Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Peaches and Owls Party

Hello! I'm Kallie from Kallie Brynn Photography and I'm honored to be guest posting today to share my daughter's first birthday party. As a photographer with a love for design, I jumped at the chance to test my event design skills.

I started several months early by designing the invitation - mainly peach with a bit of pink.
I had wanted so badly to have the party outside. I planned to string lanterns and poms across our lawn from our big oak tree to our porch. The natural light and crisp winter air were supposed to be perfect.
And then it was freezing. And gloomy. In central Florida. Two days before the party, I just knew it wasn't going to happen outside, so it was time to accept that fact and work to make the best possible adjustments for indoors.
We moved all of the furniture out of the front of our house and into our garage and back rooms. Then we tacked massive sheets of white fabric to the ceiling to cover the main walls. It was quite a nice transformation.
I started with the color scheme and added owls for fun. The peaches and pinks were quite pretty. The bamboo plates, platters, and sporks were from www.greenfeet.com. I found the large 36" white balloons (and tiny pink heart ones) on amazon.com.
I made the cake topper - painted the wooden girl and put one of the tablecloth fabrics on her as a dress. The bow is made from the twine I used on the owl lollipops, cup tags, and balloons. The little girl and "t" are affixed and I set the rose bud and owl on top. The owl was from my Grandmother, who passed away in November.
The cupcakes were made from recipes in the book Organic and Chic. The icings were amazing; the cakes were okay. The two chocolates together were way too intense. Maybe had the icings been swapped, they would have been better. Baking supplies were from Bake It Pretty and Ultimate Baker.
Owl lollipops made from scratch. The cow milk glasses are from shopterrain.com. We love them and use them every day now. The owl shortbread butter cookies from Organic and Chic melted in your mouth. Love that recipe! And a bunch of peaches.
IBC cream soda and root beer. Pink raspberry lemonade for the jars. The mason jars with floral cut-out lids (from Candle Soylutions) had white paper straws and tags that said "_________ is using this cup." We also had fresh coffee and warm apple cider.
"Whoo wants a snack?"
Poms from www.pom-love.com.
The amazing ceramic owl vase from Fruitflypie on Etsy.
T with friends and family in her tutu I made with pretty pastel tulle and a pink satin ribbon.
I won the party hats by babydarling from a giveaway on martawrites blog. So very cute!
We set up a little table for the kids to make their own paper owls. "Owl make an owl!" I cut up the different pieces in several colors so the kiddos could mix and match and make their owls how they wanted.
Our good friend, Matt Hires, came and sang "You are my Sunshine" and "Happy Birthday" for Tova.

Tova First Birthday Song from Kallie Brynn on Vimeo.
I had my friend and fellow photographer, Tina Sargeant, take some photos with my camera while I attended to the smash cake - complete with a beeswax candle.
You should really go check out Matt Hires' music! (Now we're back to my photos.)
The perfectly amazing owl pinata from Birchangel Pinatas.
It was such a blast!

You can check out even more photos on my original post.

Thanks so much, Brittany, for letting me share! If you have any questions on where I got something or how I did it, don't hesitate to ask.

Happy partying!

sucre - chocolate!

I know I said today would be a giveaway, I apologize that I didn't get to it. It's coming soon..

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If the pictures have your mouth watering,
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I know two little girls who are going to be so excited to find these Milk Chocolate Surprise Eggs in their baskets.

So be sure to order today and take advantage of their flat rate shipping or free shipping if your order exceeds $70, but even if you miss the deadline, the extra money will be worth it. I promise!

Monday, March 29, 2010


We arrived in Denver yesterday, early evening. I'm exhausted. Lily starts school tomorrow. We have the next 4 days in a hotel. I am still waiting for the moment the whole thing feels real.

Posting this week may be a bit sporadic. We're moving into our house this weekend and will finally be settled, at which point regular posting can resume.

*** There is a giveaway tomorrow so be sure to check back!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

color week: YELLOW! {brilliant birthday bash}

Hello everyone!

This is Stephanie Ford; mom of two, author of a little blog about our lives called Simply Radiant, and designer of the Pop line at Sycamore Street Press. I feel so honored to be invited to do a guest post because I've been a long time reader of Tangled and True! Since today's color is yellow, Brittany invited me to tell you about a party I threw last year for my son's second birthday. To be honest, I had other plans in mind for the party, but my son told everyone who mentioned his birthday that he was going to have a yellow party, and I didn't want to disappoint so yellow party it was.

I started out with putting together simple yellow invitations.
The inside pulled out to reveal party details.
I made small yellow bunting and hung it all of the house the day of the party.
and I slipped yellow scrapbooking paper and pictures of my son with a yellow mustache over the artwork that we already had hanging up. Then of course, we had yellow mustaches for all the guests to join in the fun.
We asked all the guests to wear yellow and told them there would be a prize for the person wearing the most yellow. We have some pretty competitive family members and they really went all out, which made the party a lot of fun.

We served all yellow food and individual peach pies for dessert (because my son requested pie)
Since all the guests were adults, I tried to come up with something fun for them to do at the party so we set up a photobooth in the hallway.
It turned out that our son loved the photobooth most of all and ended up in almost all of the photos. I love that he has photos like these with my dad and my mom to remember the party by.

I hope that this will provide inspiration for some of you!

Thanks again to Brittany for inviting me to share.
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