This party is probably one of my favorite parties ever.
I had so much fun with this theme and I can't wait to share it with you.
Candace, the hostess, came to me a few months ago with a theme already in mind. I immediately loved this idea and my first thought was the wonderful Eleanor at Pink Peppermint Paper who had executed this theme so beautifully at a Sip and See. You can see her interpretation here.
So, I told Eleanor that I would be ripping her off in the coming months!
My vision for this theme centered on all things MAP. I love the colors of maps and particularly vintage maps. My grandmother was a history and geography teacher. She used to have a "thing" about map-folding and how to do it correctly, and she would make all of us grandchildren go to "Charlotte's Map-Folding School."
So, for me, this party is a tribute to her.
I started with the color scheme, which was derived from the beautiful sage greens, aquas, and tans of maps. From there, I knew that I wanted to do an "old world meets chic" theme.
I knew that the fabulous Gwynn Wasson could definitely execute this theme for me, so I contacted her almost immediately to help me with the printables.
She designed this gorgeous invitation for us, concentrating on travel and the vintage feel of old suitcases.
Candace wanted to have a time capsule for baby Maxwell to have as a keepsake of the year he was born. So, we asked all the guests to bring something for him that represented 2012. The guests put all their items in this suitcase for Allonda to take home and keep.
I loved the look of the wreath that Eleanor did for her Boy Meets World party, so I used the same idea on mine. I used two layers of folded maps and then put baby Max's name on the front, using chipboard letters that I spray-painted to match the theme.
Piggy Bank Parties were the perfect people to call on when I needed a favor box!
And, while I was expecting a simple suitcase, Do and J, OF COURSE, blew it out of the BOX. The tiny suitcases even had the baby's name on them!!! I pretty much squealed out loud when I saw them.
To top them off, Gwynn made these gorgeous favor tags to look like luggage tags.
Candace had sent me some pictures of some small bottles with flowers inside them that she loved. I found these green and blue bottles at the antique mall and I knew they would be perfect. I made these map flowers by hand and glued them to a pipe cleaner to make them stand in the bottles.
Inside the favor boxes were something very special--plantable seed papers in the shape of Earth!
I ordered these from the seller DaVita on Etsy. Candace loved the idea of the guests being able to take home something green and sustainable and something that really kept the theme of the shower.
Inside were instructions to plant the papers and have beautiful flowers come up in 6 weeks!
In the living room, Candace cleared out all the existing furniture and we brought in rental tables and linens. This kept the flow cohesive and really allowed guests to sit and enjoy themselves while watching Allonda open gifts.
Behind the area where the gift opening was happening, I hung a banner from Gwynn that said "Max Meets World."
The "flowers" are made from coffee filters and some blue food coloring.
For the centerpieces, I used two different containers. Two containers were small hatboxes wrapped in aqua yarn and filled with these gorgeous hydrangeas.
And the other two containers were small chipboard boxes, modge-podged with maps.
For the beverage station, Candace wanted to have a signature drink for everyone. After several ideas for drink names, we settled on the "Maxipolitan." Candace used her mother's stemware for the party and we put a little drink flag from Gwynn on each one.
While I was researching the event, I came across an invitation with this Thoreau quote.
I thought it was the perfect quote to use as a backdrop for the party. So, in order to incorporate it into the party, I hand-painted it onto the backdrop of burlap. This is a super easy project that anyone could do. I simply printed the words out as large as I could using Word, and then cut them out of the paper to make myself a stencil. It is time-consuming, but totally worth it.
I found this adorable little stand at the antique mall and it was already painted the perfect shade of aqua.
It was really perfect to hold the cupcakes!
Gywnn designed us these beautiful cupcake wraps and party circles to add to the cupcakes from Mad Lily Cakery.
The little baby silhouette in the suitcase is my favorite!
The map flowers were made using a few different techniques. The large ones are simply large leaf pieces cut out of a vintage atlas and then glued onto a cardboard cake plate. Then, I embellished the middles with some fringed pieces and rolled up some tubes to make the stamens.
The more architectural flowers are actually from a tutorial I found online. You can see it here.
The fluffy flowers are coffee filters, as mentioned above. I simply spritzed some of the coffee filters with blue food coloring and water and let them dry. Then, I positioned them around a pipe cleaner. It's so easy!
For the menu, Candace really wanted a global cuisine. So, I brainstormed some ideas of food from specific regions in the world.
We had Greek Cucumber Salad...
Hawaiian Bacon Wrapped Pineapple...
This dessert stand cost me $2. That is a plate and a cup from Tuesday Morning that I glued together.
Mexican Seven Layer Dips in individual portions...
And Chinese Egg Rolls...
For the letters, I simple modgepodged them with vintage maps.
One vintage atlas went a LONG way with this party!
I wanted the table presentation to be loose and flowing, so I made sure the blue runner was very puddled and sort of draped off the table.
Congratulations to Allonda! Isn't she gorgeous?
I am sure Maxwell will be a beautiful little world traveler.
And major thanks to my client Candace, for being so wonderful to work with!
Printables: Gwynn Wasson Designs
Favor Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
Cupcakes: Mad Lily Cakery
All Styling, papercraft, photography: GreyGrey Designs
Plantable Seed Favors: DaVita
Rentals: Affordable Party Rentals
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