Frilly Meets Farmhouse Birthday Party [Part One]


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Vivian Miette turned 3 last August. I’m finally posting it, which feels great since the summer-y pics make me smile and wink at the icicles hanging from the window where I sit.
I’m going to write about the party in parts and give links to where party goods were purchased to make your front yard party ready!

Where did the fun honeycomb balls come from? Devra-Party. Oh, and can you tell us if there are directions for the banner of honeycomb balls? Sure, I found the DIY here! [oh happy day! is a fun blog for all sorts of amusements!] I employed my husband to pick up the two wooden poles, which the honeycomb banner is attached to. They are from Lowe’s and are bannisters! I stained them and had Matt screw in eye hooks on the tops and that is handy dandy. I have used them for a wedding and in our pop up shop!

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The girl on the left is Miss Genevieve, Vivian’s little bestie. Six months older and Vivian think she sparkles! I found the vintage tricycle down the road in Verona. I bought it for her—an oldie, but a goodie kind of birthday present!

So, where did ya’ll find their dresses and shoes? Vivian’s dress came from Target, I was smitten with it and Vivian calls it her “princess dress”! Every girl loves a good “twirly” dress.¬†Vivian’s sandals are bright red to offset the fancy dress. We are huge fans of Saltwater Sandals, I wore them as a kid! Genevieve’s mom picked up her vintage dress at a store no longer in biz. Sad. Genevieve’s shoes are from Target.

Don’t forget to tell us where you picked up the gigantic balloons! Sure, they were purchased at Balloons Fast and I had them filled at our local hardware in Arcanum. Oh, and the foil “3” & “V” are available on that same site.

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Swirling on the lawn under a cloudless summer day. Bright sunshine for our sweetest ray -of -sunshine! Matt & I still smile at the memory of the “it’s a girl!” moment in the hospital. We are so blessed to have her.

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Mom tip: I have found as a busy hostess, it’s easier to pre-pack what I can ahead in boxes for the kids. That way I can enjoy the party. If you don’t have enough tables and chairs—do throw a blanket on the ground and take out boxes are perfect for a “picnic”! These textured creamy boxes [not styrofoam] available at my favorite, Webstaurant Store.

Paper napkins for the kiddos and party noisemakers: Dollar Tree

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Is that battenburg lace I spy under that lace overlay? Yes, it sure is! We received it at our wedding 16 years ago from a lovely aunt. I almost got rid of it, then after she passed away I was so thankful I didn’t. I updated it in a vat of rit dye to make it a salmon pink. The lace is from a garage sale, only .5 cents!

The divided box is vintage, from a school auction. It came from the Home Ec room. It’s a dandy and original color to boot!

Rifle Botanical Garland banner spelling “Vivian Miette” via Paper Source created by Rifle Paper Co.¬†

Cups and plates in tangerine: They were picked up at the local party store, the straws from Sugar Diva.

Pink forks & spoons: Dollar Tree

Cloth napkins: Really they’re scarves from Wal-Mart. Fun to use things other ways!


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Up, up & away. Pretty blue sky on that August day.

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Come back soon for part two! We can’t forget cake!



  • Marti Ledington

    Beautiful and so gifted you may be, Kara. What a darling daughter you have., and to the amazing mother she has…your blessed

  • Amy

    Vivian and her little friend are so precious! She’s a lucky little lady and I’m sure she’ll have the fondest memories of this. I think i’ll order some boxes to keep on hand, that is brilliant to prep food in advance that way.

  • Vivian’s Birthday Party. | MOLLY DUES photography

    […] Kara’s daughter Vivian turned 3 in August. Her little party was beautiful, and Kara outdid herself again. I had the privilege of photographing it, and it just so happens our daughters are best pals. We are totally ok with that. Kara blogged the sweet details here. […]

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