Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Vintage Birthday Vision.


My dear Daughter-in-Love had a Vintage Vision for our Little Lady's 1st birthday.  Our century old Arts and Crafts bungalow made an easy backdrop to bring her vision to life.  She had found lots of ideas on Pinterest and executed them so well.  Zack helped make and then hung the banners.  I'm sad that I don't have a photo of the beautiful burlap H-A-P-P-Y   B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y banner hanging over the front door.  It looked great.

Months earlier Zack delighted me with a request to make Little Lady's "smash cake" (for those not 'in the know' about 1st birthday parties this day and age, a smash cake is the honoree's personal cake to do with as any one year old might -- Little Man's here and Roo's here, I did not make Roo's and I think he enjoyed his the most!!).


I was ecstatic when a photo Candice sent to me matched the vision I had in my own head. When I was explaining how I wanted it to look to my daughter, Amanda, she immediately sent a link to a GREAT tutorial on making rose icing at I Am Baker!!!  Now, mine is NOWHERE as good as hers, but you should take heart if you want to try... I loved the way it turned out (even though  I was too chicken to try to fill in the little gaps like the tutorial said). 

Fun.  Fun.  Fun!  I want to do more!  LOL!  But, not for awhile.


The kids loved the candy bar and filling their goody sacks.

Their little eyes just glowed with anticipation!


I was particularly fond of the photo banner Candice made with Instagram photos.  I may have begged to get to keep these... just sayin'...  ;)


In the week of preparation, I did manage to spray paint our tired porch furniture some fun colors!  I'd been wanting to do it for awhile, but somehow I just needed a deadline to get it done!  Then, I always wonder why I waited so long!  My biggest advice is that it takes MORE paint than you think.  So get plenty the first trip. 


Now, I have a happy-leftover of colors from the party!!


I'd planned to scatter rose petals down the table... None available.  Bummer.  We had the drop cloths that I'd used for drapes at one time.  Burlap was in the closet from prior celebrations and the disposable table runners were $2 a piece on clearance from Target.  The fun candlesticks were a Valentine's Day gift from my Beloved several years ago.  And, my Mason jars get LOTS of use; I never tire of them.  Only cost:  flowers (from Sam's) and $4 worth of runners.


I never got the chance to tell Zack that the green vase was one he had sent me once for Mother's Day... or that the quilt was one my grandmother passed to my mother... and then passed to me... and now used in celebration of a fifth generation's first birthday! 

My friend, Patrice, was so sweet to dry brush some pink acrylic on a window from a home they are restoring so I could use it here.  I sure appreciate her!!


Candice had a delightful Vintage Vision and we were so happy to help celebrate our Little Lady's 1st Birthday!! 

I tell you, you all need to try that cake!!  ;)  Just the bee's knees of fun!

"From my earliest youth, I have known that while one is obliged to plan with care the stages of one's journey, one is entitled to dream, and keep dreaming, of its destination.  A man may feel as old as his years, yet as young as his dreams." 
~ Shimon Peres

Linking to Kim's Wow Us Wednesdays.

blessings to all ~ tanna

39 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

my eyes were ogling that candy bar!!! how fun!!

i love your LOOOOOOONG table set-up. :)

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Lovely table display. The rosette cake looks wonderful too!

Melissa aka twoknitwit said...

I wish my birthday was half as beautiful ~ great job, Tanna

I would love to come sit & knit on that porch in your new old wicker comfies :)

Donna said...

The party looks like it was even more fun than I thought from the first short post! You know how to throw a shindig!....and on a budget! Even better.
Hope your Little Lady has a wonderful year....

Betsy Brock said...

Everything looks just wonderful! Isn't Pinterest just the best place for inspiration? So much fun!

Christine said...

So the cake is/was real!
You never seize to amaze me.
Now I'm going to go and check out how you made it.

What a great day!!

It's Just Dottie said...

I said it before," Just the very best!!!"
Smiles. Dottie

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Wow!!! What a party. You and Candice did a wonderful job. It looks like a party fit for a queen, a tiny one or a big one!!! Great job!!!

Chatty Crone said...

You did all that - wow - what a great mother in law you are. Did you make that cake? I want one - any color will do. lol sandie

Vickie said...

Absolutely Fabulous Pahty, Dahling!

Pondside said...

I am new to grandparenting girls, but can't wait for their first birthdays! Having had a boy and a girl, and then two grandsons, I think I can safely say that Vision is not a word one uses for a Boy Party!!!....unless it is followed by words like'....vision of collapsing on my bed after the party' or '.....vision of getting the marshmallows off the ceiling'. Girl Parties are definitely waaaay more civilised!

