At Eloise’s birthday party, the theme was ‘Vintage Milk and Cookies‘
. Mom Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots
chose this theme because she liked the idea of the goody bag for the close to 50 guests at then end of the party being a whole spread of cookies that each guest could choose and bag up themselves. After coming up with the ‘Vintage Milk and Cookies’ theme, Maggie chose the party colors. “I just knew I could not have this party without that vintage aqua and red (and pink) color combination I love so much.”
It started with the invitation to the party, where she had them done on Vistaprints. “I love the heavy cardstock feel of them. I go back and forth between real invitations and using a site like evite.com when I throw a party but in the end I love the idea of getting to put a real invitation in Eloise’s memory box as a keepsake.”
Maggie always loved the aquas and reds in Bliss by Bonnie and Camille and knew the line would be just perfect for Ellie’s party theme. “Of course,
this fabric was great inspiration to make a special outfit for the birthday girl too! I used Rae’s Baby Sunsuit tutorial to make Eloise’s sweet little bubble romper and I also used Rae’s Peekaboo Bonnet pattern as well. I thought it was just fitting for the party.”
She incorporated more Bliss
in the decor in the form of pennants that she used to decorate all around the inside of the porch.
In keeping with the vintage theme, she used lots and lots of mason jars in the decor. She filled the big quart sized ones with all sorts of different blue and red candies and placed them near our food/buffet tables to add those pretty pops of color.
There ended up being three separate tables for the food and drinks. “I was a little taken aback by this but we really did need a whole table set aside just for the ‘cookie bar’! There were six varieties of cookies/bars to choose among for the goody bags, Chocolate chip, Snickerdoodle, M&M, Oreos, Sugar cookies, and Rice Krispie bars. Maggie even placed the M&M cookies in a giant mason jar, which was her favorite way to display cookies! Each cookie had a tag or tent card with their name and the cookie jars were all decorated with coordinating ribbon.
Maggie added fun blue and red jimmies to the tops of the Rice Krispie Bars and the sugar cookies and used only red and blue M&Ms in the M&M cookies. ”I love trying to coordinate the food into the color theme as well!”
Eloise’s cake was decorated by one of Maggie’s dear friends Wiwik! “She is the most amazing cake decorator and floral designer you’ll meet. When she offered to decorate Ellie’s cake I just could not turn her down. I think it turned out perfect…so, so beautiful!”
There were three varieties of milk at the drink table…chocolate, strawberry and 2%. ”I placed an old vintage tray on the table with small 1/2 pint mason jars for the little ones to pour their milk in. I bought the sweet red and blue striped straws at Shop Sweet Lulu
too, I thought they were the perfect touch!” Other beverages offered were cucumber water and strawberry lemonade as well as a variety of beers and Mike’s hard lemonades for the adults.
”I offered blueberries and strawberries, going with my blue and red theme again, in the cutest little cups.”
For more kid snacks, Maggie put together little pink and blue cups with Eloise’s favorite, plain Cheerios, and an all-time kid favorite, Goldfish…the kids loved these cups they could grab and then run outside to the bouncer. “Since the majority of our friends who came have children and we knew all the kids would be hitting up the bouncer we tried to make our food grab ‘n go friendly! This way the kids and adults could just grab what they needed and run outside, you didn’t really need a plate and a place to sit…although we had both readily available.”
Maggie made a few trays of cupcakes in a cone to pass out to our guests. “These were great as there was no cupcake wrapper to peel and all the stickiness and crumbs that go with it. I used my favorite marshmallow-y frosting, love this stuff! It truly does look like it’s real soft serve ice cream on top!”
Happy birthday Eloise! Thanks for sharing your milk and cookies with us Maggie!