Monday, March 30, 2009

Lilly Love!



I knew I raising Babygirl right when she picked Lilly Pulitzer's pink elephant Taboo collection invitations for her birthday party. She then picked out the plates, napkins, cups, etc. and declared that she was having a "pink elephant themed birthday". Yup, that's right. She said "theme"! I'm so proud.

Not so proud was I when I discovered I'd be HAND PRINTING the invitations because they were fill ins. Ro well. One lime green sharpie and about two Oprah episodes later the invitations were in the mail.

Babygirl's party was held at our local YMCA. We had an hour in the community room and another hour in the pool. For the beginning of the party I simply covered two tables in hot pink paper and let the kids color in their "Little Lilly" activity books. These were super easy to make. Babygirl has the adorable Lilly activity book from the new stationery collection. I simply scanned some of the pages and printed them out on the computer. This kept the kids occupied for a bit while everyone arrived and put their pink, green, or white leis on.
We ate lunch...Chick fil A nuggets, chips and strawberries. Chicken salad sandwiches for the grown ups. Next, of course, was the cake. Lemme tell ya. I spend for freaking ever on this cake. It was supposed to look like a Little Lilly dress (with the ties on the side). ONE person guessed correctly. Everyone else thought it looked like a swimsuit. Whatever. It was super cute!
We also had a pinata. Of course, Babygirl was shocked and horrified to discover they don't make a pink elephant pinata. I mean, really people. What are they thinking??? Luckily, we did find a green palm tree that she deemed acceptable.

I made a cute little Happy Birthday Banner out of Lilly patterns scanned from stationery and reprinted on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. These were really the only decorations we did.

After the sugar driven partygoers scrambled mercilessly on the floor for pinata candy we all headed down to the pool. Babygirl proved that she had been totally messing with us all year and that she's actually quite capable of swimming. (thank you to the lifeguards who insisted on a swim test for all those who wanted to swim in the deep end). Swim team, here we come!!!

Overall, a great party. My cake pride bubble, however, was a bit burst when I discovered this gorgeous cake when googling "Lilly inspired cakes". WOW!

32 comments:

Prissy Southern Prep said...

What a great birthday party!!! I love it!! =)

Preppy Engineer said...

Sounds fabulous! I only have boys so I will live through your girl parties. Do we get to see a pictuire of the cake you made?

News Readin' Wife said...

BabyGirl is a good woman in the making.

And CTW - Whatever. I would take your swimsuit/sundress cake any day of the week over that too-tiered showiness...


Please mark October 3 on the calendar. That's when you'll be planning my Lilly-inspired birthday party, complete with activity books. Thanks.

Melissa said...

Everything looks so pretty! The cake is fabulous! I would never be able to make one like that!

BLC :o said...

Oh la la! Her party looks just amazing ... and that cake, wowzer! Xoxo-BLC

Muffy said...

AMAZING!!!! It looks FANTASTIC!

Black Labs and Lilly said...

I love it all! Especially the shift dress cake!!

Preppy Mama said...

Amazing! This would be my dream birthday party!!

Kappa Prep said...

CUTE! I LOVE it all and might just have to copy it when I have a little girl one day!

Nomers said...

I love the theme! It sounds like the party was a hit!

Jackie said...

How adorable! Looks like she had a great day :)

Princess Freckles said...

I LOVE this theme! Your daughter is too cute! So glad that the party went well. I think your cake was fantastic!

Preppy Pettit said...

I think everything looks great!

Love Being a Nonny said...

I loved everything....and I knew what the cake was!

carolinagirl said...

Happy Birthday BG!!! Such a cute "theme"! Before I finished reading, I totally thought you made that cake! It's gorgeous!!!

Grove Gals said...

your cake was amazing!!!!! i have never thought of the y for Mini K's party, but with that indoor pool I am checking it out for next time! have you seen the new refillable sharpies? i am in love

CeCe said...

I think your cake looks great! It sounds like the party was a success.

Michelle said...

ADORABLE PARTY! Did you hand cut out all those letters for the banner? All your THEMED items as your baby girl said, looked amazing.

Great job!

Beth Dunn said...

I'm sure your cake was lovely! Your party sounds adorable. I just did a similar one too but at my house. Have a great day!

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh. My. Word. Absolutely the best. Talk about a perfect party...!

You certainly are raising Babygirl right Miss Sippycups, everything looked great! Easy for me to say, but the cake looked like it was worth every minute you spent on it!

And what good news on her swimming, it sounds like an enormous success all around.

Congratulations!
tp

Kate said...

I am so jealous of her party! How fun!

Heather said...

That is one amazing cake!

The Preppy Wedding said...

Oh my gosh. So cute. This makes me want to have a little girl ... badly.

The 5 Bickies said...

That is the cutest party! And your cake is absolutely the classic Lilly shift...bathing suit, what do they know?

You have Reagan trained well!

mes petit choux said...

How awesome is that!? Lovin' it. You should be a party planner in your next life. Starting to think we might have to adopt a girl cause I don't believe my boys are going to let me throw them a Lilly party one day. And I am not sure I can bare not to have one :)

Mariam said...

What an adoarble Lilly party!

Grove Gals said...

i am still impressed with your cake...i just saw your new post and scrolled down..that cake puts you in the running for mom of the year

I'm Just Beachy said...

That is the cutest cake I've ever seen! I want one!

Pink Preppy Party Girl said...

This is the cutest party I have every seen! Love the letters, the cake, bags, and.... everything!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Everything is adorable!! I love that she picked a Lilly theme!

Megan said...

OH my goodness, I have never even thought about having a Lilly themed party, and I am going to totally steal this idea!
If I only had had this in time for my youngest daughter's birthday plans.... But I chose to go the Dr. Suess route. I need help though! She is turning 2 and I am not completely thrilled about getting a bounce house, what do you suggest as far as activities for a 2 year old birthday party that might go along with the Dr. Suess theme?

MBM said...

A girl after my own heart. My daughter is back & forth between Hannah Montana (gag), Eloise, (my wish) Madeline, and a circus-y fun party so the boys in her class can come too.

Your party looks amazing!! Perfect!!