I like to do a special birthday invitation for the girls each year. We have done a few versions of the upcoming year, but had a hard time finding the perfect number three for last year’s photo. I decided to fake it and draw a three with playground chalk. (This year we made our number four out of pipe cleaners). When I have time I glue the invites into their baby books. Happy day!
We made this flower ring card for one of Ada’s friends. The flower centers are actually rubber rings that can be popped out and worn on little fingers. The flower ring makes a nice token for a ‘no gifts required’ party. (Ada really likes giving gifts). To make your own you will need:
*Crayons or Markers
*Scissors with sharply pointed ends
1. Fold card stock in half.
2. Using the scissors, carefully punch two holes in the front of card. The holes should be big enough to just fit the loop of the ring and hold it snugly in place.
3. Draw flower petals around the openings.
4. Push rings into place.
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Decorations on the fan. The vintage lanterns are from flea markets and the large pink one is from Pearl River Mart store in Manhattan, (much better than the site). We make the pom poms from Nashville Wraps tissue.The spread. I scored the beautiful Jadeite pieces on Craigslist the day before the party. They remind me of my Great Gram and they are the most perfect color to mix with hot pink and reds. The chocolate cake is my favorite recipe. It is a staple at our parties and inspired me to be brave about homemade cakes. They are so worth it! Polka dot fruit cups and stripey straws are from Shop Sweet Lulu. She has lovely, edited, special party supplies. Special drink. We like to do a signature drink for our parties. Josie’s was a sparkling berry soda. We added a kick to the adult version. You will need:
*2 oz.Sparkling berry drink. We used Lorina French Berry.
*1.5 oz. St. Germaine
*1.5 oz. Champagne
*Raspberry for garnish
1.Measure, mix and stir gently. Pour into fancy glass over ice. (Drinking champagne through a good straw makes it even more fun!) I found the perfect vintage ‘B’ glasses for Chris at a church sale years before we had kids. I would have gotten them even without the correct last initial and $5 price tag. Josie-bean Ice Cream. I love our vintage ice cream maker and any excuse to whip up a batch makes me happy. The We are going to do custom flavors for the girls’ birthdays from now on. For Josie-bean (Ada’s nickname for Josephine) you will need:
*3 Cups Heavy Cream. Good quality cream is essential. We use Ronnybrook Farm’s from our farmer’s market.
*2/3 Cups Unrefined Sugar. I think this tastes better than white sugar.
*2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
*Seeds from 2 Vanilla Beans
*2 Cups Fresh Raspberries
1.Scrape seeds from vanilla beans and add to cream, sugar and vanilla in small saucepan. Drop empty pods into cream and heat on low heat until all sugar dissolves.
2.Remove vanilla bean pods and pour cream mixture into bowl. Chill in fridge for an hour.
3.Pour cooled mixture into ice cream maker, add fresh raspberries and follow directions for your maker.
4.Serve immediately or store in freezer. Allow to soften slightly before serving.
Happy Birthday Josie!