When I started planning Sophia’s 5th birthday I asked her what she wanted her party to be like. She would only tell me pretty. She insisted it should be a very pretty party. She has also been on this kick lately that we need to go on a picnic. I combined those ideas and created her shabby chic vintage inspired birthday party.
I was very behind with the planning of this party, but luckily with my mom and sister’s help we got it accomplished. I decided to axe the traditional favors bag and instead hand make each of the children coming to the party a one of a kind paper crown. Of course once my mom and I sat down to make these crowns we couldn’t just make them simple. That is just not our style. Instead, we got both of our sewing machines out on my dining room table and set to work. We both have quite a scrapbooking stash and ribbon collection so the only items I had to actually purchase to make the crowns was crepe paper.
I embellished some of the crowns with crepe paper rosettes. Crepe paper rosettes are both pretty and cost efficient. I used the same technique I use to make fabric rosettes and then hot glued the back to secure them. We also discovered that you can sew crepe paper with the sewing machine through trial and error. We just bunched it up as we sewed through the middle for a ruffled effect or sewed along the top for a way to make them into large flowers.
Here are the finished products. It was a fun project and it gave the party a whimsical look in the photos.