From the Desk of Dixie

A Ballerina Tea Party Birthday

We are over the moon to feature a darling ballerina tea party that tickles all of our pink-obsessed fancies! Our Pink Cosmos and Ladybug Collection, which features artwork by the talented Gina Langford, was the perfect fit for four-year-old Elizabeth's special afternoon. Every detail of this party was planned and executed with primma ballerina-like precision...even down to the professional ballet dancer that gave the little girls a dance lesson! 

Truly an afternoon delight, there was oodles of fun to be had at this celebration! Guests enjoyed playtime with a tea cart station featuring Pottery Barn tea party themed toys. Then they were treated to actual tea party fare such as tea sandwiches, macaroons, and mini scones around an exquisitely-set table. The adults enjoyed a decadent grazing and charcuterie spread as well as an all-pink candy grazing board. The afternoon activities also included create-your-own flower bouquets. 

We have included all of the talented vendors that played a part in this fairytale-like afternoon at the bottom of the post. As you scroll through the rest of the images, be sure not to miss our favorite detail - the ballet tutu party favors hanging on a dress rack!

 Paper: Dixie Design Invitation, Menu, Favor Tags

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith

Party Design, Planning, and Styling, Balloons: Party Pickup

Floral Design: Wild Things

Charcuterie, Candy Graze : Savor Style

Cake: Olexa's

Cookies: Hey Kat Bakes

Floral Tablecloths: India Amory

A 'Berry Sweet' Sixth Birthday Party

When her six-old-daughter, Carlisle, requested a chocolate-covered strawberry birthday party, Becca Hemrick's creative wheels started spinning ideas for an afternoon of classic yard games, oodles of picnic-style treats, and a chocolate fountain all decorated with a a 'berry sweet' party theme. Dixie artist Gina Langford's Berry Sweet Collection was the perfect match for this adorable birthday celebration.

Becca pulled out all of the stops in planning this party! We had a hard time narrowing down our favorite details, because each one is ever-so-thoughtful and age appropriate for a strawberry-loving little girl! Be sure not to miss the brightly colored bouquets, the sprawling balloon garland, the adorable table settings, the strawberry piñata, the picnic basket party favors, and to top it off, the coordinating mother-daughter strawberry party dresses! 

With all of the activities Becca had planned for Carlise's young guests, fun was to be had around every corner as you will see below! Rebecca set up a coloring station of strawberry printables, a temporary tattoo station, an apple bobbing station, sack races, corn hole, as well as plenty of tasty treats like the chocolate fountain dipping station, on-theme iced cookies and a multi-layered strawberry cake.

We have included the sources for the party below. Continue scrolling to see all of the thoughtful details that went into this 'berry sweet' birthday.

Photography:: Canvas and Glass

Invitations and Gift Tags: Dixie Design

Cake: Dreamcakes

Cookies: Hey Kat Bakes

Grazing Boards: Savor Style

Florals: Pam Selph

Balloon Garland and lettered balloon: Party Pickup

Table paper products: Meri Meri

Strawberry Dresses: Gul Hurgel from The Tot

Hair and Makeup: Brittany Massey


A Jungle Birthday Bash

This spring, Dixie's owner and founder Jennifer Hunt's backyard was transformed into a jungle oasis in order to host 16 adorable six-year-olds gathered to celebrate her son William's sixth birthday. We are convinced this party was what all little boys' dreams are made of.... a plethora of sugary treats as well as surprise visits by various creepy crawling critters such as a boa constrictor and an alligator!

Jennifer used Dixie's Menagerie Collection, with artwork by Inslee Fariss, for the party's invitation, food and drink cards, and gift tags. Party Pickup, a custom party design and styling company, pulled the jungle green color scheme from the invitation's design to style the party's decor which included an impressive balloon garland, a large hand lettered balloon, children's Chiavari chairs and tables, as well as all of the coordinating cutlery, paper plates and cups and adorable guest favor boxes that were filled with jungle themed treats and toys.

