22.2.10

hooray, erica

The birthday girl, waiting for guests to arrive (I made her wear that tiara)

Yesterday was Erica's birthday. About a month ago I had the thought that I should host a birthday party for her -- I couldn't stand the idea that she would be homesick on her birthday, and we can go for drinks in a bar any old time, really. Because I always listen to these sorts of thoughts, I sent her a text message straight away to confirm. I was happy when she liked the idea.

I invited a lot of "blog friends," and it ended up being a bit of a ladyparty! Three boys total. Incidentally, I forgot to invite a few people, but thanks to the success of this one, I will have more parties! Our backyard is perfect for picnics.

I wanted this party to be really messy. I loved these pictures of Chinese New Year celebrations on Lena Corwin's blog, and took inspiration from them. I bought glitter, confetti, and party poppers, and everyone went home with glitter in their hair and heart-shaped confetti stuck to their clothes. We only exploded two of the party poppers I bought -- party poppers are loud! I didn't want to alarm our downstairs neighbours too much. If we didn't have downstairs neighbours I would have exploded ten of them. The colourful streamers are so joyful.

I insisted on golden hats, and when I couldn't find any that I liked, I used glitter. Erin and I glued it on the night before. I wound up with glitter in my wine, and now her antique rug has a glitter layer over top.


For supplies, I went to Balloon King, which is a hidden gem of a party store. I ended up going with peach and gold and white decorations. 60 white balloons. I attached gold letters to the frothy peach banners; the other banner says "Hooray."

I also bought this unicorn piñata, after hemming and hawing about it for a while and wringing my hands in the aisles of Party Packagers. Would people think it was too silly? But I bought it, and it was so much fun! I filled it with confetti and chocolates and cinnamon hearts. No regrets. I just went for it and bought kittenface noise makers while I was at it.


Erica made these pretty cupcakes. Nikole generously provided the cake, which she MADE, which was a thing of great beauty. So amazing. I didn't take any pictures of the cake or during the party, but luckily, others did! Celine's pictures are here, and Karyn took quite a few lovely pictures as well. It's so exciting to see other people's pictures.

Thank you so much to everyone who came, and we'll see those of you who didn't make it next time. It was a really special, prosecco-filled night and I'm so grateful to all of you. Hosting a party for someone else is a really wonderful cure for the winter blues! Definitely a good addition to the emergency list.

Happy birthday, Erica!




REPLIES

Thank you all for the additional comments about Heidelberg! Geoff wanted me to pass along how much he appreciates it. He leaves tomorrow, eeeeeeek.

Celine: I like it too!

Alyssa Zygmunt: I don't blame you -- I hate my tattoos! Ah well. They're stuck to me.

Searched And Found: I'm glad you like them!

May: I agree!

Jane Flanagan: It looks like a wish bone! I really like that.

Lexie: I'm not either. They have to be pretty unique to catch my attention!

Post Grad Hair Cut: Yeah, definitely, they look so soft.

CARLY WAITO: So glad! I was sneaky! I thought the card could also double as a gift / print! Totally frameable.

danielle and dinosaur toes: The second is my favourite, too!

robberstore: I think you need one. Or two! Or the whole alphabet!

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful peach fringes! What a lovely party, and a lovely friend.

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  2. what a perfect party! wanna host mine too?

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  3. My goodness, looks wonderful and so sweet too!

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  4. looked like fun! it's not a real party without glitter.

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  5. Thank you Anabela for the most wonderful night. Winter blues cured, homesickness abolished. I think everyone had a great time, I know I had the best night EVER. :)

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  6. I'm so sad I missed it! and missed a chance to meet all those lovely ladies! boo. You have to have another one for sure! And I'm definitely going to go to Balloon King next time I have a party. You really scored some treasures.

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  7. SO beautiful!! So you!

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  8. I love how cohesive you made everything! The peach and gold are just the prettiest combination ever! I even noticed the gold forks for the cake! brilliant!

    i like having sparkles in my hair.
    do have another party, you and geoff were the hostess of the mostest

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  9. what an absolutely dreamy birthday!! and that cake is so perfect..i LOVE cakes like that. also my joann fabrics has those kitty party favors and i've had my eye on them for months! hilariously cute.

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  10. Love the peach, white, gold combo! I am so bad at decorating for parties... you did a lovely job!

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  11. This party is like Anabela on steroids. I love it!!!

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  12. oh what a magical party. i love that you went over-the-top with streamers and glitter! i'm jealous out of my mind... how I would love to throw such a party. Inspiring as ever.

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  13. oh i am so jealous of this party! i am glad you guys had such a good time. everything was so pretty. hooray for erica! and for birthdays.

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  14. what a pretty party!

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  15. anabela, that is the prettiest, sweetest looking party i've ever seen! you're so sweet.
    happy birthday erica!

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  16. dear anabela + geoff
    so sorry i had to miss this. i was sad i couldn't go and miss all the glitter and shimmer of lovely people and sweets under one roof. i hope there will be another one soon. xo
    erica is a lucky lady!

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  17. this looks so fun! i might have to throw a party just because.

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  18. amazing! looks incredible!

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  19. This looks like so much fun! My dad hates glitter, because it sticks to his head, but I love that it gets everywhere!

    Safe trip to Geoff as well!

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  20. Oops, I posted my comment to your blog post on Karyn's blog. Got mixed up with SO MANY POSTS! I love it though. Here it is:

    Hahaha, poor Jory, I brought him to a girl party! But regardless, we had so much fun! You should definitely have more parties, you are both lovely hosts. I can’t wait until it’s picnic-time again!

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  21. This birthday party looks unbelievable and I imagine that your guests all had an awesome time in their golden party hats! Your decorations are brilliant and that cake looks beyond, truly.

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  22. Seriously, what a gorgeous get together!

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  23. What a lucky gal!

    And you... you should be a professional party planner, this is all so perfect from the color choices to the unicorn pinata... definitely made the right call on that one.

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  24. aw, what a sweetheart you are! happy birthday erica!

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  25. that party is perfection. i love the peach and gold and white...i have to steal some of this for one of my girlie's birthdays!

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  26. Wonderful! And beautiful.

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  27. the glitter hats were genious anabela. all the better for their DIY and sheddiness. thanks so much to you and geoff for having me to your pink white & gold palace.

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  28. It looks like it was an amazing time!! I'm sorry to have missed it.

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  29. really loving those cat whistle party favors. Reminds me of being little.

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  30. wow, this looks like so much fun!

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  31. oh my goodness, this looks like such a great night! The peach fringe and kitten noise-makers are so amazing!! Going to be in Toronto this week-end, and now I HAVE to stop by Balloon King! Thanks for the awesome tip!

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  32. Glitter is industructable! You'll be finding it years from now in random places. On the plus side the hats looked great!

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