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Worth the Wait

Hello, it’s been a few days. Last week I intended to blog, but in reality, I just wasn’t up for it.

 girls room

I was having one of those weeks when I struggled for anything nice to say so I opted to say nothing! It wasn’t really that bad, but I was tired, my entire house looked like the girls bedroom, I struggled to find the time to clean it up and when I did, within minutes it looked like it did before I cleaned it. I’m thankful for the Lord’s restoration of my soul, for forgiveness from my husband & children and the reality that I have so very much to be grateful for… because things could be way{as Raiger would say} worse.

I was also planning for our first “real” birthday party. We’ve only ever celebrated birthdays with family. But we decided FIVE would be different and we decided this would be a real party for Morgan, one in which she would be allowed to invite her friends.

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Sunrise the morning of the party.

Our theme: tea party. Our budget: small. Our goal: fun. I think we accomplished all that we set out to accomplish.

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Thanks to kind, informative, and giving blog readers the cakes were a success. I started with the Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan {thanks, Sarah} that I first spotted in the Sky Mall and boxed strawberry cake mix. Last week I made three giant cupcakes and froze the cooled cakes. Thankfully I have very informative readers and I heeded your advice by carefully measuring the batter and placing equal parts in both sides of the greased & floured pan. I also heeded your advice of making “candy shells” for the cupcake liners. They were so fun and colorful.

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I made butter cream frosting for the tops, used giant sprinkles to adorn each cupcake and topped each with a “cherry” made from powdered sugar, a tiny bit of milk and lots of red food coloring. I froze the “cherries” and as they thawed they took on a glistening shine. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but those cupcakes are enormous {each one is an entire box of cake mix}.
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The petit fors were purchased {accidentally– he was sent for a custom order and came home with ones from the case} earlier in the week by Justin. I kept them in the freezer and pulled them out the morning of the party and prettied them up with polka dot cupcake liners from TJ Maxx.

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I used felt and batting to make a “Pin the Cherry on the Cupcake” game for the girls. Justin’s aunt  {thanks, Anne!} sent me a precious poster from when her children were small and it served as great inspiration for this little project. The game wasn’t near as much fun as the cupcake itself… but oh well!

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The girls were ready at noon the day before and up at 6 am the day of asking then when the guests would start to arrive.

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The invitation asked that each child bring her favorite doll or stuffed animal. Morgan made “rainbows” for each of her friends as favors, along with a few animal bracelets and PEZ. The tablecloths came from the clearance rack at Kmart several years ago {thanks, Sister} and I believe were less than $1. The sterling silver service plates were left in the house when we bought it; I figured there was no better time to use them than now! The plates were passed down to me by my grandmother, and the tiny tea cups and saucers {espresso} are  from from Ikea. 

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The tissue paper pom pom’s were a fun and VERY inexpensive “table decoration”. I used these directions and made 8 for less than $4 {with 40% off coupon}. The tissue paper came from Michael’s and conveniently came in an assorted pack with 8 sheets of each color {just what I needed}.  The birthday banner was made exclusively from my sewing closet: scraps + transfer paper + prefolded quilt bias= fun birthday banner.
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My mother-in-law graciously offered her precious tea pots and serving pieces.

It was only fitting that the carrots be placed on the rabbit cake plate. carrotcakeplate

 The little girls were so precious, so well-behaved, and loved their peach tea {especially with the sugar cubes}! We were really amazed at how well they sat and chatted at the table.

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There was only one oversight: cake plates. Thankfully the girls didn’t mind eating off of “Happy 1st Birthday” plates. In fact, Rover was glad he could contribute. We tried really hard to keep him at bay. No such luck. Every time I looked over, he was bellied up to the table reaching for some tea!

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They moved outside to open presents and rake leaves {seriously, how funny that I looked out there and they were all in their dresses raking leaves and jumping in them!?}.

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It wouldn’t be party with out at least one of these… every good party has to have one. I was just glad to see that John Martin has some tough competition… we love Mary Aplin and think the two might be a match made in heaven: Mr. and Mrs. Rover.

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These 3 cousins are close in age {5, 6, 5 respectively} and can be so silly when they get together! My mother-in-law also graciously brought a bag full of fun hats for the girls to play with.

