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Fiona’s Fourth Birthday Bash

Today was Fiona’s fourth birthday party and it was a complete success, by her standards and mine. Yes, she got enough Frozen themed party paraphernalia and stuff to satisfy all Frozen itches for a decade. And I got to bask in the knowledge that me and my daughter matter to all these lovely people.birthday flowers on Shalavee.comFiona's 4th party on Shalaee.com

Fiona and Emma at the party on Shalavee.com

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The reason I go to such efforts to decorate and to heap yummy food on my kitchen table is a tribute to the love that these people have for and show me and my family. My gratitude runs very deeply. I am almost speechless but then, not quite, right?Frozen Birthday party cake by Steve Konapelski on Shalaee.com

Fiona and Emma at the party on Shalavee.com

Fiona and Emma at the party on Shalavee.com

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Aunts and Uncles, real and respected, grandmothers, cousins, neighbors, friends, and kin came to celebrate my miraculous daughter’s birth four years ago. And in a puff and a whoosh, it’s all done. Only a dirty kitchen, drooping streamers, and falling balloons to tell the tale. But we’ll remember this fondly for many years. Another year passed and another successful party.

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Great Gatsby Garden Party

This past Saturday at the end of May, I gifted my services to decorate for our friends Paul and Peggy’s Great Gatsby Garden Party. I luckily was also an attendee so I enjoyed spending most of my day in their lovely garden. under the rose arbor on Shalavee.com

Mark and Shalagh at the garden party on Shalavee.com

Gatsby garden party on Shalavee.com

As I take my party decorations very seriously, in planning my decorations I went right to Pinterest and trolled around for ideas for this theme. The black and white and sparkle was definitely a nod to the Deco era and black tie fanciness but I also knew that this was a garden party and we needed some soft and elegant to balance the glitz.

decorations for the Gatsby party on shalavee.com

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A side table croquet court side was peopled with a flask, a fan, and flowers. And we chose to lay blankets and pillows on the ground for a lay-about feeling. The host organized a horse race game from 1930 which was equally entertaining with our friends as horses.

1930's horseracing game on shalavee.com

Dress dummy and mirror for the garden party at shalavee.com

I used a dress dummy and full length mirror as a vignette in the corner of the garden.

Draped rose arbor for the garden party on shalavee.com

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The rose arbor was the food area and I felt it necessary to visually soften the supports by draping them and then I added a sisal rug to the patio for the indoors outside feeling.

I ordered a lot of flowers, “Ascot” roses, calla lilies, green button mums, and snapdragons to make arrangements for the food and bar tables. The florals turned out way better than I had hoped.

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bar table for the Gatsby Garden party at shalavee.com

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When we arrived, the host and hostess had us all open envelopes with secret identities of famous people of the 20’s in them.  I was Georgia O’Keefe. Why not Dorothy Parker I wondered. Thanks be I wasn’t Zelda. secret identity gatsby party on shalavee.com

The hostess and friends at the garden p-arty on Shalavee.com

Florals and lemonade on Shalavee.com

Blush champagne and sparkling pink lemonade, mini quiches, smoked salmon deviled eggs, and lemon bunt cake were all served with flair and care. The day was a little hot but we all chatted in the shady spots and the whole occasion was jolly and lovely. Cheers to a garden party effort well done by the host and hostess Paul and Peggy, and the supporting cast.

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The Surprise Party

My husband mentions it often. How after he threw me that surprise party, I said I would never forgive him and I’ll never be able to trust hum again. He teases me because it does seem silly. But if you saw me that day break down in overwhelmed tears, you might understand.

When I rounded that corner and everyone yelled “Surprise”, I was truly astonished that all those people liked me enough to be there. I began to bawl as I hugged each and everyone and thanked them profusely. And after the party, I sent them all thank you notes for their appearance, their efforts. But really what I was thanking them for was liking me. For loving me. Maybe it felt like more than I deserved. Roses 2 on Shalavee.com

I heard a song the other day on the radio and the lyrics went, “I know you can’t believe that I believe in you.” Disbelief in my worthiness is familiar. I’ve rolled around with low self-esteem for most of my life. That and a pretty good case of anxiety. This is an example of what you believe in yourself may not match up with what others are showing you. Cognitive Dissonance to a degree.

My lack of self-worth stole my joy from me that day. That’s not what I’d wish to have the outcome of a party be. To worry about everything that had come before, doubt my worthiness to be celebrated, and that I needed to pour gratitude all over everybody to make up for my unworthiness makes me sad now. I wasn’t present. Roses 3 on Shalavee.com

There were other surprise parties after this. One I wasn’t ready for and one I sorta was. A lady should always get a heads up to doll up for the potential photo ops. And I was more present for those. Because, guess what, it really isn’t as much about me as it is about how wonderful all these people are in my life that value me in theirs. Gratitude has brought me to a new level of living and loving, both myself and my people.

