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em's sixth birthday

So much to catch up on! Em turned six last month. Surprise, it was a pony party! So we’ve got a pony party, our travels to Denver, Massachusetts, Dubai, Azerbaijan, and a Disney cruise to fill you in on. Plus, lots of letterpress including her invitations + paper goods for her party and lots and lots of custom home illustrated moving announcements.

em’s fifth birthday invitations

I’m so excited to finally share with you the invitations we designed + letterpress printed for Em’s birthday party. As you recall, she requested a mermaid theme for her fifth birthday.

em's fifth birthday invitations

The illustrations were really fun to work on. Kelp, seashells and bubbles! Oh my! Plus we hid a few mermaid specific illustrations. We chose a very soothing color palette reminiscent of sea glass and threw in a pop of vibrant orchid for the text.

em's fifth birthday invitations

How wonderful are these vintage stamps? Perfect for her underwater theme.

em's fifth birthday invitations

Like previous years, we handed out wish cards for our family to write their wishes for Em. This year, she really enjoyed reading them after the party.

em's fifth birthday invitations

And finally, the mermaid merci cards that we sent out post party to thank everyone for their thoughtful gifts and for celebrating with us.

em's fifth birthday invitations

em's fifth birthday invitations

And there you have it! Em’s mermaid invitations for her fifth birthday party.

em’s fifth birthday party

This year, Em wanted a mermaid party for her birthday!

em's fifth birthday party

And a mermaid party during April was a fun challenge. Public pools open at the end of May. We found an indoor pool option but I wasn’t sure we were prepared to chaperone twenty plus five-year-olds. Then, we discovered The Fish Gallery – a tropical fish store that also installs professional tanks. They have a party room and a gorgeous showroom. It was perfect.

em's fifth birthday party

The kids got to watch + participate in feeding the fish in the grand showroom tanks.

em's fifth birthday party

em's fifth birthday party

They toured the facility and got to touch starfish and little fish in the touch tanks. It was all wonderfully informative and the kids had such a fun time!

em's fifth birthday party

Afterwards, it was hand washing time. Then, lunch and birthday cake! 

em's fifth birthday party

Like previous years, the sandwiches and fruit came from a local grocery store as did the flowers. Continuing with the color scheme, we made a mint colored drink using lemonade and blue kool aid mix.

em's fifth birthday party

We got a small, inexpensive custom birthday cake from Whole Foods. It had layers of chocolate ganache on the inside. Mummm!

em's fifth birthday party

The cupcakes came from Hey Cupcake! and were part of The Fish Gallery’s party package. There were suppose to be all white. But, hey, kids love sprinkles! We letterpress printed mermaid + ocean characters and made cupcake toppers with them.

em's fifth birthday party

For party favors, we decided on these sweet mermaid and starfish cookies. They were incredibly good!

em's fifth birthday party

I found starfish + seahorse glasses at Homegoods. They were perfect to house the anchor forks and paper straws.

em's fifth birthday party

So that’s it! Em’s mermaid birthday bash. Thanks to everyone that was able to join us and celebrate her fifth birthday!

em's fifth birthday party

We look forward to sharing her birthday invitations with you, lovely readers. Be on the lookout!

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em's fifth birthday

This weekend, Em turned five! She wanted a mermaid theme, so we had a little undersea celebration. I’m looking forward to sharing her party + paper details with you!

Oh, happiest of birthdays to you – our sweet, silly, brave, bright, beautiful little girl!

Cookie favors from Truly Scrumptious Cookies.

em’s fourth birthday party

A while back, we shared with you Em’s fourth birthday invitations. Today, we’ll share her party pics with you!

Em takes dancing. She loves it and has made a few friends in dance class. And, it just so happens that many of her school friends also take dance classes. So, we decided to throw a ballet birthday party for Em!

Her ballet birthday was held at Ballet Austin. The set up was wonderful! In one, window-filled room there was food + cake.

em's fourth birthday

Sandwiches, cupcakes and a small cake all came from a local grocery store. The flowers did too. I bought several types of flowers and arranged them the day before the party.

em's fourth birthday

For the table decor, I painted some of the drink bottles we already had on hand. We placed a few small floral arrangements in them.

em's fourth birthday

The vintage cupcake toppers we ordered never arrived. So, we improvised. We made these toppers using scraps from her invitations and glitter paper.

em's fourth birthday

em's fourth birthday

A real ballerina in a beautiful tutu brought the girls into a dance studio for a forty-five minute dance class.

em's fourth birthday

em's fourth birthday

After the class, the girls returned for refreshments and cake!

em's fourth birthday

For the favors, we embellished hair bows with ballet buttons. Each girl received a bow and a bracelet inside a pretty gold polka dot bag.

em's fourth birthday

So that’s it! Em’s ballet birthday party to celebrate turning four. A big thank you to all that were able to join us.

em’s fourth birthday invitations

Today, I am excited to share with you the invitations we designed + letterpress printed for our daughter’s fourth birthday party. Plus, I’m sharing a few other paper pieces from her celebration.

