I thought I would share with you a little party we held with our family after my youngest’s baptism a month ago.
It wasn’t a huge or lavish affair. I wanted things to be low-key and simple (well as simple as I can allow things to be) given the event was coming off the back of ripper party season and the weather was sweltering. As it was a mid-morning affair, I choose decorations and food that could be prepared the day before, allowing me to enjoy the party instead of being crazy busy. I must apologise as I didn’t photograph everything, but hopefully there are enough to give you an idea of what it was like.
I have wanted to have a baby elephant themed party for one of my boys for such a long time. When I came across a whole heap of blue elephant party items on clearance, it was locked in. After all, this was probably my last opportunity to throw a ‘cutesy’ themed party for my growing boys.
So, the theme – elephants. The colour palette – blue and chocolate with the addition of polkadots for some fun.
The food table had a milk and cookies kind of vibe. I had a variety of plain and flavoured milks in pitchers for guest to pour into their own miniature milk bottles.
All of the sweets I made the day before. Mini Oreo topped cupcakes, vanilla and white chocolate cake pops and brownies.
Instead of a cake, I decided on a two-tiered Oreo stacked ‘cake’. I got the idea from a Martha Stewart show and just had to recreate it. I topped this with a little wooden elephant I painted blue to suit the theme.
Other sweets on the table included blue and white M&Ms and butter cookies. We also served up cut fruit as a healthier sweet option.
For those who preferred savoury to the sweet, we had a variety of sandwiches and rice paper rolls.
To decorate, the food table had a blue and white polkadot material backdrop. You can read how I do these here. Pinned to the backdrop were some blue and chocolate paper garlands I made on my sewing machine. I love how these look and they are really simple to make. You can see my blog post on how to make these here.
The coordinating partyware was used to decorate the patio where I had the tea and coffee station set up. I neglected to photograph this but you can grab a glimpse of it to the side of this pic.
The baptismal boy was dressed to fit the theme in his blue and white polkadot elephant shirt. I got the talented Linda from Loui with Love to embroider this especially for the day. Amazingly, after a couple of Oreos, this shirt still remained clean.
Despite being dreadfully hot, it was a lovely morning. I was delighted that my planning, and restraint, resulted in a relatively fuss-free event. It seems I may be learning a thing or two as I get older.
Linking up with some of these fun parties
Monday: Singing Three Little Birdies, I should be Mopping the Floor, Polly Want a Crafter?, Cherished Bliss, The Gunny Sack, Skip to my Lou, Craftomaniac, It’s so Very Cheri, Keeping it Simple, Creating Really Awesome Free Things, Alderberry Hill, Its A Blog Party, A Pinch of Joy, Making the World Cuter, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, New Nostalgia, Ladybug Blessings, How to Nest for Less, Watch Out Martha, Clairjustinexoxo,
Tuesday: Coastal Charm, Today’s Creative Blog, Not Just a Housewife, A Bowl Full of Lemons , DIY by Design, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Home Stories A to Z, Hope Studios, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Organising Homelife, Carolyn’s Homework, The Blackberry Vine, The Kurtz Corner, A Little Tipsy, Gingersnap crafts, Time Warp Wife, These Creative Juices, The Thrifty Home, Its a Very Cherry World, Cornerstone Confessions, Rae Gun Ramblings, Northern Cottage, Clean and Scentsible, Creatively Living , Kathe with an E, Ivy and Elephants, Romance on a Dime, The Real Housewives of Riverton, DIY Dreamer, Primp, JAQS Studio,
Wednesday: Oopsey Daisy, My Girlish Whims, Uncommonly Yours, Creations by Kara, Raising Homemakers, The Thrifty Home, Twin Dragonfly Designs, A Creative Princess, Sugar and Dots, Seven Thirty Three, Fabric Bows and More, Someday Crafts, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Trendy Treehouse, Women Living Well, We are that Family, The Mommy Club , Raising Homemakers, Sew Much Ado,t Simple, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Free Pretty Things for You, DIY by Design, Bloom Designs, Mom on Timeout, We Like to learn as we Go, Family Home and Life, Savvy Southern Style, Fine Craft Guild, Embracing Change, HandyMan, Crafty Woman, Polkadots on Parade, No Minimalist Here
Thursday: House of Hepworths Delightful Order, Its a Keeper, The Frugal Girls, The 36th Avenue, Thrifty 101, A Glimpse Inside, Brambleberry Cottage, Bear Rabbit Bear, Michelle’s Tasty Creations and Crafty Ideas, Shabby Creek Cottage, Goings on in Texas, Happy Go Lucky, Raising Oranges, The Answer is Chocolate, The Taylor House, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Imparting Grace, Made in a Day, 52 Mantels, Loving This Crazy Life, Days of Chalk and Chocolate, Confessions of an ADD Housewife
Friday: The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, At the Picket Fence, Whipperberry, French Country Cottage, Thirty Handmade Days, Creation Corner, Finding Fabulous, Stuff and Nonsense, Fingerprints on the Fridge Naptime Crafters, While He Was Napping, My Romantic Home, Bacon Time With the Hungry, Hungry Hippo, Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons, Remodelaholic, Happy Hour Projects, Simply Designing, Simply Sweet Home, Tidy Mom, Young and Crafty, Serenity Now , Life as Mom, At the Picket Fence, Tatertots and Jello, Craft Junkie Too, A Little Knick Knack, Blissful and Domestic, Maiden D’Shade, Petites Passions, Bubbly Nature Creations, Here Comes the Sun, Liz Marie Blog, THe Grant Life, Craftionary, Redoux Interior, Common Ground, Just Us Four, Delicate Construction, AKA Designs, Family Ever After,
Saturday: Be Different Act Normal, The Girl Creative , Funky Junk Interiors , A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid , Its Overflowing, Natasha in Oz, Shaken Together, Homemaker in Heels, Addicted to Decorating
Sunday: A Rosie Sweet Home, I Heart Naptime, Under the Table Dreaming, DIY Showoff, Nifty Thrift Things, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Homemaker on a Dime, DIY Home Sweet Home, Cherished Treasures, My 1929 Charmer