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From the Desk of Dixie

A Jungle Birthday Bash

This spring, Dixie's owner and founder Jennifer Hunt's backyard was transformed into a jungle oasis in order to host 16 adorable six-year-olds gathered to celebrate her son William's sixth birthday. We are convinced this party was what all little boys' dreams are made of.... a plethora of sugary treats as well as surprise visits by various creepy crawling critters such as a boa constrictor and an alligator!

Jennifer used Dixie's Menagerie Collection, with artwork by Inslee Fariss, for the party's invitation, food and drink cards, and gift tags. Party Pickup, a custom party design and styling company, pulled the jungle green color scheme from the invitation's design to style the party's decor which included an impressive balloon garland, a large hand lettered balloon, children's Chiavari chairs and tables, as well as all of the coordinating cutlery, paper plates and cups and adorable guest favor boxes that were filled with jungle themed treats and toys.

Savor Style created colorful florals and the tastiest candy grazing boards that all the children loved! Nestled in with the candy were palm leaf decorated cookies by Hey Kat Bakes and the delicious cake by Dreamcakes was the perfect sweet treat centerpiece!

Enjoy scrolling through the fun images from William's big day! We have included all of the party and decor sources at the end of the post.

Invitation, Gift Tags, and Food and Drink Signs | Dixie Design Collective

Balloon Garlands and "Custom Party in a Box" Party Design and Styling | Party Pickup

Floral Styling and Candy Graze | Savor Style

Custom Decorated Cookies | Hey Kat Bakes

Custom Birthday Cake | Dreamcakes

Vintage Trays, Bamboo Bar Cart, and Serving Pieces | Mary and Wilma

Cake Toppers | POPPYjack Shop

Birthday Cake Stand | Susan Gordon Pottery

Exotic Animal Entertainment | Ed's Pet World

Party Photography | Jessica McNabb Photography

Styled Invitation and Party Favor Photography | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

 

"Best Bugs" Valentine's Day Cupcake Decorating Party

Dixie Owner and Founder Jennifer Hunt recently hosted her son's pre-K class for an afternoon of Valentine's Day cupcake decorating. After seeing the images from the party, we are convinced there is nothing more adorable than children decked out in aprons and chef hats allowed to descend upon oodles of candy and sprinkles in pursuit of the perfect lady bug cupcake decoration! 

The cupcake decorating was under the direction of Itty Bitty Bakers' Owner, Jessica Hamby. The company hosts baking classes, camps, and parties for children ages 3-12. Jessica believes that sprinkles are the love language of children, and this Valentine's Day party was no exception! Drawing inspiration from our Ladybug Invitation by Dixie artist Eden Flora, Jessica brought already prepared chocolate cupcakes as well as red frosting and sprinkles, mini Oreo pieces, candy eyes, and Pocky Sticks for the children to create their ladybug masterpieces. Each child made two cupcakes - one to eat at the party and one to take home!

In addition to their ladybug cupcake, the children were sent home with cookies by Reabakes that were perfectly decorated with the same artwork found on the invitation and tied with our Ladybug Gift Tags. Continue scrolling for more Valentine fun complete with fabulous balloon garlands, a giant calligraphy heart balloon and a preschool-sized table and Chiavari chairs, all from Party Pickup, customized lady bug water bottles, and beautiful florals from Huckleberry Collective. And one of Jennifer's favorite decorating tricks is to have fabric cut for a tablecloth that matches the party theme and colors. Have the edges stitched and then you have the perfect backdrop for your table and you can throw it in the wash when you're finished!

We have included all of the party sources at the bottom of the post.

Jessica Hamby, owner of Itty Bitty Bakers

Sources::

Cupcake Decorating Class, Itty Bitty Bakers
Invitation and gift tags, Ladybug Collection by Dixie Design Collective
Florals, Huckleberry Collective
Balloon Garlands and Hand Calligraphy Heart Balloon, Party Pickup

Mini Table and Chiavari Chairs, Party Pickup
Decorated Cookies, Reabakes 
Tablecloth, custom cut from King Cotton Fabric
Aprons and Hats, Opentip
Plates and Bowls, Pottery Barn Kids
Photography, Hannah Williams Photography