Fridays at Home: Button Birthday Party!

6th July 2012

Hello! Welcome back to Fridays at Home, where I talk about crafts/design/pretty houses that make me gush. ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I’m sharing a little about my mom. My mom is the queen of DIY. First as a stay-at-home mom and later as a teacher, she had to be crafty and frugal to make a nice home and classroom. She sews and embroiders and made many of my clothes growing up. She has a group of friends with whom she sews and crafts, and for each friend’s birthday, they have a themed birthday party. This past month, my mom threw a birthday party for one of her dear friends, and because her friend loves to sew, she decided on a button theme. The results were so cute, I had to share. Plus, it’s a great example of how the Internet can help you put together an event that anyone could be proud of without spending a ton of money.

First up, the gifts. My mom found this bracelet made with vintage buttons on Etsy.

Then she decided to make an initial from buttons with her friend’s sewing room colors and frame it:

The table setting, though, was my absolute favorite part. She found these vintage button cards online at Etsy. She printed and cut them and sewed on buttons. She then glued these to place cards.

She also made these sweet button sugar cookies. She found the recipe online here.

Here’s another shot of the tray of cookies. So cute! The “milk” bottles are actually Starbuck drinks. She said it was absolute torture, but she bought these and drank them up to have these cute bottles. They’re really cute, and she’s saving them for future parties she has (or I have). She used twine in that same green-gray-blue color to tie on paper doilies with little paper buttons in the center. I love these straws and actually used similar ones for a baby shower I gave in October.

Another shot of the vintage button cards along with birthday noisemakers she sets out for birthdays.

She also filled a glass vase with buttons as a centerpiece.

The last (and my favorite part) were these party favors she made. She used pale blue berry baskets (found here) and filled them with a vintage button card, candy buttons (recipe and the bag tops found online here), and a couple of the sugar cookies. SO so cute.

Another shot.

Everyone had a great time and loved the theme, and I just had to share and brag on my creative momma. I think it’s so neat that she and her friends celebrate birthdays with so much fanfare. And why not?

Happy Friday, and I hope you enjoy it, whether you spend it at home or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

And since I’m sharing, I’m opening up Fridays at Home for you guys, too. If you have something you think would work for Fridays at Home, email me at I’d love to highlight your creativity or a space you’ve transformed. OR (as many of you have commented on these posts) you might need help with a space. Send me a pic, and I can make recommendations!

  • Ti

    Your mom is awesome and so creative! Everything looks so pretty! She should open an Etsy shop!

    • I’ve been telling her that because of her cute embroidery! She has a Facebook page with some adorable stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andi

    This party is SOOO CUTE. I am really glad you shared. Totally inspired to do some DIYing and crafting for my house this weekend!

    • So fun and easy with some research and some work. Have fun!

  • Marleneravey

    Loved this blog! Am printing it out to remember it by! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • No wonder you’re so artsy and crafty and creative! You must’ve gotten it from your mother, who did an amazing job with these. And it’s too bad I don’t live nearby in case she needs help in the future with draining Starbucks bottles.

    It’s nice of you to open up your column to your readers but I won’t be contributing anything. I have NO crafty skills. None. I tried to make a shirt in Home Ec in 7th grade and when I put it on, I was stuck inside because I had sewn the neck hole and arm holes together.

    • Hahaha! That’s a fantastic story, and I would give just about anything for photos.

      Yep – my mom is where I get all that stuff from. That, and the crazy moving of furniture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Woah, that’s adorable and amazing all at once. Your Mom really is amazing at the DIY!

    • She is! And it’s why I hate paying anyone to do something I’m pretty sure I can do.