Saturday Night Special!

The ever-lovely Miss Donna of Funky Junk Interiors is hosting her second Saturday Night Special.  This week it's vignettes.  Awesome.  Here we go.

Tonight my oldest daughter celebrated her 20th birthday. Her new mom in law hosted and did the most excellent cooking.  I was in charge of the cake and frou-frou-fying Mom in laws' house....

I want to show you how I (hopefully) made some style statement vignettes using mostly what I already had, and even using disposable plates and stuff.  In other words, I did it on the cheap by shopping my house.  You'll recognize some of the decorations if you've been around here for awhile.  There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with using what you have for parties, and there's NOTHING wrong with throwing a party sans crepe paper and rainbow balloons.  (Although in our family, it's not a birthday without the cheesy jello cake with cool whip 'frosting'.)

 Look familiar?  The candlesticks were the ugly brass ones I  posted about a few days ago.  Goodwill finds.

 A second table centerpiece.  Pinched my white painted pumpkins from the porch.
 This set of ceramic votives are from IKEA.  I added rub-on letters found for a buck at Big Lots.

Dollar Store boards I sprayed with chalkboard paint. (It says 'happy 20th Schmodie', which has been my daughter's nickname for forever) 


I braided some jute twine and stamped some walmart label thingy's with 'happy birthday'.


I did go out and get 3 yards of burlap at walmart, stenciled the '20' on each end and hot glued the brown check ribbon on each end of the runners. 

 The table cloths are vintage sheets that each had some kind of pretty edging.  You can see I overlapped them.  Yeah, the seam shows.  Exactly no one commented on it.  Here's a tip....I brought with me a spray bottle, filled it with wicked hot water and misted the sheets once they were on the table.  I smoothed them out with my hands.  No wrinkles and no ironing.  It works great with linen too.

 Another of the brass uglies I transformed.  The birds are the famous Dollar Store variety that I sprayed with heirloom white.

Paper napkins and plastic wear tied up with ribbon and jute twine, and stuck in a basket.


We labeled our hot/cold cups.  I found this so adorable.  My hubby is crazy about his girls. :o)


Here she is with the wee little label banner behind her.  Way too small for the area, I tried to beef it up with some brown ribbon bows.  Ah well.  I still thought it was a brilliant idea. *snicker*

Ok, we're obviously out of the land of vignettes...these are just some shots that make me happy, and since it's my blog, I'm putting them here, like it or not. This is my youngest dd.


This is my wacky middle dd who will graduate in the spring.


My beauties. They make a most awesome vignette, no?


My youngest shootin' hoops in the basement.


#5 enjoys some GI Joe action.


My oldest and his dad.  Remove the facial hair and well, the other hair, and you get twins, eh?  My son was born on my husband's 20th birthday...how's that for weird?  He's also named after him.

Horrid pic, but it cracks me up how they stand the same way...it's like a mirror image.  Freaky.

Here's me with the Mom in law.  I love her to death, and she laughs at my jokes.


Ok, one last look...

This is me being Vanna White.  Or not.  My hubby put this on facebook.  Hooray.

 See?  It's not hard to be thrifty but stylish if you use a bit of creativity and steal your own stuff.
Thanks for letting me share my creative endeavors once again, and thanks Miss Donna for hosting a pretty cool party.  Now where did I put my cup?

EDITED to link up to Amy's Finer Things Friday, because celebrating with family and friends is definitely one of the finer things in my life.  And I'm also celebrating a Beautiful Life at Melissa's because I'm so thankful for my family and friends who make my life beautiful in every way!


Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love everything you used & made for the party. Everything looks fabulous!!! My favorite is the votive cups that say "Celebrate".

Natasha in Oz said...

What beautiful ideas and images. I have just signed up to follow your amazing blog.
Best wishes, NM.

Catherine @ van Breugel Design said...

What a nice birthday party! I'm sure your daughter felt very special! And you're right - they could be twins!!

Tracy said...

What a great party! Your girls are very pretty and I am sure your Birthday Sweetie enjoyed the party. I also love the celebrate votive cups. I loved all your personal touches. That was special. Have a great Sunday.

The Old Parsonage said...

Hi Cindy

thanks so much for telling us the where to buy that goes along with this great post. I love the sepia colored photos then switching to B&W. You family is beautiful Happy birthday to your daughter!!

Thanks for stopping by!

www.thewhitefarmhouse2.blogspot.com said...

You are such a clever bunny! Everything looks great! Middle DD is the spitting image of her mama!

I thought maybe you got lost in painting ladderback chair land!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Cindy, it would be hard for me to pick a favorite. I love how you fancied up everything just so perfectly. Even the plastic utensils! I am obsessed with burlap lately, and that runner idea is fab. I may have to borrow your votive/letters idea sometime as well, k? Love it all. thank you for sharing. You have a beautiful family btw, and happy b-day to your DD #1! -Tammy

deb kaufman said...

very cool. MY son was born on our wedding anniversary, which is sometimes thanksgiving as well. makes for a busy day, esp. since it is now also the anniversary of the date zach proposed.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your party decorations look great! No one would know they were frugal if you didn't tell them.

Holly Lefevre said...

The decor is great and so creative! So glad I stopped by.
Holly @ 504 Main

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Awesome awesome as usual, girl. I adore how the utinsels look in the basket. And yes, your daughter vignette would win hands down but if I let you win for that kind of vignette I may get fired from my non paying bloggy job. And I'd just DIE without my blog.

Thanks for linking up a very uniquely you kinda post. Loved it!

Funky Junk Donna

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Totally loving this post!! It's packed full of ideas...I need to find some rub-on letters and stencils. And that water idea for getting wrinkles from the sheets/tablecloths...brilliant! Love the photo where your hubby and your oldest are standing the same...cracks me up!! Makes me wonder which of my parents' characteristics I have! :)

Kate said...

HI Cindy,
This was such a great post I loved it just darling as usual

Have a great week!!!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Beautiful kids with beautiful smiles!! BUT HEY--your MIL looks toooooooo Young!!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

It looks wonderful! :D Spending time with family and friends is definitely a finer thing. :D

Fifi Flowers said...

EVERYTHING looks fab! I'm sure everyone had a GREAT time!

Leanne said...

How fun and what cute decorations. What beautiful girls you have too. Have a wonderful weekend.

Amy @ Finer Things said...

What a fun celebration! I rarely put any money into decorating for birthdays, but your frugal ideas are inspiring.

Stefanie said...

I love all of this and featured it on my blog! here: http://morethanahouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/motivation-monday-nature-party.html

I have a button you can grab and put on yours saying you were featured! Thanks for the inspiration!


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