I love summer birthdays because it gives you a chance to add some refreshing and cool elements into your entertaining. We recently celebrated one of Little Bug’s friends summer birthdays. She dreamt of a mix between a classic lemonade stand and a dress-up tea party. Inspired by a chiffon lemon dress I purchased for Little Bug this summer, I combined watercolor elements, pops of pink and some touches of lemony yellow to create this sweet and refreshing lemon birthday party.
Although elaborate dessert tables are the current trend at birthday parties these days, many find them overwhelming to put together and it certainly isn’t a necessity for hosting a beautiful celebration. Sometimes it’s nice to set a beautiful tablescape and place the desserts in the middle where everyone can reach them instead.
If you decide to set a more formal tablescape for your guests to enjoy, I recommend placing everything they need at their place setting. A matching place mat sets the feel of the table and eliminates the need to purchase a table runner. We recommend using 8.5″ x 11″ placemats instead of the oversized 11″ x 17″. For a table set for kids, the smaller placemats provides everyone with a little bit more wiggle room.
Using food tent cards as place cards will help little guests figure out where to sit without a lot of confusion. Our editable food tent cards are perfect for adding guests names. Keep a few blank printed cards for the unexpected RSVP or if someone were to spill something on a card during the party. Young guests also like to take their place cards home as a souvenir.
Lemonade was served in classic mason jar glasses found at our local dollar store. I dressed them up with party circles from our lemon party cupcake toppers set. I added cotton candy pink striped straws and a straw flag. A little touch of pink twine and this inexpensive glass was fit for an elegant lemon birthday party.
Guests were also greeted with a favor bag filled with lemon and lime flavored taffy. Each bag was tied with pink and white baker’s twine and had a lemon party favor tag on top. Don’t worry about ordering taffy from online candy shops in the summer months, we found this summer themed candy abundant at local supermarkets and candy shops. The best part was that we could purchase as much as we needed for our guests – cutting down on the waste.
Although we love to use our elaborate cupcake stand, sometimes it’s fun to create the tiered look by stacking different sized cupcake stands. I recommend trying to group your stands in the same color palette (such as white) and similar shapes (all round). You could also mix it up a bit, though, and throw another party color in for contrast.
Pink plates and napkins added fun touches to bounce off the watercolor yellow chevron pattern. Our lemon napkin wraps add a nice decorative touch to the place setting. Napkin wraps are printed on copy paper, cut out and wrapped around your napkin roll. They are attached using a glue dot or double sided tape.
Since we were throwing a lemon birthday party, all of our treats were lemon themed. I made lemon cooler cookies, lemon raspberry parfaits and lemon pudding tarts. If you’re looking for more lemon party themed treat ideas, check out our lemon party inspiration board for more ideas.
These beautiful sugar cookies custom made by Creating Awesomenessity were the crowning touch to our party’s desserts. She handpainted the cookies to give them a watercolor look and match the watercolor lemon on the invitation. The girls loved them and they tasted delicious!
Most of our guests weren’t able to guess that our cupcakes were store bought. Dressing up store bought cupcakes is a wonderful way to add a pretty touch to your party without a lot of time. We added our cupcake wrappers and dipped the frosting into yellow sanding sugar. A ginger lemon gummy drop was placed on top to give an extra touch of lemon.
Since the cake stand tower was our centerpiece, I dressed up the sides of the table with lemon pinwheels displayed in mason jars. Long pink straws served as the base and they were easy to put together. I got lucky finding decorative white thumbtacks to give them a coordinating look.
A lemon themed party is such a refreshing way to celebrate a summer birthday. We had so much fun bringing together all of the lemony details for this celebration. Our lemon themed party set can be found in our shop with all of the pieces featured above. If you are looking for even more lemon themed party ideas, we recommend checking out our lemon party inspiration board.
Special Thanks to Our Vendors:
Party Printables and Handcrafted Designs: Katarina’s Paperie
Lemon Watercolor Cookies: Creating Awesomenessity
Yellow and White Tissue Paper Pom Pom – Always Lou
Cotton Candy Pink Paper Straws: Cranky Cakes Shop