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Celebrate with Kate Landers: To Infinity & Beyond!

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Moon and Stars Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here, thrilled to be back here on Layla Grayce sharing with you all Noah’s third birthday party. I hope it may provide inspiration for your next baby shower or child’s birthday party.

Noah has always had a fascination with the moon and stars, and the months leading up to his birthday he developed a love of rocket ships. It seemed like the perfect theme for his party. Here are some details from the party and tips I learned along the way:

  1. Color Scheme: Don’t be afraid to use a non-traditional color scheme for a popular celebration theme. Most rocket and space themed events feature bright colored planets and stark black backgrounds. I wanted to keep the party very soft, light and toddler-friendly. I chose to go with a lot of white, accents of silver and pale mint green.
  2. Dessert Display: Designing dessert tables is a passion of mine, however in this case I wanted to do something a bit less-traditional. Hosting the party in our cozy home, I decided to use a window sill to display the sweets, draping a silver moon & star garland above it. Using a smaller space kept me from going overboard with too many beautiful sweets, and didn’t overwhelm the birthday boy or his guests.
  3. Party Table: A last-minute decision was to use custom designed gift wrap as a table runner. It worked perfectly and was a cinch to make. I love mixing fabric and paper, so you will see embroidered linen napkins with paper plates, a tissue tassel garland with a custom fabric “rocket” teepee. Working with different materials can be a great way to add texture and interest to your party.
  4. Simplifying Toddler Parties: Toddlers can get overwhelmed easily, so we kept the party short, guest list small and a simplified itinerary (activity, craft, play). It worked beautifully! 90 minutes was the perfect amount of time for our party. We decorated cardboard rockets, hit Noah’s very first piñata (which was a favorite activity for certain!) and did lots of imaginary play in the spectacular custom teepee (it was a rocket for the party, but I overheard it being a fort, tree house, cave). We finished off with birthday cake and cupcakes at the table.
  5. Decorate Party & Play Spaces: I loved the custom prints and signs Anders Ruff Custom Designs created for Noah’s party, and ended up framing and hanging them in his playroom after the party. The tepee and tassel garland are also in his playroom, creating a festive feel, reminding us of such a special celebration, and giving him great use of that tepee long after turning three. I love and highly recommend re-using party props for bedrooms and play spaces!

Looking forward to sharing more celebration inspiration with you here on Layla Grayce in the months to come!

 

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Entertaining with Kate: Do-It-Yourself Hobnail & Shabby Chic-Inspired Pumpkins

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here again, sharing some inspiration for fall and Halloween celebrations. I absolutely love autumn and the beautiful pumpkins and gourds it yields. I also adore all things “shabby chic” (including Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell) and loved the idea of pairing my style with this season’s décor.

I am here to share two beautiful ways to dress up pumpkins. The first is a white hobnail milk glass look, and the second a shabby chic ruffled look inspired by my dear friends of the former Icing Designs.

These would be fabulous displayed on a hearth, mantle or tabletop centerpieces for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. I also love them as decorations for a fall bridal or baby shower, wedding or a little girl’s autumn first birthday.

Supplies Needed:

  • ~ 4″ and 8″ crafting pumpkins (I used ivory ones from Target)
  • ~ White flat-finish spray paint such as this one
  • ~ White upholstery pins (approx. 150 to make 1 large & 1 small pumpkin) like these.
  • ~ Needle, white thread, scissors and 1 yard white muslin fabric
  • ~ Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • ~ Black paper bat decorations (optional) from Martha Stewart found here

Instructions: White Hobnail-inspired Pumpkins

1. Insert white upholstery pins into pumpkins in vertical lines, each pin approximately 1/3″-1/2″ apart. For 8″ pumpkin, each row should be 1.5″-2″ apart. For 4″ pumpkin, each row should be 3/5″-1″ apart. There is no exact formula to this; these are basic guidelines, so do what feels best to you!

2. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins (pins already inserted) with white spray paint. Allow to dry minimum 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Instructions: White Ruffled Pumpkins

1. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins with white spray paint. Allow to dry completely, preferably overnight.

2. Fold yard of white muslin fabric in half (this yardage includes extra fabric if you want your ruffles wider or fuller).

3. Cut fabric into eight 1″ strips (fabric is folded over so there will be two strips one on top of the other, total 16 strips) for small pumpkin, and ten 1.5″ strips for large pumpkin (again fabric folded over, so there will be one strip on top of the other, total 20 strips).

4. With a simple needle and white thread, use a simple stitch (thread knotted at end opposite of needle) and thread needle through center of strips (having the two strips on top of one another creates a fuller ruffle), each stitch close together for tighter ruffles. After approximately 15 stitches, you can push fabric down thread and see it gather. Continue until you reach end of the strip and push down fabric so it all gathers. I recommend approximately 12″ gathered length of strip for large pumpkins, and 8″ for small pumpkins.

5. After you hold up your ruffled strips of fabric to the dried painted pumpkin to confirm proper length (you can elongate by making ruffles further apart or make shorter by scrunching ruffles closer together), knot thread at end so ruffle length stays in place.

6. Warm up glue gun, and carefully glue ruffled fabric strips onto each pumpkin, top to bottom, one at a time.

Enjoy your pumpkins!