Recently I had the privilege of decorating the party space for a very special birthday girl. I’ve known Imogen for approximately 9 years & 11 months, so helping her celebrate double figures was a lot of fun!
Having a birthday in the Summer holidays provides a plethora of options for a party but despite the (occasional) warmth & sunshine you’d expect for August, Imogen would much rather be cool (believe me, I’ve seen her reaction to the 30 degree heat of an Australian summertime), so she chose to celebrate indoors by having brunch at home with a small group of friends and then heading off to the ice rink.
Imogen’s favourite colour is aquamarine, so I knew I wanted to incorporate this shade into the decorative theme. Adding a dash of bright pink along with a slightly lighter blue to soften the more vibrant block colours worked perfectly with the wonderful light that flooded into the beautiful family kitchen first thing in the morning.
The lovely round table was set with a simple runner, bright napkins and mini doilies, while a three-tiered pearlescent balloon display was placed centrally to provide a sense of occasion. Matching balloons were also attached to the seats so that there was one for each guest. Imogen decided that she and her guests would write messages to attach to the balloons which they all released into the skies at the end of the party with high hopes of receiving replies from recipients in Portrush… or “possibly China!”
There was room left on the table for the delicious, crispy bacon and incredible Pancake stack birthday cake complete with sprinkles and edible glitter, made by Imogen’s clever mum. If you can’t have glittery pancakes for breakfast on your birthday, when can you?!
Each guest received a personalised party bag containing a number of items in-keeping with the colour-scheme, including a pair of glitzy sparkle socks to wear to the ice skating session.
Imogen’s birthday board was made up of 10 photos, one from each year of her life, displayed with string and mini pegs. The papier-mâché number ’10’ was decorated with small fabric flowers whilst the rest of the board was scattered with paper lanterns, fans and honeycomb ball decorations to give some Summer party vibes. The board provided an interactive backdrop to the display of tasty, homemade fruit smoothies housed in glass bottles with coloured straws. I also filled an aqua-coloured platter with a selection of pick & mix goodies and provided cute paper bags for each guest to take a sweetie stash for a much-needed sugar rush at the ice rink!
This intimate party was full of fun and laughter and it was a pleasure to dress the space in a simple yet colourful way to reflect the transition of this little girl to a young lady.