Event planner Sherry Habif spent the past few challenging months “twiddling her talented thumbs” when the pandemic waylaid her array of events focused on the William Breman Jewish Home and its auxiliary.
Habif lamented, “I let my friends know that I was available to socially distance, mask up and decorate small house parties, especially for children, as I was itching to use my creative decor skills!”
Then a family approached me to execute their daughter’s fourth birthday princess party. “This was right up my alley, as there were so many decorative “pink” items that I own and stored from baby naming parties spanning the years.”
Habif was given the challenge: four guests, the birthday girl and four additional parents, close friends of the family who were socially distanced at separate tables, away from each other and the children. Nothing can keep down a lavish spirit like Habif.
The party’s set up: The bottom deck of the home had two shades of pink balloons hanging from the ceiling with two fabulous bouquets of pink and hot pink balloon clusters accented with clear balloons with confetti, pink stars, and an oversized number 4 marking the birthday.
The Happy Birthday balloons were hot pink with polka dots and a princess tea cart that held the favors that each child took home, filled with unicorn, troll and princess candies.
The happy balloons were by Gayle Rubenstein of Balloons Over Atlanta.
The rain plan was to move everything under the deck of the house onto the patio, as it could accommodate all.
The menu: Lunch was presented on a fluffy pink tablecloth with strips of pale pink, white, and hot pink hanging down the table along with fresh cheese pizza, a favorite of the birthday girl and her friends. Following was pink chevron containers of cucumber, carrot and celery sticks, with a side cup of ranch dressing dip.
Colorful fresh fruit was served in a clear cup with jumbo blueberries, watermelon sticks, and cantaloupe cubes.
For dessert, each child was offered a cup of vanilla or chocolate ice cream presented with mini pink cups of assorted mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Nothing more fun than making your own sundae! The cake was by Instagram star Gretchen of Gretchen’s Bakery, who also made cake popsicles. So the guests could take home a slice of cake, which was moist vanilla with vanilla buttercream.
As an additional treat, Elizabeth Schmitt of ATL Boards, made a candy board with cascades of miniature candies matching the birthday cake.
Add in the décor: Habif chose a princess tablecloth with fans of the Disney princesses, princess napkins, and multi-colored forks and spoons.
A Happy Birthday sign was the tablecloth runner. The birthday princess was adorned in a royal blue gown with coordinating kiddie heels and a jeweled tiara, seated at the head of the table on her royal princess chair enjoying her four friends.
A precious princess bear was dressed in a lavender, mauve, purple, hot pink tulle dress adorned with a princess crown and scepter. The birthday girl sat on her throne with a background of a gold crown fence as she overlooked her custom Elsa and Anna princess cake in shades of blue, decorated with characters from the movie “Frozen.”
During the event, guests enjoyed a princess castle bouncy house and the live entertainment featuring performers Elsa and Anna.
Habif concluded, “What a fun blast of a birthday party! The child was so excited from the beginning to the end and threw me socially distanced kisses and a big hug with her tiny hands!
“I hope to do more of these unique and creative events and am currently helping two clients with weddings for next summer of 2021 and spring of 2022.” Habif should also begin planning this princess’ bat mitzvah in 2029!