Vintage Sewing Birthday Party

Caitlyn became hooked on sewing after receiving a sewing kit and toy sewing machine from Santa. It wasn’t long before she asked to have a sewing party for her 7th birthday. The fresh colors and prints from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane fabric collection became the inspiration for the party. I also drew inspiration from her gorgeous studio and the oh-so-creative parties that were pinned on my Vintage Sewing Party board.

The custom designed spool of thread invitations by FLIPAWOO were hand-delivered to each of the guests weeks in advance.


By the day of the party, the children’s playroom was transformed into a sewing room, complete with a rotary sewing machine dating back to 1915, vintage spools of thread and hand-made pin cushions. I created a simple backdrop by stretching fabric on embroidery hoops of varying sizes and hanging them on a giant cork board that was already in the room. For the center hoop, I embroidered the words “Sew Seven” by hand (find the tutorial on Celebrations At Home). Vintage blue mason jars holding fresh flowers from the local grocery store were placed on each of the tables, and my DIY ruffled fabric garlands were draped across the chair backs.


A vintage sewing table acquired from Stylish Patina served as the perfect dessert and beverage table. The baked desserts were artfully made by some of the most incredibly talented women from the Washington DC area. The detailing on the sewing basket cake by PhoebeCakes was exquisite. One of the funniest moments was when our son, Camden, ran off with the little kitty paws right before we were about to cut the cake. Dusted with edible glitter, the decorated sugar cookies from JP Creatibles looked too pretty to eat. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. Sew darn cute!


The cookies n' cream cake pops by 6 Bittersweets, which resembled spools of thread (get the tutorial here), were adorned with washi tape flags. Pink airmail washi tape from Le Box Boutique was also used to adhere spoons to parfait glasses layered with fresh raspberries and whipped cream. Wooden spools tied with pink sorbet baker’s twine from The Twinery held up button lollipops made with vanilla flavored candy melts. A glass jar was filled with raspberry curd French macarons – another sweet creation from 6 Bittersweets.


Pink raspberry lemonade was served in glass bottles with hot pink striped paper straws from Sweet Estelle. Floral beverage coasters from Heather Bailey’s coordinating party collection added a touch of nostalgia.


While guests were arriving, the girls guessed the number of buttons in a jar (the answer was 157) and played a few rounds of “hoop toss”. 


For the first sewing craft, they used embroidery thread to stitch their first initial and a flower onto eco-felt that was stretched over a hoop (see the tutorial on Amy Atlas Events). Although most of the girls had never sewn before, they all did an amazing job and proudly showcased their finished projects on the cork board.


Then we used a kit from Paper and String to make adorable felt cupcakes sprinkled with mini brads and topped with buttons.


Beautifully sewn pencil pouches by Bagel Creations and hand-crafted button cards were given to the guests as they were leaving the party.



After months of planning, it was such a joy to see everything come together. A big thank you to all of the vendors and suppliers who helped me pull off this party:

Photography: Rebecca Watkins Photography and Pure Joy Events / Invitations, Food/Beverage Labels & Personalized Tags: FLIPAWOO / Cake: PhoebeCakes / Sugar Cookies: JP Creatibles / French Macarons & Cake Pops: 6 Bittersweets / Printing: Brickwall Printing and Graphics / Cupcake Kit: Paper and String / Pencil Pouches: Bagel Creations / Pin Cushions: Details by Des / Vintage Sewing Machine: Stylish Patina / Blue Mason Jars:  JAKRB / Beverage Coasters, Epoxy Button Stickers & Stamp Ink Pads: Heather Bailey Store / Button Boutique Stamps & Buttons: Papertrey Ink / Paper Straws: Sweet Estelle / Baker's Twine: The Twinery / Washi Tape & Glassine Bags: Le Box Boutique / Nicey Jane Fabrics: Redbrick Quilting and Crafts, Skye Reve Fabrics

As Seen On: Amy Atlas Events / Ucreate Parties / Kara's Party Ideas / Living Locurto / Catch My Party / The Party Wagon / Maddycakes Muse / Project Nursery / The White Library / A Few of My Favorite Things / Tiny and Little Magazine / Me and My Insanity / Plush Little Baby

44 comments:

  1. I am totally and completely in love with every detail of this party! LOVE!!

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  2. What an amazing party, Christine! It was an honor to contribute and I'm glad it came together so well. Looks like a fabulously fun time :).

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  3. "Sew, sew" beautiful!!! Simply amazing party! Your creativity and stunning details are truly inspiring.

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  4. GASP! Oh my goodness, wow! If you don't mind, I'll be sharing this on my own blog. Beautiful job, Christine!

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  5. Love everything about this party! Great job!

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  6. What a gorgeous party! It was an honor to create special pencil pouches for your guests!

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  7. This is amazing and makes me want to have a sewing theme for my "way more than 7th" birthday...

