Thursday, April 26, 2012

Curious Cami's 3rd Birthday Party

"When everyday is so glorious! And everything is so wonderous. You're curious, like Curious Cami!" Or maybe it's George, but for fun we're going with Curious Cami since it just sounds cute :) "George" is her fave. Over the holidays, there was a marathon on PBS Kids of all three Curious George movies and good thing I recorded them - pretty sure she's watched them a hundred times since then. I have to admit, it's one of the few kids shows I really enjoy watching.

I created Cami's invite several months ago and that's where it all began. If you've seen my other parties you know I love BRIGHT colors. This is definitely not your typical Curious George party - I wanted to do a fun, modern + girlie spin on it since most of the Curious George parties I've seen are for boys. Chevron was the main pattern used throughout and the fabulous Jessica of Pen N' Paperflowers designed the adorable little monkey! Read more about the invitation I created from my blog post right here.

Gosh, was Cami's little get-up ever CUTE. The amazing Rachel of *golden* created the most adorable tee, as always! Her work is pure genius. My friend Amy of AMK's Boutique made her pretty matching headband and the super cute custom necklace from Miss CoCo Designs was perfect! I found the adorable yellow skirt in San Diego back in AUGUST at the Queen Bee Market. I know, I'm one of those that totally shops for deals and steals EARLY. I saw a pair of polka dot leg warmers at a local craft show with all the colors in the scheme I was thinking. That's when the color red came into play. Back when I first started planning, I was going with aqua and yellow and add in some pink and lime - but when I saw them I even said, I really like these except I'm not doing red. And then my mind started in and I was like, oooh RED. I need to use red. How can I not - it's even one of the main Curious George colors. And the rest is history :)

I used the same yellow fabric from Cami's Elmo party last year for the table and also reused the red + white chevron table runner from Cami's Valentine's Playdate made by the very talented Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations. I'm all about using things from past parties! Did I want the table to be aqua instead of yellow? Um, yeah. But really, why spend the money when yellow works just fine.
I scored all of the matching table cloths, plates, napkins, utensils, plastic dessert trays, etc. last year from Party City on clearance. As for the dessert table, it was perfect thanks to all the incredible ladies who are beyond talented in the baking department. Kelly of Lillycakes made the adorable cake pops, mini cupcakes, banana creme dessert cups and mini cherry pies. The adorable + glittery monkey cookies were made by the talented Allyson Jane. The chevron pattern, yellow hats, banana's and Curious Cami cookies made by Flourish Sweet Shop were fabulous and a big hit. 

Isn't the cake just beautiful? So simple, yet perfect. I saw a sample quilted cake very similar in Paige's {Polka Dot Bakery} portfolio except wanted her to make all the little dots in the color scheme and it turned out awesome! The glittery "Curious Cami" billboard handmade by the talented Kristy of The Purple Pug is just too cute for words. I ended up taking one of the monkey's off the cake pops and placed it on the cake :) I added the thin red rope ribbon on the cake right before the party started {just goes to show how crazy I am with details}. I also adore the hand-painted chevron Camryn plate made by Aedriel Originals on etsy. It's displayed in her room now :)

The tree my hubby handmade was so AWESOME. He totally rocks and loves helping make + create new things for her parties. Totally a last minute addition but he ROCKED it and it was a big focal point above the table. He also made the red monkey signs seen on the sides of the table and spray painted the mason jars that held matching tulips. Those funky stands that hold up the dessert trays were found at Hobby Lobby on clearance, which he also spray painted. We love our spray paint :)

I've had my eye on wanting to purchase Blumeboxes for awhile now, but wanted to use them for something other than the norm, so I added tissue poms I already had from past parties on top for a fun flower-like look on the mantle. I made the DIY fabric garland using the five alternating colors for only $9. Love how it's so simple yet adds so much to the backdrop. I purchased the adorable ornate picture frame also seen on the mantle from Poppy Tree Frames.

The kids are all a bit too young to have any fun games but they all definitely enjoyed the balloons as we got a few pictures of them in front of the table before they were off playing with toys :)

Without further adieu, here are the beautiful photos taken by Ellie Piper of Photography Studio 37. I will say it over and over again, she always makes my tablescapes look way better than they actually are. She's beyond talented and oh so sweet.


Happy Birthday, Camryn Jolee! Can't believe you are THREE. We love you more than words can express and we had so much fun planning your "George" party. The smile on your face + you being so excited to have all your favorite people in one room is what it's all about. Cami's favorite part? When we all sang Happy Birthday to her, as you can clearly tell in the below picture. LOVE. Or that shiny new Camero my sister's got her was pretty cool too :)

Vendor Credits
 All Paper Products, Custom Sign + Styling: I DO invitations by michelle
Photography: Ellie Piper of Photography Studio 37
Custom Monkey Shirt + Curious Name Tees: *golden*
 Headband: AMK's Boutique
Cupcakes/Cake Pops/Desserts: Lillycakes & Desserts
Monkey Cookies: Allyson Jane
 Yellow Hat/Banana/Chevron Cookies: Flourish Sweet Shop
Cake: Polka Dot Bakery
"Curious Cami" Cake Billboard: The Purple Pug
Hand Painted Chevron Name Plate: Aedriel Originals
Chevron Pennant Banner: Paisley Handmade
Red Chevron Table Runner: A to Zebra Celebrations
Chevron Spoons/Balloons/Chevron Treat Bags/Striped Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
Gumballs/Tubes: Polka Dot Market
Flowers: Town & Country Gardens
Tissue Flower Poms: PomLove
Boxes {holding Poms}: Blumebox
Large Frame with Cami's Photo: Poppy Tree Frames
DIY Ribbon Wreath + Fabric Garland: I DO invitations by michelle