a fancy party {audrey turns three}

Our little darling turned three last week and we threw her a fancy party.

{the invites as seen here}


The theme was a mix of fancy/glitter/crowns/gold/silver/girly/ruffles/polkadots.
How’s that for a concise theme?


The table was set with a ruffled tablecloth {made painstakingly by me}, place setting paper placemats {from here}, silver vessels filled with inexpensive carnations, and a homemade cake on my favorite beaded silver cake plate. It turned out fancy and pretty without being over-the-top.


We served tea sandwiches, fruit, sparkly lemonade and the cutest sugar cookies in the shape of a crown for dessert.






The birthday girl had the best time at her little party. I think she felt pretty special.


and we loved celebrating our sweet Audrey.

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Want to see what happened after the guests left?


Atlas felt left out and decided to help himself to the cake. Bad puppy.

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Coming up this week … a few tutorials for projects seen at the party.

57 Responses to a fancy party {audrey turns three}

  1. Bri March 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    What a cheeky little bugger Atlas is! But what a cute puppy, how could you stay mad at him?

    By the way, thank you for your blog. It’s keep my occupied whilst its slow at work. I’m all the way in Australia! So lucky that I found your blog on pinterest! Isn’t that the best place ever!

    • emily March 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      And he continues to be as he gets older :) But we love him.

      I’m so happy you are enjoying the blog!

  2. raquel April 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Beautiful party. Love your water goblets. Mind me asking where you got them??

    • emily April 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      They are from IKEA.

      • raquel April 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

        Thank you!!

  3. Tulip February 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Gorgeous Party! I love the gold pompoms, place mats and all the little details. What a bad bad puppy! But, I bet your daughter had a magical day. My little one just turned 3 and the years go by too fast!

  4. Emily February 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I love the simplicity and the color pallet of this party (and of your home, too!) Always so classy. Just love it.

  5. Tonia February 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Is it too self-absorbed that I want to throw this party for myself in April?!?

    Can you share the font you used on the invitation?

    I agree with an earlier comment – I LOVE that you did a princess party without a licensed character, allowing your sweet girl the chance to be the real princess.

    Just seeing the details of this party is uplifting. Thanks!

  6. darci February 26, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Absolutely perfect!!!!!! I think this is the perfect party for a little girl…. job well done, momma and happy 3rd birthday to your sweet girl!! I’m sure she felt so loved on her special day!

  7. Melanie February 25, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Love the placemats! You had drew that didn’t you?

  8. Lexi @ Glitter, Inc. February 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    This is such an adorably sweet party! (And although I’m in my late twenties, I kind of want to throw myself a party just like this!)
    Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

  9. Rebecca February 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    I LOVE the picture of y’all looking at each other and smiling! It’s perfect, and it’s just filled with happiness…pure happiness.

  10. Elizabeth February 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Gorgeous party! Too funny about Atlas! I can’t wait for you to share your upcoming project tutorials. I just did your front door house number tutorial over the weekend and it turned out great.

    We’re actually gearing up for our last baby’s baptism in about six weeks and I’m wondering if you can share where you got the bar stools for your kitchen from. We moved to a new house not that long ago and are having trouble crossing barstools off the list and it looks like yours might be just what we’re looking for.

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      The bar stools were purchased from target about six years ago. You could try potterybarn – I think they have a similar schoolhouse style.

  11. Jamie February 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Man, I love that tablecloth!

  12. Wendy February 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    What a beautiful celebration for your little girl. She is so sweet! I love her “party headpiece.” Once again, a job well done by her loving mum! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Aja February 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Adorable party! Your girl is too cute. And that last picture is hilarious!!

  14. Rosanne February 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    What a sweet party. I love the ruffled tablecloth! Audrey is so pretty.

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      ah, thank you. We think she’s pretty wonderful :)

  15. Kelly - Talk of the House February 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Love it all, and laughed out loud at Atlas!! Hilarious!! (I loved the cake too – Atlas knows a good thing when he sees it. :))

  16. Gretchen February 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    You are so right! Absolutely precious and not TOO much! You did an adorable job! Can’t wait for the how to’s!!

  17. Jan February 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    So very adorable…perfect!!! Just what I would have loved doing…if my son had been a daughter!

  18. camille February 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Perfectly lovely! And love that you got a shot of Atlas enjoying himself, too.

  19. carrie February 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Was just wondering how many parties you have. Do u have a separate party for family, then another for school friends and family friends? Love all the details, fun!

