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Monday, August 1, 2011

Vintage Pony Party

Wow wow wow.  Our Vintage Pony Party for the three year old daughter of my dear friend Ryam, from The Inspired Mama, was this weekend and it was truly a phenomenal affair!  The gorgeous results of this labor of love were due in large part to the Ryam's incredible vision and tons of DIY projects. (I must have asked her to quit her day job three times and run away to partner up with me!)  And the beauty is in all the pretty eclectic details - lace, doilies, ribbons, wildflowers, and found objects galore. 

Our party site was Irvine Railroad Park and their beautiful red and white pavilions with huge grassy areas and gorgeous shady nooks (not to mention the random wandering peacock who strolled through our site to take a gander) made the ideal backdrop for our  sweet soiree.  Please take your time through these photos to soak up all the tiny details.  Enjoy!

DIY ribbon garland on the split rail fences.

Chandeliers and Burlap. 

Hand cut felt and burlap birthday girl banner.

Shabby chic tablescapes inside the pavilion.

Sweet wildflower centerpieces.

Kids' place settings with lunch snack sacks.

Pony coloring pages with pretty crayon box.

For the babies - a miniature stuffed pony.

Sweets and Favors stations.

Nylah's sweet shoppe.

Ribbons ribbons ribbons.

Shabby wagon holds doily cones of caramel corn.

The birthday girl taking it all in.

And what's a birthday party without a little cake? Welcome to the cake bar. Cakes in jars, cakes on stands, and a miniature birthday cake.  Check out all the variations.

Cake bar.

Rose cake with miniature birthday banner.

Strawberry and cream cheese cake in a jar.

Individual DIY cupcake stands - $2 a piece.

Score of the century!  Ryam wanted to bring in some furniture to set the stage and lo and behold as I'm driving home, what's on the side of the road?  This dilapidated beauty!  Perfect for holding take home party favors.

The famous Ikea frame.

Delightfully crusty drawers hold party favors.

Girls favors: ponies with brushes.

Boys favors: wooden pony puzzles.

The lemonade stand.

The birthday girl enjoys an icy lemonade.

How genius are these Shirley Temples in a jar?

Slightly obsessed.

Potato chip bar.

Stick pony corral.

Old fashioned fun: Bobbing for apples.


Cream soda ring toss.

"Winner's Circle" photo booth.

A picture perfect party!


  1. I loved all the lace! I recently threw a vintage bird theme for my little girl, we had the rose cake and the old picture frames too for pictures! Great minds think a like I suppose!

  2. What a lovely party with gorgeous details. The rosette/ribbon backdrop was a fabulous idea and also loved those doily and pony topped bags.

  3. Absolutely amazing party!! I LOVE all the details...you are so talented!!

  4. I am in complete awe at the level of exquisite attention paid to the detail for this birthday! Job very, very well done to you both!! The ribbons too are precious... I'm thinking that you or your friend made them, is there any chance you can share any secrets to making them (or even better, a link where I could buy them?!!). Thank you and congrats!!!

  5. I'm have such fun going back through all your beautiful cookies/parties etc. I'm so glad were able to add the "archives"...makes going back so much easier.

    I'm wondering if you ever might do a tutorial on how you did the lace cookies for this party.....like where did you start and how difficult was it to do? I think they are particularly gorgeous. Thanks.

  6. Any chance you know what size doilies she used on the brown sacks? I love this party! Too cute.

    Thanks so much,



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