PONY UP


Over the summer I had a moment of weakness when I wanted to fill my home with over-stuffed, white slip-covered furniture, feminine fabrics and vintage finds.

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Room by Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic Couture

Thankfully, I took a deep breath, told myself “this too shall pass” and -instead- convinced my daughter to let me throw her a “shabby chic” pony party to get my fix of lace, ditsy florals and prairie-style panache.

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Rachel Ashwell

My daughter’s birthday is in late September when the calendar is chock-full of back to school and fall celebrations, so we decided to pull together a small, playdate style party to mark her six birthday.  I love this pony graphic that has a “Little House on the Prairie” feel to it!

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I set up a little craft table for the girls in our backyard

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With some fun supplies…

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That they could use to decorate their own cowgirl hats (the hats are from Amazon, the flowers are from Claire’s and Michael’s)

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And to paint & decorate wooden pony figures.

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My crafty cowgirl at work:

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While the girls enjoyed their art, they took turns making loops around the backyard on little Dale the pony

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…Who wore a boutonniere for the occasion.

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After fun and games, the party goers made their way over for an afternoon snack.

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I had so much fun setting this table!

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The tablecloth was made by Artistic Upholstery with Rachel Ashwell fabric, the china is from local consignment shops (the girls loved the little tea cups!), the napkins are from Shabby Chic Couture and the hay bales are from a nearby nursery.

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I mixed in a few of these sweet giraffe plates from Anthropologie because I love their vintage, feminine feel.

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Greenwich Orchids arranged the flowers in mini mason jars, watering cans and sweet containers from Shabby Chic Couture.

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Pretty little placecards:

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Finger sandwiches

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More sandwiches and fruit:

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Chips and Sips (I used my “granny chic” straws again — because I can’t get enough of them!):

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And I set up a table where any lingering parents could sit and relax for a few minutes.

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Here, the flowers are in a lovely piece that I picked up at consignment and the gorgeous tablecloth was made by Artistic Upholstery with (mostly) pieced together Rachel Ashwell fabric.  It’s similar to a set of tablecloths that Jeffrey Bilhuber imagined for a benefit luncheon that I co-chaired several years ago.

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I also appreciated the romantic whimsy of this little lace tablecloth that I ordered -at the eleventh hour- from Amazon no less!

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For dessert, Laura Jayson of Dough and Co. made beautiful (and delicious!) cupcakes

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…That we put in lady-like lace wrappers that I found on Etsy (these are perfect for a bridal or baby shower!)

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And, finally, some fun and folksy pony cookies.

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The girls rode off into the sunset with their cowgirl hats, artwork and these retro messenger bags

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…which had their names embroidered on them and were tied up with a little heart shaped talisman.

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My friend, Jay Ackerman, joined the fun to take a few pictures of the party — which hopefully you’ve enjoyed.  Jay is an incredible talent and I find myself turning to him time and again for gorgeous photography.  I always appreciate the lighting and colors that he manages to capture in his work.  Jay is kindly offering special photo packages for “My Life in Parties” readers so do give him a call if you’re in the market for some pro pics.

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I’m leaving you with more of Jay’s handiwork below.  Happy trails!

XOXO,

Cath

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Jay poking fun at me for taking pics while he was there…

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My children and I share the same first & last initials (“CT”) — so when I came across this sign I knew my husband had to have it. It was only fitting to display at the party.

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