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Sweet Morgan, I wish I could articulate the depth of my love for her.

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She’s spunky, kind, thoughtful, smart and just started reading the week she turned 5– in my book that alone is reason to throw a party, she is helpful, funny, and I love her with every ounce of my being.

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Do you want to know what means the world to me about this child? That she would have been happy with those balloons, she didn’t expect a party with sweets, treats, and friends. I could have said to her, “Morgan, Mommy and Daddy love you with every ounce of our beings, but we can’t give you a party this year… we will go to the store and buy you a handful of balloons!” And to that, I know, she would reply, “That’s okay, Momma!!” I wish more of her would rub off on me.

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We were so thankful to have “cousin” George back with us this weekend… he’s always so helpful. We also had the pleasure of taking him to the traveling carnival that’s in town for the annual Nut Fest! Who doesn’t love a good carnival…  we consumed the following: corn dogs, roasted corn, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and fried twinkies. Believe it or not no one got sick during the night!!  I hope that each of you had wonderful weekends! I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I have a 5 year old!

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  • Jen
    November 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    What a sweet party! I love the giant cupcakes, the birthday banner and the pompoms. Once you start making these pomspoms you won’t stop. They are so easy and cheap to make for every occasion.

  • Emily@remodelingthislife
    November 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Happy birthday to your beautiful girl. What a fabulous party. Makes me wish I was 5 again, eating cupcakes and jumping in leaf piles.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    November 8, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    D- as always, your pictures are amazing! I love the carrots on the bunny plates- and all the plates, actually. And the cupcakes/ cakes are awesome! I’ve seen those in sky mall before, too and wondered how they worked exactly… 🙂 Yours look beautiful!
    And I am so jealous of the nut festival. I miss it so!

    Happy 5th Birthday to Morgan!! YAY for her reading! That is fantastic!!

  • amanda
    November 8, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Wow, definately worth your wait, looked amazing and happy and a day she will NEVER forget! Charlotte had a cupcakes,flowers and butterfly 4th bday this summer and I made a pin the cherry on the cupcake too…from paper!!! Oh my, your version is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your baby’s day with us all and by the way, you mention alot/show us your “sunrise” pictures, what time do you awake and are your kids up then? I think I would be much less stressed and crazed if Icould start my day before my 3…a cup of coffee by myself?! Heaven!

  • Jennifer
    November 8, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Oh Darby…you precious precious precious sweet woman…oh how your blogs make me cry sometimes! Your Morgan is so incredibly beautiful and your party was fit for a princess. How fabulous everything turned out! What I loved the most out of everything though was the sweet little look on her face in the pic of her and her girlfriends and the table…she looked like she was sooo happy and proud of her little party. Gripped my heart right up she did! Ahhhhhh…and then your comments about how she would have been happy with balloons and balloons alone…oh my word, the waterworks are a flowin’ for sure. You and your blog inspires me to be a better mom. Oh and then, I also totally love the pic of the messy girls room…how I can relate! And as always, I soooo appreciate you keepin’ it real with us. You’re a rare find girly! Can’t wait to read the next post! You always have such a way with words and the photos…let’s not even go there…I’d be here all night talkin’ about those! lol Night night!

  • Kelly D
    November 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Morgan! What a sweet party for a sweet little girl. Isn’t it amazing how even though our children model their behavior after us, we seem to strive to be like them in so many ways. Congrats on the party and the reading milestone.

  • Amanda
    November 9, 2009 at 12:03 am

    What a sweet party…heck, I’d like a party like that for my 30th birthday! We saw something here (Pensacola) on TV about the Dothan Peanut Festival and I so wish we could’ve gone. Looks like fun! I was telling my mom about it and she said she used to go to Dothan all the time when she was growing up…I never knew that! She’s from Havana, FL…another small town not too far from you.

  • Tara McClendon
    November 9, 2009 at 1:05 am

    D, did you get my message??? I SO wanted to be there, but the girls were just about as uncooperative as it gets. We left town shortly after the parade and both were asleep within 5 minutes! I loved the post, the last part of it was my favorite. Morgan is the sweetest! I had a funny thought the other day…remember when I worked at the bank and you worked at the FL DMV with that horrible guy (boss, maybe?) and we emailed all day everyday? It was when you were pregnant with her. How time flies! So glad the party was a hit!!

