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 cardstock...so 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 :)



Sources:

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

images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo

39 comments:

  1. Such a sweet party. You've given me so many ideas!

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  2. This is simply a Beautiful party!!!!! I love every detail!

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  3. I love the idea of the last-minute party favors! :D I won't complain for more cake. :D

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  4. very cute. I love the cherry almond crumb cake, too. Your cupcakes look delicious. It is all so pretty.

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  5. Love how you used stamps to tie everything together! I have a city scene set from Yellow Owl and I just may have to start experimenting with it!

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  6. Absolutely precious! Love the colors, too!

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  7. Все продумано до мелочей!
    Милые штампы очень понравились. V.

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  8. so lovely-can you plan my 30th please??

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  9. Where did you find your mini cocottes? Such a darling thing to serve individual soups in! Thanks!

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  10. Ah, I've been in San Francisco all week and this party just warms my heart. Charming. What a great idea and so beautifully brought to life.

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  11. I love that you daughter asked for a San Francisco theme. She obviously gets her creativity from her mom! Love this.

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  12. The attention to detail here is second to none - fab!

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  13. how creative and beautiful! and those france find coquettes where put to good use!

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  14. how creative and beautiful! and those france find coquettes where put to good use!

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  15. i love it steph! and the cocottes we found in france!!

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  16. Oh you guys are warming my heart! Thank you for the all the sweet comments.

    And yes, the cocottes were purchased on France. I'll see if I can find a US online source and let you all know if I find anything!

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  17. adorable, stephanie! i love your unorthodox party ideas, such a refreshing change from way too much commercialization and froof.

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  18. Your daughter is fortunate to have such a great and talented mom. I'd vote you Mom of the Year if I could.

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  19. could you offer us some tips on making the bottle labels? I've seen them on other blogs but wonder if with my limited computer skills if I could do them?

    jennifer

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  20. beautiful! I love the simplicity of it all!

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  21. Refined and tasteful, as always. I love to see your party planning ideas. I've just started a little series, on my site, about gift wrapping and thoughts turned to you.

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  22. Wow, I love this! So many great ideas. I bet all the guests loved it!

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  23. How clever! I love that you cater to your child's wishes and that you never let a unique request get in the way of a wonderful party. Good job.

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  24. You did an amazing job creating this them and depicting the character of SF. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. So adorable! I want to do this for my party and I'm 28 years old! :) Your daughter has great taste :)

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  26. Little streetfighter's mom: all I did was rip off the commercial labels (this is a good job for the birthday girl :)) and then take lightweight paper and cut it into strips with a small paper trimmer. Then I stamped the strips and placed one around each bottle, attaching one piece of tape to one side before wrapping; and then another at the end to secure. It was really easy!

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  27. I so enjoyed your daughter's birthday party pics. Good for you for letting her drive the theme. When my daughter was about 5, I decided on a Barbie theme for her birthday. I am still living down that very poor decision as she just wasn't a Barbie girl at all - thank goodness!

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  28. Love how this turned out! So cute and simple. :)

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  29. Such a beautiful and sweet party. Love this. Wish I could have met you at Alt. Next year, I hope!

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  30. you never cease to amaze me with your brilliant and creative party skills. gorgeous! and yes, sf is very near and dear to my heart too.

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  31. Love this. Who wouldn't want a San Francisco party? We have the best city. :)

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  32. what a lucky girl. everything turned out beautiful, good work!!

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  33. Lovely! I'm throwing a going away party for a friend who's leaving SF after 12 years of living here and this is such a helpful post! Thank you!

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