My Peacock Feather Birthday Decorations

Okay, so a few months back when I started to think about what I wanted to do for my 30th birthday, I decided that there was no better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than to throw a big cocktail party.  Maybe I’ve just watched a few too many design shows on HGTV, but I felt like in planning the decor for my birthday bash, I ought to find some object to inspire me.  And what is more sophisticated and fabulous than a peacock feather?

Using the turquoise and chartreuse as my color palate, I decorated the main floor of our house, turning the dining room into an appetizer buffet, the living room into a bar and the kitchen table into a display of delicious desserts:

For a simple, yet striking, cake topper, I spray painted wooden numbers in a hammered gold, had Peter attach them to barbeque skewers and stuck them in the top cake along with a peacock feather floral pick I found at Michaels.

My good friend Deb, who is a genius with flowers helped me make arrangements for the high-top tables in the living room.  This one was my favorite:

To make the decor more personal, Deb and I scattered photographs of me through the years around the room.  My sister ran this one over from my parent’s house and I can’t believe how much it looks like my sweet little Lydia!

We mixed a lot of silver-dollar eucalyptus into all the arrangements, which not only looked great, but gave the whole house a wonderful, but subtle, fragrance.

And of course, no party would be complete without a great favor, so I ordered truffles from a friend who makes the most amazing chocolates and wrapped them up with a pretty green ribbon.  They were just the right send off!

I was so happy with how everything turned out and the best part is that now I have all of these beautiful decorations around my house to enjoy!

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A Polka Dot Birthday Party

Saturday was Alethea’s polka-dot cupcake birthday party.

I had so much fun putting together the decor including my homemade happy birthday sign and table confetti:

And my doorway streamers with polka-dot header:

Of course, cutting out so many circles took some time.  Good thing I had endless Royal Wedding coverage to keep me distracted from Thursday night into the wee hours of Friday morning.  I now know more about Kate Middleton than any reasonable person ought to.

When Saturday arrived, Alethea donned her polka-dot party dress.  I know I’m biased but I think she looked smashing!

This was the first present type event where Alethea enthusiastically got into the opening of gifts:

She liked the gardening tools she got from her Great Grandpa Jim and Great Grandma Ruth:

We lost her for a little bit after she opened up a doll-sized stroller from Mom and Dad.  She had to take it out for a test run around and around the house:

We only convinced her to come back and finish opening her gifts by telling her there was more stuff for her baby dolls in the remaining packages.  She ended up with a fantastic assortment of new accessories including a feeding set, two potty chairs and a bathtub!  Alethea was positively in heaven!

With so many new toys around, Alethea declined any interest in eating lunch, even though we had pizza, her favorite food.  She did consent to take a break from playing long enough to blow out her birthday candles.

The cake turned out cute, although I naturally had visions of grandeur in my head when I was planning it.  Despite the fact that it was more ‘homespun’ than I had originally hoped, it seemed like everyone thought it tasted good:

Where was Lydia while all this was happening?  Upstairs asleep in her bed.  Toward the end of the party she finally woke up to greet everyone in her own polka-dot dress:

All in all, I’d say the party was a success.  Alethea seemed to have a happy birthday, and so apparently did Baby Doll:

Can’t believe how old she sounds when she talks!  Yikes!  I’m the mother of a two year old!

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