Annette T. said...

Thanks for posting the link for the cake frosting. Great tutorial they gave! You girls really know how to throw a great party. I'm sure the kids were so excited when they saw the candies! Beautiful party!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

It all looked so lovely. The cake is beautiful! Wow! What a wonderful bash! Sweet Little Lady looks so adorable, too. You only turn 1 once, so it should be a big deal.

Blessings to you and yours dear family always sweet friend.

Leslie said...

Gorgeous cake and wonderful vintage birthday party! What a lucky little girl:) Darling banner and I'm loving all the happy pink and candy everywhere.

Rose said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate! The cake turned out great...such fun!

I would never have thought to paint the porch different colors. You continue to inspire me with your creativity. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

steph said...

what a great party.....and it sounds as if the planning was a lot of the fun!!!! I always love the anticipation.....the planning......and then---when it's all over....you have even more memories!!! (and great painted furniture! love it!)

karen said...

wow what a celebration, you have a lovely home and so comfy!! I would love a piece of that cake,yum :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow! What a very memorable way to celebrate a 1st birthday!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Such a beautiful setting for a birthday celebration! I love everything from the painted wicker to the gorgeous cake!

Mereknits said...

I think you and your daughter should go into a Vintage Birthday Party business, everything looks so fantastic and professional.
Hugs,
Meredith

Margaret Adamson said...

What a great idea and very well executed. everything looks wonderful for the 1 year old

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Wow, Tanna..this is just all absolutely beautiful. Magazine worthy I tell ya! Beautiful!

Wanda said...

To have a "vision" and then see it become a reality..priceless.

There is a Candy Store in a little town in Columbia CA that looks so much like your photo's.

Love the quilt and the pink window frame. I have two mirror window frames in my tiny bathroom, and it makes the room look twice as big.

I'm getting all kinds of ideas from just scrolling down your blog.

So very lovely.

Pammy Sue said...

It looks like your party was done by a professional! Very nice! And your porch furniture is so cool. Who'd have thunk it was spray paint? Not me! Love that rosy cake. So pretty.

Marissa said...

Beautiful birthday girl and wow that candy bar~~
make precious memories.

Sandy said...

Everything looks so beautiful. I love the presentation of it all.The cake looks so yummy. And your porch furniture is just the prettiest with all those luscious colors.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

This is just wonderful...how precious, totally precious. Everything just picture perfect.

Lauri said...

That amazing table! The gorgeous cake! The amazing porch! Oh my, everything was just PERFECT!! Not to mention that sweet girl...she is just a precious doll baby! You guys sure know how to throw a great shindig and I'm so glad she had such a special first birthday. Love the vintage theme and it was carried out to perfection!

Kim said...

Oh my Tanna, how lovely! I may have to try my hand at that cake...we have a birthday coming up! And, what an angel baby...so beautiful!

podso said...

I'm loving taking in all the party details. Amazing cake! And I love how you have painted your porch furniture!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Everything is so pretty - perfect for the b'day girl :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Nancy Claeys said...

What a fun idea for a party -- for young or old. You have a lovely home.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Now that's some party. My oldest son's first birthday was held at Hungry Bunny (fast food chain here that is no longer in business). Love your porch. The furniture turned out great and looks so comfy! Best wishes, Tammy

Amanda said...

After getting to view your post on my phone, I had to come back to check it out once more on the computer so that I could see all of these spectacular details that went into this shindig. You and Candice made quite the team. Oh, and Zack, too. Don't want to leave his banner-making contributions out! ;-) Looks picture-perfect!

Tricia Buice said...

Everything is perfect in these photos. Your cake is outstanding! The decorations, the porch, the photos - I love it all. What a great birthday party. And what a great daughter-in-law!

kathy b said...

Wow every detail accounted for. ! I LOVE the porch furniture in muted pastels. They came out great!!!!
I love how you painted the window pane.

THe birthday girl is adore able!!! So is mom.

SUch fun .Thanks for letting us enjoy

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, What a beautiful day you were blessed to celebrate. You did everything beautifully and tastefully. You do need a deadline to get thing moving sometimes! lol.

I love the results of the cake. It is stunning and I think perfection. A perfect cake for a "little darling".
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Pride In Photos said...

Tanna, you are really talking my language when you show the presentation...my favorite part of entertaining☺ the vintage banner with the photos...oh be still my heart. You both did an incredible job!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

A perfectly wonderful AND FEMININE first birthday party! It was amazing!

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