Monday, August 6, 2012

Little Girl's Butterfly Birthday Party (a 5th Birthday)

Butterfly birthday party with hanging butterfly decorations

My oldest daughter is now five! I can't fully comprehend how she got to be that old, that she is entering kindergarten in a few short weeks, or how I'm remotely old enough to have a child in elementary school:)

To celebrate, we hosted a butterfly themed birthday party.

                     Pier 1 hanging butterfly decorations

I hung butterfly decorations, which my mom purchased at Pier 1, from the chandeliers in the dining room.

Butterfly clips in the flowers too.

butterfly clips on flowers

I used the dining room table as the crafts table, since the kids made their own butterfly wings and butterfly finger puppets as the first activity.

butterfly finger puppet craft

The kitchen island served as the buffet for all the food. You can click here to see recipes for all the food we served, know that the food was yummy, and very butterfly-ed.

pull apart butterfly cake

Butterfly party with butterfly notes as menu cards

The champagne and beer were served outside in the orange cooler we bought way back when.


I used little tabs from Target to mark the drink glasses so we could tell them all apart. Not exactly my washi tape party cups, but it turns out I had forgotten to buy more plastic cups for this party!

Target warm colors drink markers

Our new cantilevered umbrella worked wonders to provide a bit of shade on the deck.

The view was ah-mazing that day.

And I brought out an adjustable height folding table, set up our kid chairs, and that's where the kids ate, and where we did the whole cake thing:)

I did make a few crafty things. My husband is smirking somewhere since he thinks I Martha-Stewart-ed-out on this party. Not even close, my dear. See how calm I am?

                    Butterfly mason jar sippers from baby food jars

You can find the tutorial for how to make baby food jars into sippers in this older post.

Cocktail umbrellas with paper butterflies on top

Since the kids were eating outside and we had a butterfly pinata, I set up a sunscreen station by the doors that lead onto the deck.

Sunscreen station for a summer party

The birthday girl.


My dad, teenage sisters and our baby. This was her first day wearing a clip in her hair, I'm so excited for the hair accessories to come!

More party pics...

The pinata scrum:)

My mom got our daughter an American Girl doll. It's Marie-Grace in case you know about these things, and she is over the moon. I love it since I could coordinate all the grandparents in purchasing accessories for it. I'm hoping this can last a few years:)


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Cassie Bustamante said...

it looks so adorable! love all the fun colors and details!

Colleen said...

Everything came out great! I am cracking up at the picture of you with the comment by your husband about Martha Stewart. My husband would say something like that too. Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

Megan said...

Everything turned out great. I spied an American Girl doll. I have one of those!!

Eclectically Vintage said...

You do look calm, cool and collected - must be all that champagne on the deck!!

Seriously, will you be my mommy? I want a butterfly party (or at least want to drink all that champagne)!


McKae @ Kaes Corner Design said...

Everything is so cute! I love the butterfly cake, adorable!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

awh!!! What a PERFECT party! I love all of your perfect touches and details! And what a sweet birthday girl! :o) I love seeing your family and your wonderful house in use! It is perfect! AND what a BEAUTIFUL day!

acasarella said...

Jessica, this is FANTASTIC! Perfect in every way. I'm kinda sad I wasn't invited... Off to pin some of the beauty!

:) Elena

Unknown said...

What a beautiful day! This theme is SO right up my ally! Can't wait to hear about those recipes! :)

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

I wish I could have *fluttered* around that party. You thought of every detail. What a memorable 5th birthday. Absolutely beautiful.

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

I wish I could have *fluttered* around that party. You thought of every detail. What a memorable 5th birthday. Absolutely beautiful.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

you throw the best parties!! i have to admit ... when i know it's a party post it becomes a bit of a where's waldo as I look for the champagne ... i'd be the guest in ALL of the pics next to the cooler.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...


What a fabulous party! And thanks for sharing with us all ... I feel like I'm right there with you ... holding my Target marked champagne glass as I marvel at the stunning view and gobble up those deviled eggs (my fave!) ..

And happy 5th to your little princess!



Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

You know how to throw one heck of a party! Those butterfly decorations are beyond adorable! :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

What an adorable party! i love american girl. I got Samantha when I was younger.

Those mini butterfly mason jars are so creative. I'd love those for my own parties. LOL


Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

Butterflys are such a sweet theme, the decorations and food look amazing. Great job :)

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

What a great party, Jessica! How DID you stay so calm looking?! I love the butterfly theme and your view is something else. You must have to peel yourself away from the deck all the time. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I hope your daughter had a wonderful day (and you too!)

Kelli said...

Great party! My baby turned 5 last month.

designchic said...

Such a cute party...adore the butterflies. Couldn't help but notice your wonderful the pendant lights!!

the cape on the corner said...

that is so cute, i love all the little touches! they wore wings, cute!

Lorri@ReturnToHome said...

Love this post! What an adorable birthday party idea and your daughter looks thrilled!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Absolutely amazing! I love the cake and the food looked yummy! Looks like everyone had a blast. Megan

Erin said...

So adorable, Jessica! Filing some ideas away for later since my girls love butterflies. It was even the first word for one of them. Not Mama, not Dada. Baba, for her favorite butterfly book. And that sunscreen station is such a thoughtful touch party goers. Well done! said...

This party look like so much fun! I hope you’ll link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend on

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh my goodness Jessica! My youngest just turned 5 and she got an American Girl doll for her bday too! She got Kit. :-) And she is obsessed with butterflies so this would have been right up her alley. I'm tucking away these fabulous ideas for next year. You did such an amazing job with the party and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday last weekend!

Unknown said...

Beautiful party! I love all of the kids' wings. The cake is awesome too. I think any party you throw is probably going to be awesome because of that amazing house you have! I am a new follower. Hope to see you at True Aim!

Liz said...

Great idea!

Gina Kleinworth said...

Came out adorable!!! What a happy day she had!

Meaningful Mama said...

My daughter just said she wanted a butterfly birthday party. Granted her birthday is almost a year away, so things could change. However, I wanted to check out yours when I saw it on the link party. You did a great job! I love the little cups with the butterflies on the side. I love the big butterflies hanging from the ceiling. Way to go. Jodi @

Josh said...

One has to start thinking about the birthday party ideas beforehand so that there is no delay in arranging the birthday cake and inviting guests. Hiring professional planners would be a privilege.

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