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  8. ooohhhhh!!! I just adore this party Christine!!! You out did yourself:} I loved all your details and such a sweet and different party. Faubulous Job;)

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  9. You are truly amazing. I have never seen a party so well organized.

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  10. Wow, this is one of the sweetest parties I've ever seen! Love all the details!

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  11. What a great party! Looks like fun!

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  12. I always thought I wanted a little girl, but ever since my little man came into my world, I never looked back. Seeing this very feminine and sweet party makes me sew nostalgic! Phubie Perfection, but I knew it would be! Thanks for sharing and creating this blog, it's my favorite internet visit :-)

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  13. PS- Loooooooove the vintage sewing machine!

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  14. Okay, this is beyond words for those of us who sew and wish(ed) to have our little girls follow in our footsteps. Amazing thought to detail, I'd like to link if you don't mind.

    Thanks,
    Ellen

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  15. What a fun pretty bright party set up. Just gorgeous.

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  16. Wow - if I had or went to a party like this when I was 7, I'd have been so excited!

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  17. I CAME OVER AFTER SEEING YOUR WONDERFUL PARTY FEATURED ON ELLEN'S BLOG...YOU DID A FABULOUS JOB AND SO CREATIVE....I CAN'T WAIT NOW FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER TO TURN SEVEN!!

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  18. Absolutely GORGEOUS Christine! Wow. I am totally in awe. Amazing, amazing, amazing!

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  19. BEYOND Christine! I cannot believe how gorgeous!

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  20. This is so amazing, right up my alley ! You did a beautiful job.

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  21. The details are wonderful! Hope you don't mind--but would love to feature this as my "Merry Monday" party tomorrow!
    RM, Home Confetti
    http://homeconfetti.blogspot.com

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  22. WOW! I am totally fell in love with your party , every detail of this party is amazing
    I love collecting awesome birthday party idea on my site and I think you are one of the top creative people ;-)
    Here is my collection link, maybe you want have a look
    http://www.coolest-party-ideas.com/birthday-party.html

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  23. Connected to your blog through Nouveau Stitch and so glad I did! Fabulous party ideas and beautifully photographed. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I've come to expect only fabulous stuff on your blog every visit. But this ultra-charming party is truly a labor of love...and every detail shows it! (I can't even single out something to commend. There's not enough space in this comment box!) Your work is truly an inspiration to all party planners out there. Thanks so much!

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  25. Christine, this is so gorgeous!!! The girls must have had an amazing time - I love the crafts you had for them. And that cake - holy cow! Absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring!

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  26. beallagirl@yahoo.comJuly 26, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I love this party! Did you cut out the initial capital letters for the embroidery project yourself? If so, did you use a pattern? This is a great idea for a young embroidery project.

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  27. Christine, I'm in love with all the details of your party! The craft is so precious and lovely, and I can't get over your whole dessert table. Would you add this party to our site? I would LOVE to show it off!!!! You are such an inspiration!!!

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  28. Ahhhh! I am dying over this party! Everything looks fantastic! You did a wonderful job. Just told my 4yr old tell yo dada we need a girl lol!! I wanna sewing party.

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  29. This is the most creative party I have seen, love everything about it! Found you via Craft Gossip, love your blog.

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  30. This party is pure perfection! I am in love with it! I featured on my site today. You are amazing!

    Michelle
    www.maddycakesmuse.blogspot.com

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  31. What an adorable party theme!
    I ADORE the "thread pops"!

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  32. Wow, this is just too fun. Love it.

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  33. Best party ever! I'm swooning over the cake -- that cat looks just like my Max who always helps with my sewing projects.

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  34. Gorgeous -- I love it all! Can't wait to make the felt initials with my girls. And thank you for the kind mention!

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  35. I am so intersted in this idea..so creative.. and old school.. I never can find embrodry hoops in stores.. or wooden threads....

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  36. re-dang-diculous!! love everything and know this is the party to have for my soon to be 10 yr old who is totally into sewing!! amazing job, mama! and smart too for outsourcing some of the more detailed stuff...cakes, cookies, etc. sometimes I can get so caught up in the little things that take so much time it becomes more of a burden than a preparation of love.

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  37. What an amazing party! Well done! If my daughter doesn't want one then I'll be throwing one for me!

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  38. I absolutely love this, what a brilliant theme and there are so many lovely thoughtful details!

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  39. You definitely deserved the win. Fabulous party! I wouldn't mind this plan for my 47th in March :o)

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  40. I AM IN~LOVE WITH ALL THESE CREATIVE IDEAS!!

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  41. Super cute. I'm trying to figure out a way to make this work for my 4 year old's birthday party, but I'm stumped. I bought big fat plastic needles for safety, but they don't easily go through the felt & fabric. Anyone have ideas for other fabric/needle options?

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  42. Adorable!!! What an amazing party! I loved every single detail Well done! I'll be throwing one for me!

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