Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Guess Whooo’s Two… An Owl Birthday Party

We did an owl party for Blair’s second birthday this year. The inspiration for the owl themed party came from an owl dress I got for her from Kelly’s Kids, and the whole party turned out so cute.

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I wanted to use the basic colors in the dress, and I found the perfect paper for the invitations on sale at Hobby Lobby.

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I made the pattern for the invitations tracing the basic shape of an owl body I found. I resized and reshaped it until it was just what I wanted and fit in a 5 x 7 envelope. Here is my pattern. I traced both sides of the one wing to make the two wings – in other words, on printed paper, you have trace the wing and flip the wing over and trace it again for it to work for both sides of the owl.

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Most of the owl bodies were solid, and I used the printed paper for the wings – I thought it looked better that way.

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I printed the invitation wording on colored paper, cut them out in rectangles, glued them on. I think I used the biggest eyes that Hobby Lobby had. I used regular school glue to put them on, but I would use rubber cement if I did them again. With the owls I used for decoration, I had a problem with the eyes popping off because they’re so slick on the back.

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This is the food table with the cake, cookies, and pumpkin! I decorated with the same owls I made for the invitations.

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On the tables, I had a crate with an owl on each side to hold napkins and silverware. I already had the crates from when I did Brad’s Grandpop’s 100th birthday a few years back – they’re also from Hobby Lobby. They worked out perfectly for this party too!

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And then I used the wooden crates decorated with an owl on the food table for different kinds of chips.

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The plates and napkins came from the party store (on sale!). The colors were perfect!

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My sweet husband carved the owl in the pumpkin using a kit I found at Wal-mart.

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Last, but best of all, my mom made the fabulous owl birthday cake, and my sister made the cookies.

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Aunt Linnie’s cookies are as delicious as they are adorable! She will make whatever cookie you want, and she’ll decorate it just right! And she ships! Check out her blog for more information!

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And my mom made Blair’s cake again this year. Last year she did an adorable pig cake. As always she did a fantastic job on this year’s owl cake. The cake’s top layer was red velvet and the bottom chocolate --  two types of cake that Blair loves.

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Although I had some ideas for owl favors, I decided that since we just invited family and no kids came that we would do favors another birthday!

It was a fun day at Miss Blair’s owl themed birthday party!

46 comments:

The View From A Saddle said...

I'm so sad I missed it!! It looked like so much fun... and those cookies were very tasty!! Thanks for sending some up to our house! :) See you tomorrow!!!

Jen O'Daniel said...

ADORABLE!!!! Would you consider a position as my party planner!? I mean, really... you are too good!!!

Julia said...

This turned out perfect! I love all the details. The invitations turned out adorable and they cake and cookies look beautiful and so professional!

Jill said...

Absolutely Precious! I love it!

brooke lynn said...

adorable, great job!
that cake is awesome!!

Katie McCord Grice said...

Wow, you are awesome!!! :-) Amazing!!!!! Looks like Blair had a great time, too!

Ana said...

Que grande y chulisima esta Blair! The birthday party theme was cute as heck... loved it! Hope all is well in Ga. Besitos a todos por casa.

AA said...

Ash - what a great party!! Like Orr said - great party planner! The owls are precious. And the picture of her blowing is priceless - made me smile.

Amy said...

so cute!! i found your blog by chance and have LOVED reading through your posts. What a sweet family you have! :)

Jeff and Beth said...

super cute and so creative....Your mom is an amazing cake decorator!

Jennifer said...

How cute! I love the owl theme!

Lynn said...

Love the decorations! So creative...and original! And the cake and cookies look awesome:)

Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns said...

Pretty color scheme! LOVE the cake and the cookies!

Heather L. said...

This party is SO cute!!! I love the colors, and that cake is AMAZING!!!! Great job!

Anonymous said...

I love this owl invite! Is there anyway you could upload the file? thank you!!

Junita said...

awww, adore your invite! can I feature this as a tutorial on my blog? kinderplays.blogspot.com and kindly write to me at momlicious@gmail.com

colleen banman said...

oh wow, fantastic party. what a fun color scheme. i love the cake and cookies and blair's dress most of all...and that last photo of blowing out the candles...TOO CUTE!!

