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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The cat's meow: Sammy's first birthday party

I was having the most difficult time coming up with a theme for Sammy's first birthday party until I had what I like to refer to as my Carol Burnett/Gone with the Wind moment; a few months ago I was doing some cleaning and came across a vintage curtain panel that had hung in my old apartment.  I knew I had found my theme as soon as I saw it:

Sammy's favorite animal?  Check.  My favorite colors?  Check.  Cute factor?  Check.  I then did what any other [in]sane person would do and set about scanning the curtain and working on designing the invites and other accessories, like stickers that could be used as cupcake toppers and on the lollipop favors and party hats (the frames were free downloads courtesy of Maybe Mej--she has some lovely digital downloads on her blog, so be sure to swing by and check out her work) .

Another view of the treat table

I used the stickers to jazz up some plain yellow party hats that I had picked up at a local party supply shop; add some curly ribbon and you've got yourself some delightful personalized hats.

Lollipop party favors

After the success of the lollipop favors that I made for my friend's baby shower this spring, I knew I wanted to make them for Sammy's birthday party.  I really like how they turned out this time around--plus it doesn't hurt that I was able to find the lollipops in my signature color.

Detail of the lollipops


The cupcake toppers were next: I used a 2" scalloped punch for the backing paper and then affixed a sticker to each one, using double-sided tape to adhere everything to a craft stick. 

Cupcake in detail

My mom and I made all of the cupcakes the day before the party; they were a yummy vanilla with a vanilla buttercream frosting.  It was my first time ever making cupcakes and frosting from scratch and I think they turned out pretty well.

Kitty cat sugar cookes

To keep with the cat theme, I made citrus sugar cookies shaped like kitties and decorated them with yellow and blue sugar sprinkles.  They were as tasty as they were charming.

Kitty cat smash cake

And last but not least, the smash cake. I used leftover batter from the cupcakes to make a Sammy-sized 6" cake that my mom then decorated to look like the cat on the invitation--she did an awesome job!   To save you all from photo overload, I'll be sharing the last batch of party photos tomorrow, so be sure to come back for candids from the party, including Sammy's cake smash and other random cuteness.


Anonymous said...

How fun!! So neat. Love the decorations. Very cool.

Ashley Sisk said...

That curtain is an awesome inspiration piece - I had no idea you were so fabulous. I like it!

Lou said...

Happy birthday sammy! how fun, i love how creative you are. so will you do my next party? lol

Courtney said...

Wow! Way to go, Mom! These are fabulous!

Katie said...

So adorable!! I love the curtain and you did a great job turning that into a birthday party!!

leann said...

i am super impressed by your party planning skillz! sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely places and yields the best results. good job!!

Sarbear said...

You did such a nice job. Everything is so cute and I love the vintage feel of some of those feline illustrations.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

How awesomely creative! I love that!!!! I think my fav is the cupcake shot.

Tonya said...

Gosh, everything is so cute! I love how you created everything from a pattern on a curtain! The cupcakes looks absolutely delish. So my daughter's having a beach themed party on Friday - you're hired :)

Tara said...

Wow, you rock. That is amazing, great job!! LOVE it!!

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Birthday Sammy! You rock, L! They are simply fantabulous!! WOW!!!!

Have a nice day, sweetie!

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