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As promised from yesterday’s post, today is handmade birthday-idea-day!

I also thought that today would be the perfect day to introduce the Two Redheads. My very dearest and longest of friends, they make birthdays and everyday-days look extra special in the simplest of ways and so are prime candidates for being Mrs Gigglebellys. (If you’re confused at this point by that reference, read yesterday’s post before you go any further, or else this post will become “curiouser and curiouser” (Lewis Carroll) that is, of course, unless you just enjoy reading nonsense).

Backyard Birthdays

The Muse:

Reagan: Impeccable taste in candle scents; pays attention to thread-count; could make the Buckingham Palace Gaurds laugh if anyone could; believes snow leopards are beautiful and resemble herself-she’s right; can rearrange any room to resemble Pottery Barn; as beautiful as she is tall (she’s very tall); in her own words: “I like fat laughs on skinny men.”

The Party:

outdoor birthday ideas

Visit any wedding or party blog, and indoor furniture as outdoor party-decor has become the latest modern view on the classic patio furniture. With the lines blurring between indoor and outdoor, making a “room” in the open air with items you already have is a brilliant way to create something new by simply rearranging. For her own birthday party, Reagan did a smashing job giving a typical backyard some extra special homemade loving.

Stretching knotted sheets across a frame of ladders and ropes are all that was needed for this canopy. This Redhead is a pro at making what you already have work in a whole new way.

Mixing colors and patterns is also another way to make your everyday items look new, expensive, and elegant. That chair no one sits in? The teacup in the back of the cabinet? The tablecloth you always forget about? In a new environment they all suddenly look so special.

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Don’t get carried away with little things, but also remember, nothing is too small. Making a sheet-canopy, eating lunch on the grass, and picking pansies for headbands sounds pretty simple…and it was, but, also so very magical.

For the City Girl

The Muse:

Mckenzie: Once sat on the curb for an hour waiting for a pizza to be delivered that she ordered as a pick-up; looks good in gold; should be published; could collage anything; collages everything; kindred spirit; could get lost with a compass; in her own words: “I like lists and I hate going to bed.”

The Party:

The big city could pose a challenge for the party-planner seeking charm with very little pocket-change. Mckenzie’s birthday weekend was quite the San Francisco treat though despite the small budget. The focus here was where to spend. You don’t have to decorate a whole house to make it feel festive, these charming cupcake toppers come in a kit with all kinds of different themes and easily lend an instant feeling of magic without spending hours hanging streamers, getting light-headed blowing up balloons, or ordering clowns and bouncy castles.

san francisco park

Entertainment is probably the biggest birthday-budget-buster. Mckenzie solved that problem by having the preparations for the party become the party itself. If finding time in your schedule to make homemade dessert or even dinner for a party makes you break out into a cold sweat, you don’t have to order out. Allowing party guests to join in the baking is so much fun and is a sweet time-saver.

Getting guests involved in the actual party makes it feel so much more personal and special. And this Redhead can definitely make you feel special. Give her party-twist a try, I promise you’ll make someone’s day by making your birthday a memorable bash.

– ❤ A.