Kim @ Party Frosting! said...

super adorable! I love all the colors and patterns! The paper owls & cookies & cake are so fantastic!

hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

Brooke said...

I am going to use your owl theme for my daughter's (who also happens to be Blair) first birthday! I was set on an owl theme and had trouble finding stuff in the store so was incredibly excited to see all your cute ideas!! The cake and cookies are adorable...I may be getting in touch with your sister if the budget allows! Thanks!

amber said...

This is. so. cute. I want my daughter to have owls for her second birthday but can't find much - thanks for the ideas!

The Speight Family said...

I am so glad you posted this for Kelly's SUYL Friday! My daughter's birthday is in May and we are doing an owl party! Some great ideas for me!!

skourasfam said...

I absolutely love it all.

The invites are perfect, the cake is adorable and kudos to your sis on the cookies!

Bethany {3SonsPlus1} said...

Oh my gosh, such a cute party!! LOVE the cake and cookies- amazing!- and especially that last pic of your sweet little girl blowing out her candle!!

I am a Spanish speaker, world traveler, and former high school teacher, too. =)

Katie said...

Adorable! Love the whole theme and the cookies and cake look so yummy! Great job on the invites!

~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

This is too cute! Love the theme and her cake is amazing!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

That cake is AMAZING! And I love the photo of her grabbing a cookie. So cute!

noahandlylasmommi said...

Love the colors and invitations. So cute

Mandy said...

Saw this post through Kelly's Korner and had to check it out because I think the owls are adorable. Everything is executed so perfectly! I love the colors and patterns. The cake and cookies are amazing!

Memories by Design said...

Oh my word - this is the exact theme I have chosen for my baby girl (never mind that fact that she's only 5 months!) ;) I LOVE owls, and that cake your mom made is precious. Amazing colors! Love it!

Erin said...

This party is way to cute. you did a fantastic job :)

Holly said...

That is THE most amazing birthday cake I have ever seen!

Danae said...

Wow! This is impressive! I love it all, but that cake is amazing!

Amber said...

The cake was so colorful and cute! Very fun ideas!

Teagan's Travels said...

Hi! Popping over from Kelly's Korner and just love this adorable theme! The cake and cookies were stunning and vibrant while your cute decorations provided the perfect touch!

Marie said...

You did such an amazing job! Looking for owl ideas for my twin daughter's 18th birthday. Yes they are still young at heart and have requested an owl theme. I've picked up some really good ideas from your blog. Thank you.

{CuTe CaRd QuEeN} said...

This is so stinking cute! I just linked to your blog from my Best of the Web Owls party! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

Becky @ purposefulhomemaking.com said...

I love this! I found your site looking for an owl party--which I'm planning for my son who will be 2 next month! Thanks for the great ideas. Your daughter is ADORABLE!
I also love that you married a farmer...I married a farmer wanna be-lol! It's something he's wanted to do for the last year or so. We are planning and waiting. :)

Joyce said...

It is amazing the way that all of the elements coordinate. You and your family are very talented. The cookies your sister made are amazing.

Sabrina said...

What was the cake topper made of? Was it fondant?

Ashlee said...

Sabrina, yes, it was fondant.

Ashley Ladner said...

Thank you for sharing this! It is absolutely adorable! :)

Anonymous said...

I tried going to the link for your pattern for the invites but it's not working. Can you email your pattern to me? earleyfamily05@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I tried the link too for the pattern, but it's not working. Can you email me too: amyeldridge81@yahoo.com. Thank you so much! Everything is adorable.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful party!!!!! You have the perfect amount of "fuss" for me! It looks like a great effort, but not so overdone that you're completely exhausted and the guest feel uncomfortable. What a great example to a newer mom like me :) thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I loved reading about Blair's owl party! Such cute ideas. Q...what were your ideas for party favors? My baby girl is turning 2 soon and I need ideas since kids are coming! THANK YOU!

Ashlee said...

I would probably do chocolate candy pops with an owl mold -- they can double as decorations. Or these finger puppets are cute: http://www.thegreenwife.com/2010/01/01/owl-party-favors-a-tutorial-and-a-giveaway/