  • elizabeth
    November 9, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Cute party! I love the big cupcakes

  • Dayka
    November 9, 2009 at 1:12 am

    You put together a really great party–you always seem to be so good at stuff like that. Your kids are lucky to have you for a mom!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    November 9, 2009 at 4:58 am

    The most precious 5-year-old I’ve seen – and WHAT an adorable party! You’re a super-Mommy, I hope you know that!

  • Jennifer Morena
    November 9, 2009 at 6:44 am

    When my oldest (now 8) turned 5 I remember having a hard time believing it, too! Five sounds go grown up all of a sudden! Enjoy your sweet girl and all that goes with being five…you’ll treasure these years. As much as the baby/toddler stages are so fun, these years as they grow older as just as wonderful.

  • Jennifer Morena
    November 9, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Ok, I typed withut my contacts in and I have no idea what went on up there! It should say when my oldest, now 8, turned 5! I hope this isn’t a sign of the kind of day I’ll have! 🙂

  • julia
    November 9, 2009 at 6:54 am

    isn’t it funny, worrying about the details and the things that don’t come out the way you want, in the end, a great party turns out to be perfectly imperfect.

  • Melissa
    November 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I’m so inspired! My boys are almost exactly 23 months apart, so we are planning a big party to celebrate both of them in January– I’ve felt so stuck about how to proceed. Although they probably don’t want a tea party:) I am really feeling ready to tackle it seeing how great your party was!

  • Tara
    November 9, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Happy Birthday Morgan! Gosh, how time flies!!! Darby, this was a great post and even made me a little teary eyed there at the end. I need a little bit of Morgan in me 😉 So glad the party was a success! I wish I was as talented as you. Blair’s 1st bday party is in January and I will have to take out a bank loan to make it as cute as this. I have ZERO creativity! Love you!!

  • Donna
    November 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I can appreciate that bedroom…that is what my whole house looks like as of this morning! 🙂 What a cute party!!!! Love the theme!

  • Jessica
    November 9, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I wondered how the giant cupcakes turned out in “real life.” They are fabulous, and the candy shells are the total package! I know Morgan loved her party, I would have loved it. I can tell you had fun getting ready for it too, beyond the stress of everyday life/house chores. Thanks again Darby for the eye candy and your sweet, sweet family.

  • Anne
    November 9, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Darby,
    Everything looked great as usual. I can tell the girls had a wonderful time drinking tea and having treats. The cupcake was adorable…glad it looked good…even if the “game” wasn’t so great. haha (Your friends daughter having her little moment reminds me of Megan at Brenna’s 5th birthday party. )

  • Kellie
    November 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Beautiful job – I expected nothing less! Morgan sounds so much like Emma Claire – just sweet through and through! How I miss the Nut Fest – it’s been so long since I’ve been! Wow at the food choices they have now! Fried twinkies???? As if they are not bad enough as is!!!! Have a great week! ~Hugs~

  • Sherry
    November 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

    adorably sweet. great party. you have so much talent. what a lucky girl. what a lucky mommy. thanks for sharing.

  • caroline
    November 9, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Your children are so lucky to have you as their Mommy. Morgan’s party looked WONDERFUL! I might have to steal some ideas for Julianna’s 4th birthday next year. I loved every detal of it, but those giant cupcakes looked so cute and I love the candy shell “liners.” Perfect!

  • Jill Cribb
    November 9, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for keeping it real…my entire house has looked like your girls room all week…and still does. I can’t manage to get a handle on it. They party was beautiful & sweet. I know Morgan was excited. Happy Birthday to her! Love the pin the cherry on the cupcake – that is fabulous!

  • jeana
    November 9, 2009 at 9:16 am

    What a precious post, Darby. My Caden just turned five too, and I am having a hard time believing I have such a big boy. Love you friend. Hope this week is a little better for you!

