This precious LITTLE BIRD THEMED SECOND BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Laurie Matanick of Feather and Fray
How sweet is this party?! I can’t believe all of the adorable details in it; from the darling banners and bunting to the fabulous bird cages, nests, and decor pieces. This party is too cute and could easily work for a birthday party or baby shower!
The Little Bird party ideas and elements that I adore most from this sweet event are:
- The beautiful white ruffle cake with sugar flowers atop
- The darling ribbon and feather dessert table backdrop
- The adorable ribbon tassel garland strung across the drink stand
- The cute metal frame bird cages with note cards and photos attached with close pins
- The cute drink jars tied with peach ribbon
- The fabulous food and dessert items
- and MORE!
Designed by: Laurie Matanick owner of Feather & Fray
Photography by: Krystal Gabrielle Pratt of Krystal Pratt Photography
Backdrop, banners, cupcake blankets, diaper cake: Feather & Fray
Pancake cupcakes and all food: Made by Laurie Matanick
Birthday Cake: Janes Cakes and Confections
Succulents: Purchased from Hoens Greenhouse
Flower stand and succulent pots, straws, mason jar lids, and goody bags: Elite Events
Birds nest: Elite Events florist-Sharon Johnson
Little Bird Party Details:This is what Laurie said about designing and styling the party-
“This little girls birthday party purveyed sweetness with its rustic chic style. It’s filled with DIY projects such as a beverage stand made from old pallets and a backdrop that sparkled with feathers dipped in gold glitter. As an event planner/coordinator I always have clients coming to me looking to throw a beautiful party at very little cost. I believe that every event deserves to be unique and memorable. Just a few creative ideas and a little extra time, it is possible to create one-of-a-kind parties that are affordable. My goal was to throw a party that any parent can do on a tight budget-you dont have to drain your bank account to throw a fabulous event! The entire party (food, cake stands/trays, décor, flowers, photographer, etc) cost under $300!
For this budget-friendly bash, I focused on a feminine-garden feel to brighten the cold weather outdoors. Aubries birthday is the first week of March-just about everyone in the Midwest is SO over winter at that point. Aubrie has always been tiny, so we call her Peanut or Little Birdie. I wanted a feminine bash, so I decided to use her nickname as inspiration for the party by going with a subtle bird theme. You will see hints of birds throughout the party (without it being an in-your-face-theme): like the feathers in the backdrop and banners, the bird nests around the party area, feather accents in the flower arrangements, and birdcages as décor. The color scheme consisted of coral, peach, and ivory (lace) with touches of green. With a handmade backdrop that sparkled with feathers dipped in glitter, Belgium lace tablecloth thanks to hidden gems in my moms closet, and a harmonious mix of flowers and succulents throughout the part y space, it is brightened the cold day and welcomed Spring to come!
In order to cut down on the overall cost, I made almost all of the décor myself!
The backdrop was made from fabric, lace, and white feathers dipped in gold glitter to add a shimmering factor.
I made two coordinating banners with the fabric, lace, and feathers and strung one on the Drinks stand and the other on the gift table.
The Drinks stand is my favorite piece. I spent hours building it! It was incredibly fun to make because I have never built anything before- I loved seeing the guests surprised faces that I made it!
I purchased flowers and succulents and made the arrangements myself. Some of the succulents I planted in coordinating teacups and others in tin containers.
I made a diaper cake and cupcake blankets as one of Aubries presents, and decorated them with extra fabric I had leftover from the backdrop. It was placed on the gift table to add a little fun décor to the gift area.
Suspended from the ceiling were metal spheres and a birdcage. I put silk flowers and branches in the spheres. In the hanging birdcage was a bird nest, branches with a gold glitter bird that had landed on the branch, and flowers.
A large bird birdcage was propped against the drinks stand. On it were notecards that I made from scrapbook paper that guests could write a short note for Aubrie on. The notes then went in a scrapbook that I made for her. A smaller birdcage hung on the wall by the cake table and it had Aubries newborn and first birthday photos on it.
Aubrie loves to each brunch type food, so I planned my menu based off of her favorite things. Guests enjoyed an array of appetizers: Cucumber sandwiches, mini quiches, bacon on skewers, fruit pizzas, and yogurt shooters (Key Pie and Lemon Meringue), and pancake cupcakes (with maple syrup frosting topped with bacon) were all made by me (Laurie Matanick). Drinks included lemonade, milk, coffee, and a variety of juice. Making the food was a labor of love, but it is one way to save money instead of having it catered.
Every party needs a wow factor. I decided that the focal point needed to be the cake! It was originally going to be a two-tier cake, however; to stay budget-friendly we made it a little larger and only did a single round for half the cost of the original design. The cake was a pink champagne flavor, and the inside was peach in color to coordinate with the party! Instead of having party favors, I provided decorative goody bags that guests could take a slice of cake home in at the end of the party, so that no one left empty handed”!
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