Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Goodbye September & a Garland Giveaway!

I can't even express how much i loved september. i love love LOVED it. in every possible way. It was pretty awesome. I had promised myself that I would make it a happy birthday month. I wasn't sure how at first since i know its super silly to celebrate your birthday all month. but i do ;)

 and this year i wanted to share that happiness. I kept thinking about how close my sisters birthdays were to mine. (we are all a year apart in age, that's us in the photo above :), I'm on the bottom left heheee)  We grew up celebrating our birthdays together. it was fun :) We all had a strawberry shortcake party back in the day. pretty awesome xo. What's even better is that we are pretty good friends too ;) So there the idea grew into a Sisters & Friends birthday party to celebrate being together. 

And this is us being super silly blowing out our 1 candle hahaa! ( i forgot to buy more candles :P *blushes*) I made the cake so stinkin tall, it didn't fit on the cute tea plates lol!!! 

We had to serve them on dinner plates :) i like that problem. i like it a lot. XO

I had this pretty felt floral I had made for a shadow box a few years ago. I totally think it looked cute as a cake topper. And purple is really growing on me again for some reason. Especially purple florals. And purple sprinkles. xoxo 
smiles * :)

girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl you know that cake is workin' that floral. 
I made the cake an ombre purple color. You know, while ombre cake is "still in". Although i think all birthday cakes should be super colorful. And it tasted pretty darn good. Vanilla cake + raspberry filling + cool whip frosting + a dash of purple ombre chocolate sprinkles. I think this cake was as least 11 inches high. Its ridiculous. crazy. good. i might have gone overboard with the layer thickness. but i have no regrets ;)  

I also made a pretty fabric garland. i'd say me & the new sewing machine are fast friends. i was worried there for a second. but my heaven's i've never seen such beautiful stitching! I am giving total credit to the machine of course heehee.  

I went a little crazy making garlands.
is it possible to have too many garlands?!?

i made more fabric garlands + my very first doily garland! i know. i know what you're thinking. how did you muster the courage to actually cut a doily?!!!! i totally almost cried. but then i realized i really wanted a doily garland more than not have one so i picked out some of my favorites from a HUGE pile i've thrifted. and now i have this beauty.

Here are the left over bits of doilies. They look so dreamy right? My succulent is daydreaming of doily clouds lol!

When the time came to decorate the cups for our party, i decided to make them into mason jar cup holders. doilies are forever my friends. xo let not one piece go to waste. I've tried making a doily before and i can now certainly appreciate the time & talent that was put into its creation. i obviously failed at mine. so now i thrift them. love them. forever xo

i hope its safe to say that grannies everywhere would approve of doily garlands. because i sure love them. its SO much better than keeping them stuffed away in a box. I think i might leave it up for the rest of the year :)

I also created this little display for the coffee table. Its a butterfly I bought in Vietnam. I removed it from the frame it came in since it was falling apart. So this might be its last photo ever. but i loved it. Little r and i gathered the mini pine cones, feathers & stick from our many walks. i wanted to keep an earth tone to our little party so it seemed appropriate :)

I couldn't keep my love for succulents out of this party either. i mean look at that cutie. xo
the succulent not the chocolate ;)

okay so when i was planning the party i started with a really pretty color palette of purples + greens + browns... i added in the dark blue instead of the greens because of the pretty blue china i have collected over the years. i just figured it would be really nice to finally use it :) I then added the greens as my accent color in the form of succulents. I was pretty darn happy to show those off too hahaa!  That blue vase was a Anthro clearance section find! yay! it was less than $5 bucks and its the prettiest color. do you ever think sometimes you were meant to find something?! i totally think this beauty was meant for our lovely table. i jazzed it up with succulents i already had & its been on our table since. xoxo

pretty pretty greens. sigh*
i'm very happy to say that the table cover was thrifted for $1 & the table runner was .50 cents. I'm just sorry i didn't iron it before setting the table. wait. no i'm not. i hate ironing. hence the reason theres a wrinkly table cloth on my table. lol! but now that i see the pictures, yep. i'd iron the darn thing. oh dear. 

this party was kind of like my gift to my sisters. I thought about them throughout the process of creating & putting these details together. I truly feel like i put forth my best & my heart into every detail. We had our friends & mom over & got to share this day with them. It was so very good for all of us. We had such a fun time crafting, painting our nails, scrapbooking, eating & laughing. I love them so very much. I'm still counting my blessings xo. This was the best present ever. Sitting around my sisters & friends and getting to enjoy it all. My cup runneth over xo

***** remember i mentioned a birthday giveaway? *****
well, I'm giving away:
- A Fabric Garland ( pictured above)
- Vintage Sheet Music Paper Garland ( also pictured above :)
- and a little surprise "fall gift" ( it's going to be cute xo )

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. that's it. tell me something about yourself. anything, what do you like celebrating? what's your favorite starbucks drink? do you think there is such a thing as too many garlands ;) or even leave a simple hello. i will pick a winner this coming monday! 

