby shower in it’s entirety on my own, I tend to be a bit of a control freak so I have more of a hand in the planning process than I probably should. Call me crazy but preggers or not, I absolutely love being involved. I always find an excuse to throw a party so there was no way that I’d be staying out of this one. I must however mention how fortunate I am to have a few special people in my life who will be helping plan and are also willing to put up with me and my obsessive demands for perfection.

The color scheme we decided on for the baby’s nursery is yellow and gray. I drew my inspiration for these colors from the Season of Spring that my daughter will be born in. There is something so bright, cheery and joyous about yellow that warms me like a sunny afternoon. The gray adds in a modern twist, and together they offer the touch of posh that I live for.

I fell in love with the combination of yellow and gray so much so, that I’ve decided to use that color scheme for my baby shower as well. I will be pairing these hues with some of my favorite textiles, decor and delicious treats, which together will embody my vision for a Vintage-Chic celebration with modern and posh touches. I currently live for gated trellis prints & ornate chalkboards. Lanterns, paper straws, mason jars & milk glass will add in the vintage touch I am looking for and the french macarons, and other sweet treats are favorites of mine that would look beautiful on any dessert table.

I couldn’t be more excited about these colors and just love how versatile they are together. Yellow and gray can be both masculine and feminine and would look stunning in a wedding, home interiors, fashions or as the backdrop for any cheerful celebration.

Sources: 1. Paper Straws 2. Rock Candy 3. French Macarons. 4. Mason Jar Lemonade. 5. Milk Glass. 6. Baby Shower Invitations. 7. Trellis print pattern. 8. Moroccan Lantern. 9. Ornate Chalkboard. 10. Sweet Treats.