1 Here I am with Darcy, Daisy, and my Chow Chow Paw Paw at Daisy's 1st birthday party eight years ago. I have attended many of the parties Darcy has thrown over the years.
2 When Darcy's daughter Daisy had her first birthday, Darcy decided to hold a daisy-themed party for her to celebrate. It was such a success she decided to recreate it and share the items in her OpenSky sale.
3 I am always amazed at what Darcy comes up with and how she uses my line of Martha Stewart Crafts products. Her party ideas always combine both purchased and homemade items. They always look impressive and are actually quite affordable!
4 The placemats and table runner are featured in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. The designs are printed on paper and can also be used to wrap favors.
5 A close up of the place setting—a paper daisy tops a small favor box that can be filled with small toys or candy.
6 I love how Darcy mixes patterns, creating a jovial atmosphere, like these zigzag napkins against the dotted placemat.
7 These darling lollipops are also available for purchase.
8 Darcy's illustration of her daughter adds a personal touch to the cupcake tower and Martha Stewart craft punches easily dress up a simple white cake stand.
9 You don't have to be a professional baker to have well-decorated cupcakes. Here, flower stickers affixed to toothpicks dress up a large dollop of frosting.
10 Or you can decorate them with frosted sugar cookies, like these daisy cookies from Eleni's. http://elenis.com/
11 The cookies are frosted with royal icing and the centers sparkle with yellow sanding sugar. This idea can be adapted with many other shaped cookies for whatever theme your party is.
12 These jellybean and lemon drop favors are actually quite easy to make. All you need is craft paper, bags, craft stickers, and of course, candy.
13 The same craft paper can be used for both place cards and the favor bags. Darcy used craft punches and added adhesive flower accents.
14 Candy bought in bulk can be used for favors, like these plastic tubes with flower toppers.
15 This Daisy-shaped chip and dip dish also makes an excellent serving platter for colorful candy.
16 Darcy always finds alternate uses for everyday items. Here, she uses a paper cupcake wrapper as a dish for colorful gum balls.
17 If you are like me, you have many mason jars around the house for preserving and canning. Modified lids act as decoration as well as a straw holder.
18 Mason jars can also be used to hold candy, like these lollipops.
19 If not opting for mason jars, it's easy to add simple details, like craft stickers, to solid color paper cups.
20 Darcy made sure the star of the party had her own matching accessories, like this daisy hair clip.
21 She also made a special paper parasol for the birthday girl.
22 Buy the parasol from Opensky and then learn how to embellish it here:
23 Darcy used a tent from Sperry Tents for outdoor shade. I used the same company for my nephew Chris's wedding we held at my home in Bedford.
24 Here, the paper daisy flowers hang from the inside of the tent.
25 As well as daisy garlands
26 I attended the party with my beautiful granddaughter, Jude. We had a wonderful time!
27 Mason jars and other glass candy dishes lined the candy and favor table.
28 Similar flowers hung from the ceiling inside, where most of the cupcakes and other sweets were kept out of of the hot sun.
29 This cupcake stand is actually made of craft paper and yet still looks elegant.
30 Here's Daisy, eight years later, enjoying her party all over again.
31 Darcy is also including slip-n-slides for sale, as they are a summer party favorite!
32 A great shot of the whole family - Darcy, Andy, and their three beautiful daughters, Daisy, Ella, and Pippa!