  • Mandy Norris
    November 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Precious party and decor and a really precious BIG girl! SO cute!!!! And my house looks like that too and I clean up over and over again and there are days I get so frustrated I could scream (AND DO) and then I regain perspective and move on…but, it is a pain in the rear coupled with trying to get the house ready for a party! Have a good week and I look forward to more posts! Love, Mandy

  • Katie McCrary
    November 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I loved your party and love reading your blog. I stumbled upon it from Blessed Be The Name talking about camera lenses. Anyhow, great party, great birthday. Don’t worry about the house. Read this last week:

    http://www.mannaformoms.com/thank_you.html

    It is awesome!!!! Really helps!!!!

  • Christina
    November 9, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I’m so glad that you did the giant cupcakes. I was hoping to see your version. They turned out great! I’ll have to try the candy shell and your cherry on top idea (so creative) next time I make them. You’re a fantastic mother. Your sweet children are blessed to have you. Happy Birthday to Morgan!

  • Whitney
    November 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

    The party looked amazing! I will seriously need to fly you to DC to help me decorate for my next birthday party. 😉 I love reading your blog and all the sweet stories about your family. I hope you have a teriffic week.

  • Kelly
    November 9, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Looks like a fabulous party, and I can SO identify with you on the desire to be more like my children. I often say the same thing about my older daughter’s easy going acceptance of things… enjoy “5”, it is special, indeed!

    (I have to add how much I love your sweet blog. The lighting in your pictures and your easy attitude make visiting here like spending the afternoon hanging out at your best girlfriend’s house… if that makes sense.)

  • Rachel Ridd
    November 9, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I am 23 and I still want one of those cupcake cakes!! I hope I am blessed with a little girl someday! You make it look like so much fun!

  • Kathy
    November 9, 2009 at 10:10 am

    It is such fun reading your posts. It so reminds me of my life… fast forward 10 years and offspring are 3 boys! No tea parties, lots of dump trucks and sports themes, but wonderful memories. The fun and incredible blessing of it all keep coming. Thank you for sharing.

  • Melissa
    November 9, 2009 at 10:12 am

    What a cute party! You will enjoy “5”…it’s a really fun, special age. They’re still little, but just beginning to be a little independent, and learning so much.

  • Jenn
    November 9, 2009 at 10:19 am

    What a great looking party! We did the same for my daughter when she turned six. Keep a polka dot party in mind for the next shindig. Very fun and easy! I can email you the particulars. You’re on my list today for the Kreativ Blogger award! Here’s the link if you’d like to participate. http://thecoveredporch.blogspot.com/2009/11/dish-towels-blogs-and-awards-oh-my.html
    Congrats and Thanks!
    Jenn

  • stephanie
    November 9, 2009 at 10:19 am

    the party looks so fun and colorful and the cakes look gorgeous!

    Kids are definitely beings who need little more than simple pleasures and lots of love — and truly, a lot of us can learn from them…I’m hoping that my kid will grow up to be as grateful and gracious as your not-so-little-anymore Morgan!

    As for the house — is that what i’m to look forward to when my daughter grows up more? oh boy…..

  • Melissa
    November 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Perfect five year old birthday party. I love the fancy china and huge “cupcakes” Morgan is a sweet and beautiful little girl.

  • Kate
    November 9, 2009 at 10:38 am

    What an adorable tea party! So cute! Also, this morning I was reading a photography magazine, and saw Marla and your baby in an Mpix pro ad. How cool is that?!!!

  • Meredith
    November 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I am so impressed with the party! I am glad Morgan had fun! It looks like Paige had a good time too! I bet she is counting down until she turns 5 🙂 I love all the directions and little touches! No wonder you were tired after it was over. Take care and hopefully you can get some rest!

    ~Meredith

  • Cami
    November 9, 2009 at 11:08 am

    What a sweet party and perfect 5th birthday party! From all the precious details to the look on her face – I loved reading all about it. Happy birthday to your beautiful little girl!

  • Jacci
    November 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Awww. Happy Birthday, Morgan!!! 🙂 And hugs to you, Darby – we’ve all been there – especially when we’ve got a lot to do, like last week. Praise God for His grace and love, and for the fact that He isn’t finished with us, yet! 🙂 Love covers a multitude of sins.

    jacci

  • Paloma {LaDolceVita}
    November 9, 2009 at 11:15 am

    So precious! You did such a lovely job, but I would expect nothing less from you. The girls look absolutely thrilled!

