I have had a long admiration for Raggedy Ann and when Krista and Zach named our youngest grand daughter Caroline Ann after Zach’s deceased mama Debra Ann and Dave’s mother Nettie Ann I just knew I would be planning a Raggedy Ann party one day. About five weeks ago we shot an adorable photo of Caroline one afternoon of her in a little pale blue gingham dress with a pretty little apron top over it for our invitation photo. I love including a photo of the birthday girl or boy on the invitation, it just makes it so much more personal. Because the Raggedy Ann doll has several story books, Golden Books and even a movie based on her, I figured a comics type action on the photo to make her look like a story book character would be perfect. I really do love how the action worked on our photo and it was perfect for our invitation.
I used the ‘storybook’ image on the invitation that I created and Krista had printed at Sam’s Club, they always do a great job and the price point is excellent! I used a few elements from a Shabby Miss Jenn Designs kit called “Monkey Love” and “Snow White” and a free paper in the perfect red that I found online. The invitation sure turned out sweet!
Now that we had a party theme and color scheme it was easy for me to find a few treats and favors to make Thank You packages for Caroline’s friends and cousins who attend the party. I included strawberry applesauce, cheese crackers, gummy candies, bubbles, a snack sized KitKat bar and a little red, white and blue star shaped ring (thankful that July 4th is around the corner and the Dollar Tree had lots of options in our colors) I packaged it up in red and blue containers that matched our theme, wrapped them up in a clear cello bag and tied it up with pretty red, white and light blue curly ribbon, the final touch was a little thank you tag that I designed using the same paper and theme as the invitation. We printed, cut and attached them to the top of the package.
Krista ordered blue and red cupcakes and I made a little cupcake topper with the traditional Raggedy Ann heart and “I Love You” on them. They came out adorable and really set off the cupcakes nicely for the party.
The table was covered in blue and topped with a little red and white checkered tablecloth and attached a few pretty red bows on the edge of the table to go with our theme. We found the tablecloths and bows at the Dollar Tree and Walmart. I wrapped my gifts for Caroline in pretty red and white chevron paper and topped them with blue and red and white bows. In a basket on the party gift table were red Twizzlers in a pretty blue and white basket and we had a tray of cupcakes on there.
I made three center pieces using red roses, white carnations and two red and blue pinwheel tucked inside. The party was originally scheduled to be held outside and I figured the gentle breeze would be pretty blowing the pinwheels around, they did add a festive touch to the party and I’m sure Caroline and friends will enjoy playing with them for the 4th of July.
Caroline had a wonderful time playing puzzles in her bedroom with her friends and cousins during the party.
Kali really enjoyed blowing out her candle with Mama and opening her many gifts from friends and family.
Caroline especially loved her baby doll from her Godmother Brie who is pictured with her and Mama below.
Here are a few photos of Caroline with her Mama, Daddy and sister Kali Marie.
We didn’t want to get that bright red cupcake icing on her pretty new blue dress so we took it off and she ate in her bloomers.
Thanks to everyone who attended Caroline’s special party and special thanks for all the pretty and thoughtful gifts you so generously gave her.