Thursday, February 16, 2012

{Entertaining} Grey & Yellow Party For Her 18th

You may or may not have seen my posts here , here  and here too about my daughter turning 18 (if not, where ya been, I've missed you!?). Anyway..without further is the low down on the party.
The birthday girl (don't you love her dress? Jason Wu for Tarjay-styled with her own belt).
 Soon-to-be-18-year-olds don't really want a theme so Mom gets to pick a color combo that matches her newly-ish painted kitchen.  I wanted to use grey and yellow and found the perfect linens at Target (Dwell Studio) and they were on clearance!
I ordered a bunch of paper lanterns in yellow, grey and white.
I also made some tissue paper pom poms.
 This is the tablecloth.
 I'm hoping to make a valance out of it for the kitchen window like this one.
{pinned here}
My daughter wanted to make her own cake.  She used this vegan chocolate cake recipe from The Moosewood Restaurant cookbook and colored vanilla icing.  It was delicious!
The favors were an idea that I pinned.   More on this in a later post.
I got all of the flowers from Costco and my dear friend arranged them for me (and helped sick-y me decorate for the party the day before!)
Of course I took loads of photos before the party as I was setting up(not so many during). I bought a big box of Meyer lemons (also from Costco) for decoration but also for Vegan Lemon Bar cookies and our signature cocktail.
I printed out labels from and used scrapbook paper to frame them.
I thought the dessert buffet needed a banner too so I asked my daughter to write out "SWEETS" for me on doilies, then I strung them together with some ribbon over the mirror.
More pre-party shots...
The rosettes in the window were made with scrapbook paper and card stock then hung on fishing line.
You can see them reflected in the mirror.
Since my baby was born in a blizzard, of course it snowed the morning of her birthday (and party). It was only a tiny bit and really looked pretty.
The other decoration I made was a birthday photo banner.
This turned out really cute and got a lot of compliments at the party. 
I used this Pottery Barn chalkboard for our drinks menu.
I'm so mad that I didn't get a picture of the Lemon Drop Champagne Punch.  The recipe is here and it was really tart and bubbly.
*edit* There's a photo here.
I grabbed some photos of the birthday girl from around the house to decorate the dessert buffet and other areas of the party.
This was the dinner menu. 
Turkey Chili
Creamy Carrot
Cheddar Broccoli
Chicken Noodle
Assorted breads, rolls and crackers
Macaroni & Cheese
I was busy making soup all week!
I got one cell phone photo of the party set up before the guests arrived.
A full shot of the birthday banner.
 My mom and youngest.
 The soup bar in action.
Party people...
The desserts: Vegan Chocolate Cake,
Vanilla Cupcakes (home made by my youngest)
My beautiful birthday girl.
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Laura Everyday Edits said...

Hi heather- lovely lovely! My daughter turns 18 this summer (sniff.sniff). I love the yellow theme!

The Style Sisters said...

What a beautiful party and a beautiful girl! I love the yellow gray combo. Your buffet table all set up for the party is perfect! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you ideas.


simply brookes: said...

so touching. almost brought to tears looking at this. i have three daughters of my own and watching them get older is so bittersweet. love your party decor, colors, table setting...all of it. great photos. thanks for sharing.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Happy Birthday!!! What a fun party and the decor was perfect, not too much for a young lady. Love the menu, I am sure she was thrilled. Hugs, marty

Denise said...

Oh! This is wonderful. I'm crazy about the banner. I'm going to have to show this one to my daughter. She has little ones and this will be a great idea for their future teen birthday parties.

Happy Birthday.

Bliss said...

My fav's..... the photo birthday banner (hands down cute idea!) and since I'm no stranger to lemon drop martini's I have to pick the punch I didn't get to see. OH, and GREAT idea for a soup bar! Gonna steal that for our next birthday party.

(OK, the doily banner is cute too, and all the sunny yellow......)


Happy birthday to the pretty 18th. year old! I love the sunny, happy yellow party you did for her, everything is great, from the decor and banner to the food, wow! Wonderful and only once birthday 18th. is!

Creations By Cindy said...

What a wonderful and beautiful party for your pretty daughter! Love all the yellow and I waiting on a tutorial on your goodies you made for this party. Love the picture on the cup!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Tiffany said...

Absolutely lovely! Might steal some of your recipes too. How are you holding up? My mom took it hard when I turned 18.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks like a fun party and Happy 18th. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

scrappymo! said...

