Birthday dinner: details and decor

My birthday party was a smashing success, if you ask me (which your presence here implies that you do.) It was great to celebrate with a few of our close friends and a boat load of fondue. While that was the best part of the whole event, I thought I’d share some of the details of the day.

When the idea of celebrating the big 3-0 started to percolate, I saw a stunning yellow, gray and white dessert buffet topped with gobs of paper rosettes over at Hosetess with the Mostess. I think that one post sealed the deal. I needed a party, and more importantly I needed a party stuffed full of yellow, gray and white paper rosettes.

After a few evenings a week or so of folding and gluing I had enough rosettes for the door, a simple chandelier, the cake, place cards and a few left to scatter about the table… and a ridiculous smile on my face because these rosettes make me unnaturally happy. Near the end I think Hubster began to question my sanity as I kept insisting I was almost done making rosettes whilst quickly folding and gluing a few more before joining him on the couch where he was recuperating from a nasty cold. In the end, I think I had the perfect amount.

I also want to give a shout out to my favorite St. Louis florist, Flowers to the People, for the gorgeous arrangements. I dropped a few pieces of milk glass off at her shop, showed her my Pinterest inspiration board and she delivered a stunning centerpiece.


I re-purposed a few of the mini rosettes into thank you cards.



And because I couldn’t bear to throw them all away (it seemed like too much happiness for one trash can), I stuck a few to an empty frame on our inspiration wall. They’re still making me smile… of course, so is the chandelier that we have yet to take down…


I’ll be back with a full rundown of the menu and some recipes tomorrow… unless I’m starring happily at my remaining rosettes.

Lisa - January 24, 2012 - 3:33 am

I can’t get over how amazing everything looked! I love those rosettes, and I think you should leave the chandelier up as long as possible! :)

renee - January 24, 2012 - 11:36 pm

Heather- it looks AH-MAZING! Oh my goodness- I love those rosettes. Where did you get the paper? I wonder if the little ones could be made into pins or some other kind of jewelry. Too cute!

hhawes - January 25, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Thanks Lisa! :) The chandelier is definitely still up…

hhawes - January 25, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Thanks!! I got some of the paper from Art Mart and some from Michael’s. I found that the thiner the paper, the easier it was to utilize. I think these could definitely be made into jewelry!

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