Ava’s party-the details

Thank you so very much for your sweet comments on Ava’s Vintage Makeup Party!  It was so much fun to pull together and now that I think about it, relatively simple.


Because the wonderfully talented Lindi at Love the Day designed all the printables (which is something I normally do myself), it took a huge load off of me.  *Some of you asked what all Lindi designed:  cupcake toppers, banner, drink wraps, food labels, a few large labels, i.e. treat bar, etc., cupcake wrappers, and invitations.  All I had to do was print it and cut it…wonderfully simple!

That left the baking and pulling the dessert table together to me.  The appeal of a dessert table is making less of each item (easier for you), and giving your guests lots of variety.

Now, let me say it might be easier on you if you don’t wait the day before the party to bake everything.  Ahem.


As I first planned the menu, I was thinking along the lines of food that represented makeup…I quickly ditched that idea as it was too complicated to come up with edible lipstick.  I did, however, include the sno balls (as a powder puff) nestled in some raw sugar (powder)….super cute.  Those little sherbet dishes I found last year at Troy Antiques.  They were $10 for 20, a steal and a perfect party-friendly serving size.

I knew I wanted mason jars to hold the adult’s lemonade, but I knew that probably wouldn’t fly for a 3 year old.  And definitely not for a 2 year old.

I found an adorable set of 20 quilting squares at Walmart for $4, and they went perfectly with our colors and vintage flair.  I found the vintage-inspired plastic (yes!) bottles at the Party Fairy on Etsy.


I simply punched a hole in the center of the square and tied it (tightly) on as a fabric lid with Twisted Sugar Baker’s Twine.  So simple and cute!


We served White Chocolate Popcorn…this was yummy!  I popped some Kettle Corn, stirred in melted white chocolate, and drizzled it with pink candy melts for a girly flair.  (This was also what was inside the favor bags.)


I decided I wouldn’t make everything this year, and ordered petit fours from my favorite bakery, Liger’s.  They are de-lish.


There was so many sweet treats that I decided I better serve a little fruit.  With whipped cream.


I picked up some flowers at Walmart…and they happened to fit in perfectly with the pink and orange.  I like to serve in all kinds of interesting dishes, like this vintage Amish Butterprint Pyrex and this silver-plated goblet.


I couldn’t help but serve a few powdered donuts and those cookies on the right?  Well, those are the chewiest, yummiest, simplest strawberry cookie you’ve ever seen.

Recipe coming soon.  :)


I dipped strawberry marshmallows in white chocolate and rolled them in pearled white sprinkles…these are sooo pretty and so easy.  And color combos are endless.


I served them in my new jadeite juicer/measuring cup.  It’s creamy finish played beautifully off the wood and white.


I made cupcakes, too.  Yep, I did.  This was a super-moist chocolate cake mix and I made homemade buttercream and tinted it pink.  I loved being able to serve them on my mercury glass cake stand and Ree’s book was the perfect touch to elevate some of the cupcakes.  (see that orange peeking out in the back??)


Grown-up’s drank pink and regular lemonade, decorated with a lemon slice and stripe-y straw,  from small ball jars.


All in all, I thought it was a beautiful, fun day and I’m pretty sure (despite her face in this one), Ava loved it too.

She’s just contemplative.

Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

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24 Responses to Ava’s party-the details

  1. adventuresindinner July 20, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Absolutely lovely! Lots of terrific ideas to incorporate in my wee ones next big day.

  2. Shannon@Vintagerestyled.blogspot.com July 20, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    I love everything! You went above and beyond and it turned out beautifully!

  3. Sandra July 20, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Wow, it all looks beautiful. What a lucky girl and talented mommy.

  4. Carmella July 20, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    What a beautiful party!! Every detail was wonderful….I’ll bet your little Ava had such a good time!

  5. Korrie@RedHenHome July 20, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    So beautiful! I know lots of adults (like me) who would be thrilled with that kind of party too!

  6. Jayca @ *cart-wheels* July 20, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    The amount of work and planning and talent [and above all, love] that went into this party is so inspiring.
    She must feel like the most special little girl in the world! [or if she doesn’t know quite yet how amazing/loving her mother is, this is absolutely something for her to look back on when she’s older and think, “My mother just adores me”]

  7. Catie July 20, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Soo sweet Shaunna. I love all the pink and soft colors you used. Ultra girly! I’m sure Ava loved it. Why wouldn’t she, the treats looks delicious. And white chocolate popcorn, OMG! Can you do my birthday party? heehee ; ) ~ Catie

  8. Debbie@refreshrestyle.com July 20, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Such a beautiful child and party!

  9. Beth July 20, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    So beautiful!!! It has totally inspired my ideas beyond the basic an obvious girly parties! I think you have a new basis for anotherbook! Decorating and planning childrens parties! You have such a gift!

  10. cassie July 20, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    it looks sooo pretty! those are the exact colors in emmy’s room but more muted, so you know i love it!

  11. Jodie July 20, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    So beautiful and so creative! I love that you thought of every little detail. You are a wonderful mother with such a darling little girl!

  12. Elizabeth July 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Stunning party, love all of the ideas!

  13. Kelsey July 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Gorgeous! I’m in love with the pink and white straws in the lemonade! It reminds me of planning my wedding last year–I loved deciding and creating all those little details!

  14. Marchelle July 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Oh, my word! So creatively delish!!! Thank you for sharing your ideas-come-to-fruition! Love all those little details! They make for such unique elegance.

  15. Rachael July 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    wow, that has to be THE nicest little girl party I have EVER seen. Way to go!

  16. Allison July 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    That is a darling party! Every detail is pretty. What a fun day for Ava!

  17. Sarah - Dodeline Design July 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Making me hungry!

  18. Janet Lawson July 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Love it all..What adorable printables and the table is decorated too cute..I love the mason jar idea and have used them as our everyday glasses for quite some time..Ava had a birthday to remember..

  19. Delia Parker July 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Deliciously adorable!

  20. Kara July 21, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Every detail is so pretty. I especially love the fabric lids and popcorn. Just lovely.

  21. Lindi July 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm #


    Absolutely amazing! I was so happy to finally get through my reader and come to the details of your party. You did such a fantastic job! Do you mind sending me the photos (at least 660px) wide so I can showcase on Love The Day?!

    Thanks Shaunna!


    • perfectlyimperfect July 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks, Lindi! I’ll work on the pics next week when I get home…so glad you like it! Happy to have it featured! :-)

  22. Beth July 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Yum, yum, yum! I will have to try to make those marshmallows for sure!

  23. Heidi October 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    What an adorable party! I’m loving the strawberry marshmallow idea.
    I am starting to plan my daughter’s 1st bday which will be held on Dec 10th. Her theme is E is for Elle with an elephant and a bow. I am trying to go for a vintage/ shabby chic look with ruffled streamers, a ruffled cake and so forth.

    Thanks for the party inspiration!-Heidi

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