Lovely girl! what a pretty party...The colours are fab!

The Tablescaper said...

Great job. Beautiful party. I so know what you mean about them not wanting a theme as they get older (how dare they ruin our fun, be we do seem to work around it). Love all of the touches of soft yellow.

The birthday banner is amazing. That would take a lot for me to pull all of those photos together.

- The Tablescaper

Christa (The Soccer Mom) said...

My daughter's birthday is not until July, but I'm gonna start on a birthday banner soon. I love that - and all the yellow and grey - Happy Birthday to your baby girl!

Alycia Nichols said...

This is just sweet as can be!!! I'm impressed that you were able to find and prepare so many tasty vegan dishes. The photo banner is a really great idea, and I love the colors you chose!!!!!!! Yellow and grey are very sophisticated, not too girly, and a fabulous combo for this time of year!

Hanna said...

WOW....whAt a gorgeous party! love those pom poms. I se them for almost every occasion:) Your just lovely

xoxoox Hanna

April said...

Oh my goodness the banner with photos from every year is the best idea! I hope you will link up with me here:

Meaningful Mama said...

Beautiful. I especially love the garland of pictures. Lucky girl.

BumbleVee said...

oh, what fun having girls that can cook and bake.... pass the cake please...oh, and may I also taste a cupcake?.... mmmmppfff...YUM!

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh it all looked beautiful, I bet she was thrilled. Gorgeous. And hey..your Mum and daughters smile exactly the same, how even more gorgeous!!

ibshell said...

What a perfect party for an 18 year old, and how BEAUTIFUL it all turned out! LOVE all your ideas too. Thank you for sharing with us!! XOXO

Jill @ said...

Beautiful Party...I Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party today and would love for you to share this!

Holly said...

beautiful party for a beautiful girl-love the yellow/gray/white color combo-thanks for the inspiration!

Holly said...

beautiful party for a beautiful girl-love the yellow/gray/white color combo-thanks for the inspiration!

Katie said... did I not see this post yesterday?! Where was I?!

This looks like a fabulous party! I love the banner you made with pictures of your daughter at every age! What a great way to decorate for such a special birthday!

I love the colors you chose, and how you worked them into everything, the flowers, the lemons, its all so pretty!

Unknown said...

This is one of the prettiest party set ups I have ever seen! I love the yellow, especially! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to link this up along with anything else you like!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Everyday Art said...

Fabulous job. The colors, the doilies, the adorable year-by-year birthday banner--all of it is just great. Great job mom. :) pinned that one for sure.

CraftygasheadZo said...

What wonderful pictures of a special day. Take care, thanks for sharing & enjoy this week's WOYWW. Zo xx 86

Life in Rehab said...

The party is nearly as beautiful as your daughter.

Katherines Corner said...

gorgeous party, well planned and beautifully executed. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter.hopping over from the sassy sites hop xo

Diane said...

You have used so many clever and creative ideas! Love the doilies over the sweets table! Wonderful job and happy birthday to your daughter!

Kathleen said...

My Feb baby was born in a snow storm too! Barely made it home from the hospital.
What a lovely party you gave your daughter. The banners are great.

TidyMom said...

What a beautiful party! I love all the details!

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

You had me at grey and yellow!! Beautiful details for your birthday girl.

Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Sundays!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful post.

Regards and best wishes

Donene said...

How beautiful, I love gray and yellow together.

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

Turning's an exciting time. Senior year with so many last time events - sad and emotional for mom! My daughter turned 18 last year and I wasn't sure how the first year of college would go for me! She's doing great and so am I!

When I read your profile it's like reading about myself :)

This is a lovely party - Would love it if you would share it with my readers and post it on my web site -


Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Gray and yellow is such a beautiful theme!! The photo banner is one of my favorite parts of this party! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for linking up to my first Link Party! I am featuring you this week if you would like to go check it out and grab a featured button!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Honey at 2805 said...

What a sweet party! She is such a beauty!

Michele said...

What a beautiful party for a really beautiful birthday girl!

Kate said...

What a beautiful party. I LOVE the birthday banner idea!

BTW I'm stopping over from the Coastal Charm link party and am your newest follower. I'd love for you to stop by and check out my new blog.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Jill ~ Jillify It said...

Thanks for linking up to my party at Jillify It! I'm a new follower!


Allison Downes said...

Beautiful setup! Love the favors idea!

Found you in the hop, New GFC Follower! Hope you can follow me back!

Unknown said...

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