Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Backyard Birthday

Maine 8

Maine 8
works cited: UO dress; j. crew sweater; gap flats

On my last weekend in Maine, we threw an outdoor birthday party for my mother. When my mom was little, she'd had her birthday parties in the backyard of the Maine house, under the apple tree, so we recreated a kids' birthday for her, 50 years later. We played games and whacked a pinata with an oar in the backyard and ate an enormous chocolate cake. I wore my most birthday-party-ish dress, which reminded me of the kind of stuff I'd wear to a party as a kid. I sort of miss the days of putting on a pretty dress for a birthday party; now I just wear jeans to most friends' parties. Maybe I'll start a puffy-sleeved floral party dress renaissance :)

25 comments:

Elaine said...

That's such a cute idea!! I hope she had a fabulous birthday! And you look party-worthy :)

Ana* said...

what a great idea, i bet she felt like she was time traveling

Kirstin said...

That is so adorable :) And I love your dress, very fit for a party!

Tales of an Illegal Midget

Lauren said...

So cute, and that cardigan is super flattering on you!

Frannie Pantz said...

Can I please get tickets to the puffy floral party dress Renaissance? ;-) So cute!

overcaffeinated said...

Sounds like a wonderful party... I love the idea of all that kid birthday party nostalgia. Nowadays, all the birthday parties I take my daughter to are either indoor playgrounds, or Build-A-Bear, or pottery painting, etc. I miss the old fashioned pin the tail on the donkey, whack the pinata games.

Nav said...

awww party idea for your mom int he background is so cute! She must have been so happy :)

xo Nav
http://navlandstyle.blogspot.com/

Eclectic Flair said...

Aw, what a lovely way to celebrate your Mom's birthday! Happy Birthday, Tania's Mom, hope it was the best one yet!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Kara said...

I love dressing up for birthdays and holidays. It makes the day feel special, or at least more than it already is. :D

Kelly said...

Oh, what a cute idea. Please tell me you had party bags too!

Kelly xo
Elegantly Academic

SoFashionistica said...

That dress looks darling on you! I like the print on it....is it Ikat? I couldn't really tell.

Sorcha said...

There's nothing better than a puffy birthday party dress! Double points for bows and frills ;)

Sorcha x
Bonfire Brunette

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

What a gorgeous idea! Your Mum is super lucky. Happy Birthday to her!

Bad Taste Toast said...

Cute floral dress, I love the combo with the pale yellow!

Bog-Bog said...

Cute dress! Love the cardigan too, totally my style!

Chloe said...

Haha, I lvoe to put on party dresses. Brings back the memories... Deffo think you should wack on a puffy sleeved one, preferably one that also looks like my Grans carpet - they we're always the best.

C x
http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com/

Genny said...

A very festive outfit! Love the dress!!

apurpledress said...

I used to love to put on party dresses when I was little. I used to have a couple puffy sleeve, floral printed ones. I wish that that was still the norm. Based on my little sister and her friends little girls tend to wear jeggings and t-shirts to parties now.

Celynne said...

Time for a party-dress revival! And unrelated to anything... but I strode by a kitchenware store in the mall and they had a whole display of lobster themed dishes and mugs and what-have-you and I thought of you instantly. :)

Sara said...

Everything about this is adorable.
Adorable outfit, adorable birthday idea, and don't even get me started on how much I love balloons. :)

megannielsen said...

every single time you wear this cardi i get so jealous!!! Even though it was only available in like XS by the time i tried to get it - i wish i'd squuueeeezed myself in :) okay that was an unnecessarily long story for a comment... point= you look so cute!!!!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Sounds like a great party! Love the outfit, so pretty and pulled together.

Becky said...

I'll join you in the fluffy dress renaissance! Sounds like a fun party, happy birthday to mama!

Rochelle Approved said...

I love your party outfit! So pretty and I love how well the cardigan and flats work with the bright printed dress!

Rochelle Approved said...

I love your party outfit! So pretty and I love how well the cardigan and flats work with the bright printed dress!

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