This year, we decided to throw a ballerina birthday bash for our little girl since she adores dancing.

em's fourth birthday invites

We try to use her invitations as an opportunity to experiment with something new. Last year, we did a five color print job. This year, we lined the envelopes with custom letterpress printed paper.

em's fourth birthday invites

We chose a soft pink Italian paper for her paper pieces and printed with black ink.

The silhouette is really Emily! I made it using an actual photo of her in fourth position. Fourth position for her fourth birthday. I love little details like this. So, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

em's fourth birthday invites

Again, like previous years, we had wish cards for guests to write their wishes for Emily. It was fun to read them together after the party.

em's fourth birthday invites

Lastly, the thank you cards featured her silhouette to continue the theme.

So, here they are. Em’s letterpress printed invitations + paper pieces for her ballerina birthday bash!

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em's fourth birthday party

Our little Em turned four. This weekend we celebrated with a ballerina birthday bash. Can’t wait to share her invites + party with you!

em’s third birthday // the details

We’ve shared with you Em’s pixie party. Now, here’s how it all came together! As we mentioned, we decided not to have the party at our house this year. Instead, we rented out a place called Gorgeous Millie and invited all of Em’s classmates and a few friends from her dancing class.

em's third birthday party

Since the space was already so lovely, we kept decorations very simple + minimal. I ordered 3 huge balloons from here. The white vases were a mix of from Ikea and Goodwill. Like previous years, I just picked up flowers the day before the party at a local grocery store and put them together. To follow the rainbow theme, I made sure to get flowers in all of these colors – pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The glittery little fairies are from The Disney Store.

em's third birthday party

The birthday cake came from Whole Foods. It had layers of chocolate ganache on the inside and we asked for the outside to be completely white. At home, I decorated it with multicolored sprinkles I found in the Easter aisle at Target. These are the twisted candles we used. For the cake topper, I made her name out of the heaviest gold wire I could find from the craft store.

em's third birthday party

Just like the previous two years, we picked up tasty macarons from a local bakery called La Pâtisserie.

em's third birthday party

In addition to the macarons + cake, we picked up a fruit tray and a couple of sandwich trays from a local grocery store. We wanted to keep the food simple and easy.

em's third birthday party

We offered water and lemonade to the guests. For the lemonade, we used organic lemonade we picked up from Central Market and infused it with strawberries and lemon slices. This is the drink dispenser we used. It holds 3 gallons and we had to refill it during the party.

em's third birthday party

The glass bottles are actually Starbucks coffee drink bottles. We’ve used them the last two years so peeling off all those labels was an excellent investment time-wise! I ordered the striped paper straws from two different Etsy shops – here and here.

em's third birthday party

The party space, Gorgeous Millie, provided lots of dress up clothes options including hats, princess dresses and a few colorful fairy wings. We also brought additional tutus + white fairy wings for the children.

em's third birthday party

Em’s custom party hat came from the same Etsy seller we used last year.

em's third birthday party

Instead of buying a piñata, I tried my hand at making one using these instructions + these instructions. I wish I would have taken more time on it and added more layers. This is where I bought the crepe paper. I also added iridescent mylar sheets that I picked up in the gift wrapping aisle at a party store. If you’re going to make one, I highly recommend getting these fringe scissors. I added a removable bottom which I fastened out of cardboard since I filled the piñata with heavy party favors instead of confetti. I poked holes through the cardboard bottom and strung through pull stings made from iridescent curling ribbon. One strand of ribbon was tied securely and was the one that opened up the piñata.

em's third birthday party

The favors all came from Party City with the exception of the poppers that I bought online which turned out to be duds and rainbow circle stickers I found at Target. The kids gathered all of their goodies in super cute gold polka dot muslin bags I found on Etsy.

em's third birthday party

And, there you have it! The makings of Em’s third birthday party.