Real Party: Blue & Orange Garden Party Sip & See

My friends Leslie & Pavel’s son is Dylan. Dylan’s Grandparents recently hosted a gathering for friends and family to meet little Dylan.
I was asked to help with decorations and desserts.  Of course my partners-in-crafting Lindsay and Drea helped to execute the plans.
What a beautiful day it turned out to be. Leslie’s parents have an incredible yard for entertaining. It served as the perfect setting for the gathering.
Leslie chose this invitation from and just reworked the wording so it wasn’t for a birthday.  This invite was our inspiration for the color scheme. The invitation was perfect because Leslie had really wanted to incorporate some of the 36 inch balloons we had used at her baby shower.
My husband made this chalkboard for me recently.  It was perfect to point guests to the backyard.  (We literally found the frame on the side of the road and he added the center wood, painted it with chalkboard paint, and then put legs on the back. I have so many uses planned for it already! Yay!)
This beautiful display lined the pathway that guests walked to reach the party area.
Leslie punched hundred and hundreds of circles and attached them to sticks.  Wow, that was a lot of work. But it looked so great!
The party area has lots of trees, so our main decor was hung from them.
We cut hundreds of triangles and sewed dozens of yards of bunting.
And Leslie ordered a bunch of paper lanterns in different shades of blue.
I thought it was stunning.

We had some round tables spread across the grass lawn.

Dylan’s Grandma put together some simple white flower centerpieces.  Lindsay and I made some fabric squares for the centers of the tables.

Now the most important part: Food & Drink!

There was a bar and 2 food stations: one with Mexican food, and one with Chinese food. Yum and Yum. We used more bunting and balloons to decorate the tables.

Lindsay, Drea, and I worked together to make lots of cupcakes.

We topped them with m&m’s in greys and blues, and built a simple little display with some fabric covered boxes. We put a few pictures of the guest of honor in Ikea frames.

Dylan and his Mom.

Too cute.

Invitation: Minted
Party Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals
Chinese Food: New Orient
Mexican Food: El Paisa Taco Truck
Paper Lanterns: Jade Time
Balloons: Bargain Balloons


  1. Love the colors! Great job!!

  2. simply beautiful,

    I love the blue balloon like lanterns over the food area.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, I love all the detail. I would definitely want to do something like this for a garden birthday party. I love all the diy elements. You ladies did a fab job.



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