Savor Style created colorful florals and the tastiest candy grazing boards that all the children loved! Nestled in with the candy were palm leaf decorated cookies by Hey Kat Bakes and the delicious cake by Dreamcakes was the perfect sweet treat centerpiece!

Enjoy scrolling through the fun images from William's big day! We have included all of the party and decor sources at the end of the post.

Invitation, Gift Tags, and Food and Drink Signs | Dixie Design Collective

Balloon Garlands and "Custom Party in a Box" Party Design and Styling | Party Pickup

Floral Styling and Candy Graze | Savor Style

Custom Decorated Cookies | Hey Kat Bakes

Custom Birthday Cake | Dreamcakes

Vintage Trays, Bamboo Bar Cart, and Serving Pieces | Mary and Wilma

Cake Toppers | POPPYjack Shop

Birthday Cake Stand | Susan Gordon Pottery

Exotic Animal Entertainment | Ed's Pet World

Party Photography | Jessica McNabb Photography

Styled Invitation and Party Favor Photography | Mary Margaret Smith Photography


A Whimsical San Antonio Garden Party

This beautiful and whimsical San Antonio garden party is truly what all little girls' dreams are made of! In celebration of her daughter's first birthday, Nicola Bathie created a wonderland in her backyard complete with hundreds of loosely arranged colorful blooms, an afternoon picnic fare, melodies from a string quartet, as well as the most adorable candy cart and tot-sized hot air balloon both decked out in an array of pastel-hued balloons.

As an established Interior and Jewelry Designer, Nicola has a natural eye for the design elements that went into planning this birthday celebration. Inspiration for her garden party theme sprung from our Garden Tales Collection that features watercolor artwork by the talented hand of Dixie artist Gina Langford. You can shop the invitation that Nicola chose for the party here. We love how Nicola  incorporated the invitation's design into part of the party's decor!

There are so many stunning elements of this celebration that are noteworthy! Nicola had the beautiful paper mache hot air balloons that suspended from the trees made on site just hours before the party began! Also, be sure not to miss the party favor table, displaying individual watering cans with little seed packets of poppy seeds for all of the party guests to take home with them. We invite you to scroll through the following images of this precious afternoon and dare you not to be inspired by all of the beauty!


Photography, Caroline Behrens Photo 
Food, Picnikins
Flowers, Amapola Flora
Balloons, BalloonBoutiqueSA
Paper Mache Hot Air Balloons, Glitterville
Table Linens, India Amory



Biscuit's Flamingo Themed First Birthday Bash

We are so crazy about the first birthday party our Creative Director, Holly Hollon, threw for her sweet little girl, Biscuit. With these gorgeous photos and interview with Holly about how she planned such a fun birthday bash, you'll be inspired to plan your own birthday or summer party!

Being a stationery designer, for months I had been dreaming up ideas for Biscuit's first birthday, but as her summer birthday was approaching I knew I wanted to do a fun tropical backyard party. I was all ready for summer and loving palm trees and pink. I had some yard flamingos in the basement for years waiting for their moment and thought they would be a cute addition to the party. My dad set up a mini golf course in which the flamingos marked all the holes, he even made mini wooden putters for the kids at the party. Creative Sweets & Treats made the most adorable cookies to match the invites and my mom made her famous strawberry cupcakes.

You can now order Biscuit's birthday design on our website for your summer party and coordinate with stationery as well.  For a $50 fee you can purchase the monogram art to print cups, napkins and koozies. 

Photography by Mary-Margaret Smith Photography

A Tropical Dinosaur Birthday Bash!

