H. turned 4 late last week, and to help her celebrate, we threw her a puzzle-themed party over the weekend.
For the invitations, I used my aging Print Gocco machine to print the text. Using a piece of one of H’s & J’s floor puzzles as a template, I cut out each invitation in the shape of a puzzle piece.I stamped each name of the guests on the envelopes and created stickers using a scalloped punch out with a Craft Pudding stamp of a little girl who resembles H.
A while back, I purchased Alicia Paulson’s Stitched in Time. From that book, I made H’s birthday banner from left over fabric. Instead of painting the letters on, I used iron-on transfer paper and created the text on my computer. I’ll be able to reuse it for future parties, but for now, it is hanging in her room with the non-text side showing.
The color inspiration for the party came from the Oliver and S Popover Sundress I made for H.
Our friend Sharon, who is the creative mind behind Sweet Bea Cakes, made H’s gorgeous birthday cake. When Sharon and I met to discuss the cake, I knew I wanted 4 puzzle pieces, since H is turning 4, with one piece disconnected from the rest. It was Sharon’s brilliant idea to hand paint the flower design of her dress onto the cake. Not only was the cake beautiful, the chocolate ganache and marshmallow fondant just melted in your mouth. I think the cake totally made the party!
We held the party at a local park. So while the kids weren’t playing, I set up a table where they could make their own puzzles. On the table, I spread out a bunch of rubber stamps, ink pads, and markers for them to decorate blank puzzles.
For the party favors, I wrapped up matchbox puzzles.
The only thing I have left to do is make thank you cards.
With all of H’s previous parties, I think the theme of this one can came together quite well. Last night when I put her to bed, H. hugged me and whispered in my ear: “I have a secret in two parts for you, Mama. I loved my party and adored my cake.” I’ll take that sweet thank you any day.