Nicole from Tradewind Tiaras is the most incredible DIYer I know. Every party she throws has the most amazing handcrafted details that not only shows her talent, but her love for what she does and the people that she celebrates. I was truly honored to be able to  help a bit with her daughter’s Bright Butterfly party.

Butterflies was definitely the theme for the party–her daughter’s nickname is Tykki-dyw, “butterfly” in Cornish. For the colors and feel of the party, she found inspiration in a set of fabrics. I used those fabrics to design a party suite for little Niamh’s event.


All these details are handmade–the butterfly streamers, the ruffled pinata, the cake (!). And Nicole is a generous soul in addition to being talented. She provides tutorials for all the things she makes for her parties. You can see how to make this gorgous pinata here.

There are over 200 individually made roses on that beautiful butterfly cake. I think it would pain me to eat it after all that work! I am in love with these little molded sugar flower pots, the tutorial for them can be found here.


Even the favors were handmade; these perfect sheets of old-fashioned candy buttons were given to each little (and big!) guest. Nicole provides a tutorial for these here.


So many wonderful details! The little handsewn bunting was one of my favorites. Nicole has a tutorial on how to make these fabric hats, but also has them ready mad in her Etsy store.

Even the birthday girl’s dress was handmade! See how it was done here. And I was happy to lend a little inspiration to the lace and ribbon badmitton net the little guest played with.


It looks like it was a positively magic, wonderful party, and I was happy to lend a very small hand in it. There are so many more party pictures posted on the Tradewind Tiara blog, make sure to see part I, part II and part III!


It's the weekend again already, and a three day weekend at that! I have four parties to start your weekend, all for those girls past their first birthday, and one that works for boys AND girls, like this "Cute as a Bug" party from the Blessed Nest, found via the Entertain Exchange. A cute lemonade stand, a great photobooth and these darling bug catchers were all part of the party { Read More! }

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Ah, Mother's day. The one day a year us moms get to "take-off." The day to be served inedible breakfasts in bed, wear lovingly crafted pasta necklaces made just for Mom and admire precious scribbles masterfully stroked by tiny hands. I wouldn't trade it for the world.  So for all you mothers out there and everyone who has a mother, this is for you! Afree printable hi-res file containinga bit { Read More! }