I really wanted to keep the party simple (KISS principle anyone?) after the craziness of her party last year. The temptation when you are
You can find these ball jars here. They used to sell them at Wal-Mart ($4.97 for twelve!!!) but had literally JUST discontinued them when I began planning this party. boooo!
The pumpkin wands I'd seen here. They were simple and fun to do. The boys immediately turned them into swords. And my sister-in-law thanked me for a house full of orange glitter. oops. I put them in mason jars I got at AC Moore.
This was a major centerpiece of the other party and I knew I wanted to incorporate it. I got the bale of hay from AC Moore also. The large glittery pumpkin I happened upon at HomeGoods and seriously didn't even realize it was the exact same one used at the other party. So lucky!
The paper printables were a centerpiece as well. I purchased them here. Notice how I added pink to the party? Adding a lot more glitter (a-la pumpkin wands and the cute pumpkins on the dessert table) and pink was a way to make it my own.
Dessert buffet. I used the balloons and banner as a backdrop. The sparkly pumpkins on either end were from Target. I used burlap as a table runner. (oh and ignore the tacky container. I removed it before the guests arrived).
I got the recipe for the pumpkin patch rice krispie treats from here. I also served pumpkin pie (store bought), pumpkin trail mix (recipe here but I substituted reeses pieces for m&ms), and pumpkin dip with ginger snaps. For dessert buffets it's important to use varying heights. One of the ways I did that was to create a pie plate out of a planter by turning it upside down.
Since we live in NH it was too cold to go outside but I still wanted the party to have a harvest feel. I found this wooden plant container in my garage. I decided to use the same rope twine to bundle the silverware to add to the rustic feel.
See what I mean about my MIL's house? This beautiful wreath was already there! I just added the sign and voila...
My inspiration party used fondant toppers. I went the cheap route and used the candy pumpkins! The only thing is, the dye did start to melt onto the cupcakes toward the end of the party...pretty sure the kids didn't mind though ;) I got the idea to put the cupcakes on scrapbook paper both from my fellow blogger Megan (who has used this idea in some of the adorable parties she's planned) and from this party.
The activity du jour? Cookie decorating! I am no good at planning kid activities but got the idea from here. (Which is also where I got this by the way. ;)
My mom helped me plan this party. With a new (and high maintenance) ten week old, I didn't have a ton of time on my hands. Thanks MOM!!
I think she likes it :)
Genevieve's cousins (and my mom with Nadia) partying it up.
My beauty just before cake time. (like how I re-used the high chair from her first party? I tried to sell it on craiglist but apparently people just don't care about the details like I do and could find no use for an adorable pink high chair. hmph!)
After all that, isn't this all that matters?!
Somehow the husband didn't make it in any of the party pictures...but here we are cuddling after a very busy party.Hope you enjoyed the details of this party. Now it's your turn--have you planned a party using a seasonal theme? Or perhaps you've been inspired by a party and happy with the result of how your application of it turned out? Do tell...