Tuesday, January 11, 2011

{Stylish Guest Party Feature} A "Sillybration" Green & Orange Boy's Second Birthday

This party by the incredibly talented Christi of P is for Party, is sure to provide you with GREAT inspiration!

It brings me great joy to have the honor of sharing it with you. Christi is a genuine, thoughtful woman with a great eye for detail and a tremendous talent for planning parties. She never ceases to amaze me, and as you will see from her latest party, her son Conrad's "Sillybration", she does not disappoint!

Christi narrates in her own words {sharing INCREDIBLE RESOURCES--you may want to take notes!}: "Our son Conrad is sweet and tender-hearted and often shy, but one thing he is often is silly. He's always doing cute things to make our family laugh. So, when I was searching for the perfect theme for his second birthday, I knew I wanted to base the party around the word 'silly'.

With the help of my talented stationery designer and friend, Hayley Hardcastle, we came up with the theme and play on words of Conrad's Second Birthday Sillybration!

After the theme was settled on, I took it and ran. I based Conrad's party around the cheerful colors of orange and green.

 The party guests were mainly two-years-old, so I wanted the invitations and party decor to be kid friendly and fun. I came to Hayley with the idea of wanting to send the invitations in a mailing tube with the invitation tucked inside along with a party blower and confetti. Hayley always dreams up the most fantastic designs and created a stunning presentation!

Next, I visited my favorite Houston fabric source, High Fashions. I came across the most gorgeous orange upholstery fabric which ultimately became the basis of the party decor. I bought several yards of fabric and delivered them to my seamstress, also known as my Mom! I could not have designed the party without her help!

She made two gorgeous table runners for the kids tables as well as two large pillows to flank the outdoor fireplace.  Hayley used the pattern of the fabric to design the invitations as well as all of the other paper goods.

The kids table was the main focus of the party space. I pushed two children's tables together to create one long table for 20 cute toddlers. The runners that my Mom made were placed down the middle.

Creating kid friendly centerpieces can be a challenge. They need to be age appropriate and kid friendly (or at least somewhat kid friendly!)  I purchased a handful of white ceramic pots from Ikea. I LOVE boxwoods, so I knew I wanted to incorporate them into Conrad's party! Four of the white pots were topped with a 7" boxwood ball from Save-on-Crafts.

The remaining four vases were filled with white crinkle paper and a centerpiece stick designed by Kelly Lyden of The Party Dress and WH Hostess. Her centerpiece sticks added a festive touch to the table and coordinated beautifully with Hayley's designs.

I contacted the hilariously funny Genevieve of Celebrate Today and Posh Party Pretties to custom make party hats for each child's placesetting. They were precious and I was so impressed with her craftsmanship! She made the birthday's boy a tad different than the other hats which I loved.

When you have a toddler party, you have lots of adults in attendance as well. I decorated 6, 60" round tables with flower arrangements from Whole Foods and a custom placemat from Hayley Hardcastle.

The parents and kids were treated to a gourmet grilled cheese station, peanut butter and banana sandwiches as well as chips and fruit. It was chilly that day, so hot chocolate was also served.

I found the cutest straws to coordinate with the party! I knew I wanted to use the fun paper straws I have seen on so many sites, but I wanted to try and find a set that was unknown to many. I was thrilled when I stumbled across The Sugar Diva and found orange polka dot and light orange striped straws!

The fireplace was another focal point of the outdoor party space. As I mentioned before, my Mom made the two most gorgeous pillows out of the fabric I found that served as inspiration for the entire party! During an Etsy search for unique vendors to use at Conrad's party, I found the adorable shop called ElizabethGrace. I fell in love with her crepe paper designs! I asked her to make a banner that would drape above the fireplace. I loved how it turned out!

I also placed orange and green throws from Ikea in a white tin platter for guests to grab if they need some extra warmth.

On to the dessert table! I did not want to overwhelm the young kids with too many sweets, so I kept the treats to a minimum.

To decorate the table, I covered a 4'x6' board with fabric. Then, I placed two boxwood topiaries at each end of the table.

I ordered a two tier cake from an amazing Houston vendor, Cakes by Gina and placed it on top of a white pedestal stand from Fish Eddy.

Cupcakes were also present along with delicious cookies by friend and Houston baker, Nathalie Cook.

To try and entice the kiddos to eat something healthy, I put clementines and green apples (which just so happened to match the decor!) in pots from Ikea on the table.

One of the activities at the party was a "Let's Get Silly" station. I filled an orange plastic tub from Target with jumbo glasses, maracas, toy microphones and white boas for the girls...all in the party colors, of course!

Hayley designed a sign that said "Let's Get Silly" which I placed in a large frame from Ikea and set on an easel. Tom's Fun Band also played silly songs for the kids. They had a blast with this!

Sweet Pea Plus Three, a very creative Etsy vendor from Houston, handmade Conrad's party shirt as well as a coordinating shirt for big brother, Nicklaus. I was smitten with her design! I sent her some of the famous fabric and she went to work on a custom design for the boys shirts.

As a parting gift, the kids took home silly string that was custom wrapped in a label that said, "I Got Silly at Conrad's Party!".

I had seen a similar idea in a book by Tara Guerard and knew I had to do this at Conrad's party. This was probably not age appropriate, but I couldn't resist!

Thank you so much Christi, for sharing your incredible party, all the details and resources, and fabulous photos!!!! What a gorgeous family!

Christi shares that the party was photographed by a fabulous new photographer she was introduced to by a mutual friend. "Melanie Pereira was as sweet as can be and very talented! I look forward to working with her on future events!"


Kelly - WH Hostess said...

Gorgeous! We were so pleased to play a little part in this darling party!

Nicole @ Tradewind Tiaras said...

What a beautiful celebration! Love the color palette, and the pictures were gorgeous.

Genevieve Le Bel said...

O. My. GODDD!!! This is my first peek at Conrad's "finished" party and I'm just blown away. It's OUTSTANDING! Honored to have designed the party hats for the munchkins at this stellar event! C you are a total SUPERCHICK!!! =)

Natasha @ FĂȘte Fanatic said...

What a lucky little boy Conrad is! His party is amazing, with the cutest details! I love the clean modern pattern Christi chose, and how it's splashed all over the party! Kudos Christi, stunning job as usual! And the centerpieces.. Love it!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Absolute perfection! Christi is such a talent! WOW!

Jennifer Birkhead said...

Sophisticated AND silly! Love it!!

Kori Clark said...

This is so stunning and well thought out! Christi is really talented at paying attention to detail...and there are so many here! Just adorable!

Celebrating Moments by Marcie said...

Stunning!!!! So need to make this my life's work! feeling inspired <3

Riviera Wedding Planner said...

Love this party. And Conrad is the most preciuos baby. Your blog is amazing, I'm following you

Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts said...

WONDERFUL! I always enjoy seeing Christi's talent!

Sandi said...

This might be one of Christi's best parties yet...which is saying A LOT! Beautiful!

A To Zebra Celebrations said...

LOVE the colors and how unique/original this party is!! FABULOUS JOB, Christi! What a lucky little boy! :)

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

This was such a fantastic featured party, we've posted it on our Facebook page! Thank you for sharing such a chock-full-of-ideas post!

Andrea said...

Love this theme and color scheme! Beautiful job.

Midhat said...

Do you where can I get the baloons from? I like the transparent look