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      It depends on the kid and age. This year we had a family party and friend party for Audrey. Our son had three separate events – one on his actual day, a friend party and a family party. Only his friend party had games and decorations. The others are low-key.

  20. Eugenie Harris February 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Lovely little dress. Do you mind sharing where you found it? I have my own almost-three-year-old fancy girl at home.

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Isn’t is cute?!! My mom made it for her. The fabric is from Hobby Lobby.

  21. Kristel February 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    What a sweet little girl you have, she looked so adorable at her party! And all of the decorations look so lovely as well….but Atlas took the cake…literally ;)

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Ha! Totally.

  22. Laura atutzman February 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    So stinking cute!!! I just did a post a couple weeks ago about those kitchen papers and placemats! I love them!! I have the runner and several placemat versions!

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      I know … I love all of their products!

    • Meg Kelly March 6, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you Laura and Emily! We’re so glad you’re fans. We should have a new website up and running soon, you’ll have to check out all of our new products!

  23. Anna February 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    LOVE that cake plate! Cute decor :)

  24. Cindy Lynn February 25, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Audrey is a lucky little girl! Love the puppy shot!! :)

  25. Vivianna Kouwenhoven February 25, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Hello Emily. I love your beautiful sense of style, your wonderful sense of humour, and, most especially, the way you love your life. Happy Birthday Audrey.

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      Thank you! What kind words.

  26. Alicia @ La Famille February 25, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    BEYOND adorbs. love every bit!!

  27. colleen from Alabama February 25, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Here’s hoping those tutorials include how you made that stunning table cloth! REALLY would love to learn how to do that :) How’s that for subtle!?!

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      very :)
      Unfortunately I took photos and then deleted them accidentally. It made me very mad. For a long time. So, alas, no real tutorial on that one. I’ll post something about it though.

  28. Kathy February 25, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    A most wonderful Birthday party!

  29. Estela February 25, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    It looks amazing! I love how simple it is.

  30. Julie February 25, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Happy Birthday precious girl, Audrey!! What a beautiful party.

    I LOVE bad puppies!! Atlas is adorable.

  31. Pam February 25, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Oh it’s so pretty! Looks like a happy birthday.

  32. Meg Kelly February 25, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    I am so glad one of our customers sent us your link! I work for the company that makes the Perfect Setting placemats. You did such a great job, everything looks so precious!

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Thanks for visiting! We love your products!

  33. kristin M February 25, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    I love every glittery crowned detail especially because it’s ‘themed” without being licensed. i cannot really tolerate Disney themed princess parties. I wonder if you feel similar? I like to inspire imagination not imitation and some of the Disney princesses bug me.
    One final note: your restraint in grabbing the camera instead of screaming at the dog amazes me. turns out we are made entirely differently.

    • Shirley B February 25, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Love, love, love the picture of the puppy…..I sure hope he didn’t get a tummy ache!!!!!!!

  34. Sarah Barksdale Design February 25, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    This party looks so cute! It makes me want to have a princess party of my own haha…. 26 isnt too old for that is it?

  35. Jen February 25, 2013 at 9:33 am #


  36. Genny February 25, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Love it — from beginning to end! Especially the end! lol Audrey is adorable — brings back such wonderful memories of our 3 daughters and all the birthday parties we celebrated!

  37. Nicole February 25, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Love! Where did you find the tassels and polka dot paper for the banner? I am planning a gilded dino party and need both! LOVE!

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      The tassels were made from gold tissue paper. The polka dot tissue is from amazon.com

  38. Amy C. February 25, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    OOOh, love that cake stand! Can you tell us where you got it from? I’ve been looking for one like that!!

    • emily February 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      i wish! it was a gift from my m-i-l and I’m not sure where she found it. I did see some similar at target not too long ago.

  39. Kristin February 25, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Beautiful yet simple. At least Atlas waited until the guests left! :o)

  40. rachel schindler February 25, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    What an amazing party you gave to your daughter. Loved it and all the little details. Also, a job well done on the tablecloth, I laughed at your comment, pain stakingly, I made two 12′ ruffled table clothes two years ago for an Easter party and totally identified with that comment. Love your talent!

  41. Dana February 25, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Looks amazing. Your attention to detail is spectacular! And, of course Atlas deserved a piece of cake. You silly human, why didn’t you serve it to him along with the others?! ;)

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