Shabby Chic Garden Party {Guest Feature}

If I didn’t know differently I would almost think that I styled this party shoot my self. Haha!! I think the layers of home and garden decor used in display, plus the asymmetrical design, plus the fact that it’s doable for ‘real life’ hostesses are all components I incorporate into many of my own styled shoots. So, it’s no wonder I jumped at the chance to share when Cris of Crissy’s Crafts submitted it.

Cris worked with Valentine’s themed printables from Bird’s Party to style this shabby chic garden party which showcases Bird’s Vintage Love Birds collection. She used items from around her home, and added a few thrift store items to complete the look. Cris created a food display, a seated table, and 3 activities for the kids (ages 8 – 12).

Here are some details as told by Cris: “I used the desk from my daughter’s room to display all the yummy treats, including chocolate bonbons (from Brazil), dark fudge kettle corn, oreo cakesters, strawberry chocolate filled marshmallows, love birds chocolate cupcakes and chocolate dipped puffs. Most of the goodies were store bought and I just found ways to make them look more festive!

I also had some healthy snacks like whole wheat love bird sandwiches and vegetables shots. All of the children followed the rule that they needed to eat healthy before they attacked the sweets!

I set up a large table for the girls to sit while they enjoyed the treats. I made a flower for the table’s center piece, out of soda cans and I also made the cute DIY vintage napkin rings. The girls were thrilled that they were able to use the real napkins!! I found brand new lace napkins at my local thrift shop for 30 cents a piece!”

I had 3 activities for them to choose from. The most popular one was “Steal my heart game”, where the children started by removing hearts from a bowl using only their chopsticks, and then placing the candies in front of them. When time is up, the player with the most candy hearts wins. We also had a “Make a Valentine’s Bracelet ” and “Make You’re Beary Special frames”.

The children took home the bracelets that they made, inside cute metal tins that were embellished with printable circles, and DIY pillow favor boxes and pink organza bags filled with kisses, M&M’s and Hershey’s Miniatures.

I also used some items from the collection to embellish things like the white frames, the cupcakes, the wooden birds, and the doily banner.”


The decorative details of this party are just great for a Spring bridal shower, Easter, or Mother’s Day. I always love bringing indoor furniture outside, and the ribbon garland is stunning. The trellis backdrop is the perfect touch for a garden party and I think I may have to hunt one down now!


Vendors: Styling – Crissy’s Crafts / Printable Party Set – Bird’s Party / Cupcake Fondant ToppersEdible Details / Ribbon Garland – A to Zebra Celebrations / Girls Hairbands – Vintage Rose Wraps / PomsPomFlair


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  1. candice says

    Oh so complicated, but still so pretty Chris. I am not into too much fuss when it comes to styling a table, I prefer clean and clear lines. The banner is a bit of a distraction to me, but what I love about the table per se is the uniqueness of the computer table and especially the pull out drawer. The cages and so many other day to day stuff that has been used.

  2. says

    This is so cool!!! Crissy did an amazing job and I’m sure she’s overjoyed at the comparison! It totally has the vibes of a “Chris Nease” bash!! hehe

    Thanks for featuring it !!

  3. says

    This party is adorable. I love the soft color scheme and incorporating the love birds in. My favorite part are the embellished cupcake toppers. Great inspiration for upcoming ideas. Thanks for sharing!