Anyhoo, her glittery gold, peach and pink giraffe (or as she says, "Gigi", party) was the CUTEST! I am so excited to share the photos with you all!
I invested in a Cuttlebug die cutting machine for this party. Using a die I found on Amazon, I cut out gold giraffe silhouettes from vinyl to add some pizzazz to my glass milk bottles. I am now in love with vinyl, by the way! Such an easy material to decorate with, reusable, repositionable, and it doesn't leave any residue like sticker paper! I even used the vinyl I had left over to cut out some trendy gold dots for the girls' room! Stay tuned for the reveal :).
Back to the party. I applied the same method I used for Leah's Kitten Party last year and the Tribal Baby Shower last month to make a bunch of tissue tassels in pink, peach, gold, white, and polka dot. I just love the look of these strung on the back of chairs! Such an inexpensive and fun addition to a tablescape.
As always, I found something special and unique for party favors :). These beaded giraffe bracelets were a convenient find at my local Fred Meyer, and they were only a dollar! Bonus, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bracelets go to protecting endangered species! I also found some hemp string and safari beads at Hobby Lobby, which I used to make some easy sliding knot bracelets for the boys. Aren't they cute?!
And look! I reused one of the "splurge" items from my wedding for the dessert table! I adore this sparkly blush tablecloth, and even though it's meant for a longer table, it looked great with the excess fabric draped to the floor and tucked under. Gorge!
On the subject of the dessert table, I changed it up a bit for this party. In the past I've made five more or more desserts for each party, mostly for the sake of filling out the table display. Not only was this time consuming and costly, but it was super stressful to try to time all of the food preparation out so that everything was done on time and fresh for the guests. Consequently, I've always ended up with ridiculous amounts of food left over after the party which I 1) aggressively try forcing guests to take home with them, 2) eat for the next week and strongly regret, or 3) throw in the trash. So this year, I did something different. I limited myself to three desserts: strawberry shortcake, chocolate cupcakes and vegan sugar cookies (for the guests with dairy allergies.) This way there was something for everyone, but not so much that it was overwhelming. And let me tell you, it worked out fabulously! And my solution for filling out the dessert table? Mirror desserts on each side of the center of the table! Symmetry, baby. Woot!
My good friend and photographer extraordinaire Daisy Jones photographed this party for me (thank God, because this was an evening party on a rainy day and the few photos I took were hopelessly dreary!!) Check out her business page, Timeless Photography, here. She is so talented!!
Oh, and I almost forgot! How darling are these invitations?! Made them myself, and guess what? I'm including a free template for you to use for your own little gigi-lover! Enjoy :). And happy party planning!