vivi’s 3rd birthday

viva la viviRecently, we celebrated Vivi’s third birthday (seriously, can’t believe she is three!).  I asked her what she wanted for her party and she said “cupcakes,” so that left a lot of room for extra fun details.  Her birthday is in November, and here in Georgia that equals getting dark early and chilly-but-not-too-cold nights.  For her first two birthdays, we celebrated in the backyard and watched a movie, and it’s a fun tradition to continue.  I hope you don’t mind the complete photo overload.  Sara Harper did such an awesome job of capturing everything!

vivi's 3rd birthday

vivi's 3rd birthdayWe set out several toddler sized tables (we somehow have quite a few play tables on hand, and added in a couple of low benches, and Daddy/Grandpa custom built a really adorable 8 foot long banquet table!).  The tables were set with bamboo plates and forks, pink and white straws, a wooden necklace, and a feather headdress.  The name of the party was “Viva la Vivi” and we watched Peter Pan so everything had sort of a fiesta/lost boys/Tiger Lily mashup feel.

viva la viviThe long banquet table was stained a pickled white, and the other tables were covered in kraft paper, to keep a consistent, natural feel.  My talented friend Lindsay Coletta put together the absolutely gorgeous florals in cute little cans.  I’m completely crazy about the way they turned out!

viva la viviviva la viviviva la viviThe necklaces were really fun.  I used these beads (along with some black ones), painted the flat sides, and strung them on mason twine or suede cord.  They were really cute on all the girls, and a fun party favor!

viva la viviviva la viviviva la viviWe strung lights up everywhere to add to the magic, and to keep it bright enough after the sun set.

viva la viviviva la viviviva la viviThe food was pretty simple; Vivi’s only request was cupcakes, so we had strawberry cupcakes, a selection of fruit, chips and salsa, and hot dogs, and coffee to keep the grownups warm.  I kind of like not over-stressing about the food!  The kids are easy to please, so I like to keep that simple and make the rest feel like magic.

viva la viviviva la viviviva la viviviva la viviMy Uncle Jimmy was kind enough to let us borrow Porky for the kids to ride.  It was quite a hit, and the kids had to put in a dime for each ride.  So cute!

viva la viviWhen it got dark, we turned on Peter Pan.  The kids were completely mesmerized, and cuddled up on fluffy rugs and blankets and munched on their hot dogs and cupcakes.  The curtains around the screen are the playroom curtains, by the way.

viva la viviviva la viviIt was such a fun night, and such a blast celebrating my sweet girl.  You have changed my life, little Peanut, and I couldn’t be more thankful you came to live with us!

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33 Responses to “vivi’s 3rd birthday”

  1. sara did such an amazing job at capturing such a fun and special night of celebrating vivi. we had the best time and were so happy to get to be a part of it! you my friend are one sweet mama. XO

  2. Kendyl says:

    The parties you plan are always so amazing! Looks like such a fun time for the kiddos! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for Bridgette’s first birthday!

  3. What a fun and special party! I love that you made one really simple and fabulous favor. And I am totally borrowing the glitter bunting idea for future parties for my daughter.

  4. Lynne says:

    This is the cutest, sweetest party I have ever seen. The flowers are simply amazing. You are one talented lady! And, I can’t believe miss Vivi is 3!!! Love the photo with her thumb! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. designRoundup says:

    The most spectacular 3 year old party I have ever seen….very creative.

  6. So very beautiful! Fun to see all the little details and I love how you kept things simple, yet beautiful. Easy food is how I like to go too. :)

  7. Beautiful photos & sweet party. I can’t get enough of those sweet curls! Happy belated Birthday, Vivi!

    ps. Those flower arrangements are darling!!

  8. Sarah Granger-Twomey says:

    I LOVE the festival stringer lights at the kids’ height. Magical.

  9. Cami says:

    I am so in love with this party! This has to be the cutest kid party I’ve ever seen!

  10. Cecile says:

    How enchanting!

  11. Brittney says:

    What a sweet way to celebrate! I love the no-fuss look of everything but your attention to detail is amazing! Vivi is a lucky girl to call you her mama!

  12. Terina says:

    Wow!! You did an another amazing job with the decorations and theme!! The photos are fantastic

  13. Jenna D says:

    LOVE every detail. Our two little ones are completely smitten with Peter Pan! Do you mind sharing where you found the black/white pillows?

  14. keshet says:

    Beautiful! What a fun, sweet party and the cupcakes look delish!

  15. Eboness Belin says:

    I love this set up! I love that everything is miniature and right sized for the kids…..color palette and curtain drop is fabulous! inspired.

  16. Katerina says:

    This is genius. What a lucky girl Vivi is! I need to calm down with the food too; I always go overboard and don’t get to enjoy the party as a result. And the kids would just as soon eat sausage rolls.
    I’ll have to remember to do a backyard movie for the kids over the summer. What a fun idea!

  17. Darren Motto says:

    Really wonderful birthday she had. There would have been a lot of joy for her. You have did a fantastic job by arranging the party for they toddlers and Sara too by capturing all images. Table setting is more important while kids have to party. You have did a terrific job. You have chosen perfect table cloths and surely would have been taken care of them.

  18. Annie says:

    I am completely obsessed with your blog. Love, love, LOVE! Where did you find the outdoor screen and projector (?)?

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  22. This is one of the most creative and perfectly designed parties I have seen! I love how gorgeous it is- the photos are beautiful, too! What a great party!

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    Where did you get your darling TEEPEE?

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  26. Jean says:

    This looks great! I’m toying with the idea for my girls’ next party in October. What type of projector do you use?

    • jonilay says:

      So fun, Jean! I honestly don’t know much about the technical stuff – but it’s a rear projector, so it’s behind the screen projecting the movie – not sure if that helps!

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  28. Natalie says:

    What ribbon or elastic did you use for the headdresses? Did you make them the same size for all the kids?

    • Joni says:

      Hi Natalie! I can’t remember exactly – I used elastic, and I measured Vivi’s head, and made them very slightly smaller than that and they were all the same size. It worked out just right!

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