Friday, April 24, 2009

Mary Poppins at the Baby Expo

My friend Sandy and I went downtown to the LA Convention Center today to set up my Mary Poppins party for the Baby & Tween Expo this weekend.
I am one of 5 party planners that was invited to compete in a party tablescape competition. The attendees of the Expo get to vote on which party set up they like the best. Here I am wrapping a PVC pipe in white ribbon set in Qwikcrete. It is part of my new Mad Hatter structure and didn't want to repaint it. These are the posts for the carousel horses.

I set the pots on cardboard boxes ( to give it some lift) that I used to haul everything in and wrapped them in tulle. The flower balls that I dyed the other day are on top.

I was up until midnight sewing all of the chair covers and custom tablecloth.

I love that the chair covers look like Mary Poppins skirt in her Jolly Holiday dress.

Each chair has a stuffed penguin. At my parties, guests are able to stuff their own penguins to take home.

Here is the whole set up. The lighting was TERRIBLE! I think they were saving energy and only had minimum lights on.

I also made kites and pinned them onto the black draping.

The roses were cut from my garden this morning.

Each napkin ring holds a custom made napkin and a lollipop.

And now for the competition....

These balloons were so cute! Love the ladybugs and flower pots on top of the columns.

This was set up next to me- High School Musical party.
The owner is a former Laker Girl and teaches the party guests
really fun routines.
I was so happy to meet a fellow blogger...Natalie from Little Shindigs!
She said she wasn't photo ready so maybe on Sunday when we meet up again. Here is a portion of her Marie Antoinette party. So opulent!
She made the "cake" too.
Here is a cute booth across from me and not in the competition.
Bikinis for babies!

Fun playhouse
Custom painted gifts and decor
Get ready....are you ready?

High Heels for babies!

So stinkin' cute!

GORGEOUS diaper bags!
Lots of BLING!

If you are in the area, please stop by (and vote for my party!)
I will be there on Sunday if you want to come by and say "Hi".

Have a great weekend!


Polka Dot Moon said...

I SO would vote for you if I lived there or was in the area! Your party is Perfect in Every Way ;)

Best of Luck!!!

Allidink said...

I like yours the best hehe. That little waiter penguin is so cute! I want to go watch the movie now!

All the best,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What precious party tables, but of course I LOVE yours the BEST!! Best of luck to you!

Aren't those diaper bags & heels just the wildest?!?!

Angelic Accents

Joanne Kennedy said...

I have a feeling you are going to win, hands down. I do love the Marie party too but that's more for older me! Since it's a baby/children show I think you will win for sure!!

I can't say enough good things about your chairs! Those are just so darn cute! Very clever too. Just like you.

I also love the picture frame with Mary and Bert. Another darling touch. And the bell, how lovely is that? Oh my, I could on and on.


Natalie said...

Hey Donna,

So fun to have met you today!See you on Sunday and you owe me a picture:)

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Wow! Good luck:-) it looks fabulous!!

Setting the Mood said...

It's crazy what lengths we will go through to make a tablescape-isn't it? I totally can relate to the all nighter sewing/crafting madness. BEAUTIFUL job!!! You are sooo creative!

dana said...

Hi Donna! I checked your blog early this a.m. before I left for the day---I didn't realize you had a new post! GADS!! it was early, but I must've still been asleep!!!

Your Party Setting turned out beautifully! I LOVE those chair covers!! I LOVED it all! How I wish I was there, I would vote for you over and over! Your hours of hard work are certain apparent.

Bonnie and I were out hitting shows all day!! We went to an "art" sale, composed of 30 folks who are amazingly creative. Most of them are Hallmark employees. Then we went to a sale these gals have twice a yr. out of their home. They sell antiques/vintage stuff. THEN we hit one of our local little towns (Weston) where they have an annual antique sale in an old tobacco barn (they used to grow tobacco a lot in that area and there are enormous barns peppered all around on farms where they used to dry their harvest). The sale was wonderful!! I am exhausted and must take a power nap for a bit!

Hope you have a great weekend--good luck with your event! Dana

Brooke Meyenberg said...

Holy Smokes! Great work. I'm rooting for you! Your table looks fantastic!


lisalyn said...

Wow wow wow!! You put ALOT of work into that setting and it looks amazing! Good luck tomorrow.

Damaris said...

Holy toledo!!!!, I wish I lived there..or could drive there...I would ABSOLUTELY VOTE FOR YOU. It's a beautiful theme and I love the way you set up all those details. are rocking!! You SHOULD win...your theme is the best and very age appropriate. Sending you a little luck from Miami.

Not just a Mommy! said...

Your table came out amazing! I heart your chair covers, and stuffing penguins, what a personal and unique touch! Are the carousel horses balloons? said...

well, you out did yourself! Clever chair covers:) Great, great party. Great idea with dyeing the flowers:) Hope you win...
Also, what is up with blogger. I thought I made a mistake on publishing the post and voila it wasn't supposed to be "published" until Thursday and it published today. I'm going away for a week - so you know the drill..getting posts ready before you go. Anyhoo, good luck!!

Jorgelina said...

Hi Donna!!!
What precious party tables.
I love your Mary Poppins!!

Brenda said...

Fabulous, as always! I'm so envious that you sewed those gorgeous chair covers!

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

Your booth is just Beautiful! What kid wouldn't love those horses!? Good luck with the voting and leads!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Wow! Your table was amazing and my absolute favorite!!

Brittany said...

First time to your blog, and I would SO vote for your party! Where did you find those carousel horse balloons? Please tell me somewhere online!!! They would be the perfect addition to my son's birthday party in June.

Pumpkin Petunia said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Really, perfect in every way. I absolutely die for the chair covers. Just brilliant!