It's Birthday Week here on She Makes a Home! That's right, on my blog I get an entire week.
So, I'm turning 28 tomorrow. I haven't had a really good party since I turned 21. I feel weird making a big deal about my birthday in real life - usually my husband and I just have a nice dinner and some cake; but I LOVE throwing parties. While I'm not making a big fuss about the big 2-8 tomorrow, I can still imagine what I would do.
This is round-up of handmade birthday ideas for a summer party. There's really no specific theme - it's all about COLOR and FUN.
1. The invitations: nothing says summer like ice pops in shade of pink lemonade. This step-by-step tutorial by Martha Stewart has everything you need to create these paper treats, including the free, downloadable clip art!
2. The cake topper: not only is this cake topper bright and colorful, but it uses one of our favorite warm-weather past times: water balloons! Martha Stewart is behind this one, too - find out how to make this easy, inexpensive cake decor.
3. The decor: my mom always decorated out birthday parties with streamers hung from the cieling to the cieling fan. I love this clever adaptation of the simple streamer by cutting a zig-zag pattern into them. Check out BetsyWhite.com for the full how-to.
4. Centerpieces: my birthday parties never had more than one table - I like to keep things intimate - but I would love to include some flowers at my dream party. These centerpieces are bright and beautiful, and Chelsea from Frolic shows you how here.
5. If there is no cake, to me it's like the birthday never happened; however, I will accept lemon meringue pie or lemon poppy seed muffins. This cake looks ah-may-zing. This cake is homemade by Sweetapolita, and she'll show you how to get those fancy Swiss Meringue Buttercream ruffles atop Rich & Dark Chocolate Cake layers. While I'm a "vanilla" girl at heart, this cake has me sold on chocolate for this year.
6. We can't have cake if there's nothing to eat it off of (or can we???). The Handmade Home shows us how to create these watercolor-themed plates and cups. If you want to go all-out with a watercolor-themed party, The Handmade Home also provides the how-to for watercolor bunting, treats, decor, thank you notes, activities, and a cake topper.
So if I were having a real party tomorrow, this is what I would do. Thank you for coming to my imaginary party - I'll save a hypothetical birthday cake martini for you!