Sunday, March 11, 2012

she's five!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! {vintage kitten birthday party}

Yesterday was the little pumpkin's long awaited 5th birthday. She's been counting down forever. Thirty-three of her little buddies came to celebrate with her. It was a really fun party for all the littles and I think a low-stress one for the that!I still can't believe the little pumpkin is five!!! Oh my, I'm having a serious case of "Where did my baby go?" She's such a little lady these days. She's full of spunk. She's sweet, smart and sassy {in a good way!}. She loves art and reading, lalaloopsy minis, ballet, computer games, and most recently kittens. She's very sensitive and kind...always one to reach out when she feels someone needs a friend. And.........she loves to be in charge 100% of the time {I have no idea who she gets that from *snicker*}. Oh, and this was her own pose. I think I'm in trouble.This party was really fun for me too. I usually stay up waaaaaay too late too many days in a row getting everything ready for my littles' birthday parties. Not this time. I think I did a little better managing my time with this party, which helped, but the Monday before the party I took a look at my mile-long To Do list, shred it, and decided to focus on just 1 or 2 things that I really wanted to accomplish. A relaxed mama who's had plenty of sleep sure does make a difference!!

And here it is...a sweet vintage kitten birthday party for the little pumpkin!
We gave Grace our gifts just before the party. Boy, was she excited! I lucked out when I found this sweet vintage card in perfect condition - she thought it was "soooo cutie pie, mama!"Noonie and Papa J stopped by to see the birthday girl and give her their gift too - the new Lalaloopsy house!!Our little family...A little twirling and then it was off to GyMnaSTicS for the
The sweets table...simple & sweet, with a little vintage vibe.This ribbon garland was my project at Sewing Club the night before the party {I was so happy to be at sewing club rather than up all night doing last minute birthday stuff, especially after missing the last two months with sick littles}. The gym was so dark it was hard to capture the true colors of the ribbons, but I LOVE all the different textures and shades. The board was actually a cork board I found at Hobby Lobby and covered with some inexpensive muslin for added texture.The cake was simple. We served cupcakes to make it easier since I didn't think we would have enough time to cut and serve a big cake. Although it's a bit hard to tell, the design for the cake was inspired by this sweet vintage embroidery pattern {and I just realized what was missing...the kitty's whiskers!!!}. Oh my, the cupcakes!!! I can't say enough about the cupcakes. My dear friend Bridgette made them and they were sCruMPtiOUs!!She really went above and beyond...80 wedding cake flavored cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and fondant buttons...YUM!!! {I may or may not have eaten TWO for breakfast on Sunday since I didn't get to eat any at the party....shhh}Marshmallow pops are always a hit with the pint-sized crowd...Strawberry cream lollies, pink lemonade and cotton candy old fashioned candy sticks completed the sweets.I framed the sweet birthday card and ended up just displaying the 3 little kittens embroidery I made instead of sewing it to the runner {just in case I decide to turn it into an apron for the little pumpkin...he he}Noonie made the sweet oversized table runner......and I made the fun party hat {see more here}.We had three long tables for the kids and on the center one I was able to use the vintage tablecloth I found on was so sweet - love it!Since we had both boys and girls I tweaked the party favors a bit for each one. For the girls I went with
"these are 5 of Grace's favorite things"...
We had a Lalaloopsy coloring book and some kitten pencils, "kitty kat" bars, goldfish, squinkies, and custom flower head wraps Noonie and I made.For the boys I added Spiderman pinball machines (Spiderman socks for the itty bitties), bouncy balls, parachute army men......and this fun {and messy - sorry parents!} putty.And for my favorite little guest, baby Christian...a set of Crayola board books!After jumping, flipping, running, bouncing, balancing, swinging, and was time for pizza and icees, cupcakes and ice cream!Birthday Girl!Cake time!
{did you notice what I added?? he he...couldn't help myself!}
Happy Birthday to you...Make a wish!Grace sure has some really sweet and generous family members and friends {I'm so sad that with all the activity, we didn't get more family pictures with the grands and aunts - boo}. Thank you everyone for all the fun presents, but most importantly, for sharing this special day with us. LOVE the sweet, handmade cards!!And that wraps up the little pumpkin's
Vintage Kitten Birthday Party!
We sure had a blast celebrating our sweet girl and the five glorious years God has blessed us with her.Happy 5th Birthday, Grace!May God bless you today and always.
Mama, Daddy & Hudson

Kitten tank:
Cotton Laundry
Matilda Jane
Party Hat: Lulu & Co.
Flower Head Wrap:
Lulu & Co.
Invitation: Loralee Lewis

Scalloped Bunting: Starlit Nest
Paper Flowers, Cupcake Liners & Flag Cupcake Toppers: Martha Stewart Crafts {purchased at JoAnn Fabrics}
Cake: Local
Cupcakes: Local
Vintage items: Etsy


Little Housewife said...

What an absolutely darling party for your Little Pumpkin! It all looks simply beautiful. Can I ask where you got the paper flowers/fans that you had hanging on the wall behind the table?

Heather L. said...

It's absolutely lovely, Jessica! Love all the sweet details. Only you can make a party at a gym so pretty. Grace looks so happy! Great job!!!

Angel said...

What a fun party! The stuff dreams are made of. My favorite pic? The 2nd to last, a treasure for sure.

Kris said...

How precious! Love all of the details that made it so memorable. My oldest granddaughter turned 5 in November! My grandson will be 5 in April! And youngest granddaughter is 3! So we are having all of the same kind of fun!!!!
It is such a special age!!!
XO Kris
PS where do you find the precious vintage cards??? UNused?????

Stevie said...

Such a fabulous birthday party! The colors are so lovely.

Carrie77 said...

I LOVE the ribbon garland! Also, I may have to see if you have an Etsy store, I am really starting to want one of those floral headwraps!

Jessica said...

Thanks ladies!!

Kris~ I mostly buy them from etsy. You can narrow down your search by searching for "unused birthday card" under the Vintage tab. :)

Carrie~ Yes! I will soon start selling the wraps in my etsy shop:

Let me know if there is a particular one you are interested in and I can set up a private listing for you if you decide you want one before they are listed in the shop. You can email me at


Francis said...

what an adorable birthday! I found your blog trying to find inspiration for my sons Dr seuss party! I actually gave you some credit on my own blog:) check it out!

Jessica said...

Forgot to post...

The paper fans/flowers are Martha Stewart!! {found them at JoAnn's}

Lindsey said...

Adorable! We are going to a party there tomorrow. I think Bennett will love it.

Loved the head wraps!

Queen of Good Intentions said...

As always every detail is precious! Love the vintage touches, but most of all that very very happy 5 year old!! We were out of town for spring break with no internet. Couldn't wait to get back to see your post! So so sweet and fun!! LOVE!!!

Teresa said...

Oh Goodness, Jessica! I love all your parties and this is no exception. I love every detail - you must have been sourcing some of those beautiful vintage pieces for some time. An incredible party and what an incredible and thoughtful mother you are. Happiest of birthdays Grace!
Can't wait to see what you have in store for next year!!

Cupcakes and Lemonade said...

I LOVE your head wraps! When do you think you might have them in your shop? My girls need some of these for the summer!


MomOf3HappyAsCanB said...

Where did you get your birthday invatation??? I've searched the whole internet world over and I LOVE those but can't find them on etsy! Could you maybe (just maybe!) give me the seller's profile name? :D her party turned out awesome!!!

Loralee Lewis said...

How cute! Love what you did and I can't believe the tablecloth! Beautiful job. So glad my invitations could be a small party in your Little Pumpkin's special day. Best, Loralee Lewis

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