Party at the Skidmores!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in birthday | 18 comments

I had a revelation about 10:00 this morning.

 Tonight was really going to be the best night to have a party to celebrate my Lila Mae’s birthday.

Needless to say, everything that I had planned to do today did not happen!

But, there is a slumber party going on upstairs right now with very happy children!

We don’t do giant birthday parties at our house.

This is definitely not one that you will be pinning!

But, even in all of this simplicity, Lila Mae has felt very special and very loved.

I can’t even count the times this evening that she has thanked me for this great party!

This is when I am so thankful for the more “permanent” birthday decorations that I have made in the past.

So, I thought I would share a couple of those with you!

The first is this cupcake that I painted a few years back.

I found this great frame at Goodwill.

I spray painted the frame turquoise.

Then, I painted right over the “rose” that was in the frame originally.

I have used it for several birthday parties now!

It is almost a tradition to hang this on the door for parties!

(I love a tradition.)

The next decoration I pulled out was the birthday banner.

I bought this one several years ago at Target.

It was pretty cute as it was.

But, with a little ribbon and strips of fabric. . .

It looks a lot more festive!

The next was party hats.

I found these at the Dollar Tree a while back.

I covered them with fabric.

Added fringe and rick rack to the bottom.

Added tassels to the top.

One with rick rack.

One with fringe.

And, one with fabric strips.

I am so thankful for these few party decorations that I keep on hand!

We made our own cake – not a lot of time to order one!

We headed down the cake aisle of the grocery store.

We found some great sprinkles, candles and blue icing.

Lila Mae wanted to decorate her own cake.

She has watched the Cake Boss enough to know what she is doing!

On the “card” aisle, we found this cute gift tag that we turned into a cake topper with a toothpick!

I love how she put on her sprinkles!

She loves a pattern!

It is hard for me to believe that my baby is 8?!

Where does the time go?!

Cherish each day!

I don’t think we could have loved this cake more!

And, she had a ball decorating it!

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  1. Happy birthday Lila!! Or should I say…future cake boss!

  2. Lila did a great job! Cut me a piece! 😀
    Having reusable party decorations is a great idea and perfect for instant parties!

  3. Such a great idea to keep some things on hand like that, Melissa, so you are always ready in some way for a birthday party! I love your framed birthday cupcake. The only thing that matters is that they are happy ~ I think sometimes the best birthdays cost us little money. Just some time and attention.

  4. This is so special! Kudos to you for doing a home birthday party with handmade decorations. Love your embellished Target banner! The simplicity of it all is breathtaking. My son is turning 11 this Friday and he wanted a Wimpy Kid movie party with 10 friends, his second major party. Usually our family birthday celebrations consist of a family dinner out. Two years ago we did a small home party as well. The are simply the best way to celebrate! Well done! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Oh, how sweet!! Lila Mae is adorable, and did a fantastic job on her cake!!

  6. What a great idea to have reusable party decorations. Those hats are so cute. You did a fantastic job on them. Lila Mae did an outstanding job on her cake. I think it’s great that she decorated it herself. I’m glad the spontaneous party was such a success.

  7. It was delicious too! Thanks for letting us be a part of it. Happy birthday Lila!

  8. Love the decorations you’ve collected throughout the years. I love banners, so I’m really lovin’ that Target banner all snazzed up! Hope you get some sleep tonight. Love, Bethany

  9. I love those fabulous party hats. The cupcake art is so much fun too. Great work.

  10. I wish I could paint as well as you. That looks great. And the banner is wonderful.

  11. One of my guys just turned 8 this week, too! Unfortunately, his mother wouldn’t let him within 10 miles of decorating his own cake because she is a control freak like that. She did, however, let him pick his own cake flavor and filling, which was quite a step for her. You’re a lucky little lady, Lila. If you are interested in a date with a blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy in about a decade or so, let me know. His calendar is wide open.

  12. Your “permanent” decorations are great! That cupcake is just too cute–you’re quite an artist.

    And isn’t it amazing when the “baby” isn’t a baby any more??

  13. That cake is just adorable …amazing that she did all that herself / so creative! 🙂

  14. What a wonderful party. Thanks so much for sharing this great celebration on Simple & Sweet Fridays! Great job on the beautiful cake, Lila Mae!


  15. Love your birthday party invitations. The colors are so bright and festive. I’m glad the birthday girl and all her guests had a geat time.

  16. Looks like the party made the birthday girl happy!

  17. Lila Mae did a great job on her cake & I love your decorations. That thrift store frame is AWESOME! Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. {Sorry I’m running late, I’ve been on vacation.}

    Warmly, Michelle

  18. Lila Mae did a great job on her cake & I love your decorations. That thrift store frame is AWESOME!

    Warmly, Michelle

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