Our designer, Gina Langford, threw the cutest Tropical Dinosaur themed birthday party for her little boy and we had to share!  Gina tells us a bit about how she decided on the theme and then how it all came together (while also planning a cross-country move!):

My little boy loves dinosaurs and literally goes around the house roaring so we decided to run with that theme! I wanted to keep the party stress free in the midst of moving so we had the party at a splash park. I used the colors of his sweet The Beaufort Bonnet Company swimsuit and matching polo shirt as inspiration. I ended up going with some brighter colors for the decorations because it was hard to find pastels, but I think everything still tied together well! The simple DYI dinosaur party hats and the dinosaur dirt cupcakes were definitely a big hit with all the toddlers!

Order your Tropical Dinosaur invitation and corresponding items here


Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas

If your little one is anything like the ones we know, he’ll go through a dinosaur phase at some point. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect invites and accessories for a dino-tastic birthday bash. Start the theme off right with these adorable invitations from designer Eden Flora.

Lead the way to the main event by placing these dinosaur footprints on the sidewalk and inside. Dinosaur decor is super fun and can range from these more “natural” looking mini skeletons to scatter around (guests can take them home after), to these brighter, more colorful centerpieces.

Activities for a dinosaur party can vary according to age. Older kids might like the idea of excavating their own dinosaur fossils. Or, for a more group-oriented “dig,” we love the idea of filling a kiddie pool with sand and setting the little ones loose with paintbrushes to unearth the “bones.” Smaller hands might like the idea of a dinosaur egg hunt. Simply speckle Easter eggs with paint to make them look like dinosaur eggs, and fill them with treats of your choice.

The sky’s the limit for creative food ideas. We love these dinosaur egg cake pops. We’ve also seen fruit skewers with grapes and berries for dinosaur egg sticks. For something savory, how about shaping dinosaur bread bones? Cut out sugar cookies are a no-brainer with these cookie cutters. (These also make great party favors when packaged with Play-Doh in cute bags.) Another thing we’d suggest? Cupcakes instead of a larger cake – top them with personalized Eden Flora stickers stuck onto toothpicks and backed with felt for a custom topper that guests can take home.

Whatever you decide to put into goodie bags (we love a mix of these mini-dinos and maybe some Jordan almond dinosaur “eggs”), make sure to slip in a dinosaur calling card so guests will have a reminder of the big day.

The Perfect Princess Party

So often, the invitation sets the tone for the party. So when we saw these adorable princess-themed invitations from Eden Flora, we started dreaming of tiaras and tea sandwiches. From snacks to activities to ideas for perfect, custom goodie bags, we’ve got your princess party plan.

  • Start the event off right with these custom invitations. Take it up a notch by sealing the envelopes with princess-worthy jeweled stickers.
  • Make crowns for the little princesses with hot glue, felt, ribbon, and cardboard. Leave plain and provide an assortment of ribbons, trims, laces, and “jewels” to decorate. 
  • Every princess needs a wand. Start with one of these wands, and let little hands add ribbons, silk flowers, and stickers to personalize them.
  • When it’s time to eat, we love the delicate whimsy of these products. They’re so pretty you’ll forget they are paper.
  • A royal feast should definitely center on sweets. We like the idea of simple tea sandwiches for no-fuss savory treats. As far as dessert goes, the top of the tiara is the limit! Cupcake towers on three-tiered trays are a fun alternative to a birthday cake. If you want to keep it easy, order a cake from your favorite bakery and have them customize it. Here in Birmingham, we love Baking Bandits, so we might try a dessert bar with an assortment of their fantastic cookies, shortbreads, and bars. The only drink festive enough for a princess party is, of course, sparkly pink punch! If you’d like, serve your little princesses in mix-and-match cups and saucers from the thrift store that they can take home as a great reminder of the feast.
  • Decor options are myriad. We love pumpkins painted in pink and topped with glitter to remind us of Cinderella, but there’s all manner of posh, pretty lights, simple, spray painted centerpieces and decor galore for such an occasion.
  • The goodie bag is a great way to leave a lasting impression. No matter what you put in it–sugar cookie lollipops, lip gloss, or pretty barrettes–make sure to personalize them with either a sticker or a card that matches the invitations; a nice way to round out the experience for your guests.