My Grandmother hit a huge milestone this year when she turned 90. She is the most incredible person I've ever known. She is so funny and sassy, and full of energy. She truly enjoys life, so celebrating her incredible milestone with beloved friends and family was a must.
When my mom and I sat down and thought about themes, we kept reminiscing about my grandparents farm and my grandmother's gardens filled with zinnias. So a zinnias and vintage mason jar birthday theme was born, which we called "Having a Ball", because it perfectly sums up my grandmother and her joyful personality.
I contacted Krista of Cookies With Character, and she brought my dream to life with her incredible mason jar cookies. We personalized the mason jars with, "Having a Ball Since 1922", my grandmother's birth year.
I contacted my favorite fondant gal, Brittany from Edible Details, and she made some gorgeous fondant zinnias, which graced some cupcakes from our favorite local bakery, Three Women and an Oven.
Three Women and an Oven also bake the gorgeous cake, which I topped with a cake bunting I made out of bamboo skewers, burlap twine and a fat quarter of blue fabric I picked up from JoAnn's. I cut out triangles along the fold and secured them with glue dots.
My mom and I made the Pie in a Jar party favors, which were a huge hit. We made peach and cherry, which we baked right in the jars following all of the tips from the gals at Our Best Bites. We covered the tops with burlap ribbon from the floral department of JoAnn's.
For decorations, we grabbed many things from around the house and purchased a few items from our favorite vintage flea market, Good Ju Ju. We used my grandmother's doilies and layered them on a white tablecloth, and made a doily bunting from burlap twine and flea market doilies to grace the front of the table. We used a mix of old and purchased vintage blue mason jars to hold utensils and our floral arrangements. We purchased old windows from Good Ju Ju that we used to create a photo display of my grandmother through the years highlighted by a gorgeous wreath from Sweet Georgia Sweet.
Since zinnias weren't quite in season yet, we subbed Gerbera daisies in bright orange and pink from Dalton's Flowers.
The party was so much fun, and there wasn't a dry eye in the room when she walked in.
Printables | Three Little Monkeys Studio
Fondant Zinnia Cupcake Toppers | Edible Details
Vintage Mason Jar and Zinnia Cookies | Cookies With Character
Cake and Cupcakes | Three Women and an Oven
Wreath | Sweet Georgia Sweet
Antiques | Good Ju Ju
Flowers | Dalton's Flowers
We kept the entire thing a surprise, and the look on her face when she walked in and saw her dearest friends and family was precious. There wasn't a dry eye in the room.
Our guest took home homemade peach or cherry pie in a jar.
Activities / Games
No activities, we just all sat around and celebrated her 90 years with our memories of her.
What People Ate
Our guest ate sugar cookies and cake.
What People Drank
We served hot tea and iced tea.