Thursday, November 1, 2018

Eloise's County Fair Birthday Party

Our darling little Eloise is now 3! Say whaaat? I don't know where time has gone or how my littlest girl has grown into this funny little kid! Eloise, I love you girl but please, slow down just a little, mmmkay?

This year was the first year we ever did a party with friends for Eloise and I was so nervous about how it would go over. Eloise is pretty reserved and I knew that for her, less would be more and much better! Also, I've been reading so many good things about minimalism and simplicity and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put into practice all the great tidbits I had learned.
 Plus, I wanted the focus to be on celebrating Eloise rather then getting caught up about creating a "perfect" party. I kept reminding myself to stop with the party prep as soon as it stopped being fun and became stressful. Since I do love crafting, it was actually super fun and kinda relaxing! 
I even had some help from my fun little 10 year old brother who stopped by with my mom at one point, the day before the party. Truthfully, the only thing that was a tad stressful was the hour before the guests arrived, not because of party-related stuff but because a pink crayon had mysteriously made it's way into our dishwasher, turning all of our dishes a bright pink! Oops!




Now, about the decorations and the theme! Eloise had requested a horse themed party eons ago so until the day before her party I was going to make a balloon garland and the put up a bunch of horse photos up everywhere. Then she pulled out a cupcake Ferris wheel from storage and declared that she wanted to use it for the party. I stared at her for a good minute trying to think how the heck I was going to incorporate a Ferris wheel into a horse themed party when DING, a light bulb flashed in my head and I thought of a county fair. PERFECT!

After turning on the soundtrack from State Fair, I began by making pinwheels in all sorts of colors and textures of paper; scrapbook paper, tissue paper,  brown packaging paper, even an old manila folder! Then I found a bunch of beautiful images of vintage horse postcards to bring in the horse theme. Overall, I spent maybe $10 on decorations since most things I used to decorate were items I already had around the house.
 We made popcorn and served it in little paper bags, there were toy horses everywhere on the table and we even handed out teeny tiny bags of cotton candy to out guests because you can't go the fair without eating cotton candy
!I loved how it all turned out. and I think it's safe to say Eloise loved it too!




Megan xo