Saturday morning, as we set the table, tied ribbons and fanned napkins, Stefan mused, “Don’t you think this seems a bit excessive?”

To which I replied, “Oh this is nothing. Wait ’til you see what I have planned for your sweet sixteen party.” 😉

But Fancy Nancy is all about excess (and if you haven’t read those books I’m sorry for you) so we planned a super-fancy-trancy scrumcilicious soiree’.

Mary flitted about the table, scattering candy, hoisting tiny umbrellas and gushing over and over, “Thank you, Mom. Thank you. I can’t believe how fancy it is! Oh Mom, you are doing so good.” (she sounded surprised)

My great-grandmother’s china descended from the upper shelf. Because what use are pretty things if we don’t use them? But the glasses are plastic because a. I’m not that foolhardy and b. we don’t drink wine.

Tissue paper transformed into giant blossoms (so easy– instructions here).

Humble lollies became a charming bouquet.

And Little Debbies Snackcakes morphed into ooh-la-la petit fours.

But our lavish decor paled in comparison to our gorgeous guests.

And our dashing wait staff.

Miss Elle chose the valentine mouse over pastries. She’s a wise little one.

Erik reigned over the games.

It’s hard to know who had more fun. The girls or Hansie?

On to more posh proceedings: corsages,

painted nails,

and blossom headbands.
favorites from the photobooth

And presents. Oh glorious gifts!

I wanted to save the cake for a gathering the next day so we had parfaits for dessert. OK, maybe everything they ate was dessert.

Is there anything cuter than little girls eating icecream?

Finally the cake!

Maybe it was excessive. Just a bit.
January 25, 2010
January 28, 2010



  1. Jeanelle

    January 28, 2010

    This looks like the most fantastically fancy party ever!! Lucky Mary and good job, Mom!

  2. Sue

    January 28, 2010

    She loved it.
    They loved it.
    (I loved it.)
    Even her brothers loved it.


    PS. In my book, that much lovin’ it spells success!

  3. Azúcar

    January 28, 2010

    Oh my goodness, that was SO SWEET!

    I loved every frame.

  4. Azúcar

    January 28, 2010

    p.s. brilliant idea to use Little Debbies at petit fours.

  5. Kerri

    January 28, 2010

    I don’t dare show these pictures to my girls. If word got out that there are moms like you, there’d be trouble over here. That’s for SURE. SO SO SO darling.

  6. ashli

    January 28, 2010

    fancy, yes! but oh so fun!

  7. Selwyn

    January 28, 2010

    I was telling my Mum today about all your birthdays falling so close together, and she said “And I bet Utah [that’s your name to her =)] I bet Utah does something spectacular for ever single birthday!”

    That is one spectacular birthday party!

    Gorgeous photos (of course) and wait staff (tres formidable!) and Erik.. that hat! =0

    Hope you get as much obvious love on your birthday luvie!

  8. Michelle

    January 28, 2010

    My fave was seeing those boys dressed up and ready to serve. Laughed out loud with glee at THEIR glee to be there for their sister.

    I see these posts and I remember a conversation we had once. You ARE a good mom, friend. And your family is an inspiration, so keep on lovin’ – and lovin’ it, right? 🙂

  9. sarah

    January 28, 2010

    excessive? Maybe. But looks perfect for a six year old birthday. WIsh I had a little girl at that one- too fun.

  10. Tracy

    January 28, 2010

    Not too Just perfect I would say.

  11. Annie

    January 28, 2010

    Oh, she’ll remember that for ages.
    So wonderful. Birthday Party Month must be exhausting for you!

  12. Christie

    January 28, 2010

    You are the BEST. MOM. EVER.

    And what does it say about me that I want to go to a party like that?

  13. The Planet Pink

    January 28, 2010

    Ah, miss Mary is a girl after my own heart. Fancy, indeed.

  14. Adri

    January 28, 2010

    So, so fun! With only one girl around, excess is the name of the game, right?

  15. Chelle

    January 29, 2010

    perfection. so glad katherine could be a part of it! : )

  16. Kim

    January 29, 2010

    What a totally fab party! Mary is one lucky little girl to have all those adorable big brothers. 🙂

  17. Mathmom and family

    January 29, 2010

    It makes me want to move to Utah and be Mary’s bestest friend just so I can go to a party like this. Love it!

  18. Trainer Momma

    January 30, 2010

    OH MY GOSH. That was mind boggling! It’s like you’ve been saving all these fantastic girl ideas for years and your lucky gal gets them ALL! What talent — where does it end? Holy cow, if I show my daughter this she’d be booking a flight to your house ASAP. That should seriously be in a magazine. It is totally adorable!

  19. Bonnie

    January 30, 2010

    My brother read this post over my shoulder, all the while chattering, “Man, I wish I could be there!!! Ooh, those treats look amazing!!! *Laugh* Look at those waiters!!! Oh my gosh! I want to be there!”


  20. Linn

    February 1, 2010

    I cannot stand how cute that party is! *Sigh* I loved every single bit of it.

  21. Malisa

    February 5, 2010

    This post in all it’s glory just made me put up my own post (where I talk about you – sorry!). Anyhow, the party is amazing and only to be rivaled by the pictures of it!!

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