San Francisco Birthday Party

• 19 January 2012

When I asked my daughter what kind of party she wanted for her birthday, she asked if she could have a San Francisco party with cherry crumb cake.  I raised my eyebrow and asked, "Are you sure?  What about a polka dot party? So cute, right?  Well, she didn't like that idea so much so I said, "okay, we'll do it!"  Initially I thought it would be impossible to plan, but after it's all said and done I'm now totally convinced it's possible to plan a children's party around just about any theme! 

We found an adorable little stamp set from Yellow Owl Workshop that set the tone for the party.  Those Painted Ladies and Golden Gate Bridge debuted on the watercolored invitations and then made their way onto the cupcake toppers, the favor tags and the drink labels.  Definitely got our money's worth out of those little stamps :)

She requested Jaime's Cherry Almond Crumb Cake, so I modified it to cupcake form with an almond buttercream frosting; although I have to admit I love Jaime's version better :)  Cupcake toppers were made from toothpicks and easy to put together.  The print is from Loose Petals, simply mounted on a piece of mat board with a little vintage French ribbon I've been saving for a couple of years.  It just happened to be the same color as the Golden Gate Bridge...  

I left my heart in San Francisco...

My daughter loves art and loves crafts so we sat down with her party guests and painted a few favorite scenes from the city.  Lots of Golden Gate Bridges...

Clam chowder and sourdough bread were in order for lunch...served in mini cocottes.

The morning of the party I realized I hadn't planned any party favors, so I had to improvise and try to come up with something I could make with on-hand supplies.  Pie boxes, Painted Ladies and more cherry crumb cake it was!  No one complained about more cake :)


Invitations + envelopes
Stamp set
Striped Straws
Scalloped Punch
San Francisco Print
Pie boxes

images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo


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