I hope you are having a great start to this new fall season!
-Happy celebrating lovelies,


todido said...

your pics are awesome! my daughter had a birthday party too last Saturday ;) have a wonderful day!

Daniela Dobson said...

I was thinking the other day how I wanted to have a get together at my house with my girlfriends. Nothing over the top. Simple. When I saw that first photo I was like: "this is it!!!!" Awesome that it comes with a giveaway!!! Snuggling on the couch with my sick boy who is sleeping at the moment so I have a minute to browse. Have a great day.

Bonita Rose said...

what a most precious post.... u are so good at photo shoots and photo styling.. you have a gift debee! I love it all and would feel so blessed to hang up some of your garlands in our beach home, crossing my fingers! xo love to you bonitarose
I love it all!

Unknown said...

Hi Debee! Just started reading your blog & following you on IG -- love what you do! Inspiration breeds inspiration, so I've really been encouraged as I've been in a "creative rut" here for a little while. My favorite season is fall, so I've put together a fall soirée with my girlfriends, and we'll be celebrating friendship, digging into each others lives & eating good food & sipping good wine. Thank you!

Jessica Aceves said...

Such a beautiful celebration! September birthdays are the best :) I'm working on my first fabric garland. Hope it turns out as gorgeous as yours always do! Can't wait to see you at queen bee market! Xoxo

Jessica Aceves said...

Such a beautiful celebration! September birthdays are the best :) I'm making my first fabric garland. I hope to turns out as gorgeous as yours always do! Can't wait to see you at the queen bee market! Xoxo

Drina said...

I'm sorry I had to miss the party. Everything looked beautiful!! I love your ideas. I didn't know that I needed a doily garland, but now I must have one

Anonymous said...

Your party looks beautiful! So happy you and your sisters can spend time together making sweet memories...
I always wanted a sister ;)
Fall is my favorite season, can't wait to get out the pumpkins and mums and enjoy the piles of leaves before the snow falls!
Amy G.

Jen A. d said...

You are just so uber cute, and I can feel your energy through your writing! Glad you enjoyed a month long celebration in September, and I hope you continue to celebrate the fall season with a Pumpkin spice latte! Mmmm. All the best to you!

Emily said...

Oh what a gorgeous gorgeous party! i am having my 32nd bday 10/19 and think these decorations would look fabulous! thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy said...

I love "banners"...I believe I will have to make a doily garland in the near future.

blogauthor said...

Purple inspiration, just in time to plan for my little girl's 6th birthday party! I love your work; always so much beauty.

GiGi said...

You. Are. Awesome. Seriously. Just awesome. Love everything that you created. You have such a gift for lovely details. Looks like your day was magical!!! I'm about to start making some happy fall garlands to celebrate the cool weather that's on its way......have to find something to celebrate to make a garland for, right?? :)Thank you for sharing your inspiration and creativity. And for the sweet giveaway!!! You're AmaZiNg!!!

Anonymous said...

Love that doily garland. Have wanted to make one for so long and now you have inspired me to do it!! Beautiful party colors!!!!

Jossie Posie said...

Hi! Your post brought tears to my eys! lol I know I'm such a cry baby. My sisters too mean the worl to me. Their is 8 of us and I am the youngest. Our mother passed when I was 5 and my father passed when I was 12. My sister and I basically took care of eachother. Your party was a perfect celebration of the love that only sisters share! It's our secret society! Happy Belated bday!

Love, Carrie said...

Such lovely inspiration!

Stephanie Eaken said...

Wow Debbie! You know how to celebrate! Hope you & your sisters enjoyed it. I love that you all are so close! My sister is 5 yrs older than me, but still my best friend!!
LOVE all the garlands!

Haberdawoman said...

No one does party decorating the way you do! You blow my mind every single time with the gorgeousness (Not a real word) that you create! I love decorate our home during Halloween as well as Christmas since both are daughters were born on those months, so for an entire month on their birthday the entire house looks beautiful :) Good luck to all!

Denise said...

So beautiful. Happy Birthday to you all!

Joan said...

I loved all of your party decorations!! So pretty!
I have two sisters also and we all live on the same road, just houses away from each other.

Anonymous said...

I love that you were brave and cut your doilies! It's darling - I may find the courage to make one myself... Happy Belated Birthday!

Therese T.