Minnie Invites

I took another unintentional break from blogging, but it was again much-needed. In addition to attempting to plan my daughter’s 2nd birthday, and just life in general, my big brother was married last weekend and I had family in town and my sister staying with me for a full week. I see her so little that I decided to put things on hold to spend some necessary quality time with her and the rest of my family over Easter. It couldn’t have been better.

Now that I’m back at it, I’ve got just two weeks to get my daughter’s 2nd birthday prepared…I’m keeping things quite a bit more low-key this go around and feeling really good that I’ve gotten the most important part out of the way, the invitations, which I made in photoshop, using one of my favorite B&W  images from my daughter’s 2nd birthday shoot. I used the fitting walt disney print in 3 shades of pink for the ombre effect and added minnie’s bow, for the “bowtique” feel her celebration will have.

Of course I changed the verbiage a little bit to share the online sample, but this gives you a feel for the design. Another image from my instagram displays the pink envelopes and pearl embellishments that finished off each of the invitations.

Minnie Sample Invite | Posh Little Designs

Minnie Invite - IG | Posh Little Designs

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I’ll have much more relating to my daughter’s 2nd birthday including some of the images from her birthday photoshoot to share with you soon. Thanks as always for reading and visiting even during the quiet moments here on Posh. I appreciate you all!

xo

This specific Minnie Mouse invitation design was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Celebrate – S is for Strawberry

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, I’m sure you’re aware that my daughter is getting ready to turn 4 in just a few weeks! Each year as her birthday approaches we allow her to choose a party theme and this year she chose one of her favorites, Strawberry Shortcake. I’ve already started on the planning process and have many ideas that I’ll be incorporating to make her celebration special and memorable.

When I think of strawberry shortcake, the first things that comes to mind for me is the fruit itself, and when I think of strawberries, I’m reminded of everything we love about summer in the pacific northwest. The local berry stands that line the country roads, lazy afternoons in the backyard, fresh lemonade, the farmers market and an array of delicious fresh and local products.

One of our favorite things to do during summer is to have picnics. We love to lounge in the sun and enjoy our surroundings, while also having a bite to eat. In turn this inspired me to create a picnic style strawberry shortcake party for my daughter! A less literal approach, but I still plan to tie in many strawberry shortcake character details.

From gingham to floral prints, polka-dots and doilies, a super girly celebration is sure to emerge, as sweet as the berry itself.

Strawberry party inspiration by PLD

Below is the invitation I hand created in photoshop. We just mailed them off to our lovely guests this week.

Strawberry Shortcake inspired invites by PLD

What are your thoughts on this party inspiration? Do you like the idea? If so and you’re looking to create a similar celebration of your own, I’ve provided the links below for all items shared in this post.

Sources: 1. gingham bunting 2. picnic packs 3. floral fabric 4. gingham washi 5. tissue pom 6. polkadot balloons 7. strawberry gummies 8. doilies 9. pink berry baskets 10. baking cups

strawberry watercolor illustration

Many of the items above came from my Strawberry Shortcake pinterest board. I invite you to join me there if you haven’t already. Let’s be friends!

xoxo

Real Parties ~ Minnie Mouse Birthday

My sweet little girl had her 2nd birthday recently, and with her absolute love for Minnie Mouse, we knew it was the perfect direction for her celebration. I am an avid do it yourself-er, so I was determined to create everything on my own, down to the very last detail. My daughter couldn’t have been more excited for her special day and seeing her smiling face was worth every moment it took to create this party so near and dear to my heart.

I decided on a pink and yellow color scheme with polka-dot accents and of course a bit of sparkle for that posh flair. I hand designed the mouse ears via The Suburban Mom tutorial. The invitations, dessert table, labels, flower arrangements,  and all other decor that you see were hand crafted by me as well. The adorable Minnie Mouse Banner was a custom creation by my Mother Kelly.

We served an array of sweets and goodies decorated to match our theme and color scheme. Chocolate dipped oreos, or “Mouse Ears”, Magical rice krispies, pink and yellow sixlets, crushed pineapple and cotton candy jelly bellys and pineapple and cherry rock candy.

We also served homemade pink lemonade punch, red velvet Minnie and Mickey mouse cake pops and a homemade cake. 1st layer coconut with strawberry lemonade swiss meringue buttercream and 2nd layer, chocolate with double chocolate frosting.

We hand decorated the cake with pink, yellow and black fondant. For Minnie’s head, we wrapped the black fondant around a rice krispie mold. We used Oreo cookies for Minnie’s ears and adorned the top with a pink polka-dot bow.  I got the inspiration for the silhouette cake pops from none other than Bakerella. It was a bit difficult to get the ears on the cake pops to not melt while dipping them in the chocolate, but freezing them before dipping seemed to do the trick.

Other items on the menu: Minnie’s bow tie Caprese pasta salad, Mickey’s Chicken and Spinach meatballs, Mouse masala wings, Fruit Skewers in cutout shapes, Mouse shaped cheese ball with crackers, and cheese panini cutouts for the little ones.

Lastly, photos of my little “minnie” enjoying her special day! Happy 2nd Birthday sweet pea!! <3