I am a rich rich woman who is apparently loved by many. And I can say I’m finally starting to see what they see. And that in turns is making my image of myself becoming clearer as well.

You are Good Enough

You are Capable

You are Important

You are Worthy

You are Loved

You are Not Alone

I’m still not a huge fan of surprise parties but I don’t think I’d have that same imploding reaction. However, my husband really will never ever try that again. So there’s a relief in that. Anyone else have a surprise party story to share?

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Wildflower and Suzani Circles Party Decorations

Some time ago, Miss Jean asked me to decorate her party tables for an event in August. We are members of a mutual appreciation club. She adores my Christmas trees, has gotten me to decorate a charity event for her, and made my daughter a quilt which now hangs over her dresser. Of course I said yes.

And as the event approached, I began to ask her what colors she might like or what feeling she may want to evoke. She said wildflowers in jars. And so that was half of the design. The other half was spawned by a sudden infatuation for Suzani fabric patterns. As I do, I cruised Pinterest for inspiration. And found these pictures.

 

As I contemplated my party decorations design, Suzani kept coming up. Instagram challenge with the prompt of citrus got me this.

citrus suzani from Instagram on Shalavee.com

Suzani fabric was expensive and my outside of the box thinking had me asking the hostess and quilter if she had any fabric scraps I could use. What I then came up with was the concept of creating my own circles and laying them on the tables. It took me two days to create these circle pieces.

raw suzani circles on Shalavee.com

One for cutting and one for sewing but thankfully, the fabric was gorgeous and my sewing machine and I reconnected after a long long time of not liking each other. I was so tickled with my sewing project, I could barely wait to put them on the tables with the flowers.

stock from Patti's Petals on Shalavee.com

And my florals, save the purple and pink stock (pictured above) which I got from Patti’s Petals here in Denton, were all collected by me in my backyard and our downtown. Oh and a few I stopped on the side of the road to pick on my way down to set up the event. Because…wildflowers! It was a hurry up and install as we had a party in Baltimore to attend but the overall theme was achieved.

Jean's party decorations on Shalavee.com

Jean's party decorations on Shalavee.com

Suzani and wildflower tabletop decorations on Shalavee.comle

Suzani and wildflower tabletop decorations on Shalavee.comle

Suzani and wildflower tabletop decorations on Shalavee.comle

In the end, Miss Jean was very happy with the design. Her party was a success and I pulled another phantom design out of my brain. Love when that happens. Consultations are free if you want some help party planning for the upcoming holidays. And I will be busy dreaming up tree and mantle designs now. Meanwhile, this quote I’ve held onto forever is finally beginning to make sense to me.

When we focus on serving those we care about

by sharing our greatest skills,

we immediately set ourselves apart just by being us.

Via Erin Annacker

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Tissue Tassels

I can say that one of the biggest perks to having a party is the decorating. My long-standing affinity for paper decoration is due to its versatility and low-cost. There was that one time my friend and I decorated the most store windows in Denton’s downtown. White paper, shelf paper, cardboard, and tissue paper were our supplies totaling under one hundred dollars. It was the labor that was the killer. Well, I have tissue paper still left over from that project. And when I thought about how I wanted to decorate Fiona’s birthday party, hot pink was definitely a color I was using. And seeing as my friend and I have sworn never to do tissue Poms again, tissue tassels seemed to need trying. Because … Easy.

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One sheet of tissue paper will make a pretty fat tassel.

In fact they turned out more like cheerleading pom poms than tassels.

And I didn’t mind that at all.

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Fold the tissue paper in thirds long ways.

The height of your tissue after this step will be however tall your tassel will be.

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Cut the fold along the bottom to open it up for the fringing part at the end.

And yes, that’s me using my really nice fabric scissors. Because they’re sharp.

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Fold the paper over on itself.

You’ll be repeating yourself like short-term memory gal in a moment.

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Cut along that newly created fold leaving the tissue attached at the top by a little.

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Rinse and Repeat.

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And again until you really can’t fold over any more.

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Now cut your fringe.

By folding it a bunch of times, this cutting part will take like ten snips.

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When you’re done fringing, simply roll the top edge up and secure with some tape.

And voilà, paper pom-pom, I mean tassel.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

You could actually cut the piece of tissue in half at the end and have two tassels if you wanted to save effort. The impact would be the same. I just adore their playful spirit and their texture. Plus, the cats loved them. It was the most entertaining watching the little cat standing on her back paws on the back of the club chair trying to balance and play with the tassel in the doorway. Happy tassel making and please feel free to ask me anything paper decorating oriented.

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