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Ivory's Blue and White Birthday

Ivory Birthday The Prudent Homemaker

About a year and a half ago, I found a beautiful piece of fabric on Black Friday. It was just a little bit (a yard and 3/8) and there was enough to make a dress for Ivory if I made it while she was young.

This piece of fabric became my theme for her party--blue and white, which seems fitting for a blue-eyed girl named Ivory!

Ivory birthday dress The Prudent Homemaker

The dress is made from the Pascale pattern. This pattern is my absolute favorite pattern; I use it for everything! It has so many variations. I have a copy from the inside of Sew Beautiful magazine from years ago. It's a basic bodice dress with buttons in back. I used blue buttons I bought on a 50% off sale at JoAnn's. The collar is made from white muslin. The dress cost me under $9 in supplies.

Ivory Bracelet The Prudent Homemaker

I made her a matching bracelet with beads I bought on 50% off sale last year at Michael's. This was super simple; I strung the beads on a piece of clear stretch elastic that you can find in the bead section.

Ivory headband The Prudent Homemaker

Her headband is one I recovered (I cut off the original covering). The ribbon that you see is a ribbon that I bought on clearance many years ago. The bottom part of the headband is a navy blue grosgrain ribbon. I cut out two pieces for the bow and sewed it by hand, and then sewed it onto the top ribbon by hand. I then sewed both ribbons together down the sides, leaving the ends open. I slid this over the plastic headband. I folded the ends over twice near the inside bottom of the headband and sewed them closed by hand.

Ivory Imp The Prudent Homemaker

She loves headbands. I made her another one for her birthday too (not pictured) from white grosgrain ribbon. I put a bow on that one as well.

Blue and White Table The Prudent Homemaker

For decorations on the table, I went really simple: blue glass bottles I've had for years with a single stem of snapdragons cut from the garden, and the blue and white vase I found at a garage sale last fall (for $2) filled with more white flowers from the garden, all on a white table runner.

White Flowers in Blue and White Pot The Prudent Homemaker

Ivory giggles The Prudent Homemaker

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  • kellyK April 24, 2015

    Gorgeous Brandy!!!

  • Mae April 25, 2015

    Your dresses are always breath-taking, but I think this is my favourite so far. (Wanna make me one? I don't think I'd be quite as cute in it though!)

    What lovely presents. I know you let your children choose their own birthday dessert; what did Ivory want?

  • Entia April 25, 2015

    A beautiful little girl and a beautiful birthday setting!

  • Vickie April 25, 2015

    She is just so cute. It's amazing how she has grown. Tell her happy birthday! Her dress is pretty and the decorations are beautiful. You always do a wonderful job.

  • Debbie Fodor April 25, 2015

    A beautiful dress for a beautiful girl. Well done!

  • patsi @ a working pantry April 25, 2015

    The dress is beautiful! As a grandmommie, I am always looking for ways to make occasions special for my little ones regardless of my financial status at the time ... your site is one I always come to for inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  • Faith April 25, 2015

    So simple, So perfectly pretty!!... I want a dress in that print! It's beautiful. .. My daughter turns 5 next Saturday and I am taking some of your birthday tips to do a purple birthday!

  • Rhonda Santoro April 25, 2015

    She's so precious! Happy Birthday to her and you! Your sewing abilities are astounding and you take the most beautiful pictures. I love reading your blog.

  • Dana April 25, 2015

    You're amazing! So simple yet so beautiful! Happy Birthday Ivory!

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  • Charity April 25, 2015

    She is so beautiful! I love her dress and party decor... you are so good at making things look lovely!

  • They get to choose all of their meals for the day and dessert. She chose cupcakes for dessert. We did chocolate with cream cheese frosting.

  • jenn April 25, 2015

    How precious is she!? Beautiful job on her dress!

  • TheDreamOf TheKing April 25, 2015

    I can't believe how big she is! So beautiful. What a gorgeous party.

  • Pamela April 25, 2015

    Very pretty. What did you make her for a cake? I love your birthday posts. Inspires me every time.

  • Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I didn't get any pictures, though :)

  • Rhonda A. April 25, 2015

    Oh, Brandy! What a beautiful dress! Blue and white is one of my favourite colour combinations too! The table setting is gorgeous as well, with the stunning urn accented with the blue glass bottles. Just superb!!!! I've lost track of how old she is...did she turn 2 or 3? I was also curious what other gifts she received or did you keep it just the dress as she is young? I always love to hear what you gave them, as your presents always inspire me with wonderful gift giving ideas.

  • I just gave her the dress, two headbands, and the bracelet. Her grandparents gave her some other gifts: some candy, some photos, and a nightgown. She turned 3.

  • Myra April 25, 2015

    Ivory was just a baby when I started following your blog! My how she has grown! Beautiful dress and of course, love the birthday party ideas. Simple can be so elegant and refreshing! Happy birthday, Ivory!

  • Melanie April 25, 2015

    She looks like a very happy little girl in her beautiful dress. I need to make gifts for a birthday next month. I will definitely be making bracelets and headbands. Thank you for the great ideas!

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