a birthday party, for myla.

we had a little party for my myla, just her closest friends and family. myla is something special – she is not fond of too much attention, or anyone causing a fuss over her… she never asks for gifts at christmas or her birthday. which makes celebrating her all the more fun, because she’s so easy to please!

this girl is a creative soul who likes simple traditions. so i mixed a few of our family traditions with a few extra artsy details to plan her party.

to start, i hired a local caricature artist, mike horvath to draw portraits at her party. this was a lot of fun. the kids all loved it! mike also worked with me to design her invitation. i gave him all the details i wanted included to match her party theme. i also took pictures of myla at home sitting on a large birch stump, and sent them to him as a reference. i loved how they turned out! ta-da:

birch-inspired birthday party custom invitations via seejaneblog {some information omitted.}

then, the party! we have a family tradition: whenever we order take-out, we dine on the floor. so, this is what we did for myla’s party. in-between dinner, and caricatures, we also did karaoke! another big family favorite. and! myla’s two requests: texas cake, and a fire.

it was a cozy way to spend the evening celebrating thirteen years…

birch party details via seejaneblog

dining on the floor birthday party via seejaneblog

dining on the floor birch style via seejaneblog

party sodas via seejaneblog

caricature birthday party via seejaneblog

sela taking her turn at karaoke

karaoke party

{husband and son are growing out their hair…}

chasing that neon rainbow karaoke

myla on karaoke, happy day

cherubs fireplace

yarn ball party hat, my girl is thirteen via seejaneblog

party favor jars, wrapped with a yarn ball via seejaneblog

cheers to thirteen, once more, myla-moosey. so proud of you, love you most, xo.

(oh. my… goodness……. i have two teenagers!!! advice is welcome.)


party details: triangle garlands were here, attached to a birch stick hung with fishing wire and push pins to the ceiling. | confetti system ornaments as cake toppers here. | triangle-blanket for floor picnic {on sale!} here. | all birch logs/stumps purchased here. | birch paper straws can be found at paper source stores, and here. | circle, and triangle-shaped felt garlands, here. | all yarn pom pom balls, made by me. tutorial linked here.  {yarn-ball party hats coming to my shop soon!}    |    lil chevron bags here. | food ordered from here. | texas cake recipe here.

{photos by me, Jane Rhodes}

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confetti invitations

jordan ferney has completely blown my mind again with her creativity! this time, it was with her confetti invitations. i used this tutorial, and created these for kj’s upcoming birthday party…

we have been planning the party with the colors navy blue & turquoise, and stripes, and chevron-designs! kj was so excited to deliver these invites, he couldn’t wait for his friends to twist them open for the little tubes to shoot out the surprise invitation!

i started with these party poppers that jordan recommended-

they were so easy to take apart. we {meaning: kj happily helped, he kept telling me…”mom this is so much fun!”} removed the top circle/lid, carefully pulled out the original confetti, and peeled off the outside wrapper. all of this was easy-peasy.

the only thing i altered in comparison to jordan’s tutorial, is we did not disassemble the poppers. there was no need to, and all of the poppers we tested were a success! {kj loved testing them…!}

next, we filled the tubes with our color-themed confetti, but not very much because there was more to fit in there…

i cut 1-1/2″ circles for matted fronts, and the backs of the string-of-invitation-information…

i typed the information in word, and printed the info. on these labels. next, i cut them in to strips to make it easier to punch them out with a 1″ hole puncher. using this style of hole puncher made it possible to gauge where to cut the circles.

i applied the small information circles to one larger turquoise circle, this was quick because they are already sticky. then stuck them together with a dot of glue, with the string going between. then, i stacked up the invitation string, and tucked them into the tubes, seen here –

{come join the fun & gamers…}

almost finished…

i created new labels. before wrapping them on the tube, i cut 1-1/2″ circles for the tops of the tubes as a lid. i simply sat this on the tube, and held it in place while i wrapped on the new labels. i placed the labels with about 1/4″ hanging over the top to press down and hold the paper lid in place. it worked out so great!

if you’d like to use/print the labels i designed, click here for a free download, print jordan’s here, or design your own!

{all photos by me}

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balloon invitations.

some big plans are underway for my oldest daughter this weekend.
she is going from twelve —-to—-thirteen!

we are going to have a teenager!!!

very soon.

using inspiration from ‘On Hand + Modern’ here,
i put together these balloon invitations with kiana’s assistance,
and she delivered them last week.

i designed a business-card size invitation, and had them printed on the pearl paper i am obsessed with. we are planning her party with a color theme…

the colors are: gold, silver {grey}, cream, and peach. and bows. and stripes.
we have found it’s hard to actually find peach. and not orange.

with jordan’s advice from oh happy day, we used 5″ balloons in place of water balloons, and it worked great!

we used our own helium tank at home. filled the balloons prior to delivering the invitations to make sure the balloons would still float-out-of-the-box-when-opened for full effect. also, we only used white thread to tie to the balloons so there was not a weighty-string attached.

the balloons were simply tied to the little invite for a weight to keep them from floating away…

because, as we learned, they can float away. during this process, my art room had a ceiling covered in little balloons. however, you do have to over-fill the 5″ balloons somewhat, to make them really float. otherwise, they hover.

stay tuned, for the party details! {i’m so excited!}

{photos by me.}

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