Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ice Skating Birthday Party

"Winter came down to our home one night

Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,

And we, we were children once again."

~ Bill Morgan, Jr.

We did figure eights for Mary Ashley's birthday this year with an ice skating party last weekend.

See yesterday's post for more details about our cozy mitten invitations. These set the tone for our afternoon of wintertime fun. A soft palette of pink, aqua and white gave our party a sweet, wintry feel.

I wish our climate allowed for ice skating at a picturesque frozen pond, but the only ice skating option for us near Montgomery, Ala., is an indoor rink at a local mall. We invited a few of Mary Ashley's girlfriends to join us for an afternoon of skating, but hosted them at our house for refreshments first. 

Here is a shot of our buffet set up in the dining room for a hot chocolate bar.

The right side of the buffet held cookies from favorite Etsy baker Lisa of Batches. These were a perfect complement to our hot chocolate.

Mitten and ice skate cookies glided off this white porcelain ruffled platter to energize guests for an afternoon on the ice.

This cheery bouquet added a touch of softness to the buffet.

I asked Mary Ashley if I could borrow her doll-sized ice skates for our party. With a cuff of fleece tucked into the skates, these added a wintry touch to a wire dress form.

Sheer aqua ribbon and a fleece scarf also dressed up the form.

Here is the dress form positioned on the corner of the buffet.

This vignette was my favorite. I found the frame in a sweet little gift shop in Florida. I plan to use it in  Emma's room, but it was perfect for our party. I took the photo of Mary Ashley when we planned our Christmas card photo session and played with it in Picnik. (And by the way, when I started uploading party photos I learned that Picnik will be closing April 19, but premium services are free until then.)

I invited the girls to fix up their mugs of cocoa with marshmallows and sugar sprinkles. Don't these look like ice chips with my ice skate printables tucked in the bowl? I made these with polka dotted scrapbook papers from Michaels and Jolee's Figure Skate Embellishments.

White hydrangeas look almost like snowballs slipped into this bouquet of pink roses. Sprigs of evergreen tucked here and there added a warm winter fragrance to the room.

Here is another view of the buffet all set for the little ice skaters. Eyelet lanterns available here in pink and blue.

I have much more to share of our party decor, menu and favors, so come back soon!

"The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination." ~ Terri Guillemets

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