As your Spring Party winds down, let guests write birthday messages on the sidewalk with chalk. And don’t forget a take home favor. These sweet little lollipops are wrapped in small squares of fabric in different patterns and tied with bakers twine. Perfect for handing out to guests as they leave.

A great tip for your next party: keep parties small in number. Match the age of the birthday child with the number of guests–for a 6th birthday invite 6 friends. This allows your party to be rich in detail without breaking the bank.

This party was created by a fabulous duo that I’m sure you’ll recognize. Photography by Melanie Mauer. Party planning and styling by Elizabeth McIntosh


  1. how fun! thank you, one charming party!! your site is such a treasure trove of ideas for party planning!

    melanie mauer    Friday, April 20, 2012
  2. so cute! where did you find her darling party dress? It is the sweetest! And what about those big flowers in the background of the one picture? I love all the details!

    Lindsay    Friday, April 20, 2012
  3. Interesting idea about including the number of guests as the age of the child.

    Susan    Sunday, April 22, 2012
  4. hi lindsay, we picked up audrey’s dress at off 5th (the sax fifth avenue outlet) after the dress we’d hoped for was out of stock – kelly from faith & fancy made the gingham sash to tie it in to the party :)

    the big flowers were made using this tutorial from ruche on design sponge:

    xoxo, -melanie-

    melanie mauer    Monday, April 23, 2012
  5. Hi Lindsay — this dress is designed by the company i work for! what a treat to see it used in this beautiful shoot!!! It is part of our Laura Ashley London collection. For e-commerce and store locations, please visit and click the tab for “WHERE TO BUY” along the top.

    What a fantastic treat to see this on one of our favorite family/lifestyle blogs! “One Charming Party” is one of our most-read blogs, and i often share links to your site on our blog.

    Great post, as always!!

    Susan Trotiner    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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