{Real Parties} Jolly Holiday Birthday

We certainly had a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious party for Cibella’s 4th birthday!  I cannot believe the party was almost 2 weeks ago already.  I don’t think I have completely gotten all of the Mary Poppins tunes out of my head yet!

The day started off cloudy, cool, and rainy!  Where oh where was the high 70 degree weather and sunshine the weatherman had forecasted?  Thankfully, by mid morning the sun was peaking out and the air was warming up.

Guests were greeted at the walkway to the backyard with Mary’s black umbrella and outing hat along with Bert’s chimney brush and hat.  A poster sign featuring silhouettes of Mary, Bert and the London chimney skyline takes a quote from the movie providing instructions on how to enter the party by jumping into the chalk drawing.


White umbrellas suspended from above, the children’s dining, and a wood structure of the chimney skylines were the focal points in the yard.

Activities for the children included Build a Penguin, where guests were invited to stuff their own penguin

Let’s Go Fly a Kite where they could decorate a kite to bring home

Mrs. Brill’s Baking Day where they decorated sugar cookies with various colored icings and toppings

Pearly’s Band Instruments

Bert’s Chalk Drawings where adults and children alike enjoyed drawing on the patio by the pool.

Games included Pin the Bowtie on the Penguin, Tuppence Toss, created in the fashion of a boardwalk-style penny toss, and the Spoonful of Sugar Relay Race where the children raced to fill a tea cup full of sugar using soup spoons.

Suspended across the pool were a collection of kites that swayed in the breeze.

My daughter’s one request for this party was to be dressed in Mary’s white Jolly Holiday dress.  I was fortunate to have found Lora of Beneath the Willow who not only made a beautiful Mary dress, but also the coat and tie for Bert’s outfit.  Unfortunately, my son wanted to go bow-tie-less so I will need to get a complete outfit photo of him in the near future!

I wanted to create an elegant tablescape for the children’s dining table.  I used children’s sized white ballroom chairs, white linen tablecloth with a lavender pintuck table runner down the center.  I had an eclectic array of crystal and silver bowls used for the centerpieces of pink roses and purple kale in addition to a silver tea set.  Lavender satin napkins with rose napkin rings were placed at each seat.  Mary and Bert placecards indicated where each child was to sit.  Boys found a skimmer hat at their placesetting where girls found white gloves and straw brimmed hats at theirs.


Beverages included cucumber infused water, lemonade, raspberry ice, and rum punch, for the adults only, of course!

Cute straw tags featuring Bert, Mary, a penguin, carousel horse, and sayings such as ‘Jolly Holiday’ and ‘Chim Cher-ee’ adorned the gray striped paper straws from Hey Yo Yo.

I used the same images to create napkin rings as well.

I created the dessert tablescape using the same chalk drawing image based on a the Jolly Holiday scene from Mary Poppins.  While in past years, I have made the birthday cakes for my children, I will never have to again!  Elyse of By Little Hands created a beautiful two-tiered cake with kites, butterflies, and penguins.  Not only did it look beautiful, the taste was to die for!  I’ve never had anyone ask for seconds of cake before, but this cake went in seconds!  (I did manage to steal 2 extra slices to enjoy on Sunday, however!)

To complement the cake, I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes since the cake was chocolate. Jen of TheLilDetails created wonderful 1.5″ tall fondant penguins complete with bowties to adorn some of them.

The tablescape also included various confections and baked goods in shades of pink and white.  Candy and caramel apples tied with pink and white striped ribbon and spoonfuls of sugar provided the finishing touch to the table.

I purchased hand blended tea from Teaman in 6 varieties and placed them in tea tins wrapped in ribbons and finished off with ornate-framed labels.

Since I was providing an abundant table of sweets, I opted not to include candy in the children’s favor boxes and stuck with items that had ties to the movie.  Each child received chalk to ‘Jump into their chalk drawings,’ a ceramic piggy bank they can decorate at home with 2 pennies inside to ‘Save their Tuppence,’ and an eyelet wrapped bag of bird seed to ‘Feed the Birds.’

It was certainly a Jolly Holiday, indeed!


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25 Responses to “{Real Parties} Jolly Holiday Birthday”

  1. Brittany says:

    Beautiful Danielle! I looooove the “spoonful of sugar!” Now I can’t get that song out of my head!

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  3. Leslie says:

    I just wanted to tell you that this is the most BEAUTIFUL party I have ever seen. I follow A LOT of party blogs, and I have seen a million parties, and this is my absolute favorite ever! Your details are to die for! Awesome job.

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  5. Donna says:

    What a beautiful party. I see many elements that are in Party Wishes’ Mary Poppins party. I love the silhouette of London and the kites over the pool. Great job! Did you do the design on the paper goods?

  6. Belleza e Luce says:

    Hi Donna,
    Yes, I did the design on all the paper goods. Thank you so much for the kind words – I loved your idea of the candy/caramel apples so it was a must to incorporate that into her party!

  7. Melissa C says:

    Oh my goodness!! The details are amazing! Love the party theme sooo much ;)

  8. Aubree says:

    You did a wonderful job on this party, and your daughter is just darling! I was wondering if I could feature your party on my blog? I am getting into the party planning business my self, and I would love to show off your work! My blog is http://theseamanfamilyblog.blogspot.com. If you are interested you can email me at the above email address. THanks so much!
    Aubree

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  10. Sandra says:

    I just saw this party on Birthday Girl. It is amazing! I do adore Mary Poppins!

  11. This is such a lovely party! From the roof top cut outs to the hanging umbrellas to the beautiful table setting, so well executed. Congrats!

  12. Adelina says:

    I too saw this on Birthday Girl & it’s fantastic – I love every part of it, very clever! What a great idea.

  13. Janice says:

    Beautiful Party! thank you for sharing.

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  15. Kristin says:

    This party is so fantastic! There are so many details taken in to this party planning. It turned out fabulous! I just showed my daughter and she has now told me that her next party will be Mary Poppins. I just have to know one thing……where did you find your penguins for the guest to stuff?

  16. Amy says:

    Seriously… this is the CUTEST party!!
    I love every aspect and I think my daughter now NEEDS a Mary Poppins birthday too.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    You did a great job!

  17. michele says:

    id love to know how to make or where to buy the silhouette images of bert and mary

  18. Rosa says:

    Love your attention to detail, simply beautiful and elegant.

  19. Belleza e Luce says:

    Thank you for the kind words. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about the party. The images were all created by Belleza e Luce. You can find the party items in my shop

  20. Stephanie says:

    Ohmygoodness!! I am having a baby and wanted a “French” themed shower which developed into the Mary poppins theme. When this came up after I googled it, I absolutely fell madly in love!! This is the most gorgeous party I have ever seen and plan on coming as close to possible to recreate this for my lil bundle :) wonderful job!!!

  21. Michele Harrington says:

    Where did you get the hats for boys and girls from?

  22. Belleza e Luce says:

    Hi Michele,
    They were purchased from Rhode Island Novelty or Oriental Trading.
    Happy Planning!

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