I really wanted to create a dreamy, magical setting for Mia’s 2nd birthday party and I love what we came up with! I chose purples and plums with gold accents for the color theme because I just love the way those colors work together. I came across an image of a dreamcatcher in those colors and that sealed the deal on the theme. I crafted dreamcatchers, arrow garlands, and feather headbands to create a Native American inspired setting and used lots of antlers, garlands, flowers, and sparkly gold accents as details. The printable items had purple watercolor accents and a floral antler graphic. I really love how everything looked set against the woodsy background and rustic picnic tables of the state park. The sun setting on the lake and trees was also perfect.
The dessert table was set against a backdrop that my super handy husband made out of a pallet. We hung DIY garlands and dreamcatchers over it, and used lots of vintage lace doilies on the dessert and banquet tables to continue with the bohemian feel. I think my favorite DIY of the party was the dip dying. I dip dyed the muslin favor bags and the table runner to go with the watercolor image on the printed items. It was way easier than I thought it would be, and I love the way they turned out.
We set up Mia’s teepee (our gift to her) at the party and provided toy bows and arrows. Seeing the kids run in and out of the teepee with arrows in hand and little feathers poking up behind their heads was one of my favorite parts of the night. We also had canoes available and a canoe race. We all sat down at the long banquet table for dinner and dessert, and ended the evening opening presents by lantern light.
My biggest tip for planning a party is to start way ahead of time. It will give you plenty of time to just brainstorm and gather ideas before anything is finalized. I seriously took months to decide on my theme and just mull over it before I ever bought or created anything. Then I gathered things here and there as I thought of them or came across them to avoid having to make hasty decisions.
Invitation & Printables: Prints for Events - www.printsforevents.etsy.com
Party photography: Abbey Deerest - www.abbeydeerest.com
Framed photos: Ariel Photography - http://arielelizabeth92.wix.com/arielphotography
Cookies: The Flying Cookie - http://theflyingcookieandcakes.wordpress.com
Teepee: House Inhabit - https://www.etsy.com/shop/houseinhabit
Venue: Natchez Trace State Park
What People Ate
Grilled Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice, Refried Beans, and Chips with salsa and guacamole
What People Drank
Berry Lemonade, Sweet & Unsweet Tea, and Water
Yogurt Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting, Berry Cups with Whipped Cream, and Teepee & Feather Cookies with Milk
Hersheys Kisses in dip dyed muslin bags with kraft arrow tags
Activities / Games
Canoe races on the lake. Teepee set up for kids. Toy bows and arrows.