  • Kaylene
    November 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

    what a fun party! Thanks for showing us all the cute little details. I can’t tell you how many different times I’ve made the MS pom-poms. So festive and cute.

  • beth
    November 9, 2009 at 11:24 am

    such a sweet birthday party and little girl! I hope I can be that happy and content with the small things in life 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Chelsea
    November 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

    The party must of been awesome for all the wee little girls! What awesome decor! Thanks for sharing with the world!

  • Melissa S
    November 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I love, love this party idea. My daughter will be 5 in the summer and I will have to remember this!

  • shannon
    November 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    You did such a great job with the party, everything looked adorable especially Morgan!!

  • Homemaker, MD
    November 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Beautiful decorations and beautiful giant cupcakes! Love your ideas. Sweet family!

  • Carolyn
    November 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    cute, cute! those are the best big cupcakes I’ve seen…and i’ve seen quite a lot done lately. I don’t have kids, but send your blog to my friends that do!

  • Amanda Thrasher
    November 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Darling child….darlinger Momma.

  • Kristy
    November 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    D.A.R.L.I.N.G.
    happy birthday!

  • bonnie
    November 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    What a perfect party for a lovely five year old! With two precious boys, our parties were quite different but still a great deal of fun. I miss those parties! My three closest friends share a January birthday with me. It’s such a gloomy time of year that we celebrate in a big way together. It’s my turn to be the birthday girl/hostess this year. I’m thinking those pom poms would brighten up the party and will definitely do a happy birthday banner. Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to sweet Morgan!

  • Hannah
    November 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    What an amazing party! I love that you don’t over buy and over spend and it still looks amazing. I try SO hard to teach my children that same lesson all the time.

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

  • Jen
    November 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Is it wrong that I totally want to have a birthday party just like a 5 year old? I’m 24. I love the pom poms. I love that it was a tea party. I love that they all wore dresses & dressed up in fun hats. I love that they drank out of tiny cups & had a giant cupcake. Sounds like you all had such a great time. That was adorable!

  • Courtney
    November 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I love love love this party. This is the cutest thing ever. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

  • Tiffany
    November 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Oh, that looks like such a great party! I love the giant cupcakes! Adorable. Morgan looks so sweet. All the little details are great but I especially love the big cupcake with cherries. Perfect.

  • Tricia
    November 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Morgan! I love how your two adorable little girls were ready to party the day before and with such a wonderful party being planned who could blame them.

    In the picture where Morgan is sitting at the Birthday table she looks so much like your mom – perhaps it is the lovely expression.

  • Jen
    November 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing every delicous detail from Morgan’s party. My favorite part…the sweetness of Morgan’s heart and how she would be happy with a handful of balloons. Don’t discount the source!

  • mommasissy
    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    there is so much excitement and joy on morgan’s face that it melts my heart. i wish we had been there. i feel like it was just yesterday that morgie was born… time flies!
    i love you so much.
    mommasissy

  • ang
    November 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    That party ROCKED!!! Loved the GIANT cupcakes with the sweet cherry on top!!! (and everything else!!) Looks like they had a blast.

  • Brittan
    November 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Happy Birthday!! What a cute party- Totally understand what you mean about the house. We had a party here on Saturday but today it’s a disaster!!

  • Melise
    November 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    So stinkin cute I could get a cavity!!!

  • Katie
    November 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I had a tea party birthday party when I turned 6! Love it! You did a great job! 🙂

  • Amanda
    November 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I love everything about Morgan’s party! It’s dreamy!

  • Ashley Buchanan
    November 9, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Great job-no big surprise there! Love the huge cupcakes!

  • Laura
    November 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    What a great party for an adorable little girl. The cupcakes looked delicious!

  • Erika@BluLabel Bungalow
    November 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Such a precious (and beautiful) post…I’m at a loss for words.

  • kk
    November 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

    perfect perfect party!your children will have sweet memories of home made parties…..so much more special than going to a pizza place,ect!
    I loved the festive mood you set without going totally overboard. the pictures of them in their hats were to precious. enjoy every moment….the days of mamahood fly by way too quickly! Blessings!

