Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Casual Party

Yesterday we had a birthday party for Ella. It was a small, casual affair with close family. I tried to keep the decorations simple. A Happy Birthday banner that I made hung in the kitchen, and ribbons hanging from the chandelier in the dining room. I may leave the ribbons up for a little while so the kids (and me too) can enjoy them a bit longer.
The silverware was plastic..... The plates and napkins paper....
The chairs were mismatched.....

And the flowers were fake.......



(Somewhere Martha is cringing!) But one little girl spent the whole day smiling.




Before the party, I finally got around to making my Spring banner. It was the perfect touch to our flowers and butterflies theme.




I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Today we are resting and just enjoying the day.

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
~Charles Dickens

28 comments:

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Happy Birthday to Ella! Love your Spring banner --- I can almost feel that it's really here! Not today (rainy and cold) -- but we've had a few teaser days here and there -- also little blooms here and there -- yes it's coming! (and I think blogworld is ready!)

xinex said...

Happy birthday, Ella! What a beautiful birthday cake and decorations fit for a beautiful birthday girl!...Christine

Shelia said...

Hi Michelle. Happy Birthday to Ella! What a pretty smile (kinda toothless :) ) she has! She's darling. I love everything you did to make her day festive! Poo on Martha! You're Michelle and did good!! :) Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

beth said...

How cute. I bet Ella absolutely loved it! :)

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!!

It's a birthday she will always remember.

The banners are too cute, and I love the cake.

LuLu said...

Happy Birthday Ella! so cute!! Your banner is wonderful!!! just love it. have a great weekend,
LuLu

Christina said...

The Spring banner is great!

Stacey said...

Looks perfect to me. Yesterday was my son's birthday too. He's 17.

I've never noticed your mismatched kitchen chairs. I love that look!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday, Ella! I have a granddaughter named Ella, too....beautiful name! Such a cute party and I love the birthday banner that you made. I'm going to file that in my brain. : )
Linda

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Happpy Birthday Ms. Ella! What a doll...and I can see why she has a big smile on her face...everything is beautiful! Love the vintage touches girl. cherry

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Martha may be cringing, but the rest of us are saying "Way to go, girl!"
Who cares about paper plates and fake flowers, you made a little girl feel special, and that ROCKS!

(I think mismatched chairs are the way to go anyway!)

C Maisy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA~~~
I love the way your house looks. It's just darling.
I want one of those spring banners. You are awesome girl!!!

Cheryl said...

Happy Birthday to Ella!! I just love your decorating.

Peace and Blessings
Cheryl...Snatch JOY~

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

what a great banner - and such a sweet party! A birthday cake any girl just dreams about! Happy birthday to sweet Ella!

marty39 said...

Ella's smile is worth a million. She is so cute and what a wonder party. The decorations were very pretty and I love the spring banner. Very cute. Hugs, Marty

SILVIA said...

aweee ,so cute!,happy b-day Ella, shes seven just like my girl,i'm sure she had so much fun.the decor was just beautiful and you have a gorgeous home..thanks for sharing...silvia..p/s hope you dont mind if i "follow you"..

Tootsie said...

wow! that is one beautiful smile!!!! what a great party!

I got your question about the hydrangea...I would be worried about it not getting enough moisture....that is about as much help as I have for you right now. If I come up with something a little more "beefy" I will let you know for sure!

Lisa Shatzer said...

Ella is a doll!
I love your banners, they are so pretty.

Cynthia said...

It's all beautiful!!! Happy B-day Ella. Cindy

artis1111 said...

Soooo cute!!! Love the chandy! and the cake!!! Kathy

june@craftyniche said...

Happy Birthday Ella! Your decorations are lovely.

Lisa said...

THINGS I LOVE:

YOUR BLOG
YOUR HOME
YOUR SPRING BANNER

HUGS FROM MAINE

Chloe's Couture said...

I am now inspired to make my own banners! I think you bday party for your daughter was lovely-simple and elegant!!

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Birthday Ella! That is the happiest smile I ever seen. Hope you got your wish when you blew out the candles! ~ Robyn

janet said...

happy birthday to your sweet little girl, oh and that smile would light up a room. The decorations and all are so beautiful.
hugs
janet

Darlene said...

Happy Birthday Ella!♥ Your decorations and cake look BEAUTIFUL!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a precious darling little girl and a precious party for her! You did such a nice job! Very festive and fun, and I love the banners and the cake! :-)

XO,

Sheila

LillySue said...

What a perfect party!! I love your banner....I need to make one like that!!
Blessings~ LillySue