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A Garden Party Birthday

A Garden Party Birthday

This past weekend, we celebrated my daughter Brynn’s 5th birthday! Which also means that my next blog post will be something like “Oh my, how is possible that my baby is 5!” In the meantime, let me tell you about her party….

When Brynn and I were first discussing what she would like to do for her party, way back in December, she said that she wanted animals……again.  This would be the 3rd time Brynn has had animals at her birthday, the girl just LOVES animals. Luckily so do I!  Since we had already done a barnyard theme, as well as a county fair party, we decided to call this one a garden party with animals.

Right away I envisioned a beautiful canopy of colorful paper lanterns and streamers floating over the backyard.  My husband was a little bit less excited about this idea, seeing as how this project would ultimately become his job on the morning of the party. But in the end, he was a good sport about it and made it look fabulous!

Paper lanterns at garden party

I also found inspiration from a new party collection called Liberty Betsy by Meri Meri, definitely one of my most favorite party splurges. I ordered the large plates, the tiny Canape’ plates for cupcakes, small napkins, crowns and gift bags in this design.


For invitations, I will often look to Etsy because they have such a variety of styles and they can be personalized and printed out right at home. I know most people use Evite these days, however, I still love the idea of sending invitations in the mail because I believe that they really set the mood of the party. For Brynn’s party, I chose a beautiful watercolor floral card with a bunny, and I think it represented our theme quite well!

As for food, I knew immediately that we had to have tiny sandwiches, any proper garden party would.  I decided on 3 different kinds, turkey/cheese, egg salad and cream cheese/strawberry jelly.  I cut them out in different shapes and created a key card showing which sandwich went with which shape.  I also made some lovely flower shaped fruit skewers using green grapes and watermelon, these were a huge hit with the kids. How could you not want to eat your fruit when it comes on a skewer?!  I also did berry cups, cheddar bunnies, edamame, a veggie tray, cheese/crackers and of course cupcakes!






As for the animals, we really lucked out.  I was able to find the most wonderful owner of a small animal farm including a pony located in my area. She showed up with some of the most adorable animals I’ve ever seen, and when all the chickens sat on the donkey, I knew we were off to a great start!


The birthday girl herself riding a sparkly pony in pink cowgirl boots!

Something else you will always see at my parties is a craft table. I love to have kids make a craft that goes along with whatever theme we have selected. For this party, I decided to have the kids decorate flower pots by covering them with tissue paper cut outs using Modge Podge. This is a fun and fairly easy project to complete. I have to say, in the end, I think more of the moms at my party ended up making flower pots than kids did!


All in all I would say that this was a successful party. We started the party at 11am which made the set up time very early and a little hard on the set up crew (a.k.a. mom and dad) but we made it work. I should also mention that we hired a fabulous face painter which I highly recommend at any kids party if possible. I even got my face painted, because why not!?

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post, let me know if you have any questions in the comment section and i’d be happy to answer them!



Paper Flower Garland fit for a Garden Party

Paper Flower Garland fit for a Garden Party

When my nearly 5 year old daughter Brynn decided she wanted an outdoor garden party for her birthday, I was thrilled!  This theme allows for so many beautiful design options so my mind immediately started racing with ideas.  One of the first things that came to mind, was this gorgeous paper flower garland I had seen in a magazine, and I knew that I had to figure out how to make one of my own!

The only way “I” could cut out enough paper flowers to make a whole garland was to use my Cricut machine.  I started trying out several of the different flower options available through Cricut and finally decided on this pattern.

Cricut flower template

When I went to the craft store looking for paper to use in my project, I fell in love with a beautiful flower pattern that went with my garden party idea. So I decided to create a color palette based on that print.  I love the idea of matching but not matching paper choices, if that makes sense.  For instance, I mix polka dot patterns in with my floral and stripe patterns.  Here are some of the different papers I chose.

paper flower garland cut outs
Use a variety of colors and patterns

Once you’ve cut out your flowers, now comes the tricky part, rolling and gluing your flowers together.  This part took a lot of trial and error for me, the first time I rolled my flowers, I began on the wrong side and I couldn’t figure out why they looked so strange!  I quickly figured out that you need to start from the outermost circle and roll into the center, and the little circle in the middle is actually the base that you use to glue it all together.  I also found it handy to use the tip of some small scissors to begin the rolling process.

paper flowers
Flowers that have been rolled and glued together.

My garland is about 16′ long using 55 flowers and spaced about 2.5″ apart.  I attached them to some gardening string that I found at Target, but jute twine or hemp twine should work well too.  In order to attach the flowers to the string, I put glue just along the inside of the outermost flower petals and pushed the sting down into the petals.

Paper flower garland
Attach the flowers to your string.


Check back soon to see how this garland looks at my daughter’s garden party!

Welcome to Just Add Flair!

Welcome to Just Add Flair!

Hello and welcome to Just Add Flair! I am excited to finally start my own blog where I can share party and craft ideas often inspired by my two girls.  After becoming a mom for the first time in 2008, life has change a LOT and most definitely for the better! I finally have a great excuse to plan and design the most fun and whimsical parties for kids an grown ups or decorate my house for each holiday (especially Christmas and Halloween)!  We definitely have a love for all things holiday, and birthdays certainly count as holidays around my house!

I chose the name Just Add Flair because the definition of flair is ‘stylishness and originality’, which is what I try to bring to each of my projects. I love adding the unique details that really make each moment memorable whether it’s for a party or just crafting with my daughters.  In fact, I have even created my own “Craft Cave” to sneak away too (though often times my girls follow me)!   Here is where all the magic happens…


Right now, I am working to complete a paper flower garland in time for my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday party!  Here is a sneak peak of the garland, which I will elaborate on more in a future blog!

Paper Flower Garland
Paper Flower Garland

Thanks for checking in, let’s get started!