  • Trudi
    November 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I just adore everything about this party, but what made my heart melt [and made me come back to comment a day after I read the post] was that Morgan made her guests a rainbow favor!Such a gracious hostess, how precious. You are doing an amazing job raising a thoughtful and sweet child.

  • Stacy B.
    November 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

    What a party! You’re such an inspiration to other creative, young mothers (and EVERYBODY for that matter)! It’s a nice reminder to see that while we might get frustrated because we can’t always “do it all”, our children rejoice in the smallest things. I love that you highlight funny, special, and ordinary moments. Thank you for sharing your family adventures with us via this blog!

  • Adelia
    November 10, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Oh, wow!! What a fantastic little party! I have 3 little boys, so I truly enjoy living tea parties vicariously through moms who have girls. Fun, fun and beautiful!

  • Rebecca
    November 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I know most of the comments centered around your uber-cute birthday party, but I’d like to thank you for posting the FIRST picture. So many people that read home + lifestyle blogs feel inadequate and only wish they could make a beautiful home. Thank you for “keepin’ it real” and letting the world know that sometimes a pretty blog picture is just a pretty blog picture and that bloggers have real lives (and very tired weeks)too.

  • Melanie
    November 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I have to agree with the post above on you “keepin’ it real” for us! I always enjoy your beautiful pictures and recipes and crafts. I appreciate you sharing your “real life” as well with us all and reminding us all that it isn’t about things always being perfect! Great party! Looks like Morgan and her friends had a blast!!

  • Whitney
    November 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    What a fun, girly party! I want one!

  • Ashley, BBTN
    November 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    hey darby!!!
    precious party and so glad you survived the funk…i recognized our double disc tee in the cousins pictures and had to comment on what a small world it is…really really small…
    blessings for just today, mercy too…new every morning…
    thank goodness!!
    all of my love!!

  • Kimberly
    November 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    My darling Isabella celebrated her 5th birthday this year too…it is a hard one to swallow, right? I swear it took me a month to get used to her being five. My first childhood memories were from my 5th year, especially my 5th birthday party…it’s amazing that I now have those same memories from my daughter. Thanks for sharing, what a lovely post.
    Kimberly
    http://yeptheyareallmine.blogspot.com/

  • emmy-ray
    November 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I don’t have my own kids yet, but once I do I hope my family is as fun and lively as yours! Great blog.

  • PJ
    November 11, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Oh wow… this just makes me want to have a little girl SO BADLY! I love tea parties and you did an amazing job.

  • Kyle Lynn Koerner
    November 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Darby, what an amazing birthday party. I am sure Morgan had a blast! Anything you get to play dress up and eat cupcakes is a winner in my book!

  • Andria Hepler
    November 12, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Your blog was recommended to me by my own dear sister and I’ve really enjoyed it. I love all the wonderful projects for your daughter’s birthday. My own little 5 year would think that was the best party ever! I did have one question, where did you find the fun colored chairs for your party table??

    thank you!

  • Cousin
    November 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    That party looked WAY fun! So sorry I missed it! One of the “cousins” was there at least! I love you!!

  • JD
    November 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    that cupcake mold is on my 6yo daughters “must have” list to ask Santa for! it looks so fun!

    would love to know how you made the bed skirt in the first pic of the girls room!?

  • L
    November 15, 2009 at 1:37 am

    What a sweet little girl and such a cute party! I’m sure she will always remember it. My 5th birthday was my first party, and I vividly remember some of the friends who came and even the gifts I received.

    The Nut Fest sounds fun, too. I had never even heard of boiled peanuts until visiting a friend in the peanut capital in Alabama. yum yum! 🙂

  • Sarah
    November 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    What an adorable party. Great ideas.. thanks for sharing.
    Also, if you don’t mind, where did you purchase the fabric or curtains for your daughters room? Would love to use that fabric in our guest/my craft room. They are so fun.

  • Ruth Williams
    November 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Oh woah! I need to file this for a someday-Gracie party! You sure pulled it off. I am always amazed at how creative and resourceful you are. Totally inspiring!

  • chesley
    December 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    i just went searching for this post b/c I want to make those pom pom’s for my 2 year old’s party in a few weeks. how did you attach them to the ceiling. if you have time, i’d love to know. thanks!