There are few things as magical or, for that matter, as fun as the birthday party of a little girl. When planning the big day for KK’s eighth birthday party there was no doubt that two things needed to be present: horses and the color pink. Jennifer Lackey and the crew at Storybook Wedding Consulting created the perfect balance of upscale sophistication and the innocent merriment of youthful sensibilities. It was an absolute success, with hand-crafted paper accents, one-of-a-kind details and favors that would have KK the talk of the playground for a long time coming. Tasty treats by Blooming Flour Bakery included gourmet popcorn packed into intricate doily cones alongside pink cotton candy and strawberry cake that had guests grown and small coming back for seconds. It was a party perfectly suited for KK and her friends, most definitely fit for a sweet little cowgirl. Gallop over to this celebration with these photos by 35 Atlanta!
Was there a specific theme or style?
The theme was 8 and horses set in a barn with girly appeal.
Did you DIY any of the details?
All of the details…the signs were made by me, the name on the wall, all of the horses were painted by me to match the perfect shade of pink. I made the table coverings and sewed the lace for the trim. The biggest DIY detail was the huge 8 that hung on the barn opening was made with two hula hoops covered in pink deco mesh. Then I pinned on all of the horse ribbons for the guests. You could see it from the road as guests came up the drive, it looked fabulous. The horse ribbons were the most time consuming detail that I made. They were made from a tulip shaped cupcake liner and two regular different size cupcake liners, ribbon, and topped with a cutout of a horse. It was precious to see all of the kids wearing their ribbons. I made the horse chocolates out of candy molds. Kaitlyn is severely allergic to peanuts and treenuts so purchasing candy or chocolate is extremely difficult, so I bought the molds and made them. Finishing them with pretty pink ribbons to make them girly. I love the picture of the chocolates in the wagon. The cake cutter is a Publix cake knife to which I hot glued rope on and finished it with a flower. The doilies that hold the popcorn were made by me. I painted a hat box pink and tied it with rope and put some horse cutouts on it to dress it up.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Playful twists that made the event unique include the fun signs like “watering hole” for the drink station, “outhouse” for the bathroom, etc…The craft was a fun interactive event for the kids but also doubled as a favor. Other twists were incorporating a sweet treat at the place setting into the napkin fold. Kids love candy necklaces and seeing their napkin folded into a bow was a fun bonus too.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The food was all desserts – Kaitlyn’s favorites. Out of all of the parties I’ve planned, I’ve learned one thing for sure, the kids don’t eat the food, the only want the cake and to see the birthday girl open presents. They thrive on it! So instead of serving lunch we did an All About KK dessert bar complete with all of her favorite things; pink cotton candy in cute little bags complete with horses, chocolate horse pops, popcorn in doilies, s’more bars, and yummy strawberry cake with cream cheese icing!
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment was seeing Kaitlyn blow out her 8 candles… the sparkle in her eye as she looked around at all of her closest friends and family squeezed in close on the benches beside her, closing her eyes tight, making a wish and blowing out those little flames. It is so amazing to watch your children grow up and relish in birthdays that are truly, all about them. That’s what a birthday is, right? All about that special person and what they love the most.. And today on Kaitlyn’s 8th birthday she loves pink and horses and being 8!
Photography: 35 Atlanta | Event Planner: Storybook Wedding Consulting | Venue: High Meadows at Vinewood | Floral: On Occassions of Atlanta | Invitations: DecoMarj | Bakery: Blooming Flour Bakery | Horses: The Pony Patch | Custom Belt Buckle: Daisy & Pearl Design