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March 26, 2011
|  filed under: Personal

Clara’s party theme centered on her dress. It was on sale after Christmas and when I looked at it I thought I was looking at Clara. My original party plan was to do a “scotty dog” theme, but the more I looked at the dress, the more it reminded me of a houndstooth pattern. So I decided to adapt the theme to be a modern whimsical take on that traditional textile pattern. So from the invite to the food I tried to use either colors of the dress and/or a traditional black and white of the real pattern. And while I did have a couple token “healthy trays” of food, most of the dessert table was also houndstooth inspired.

Successes: The pendant bunting. I started making it as an above the crib decoration when I was pregnant with Juliet… problem is I can’t sew with a machine, so I hand sewed the stinkin pendants. I would love to give you a tutorial on how to make these, but I definitely did things the hard way, and you’d be shouting not nice things at me if I were to tell you how I did it… I would recommend googling “Pendant Bunting Tutorial” and I’m 100% sure something easier than what I did will come up! My goal this year, learn to use a sewing machine!

Dog Print. I used the front of the invitation, minus the party info, to make the dog print above the table.

Fails: I didn’t get the menu tags set out… so when people were choosing what to eat I heard a lot of “oooh, what’s this.” They were cute labels…next time!

Table Cloth: Yes, it’s a bed sheet… with a white cut of fabric that I use for newborn photo shoots. I will be investing in good table cloths for the future ☺

At any rate, if you read any of that, bonus points!! Here are the photos!


Some Resources, please ask if you have specific questions about anything!!
Shoes Etsy: LippyLouShoes
Favors: Muslin bags with stamped child’s name, the houndstooth pattern self printed sticker (DIY)
Confetti: in onhand glassine bags (DIY)
Grey Striped Paper Straws:
Milk Bottles: Starbucks Frappuccino bottles
Dog Print: Costco poster board print,
Fringe streamers: crepe paper from
Pendant Banner: Fabric and bias tape from Joann’s
Small clear plastic tumblers: Cash and Carry
Invitations: Me. Find a free download of it on this post here.
Cupcake flags: Bamboo Skewers with grosgrain ribbon (DIY)

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