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Storybook whimsy

The Vintage Storybook Birthday held in honor of my twins turning two was a wonderful way to end the year. I hosted the party in our back den where the decor reminds me of a wooden vacation cabin, it was the perfect backdrop for our subdued, vintage afternoon celebration.

I have a whole slew of posts to share with you of the many handcrafted details of the day. Here are a few of my favorite notions of whimsy from the fun party theme.

I thrifted piles vintage books which became the perfect starting point. Glittered streamers laid about to top them off, also scattered on the laminate tile dance floor, and other places around the room.

The brick wall became host to pretty fabric bunting held up with a sampling of bright and festive story characters popping out for added depth.

Balloons that appeared to be floating standing in large vases took the place of bouquets for the day and handcrafted journal/harmonica favors caused even the eldest guest to dream of stories they could write (or play).

Photography by Carly Taylor

PS. The rest of the party!!! See the party sketch here, food here, dessert here & paper hat tutorial here.

blessings.

24 Comments

  • anabel
    January 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

    What a wonderful idea for a party. Love your decor.

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  • Jessica
    January 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

    so cute. Those books you found are perfect!

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  • Carrie
    January 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

    cute!!! I can’t wait to see all the other fun details.

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  • jenn
    January 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Can’t wait to see the rest of the details … it looks like an amazing party! I love the little balloons in the vases :)

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  • Lena
    January 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Absolutely love this! The balloons really are too darling!

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  • Diana
    January 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    How much fun!! Full of whimsy and character, just beautiful!

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  • [email protected]
    January 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    So fun! I love the fabric streamers!

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  • amanda
    January 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Absolutely lovely photos!

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  • Sara Kate
    January 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I absolutely adore these ideas, and the photos of them are to die for.

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  • Stephie
    January 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Victoria this looks just wonderful. I love the little balloons – sooo sweet! You are very clever and the twins are lucky that they will have such beautiful memories to look back upon.

    Stephie x

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  • The Buzz - Diane James Home
    January 19, 2011 at 3:34 am

    What a whimsical and lovely theme – the balloons in vases and streamers held up by characters are wonderful touches. Your twins are lucky to have such a crafty mommy!
    xxoo

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  • Emily
    January 19, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Perfection.

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  • Michelle F.
    January 21, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I love everything about this! The harmonica favors are fantastic!!!

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