Having a Ball {Hattie’s 90th Birthday Celebration}

mason jar birthday party vintage My Grandmother hit a huge milestone this year when she turned 90. She is the most incredible person I’ve ever known. She is so funny and sassy, and full of energy. She truly enjoys life, so celebrating her incredible milestone with beloved friends and family was a must.

When my mom and I sat down and thought about themes, we kept reminiscing about my grandparents farm and my grandmother’s gardens filled with zinnias. So a zinnias and vintage mason jar birthday theme was born, which we called “Having a Ball” because it perfectly sums up my grandmother and her joyful personality.

I contacted Krista of Cookies With Character, and she brought my dream to life with her incredible mason jar cookies. We personalized the mason jars with, “Having a Ball Since 1922”, my grandmother’s birth year.

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I contacted my favorite fondant gal, Brittany from Edible Details, and she made some gorgeous fondant zinnias, which graced some cupcakes from our favorite local bakery, Three Women and an Oven.

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Three Women and an Oven also bake the gorgeous cake, which I topped with a cake bunting I made out of bamboo skewers, burlap twine and a fat quarter of blue fabric I picked up from JoAnn’s. I cut out triangles along the fold and secured them with glue dots.

DIY cake bunting
My mom and I made the Pie in a Jar party favors, which were a huge hit. We made peach and cherry, which we baked right in the jars following all of the tips from the gals at Our Best Bites. We covered the tops with burlap ribbon from the floral department of JoAnn’s. I made the flags using bamboo skewers and printables that said “Sweetie Pie” or “90 is Sweet”.

Homemade pie in a jar cherry peach
For decorations, we grabbed many things from around the house and purchased a few items from our favorite vintage flea market, Good Ju Ju. We used my grandmother’s doilies and layered them on a white tablecloth, and made a doily bunting from burlap twine and flea market doilies to grace the front of the table. We used a mix of purchased vintage blue mason jars and some from my grandmother’s collection to hold utensils and our floral arrangements. We purchased old windows from Good Ju Ju that we used to create a photo display of my grandmother through the years highlighted by a gorgeous wreath from Sweet Georgia Sweet.

Vintage photo display window pane
Since zinnias weren’t quite in season yet, we subbed Gerbera daisies in bright orange and pink from Dalton’s Flowers.

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The party was so much fun, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when she walked in.

Printables | Three Little Monkeys Studio
Fondant Zinnia Cupcake Toppers | Edible Details
Vintage Mason Jar and Zinnia Cookies | Cookies With Character
Cake and Cupcakes | Three Women and an Oven
Wreath | Sweet Georgia Sweet
Antiques | Good Ju Ju
Flowers | Dalton’s Flowers


  1. says

    What a truly beautiful celebration for someone so full of light and life! I had never heard of Good JuJu, which is local to me, but I’ll have to check it out now that I see how awesome their stuff is! Absolutely in love with this party theme (and heading over to facebook to like the vendors so I have them for future reference!)

    • Gretchen says

      Oh, Jenni! Good JuJu is addictive! It is in the Crossroads, and they, and many other vintage shops, are open that first weekend of the month for First Fridays. Lots of amazing vintage and refurbished furniture, collectibles and more. I drop a small fortune there. :)

    • Gretchen says

      Thank you, Sue! She did. She was so surprised and touched that so many of her friends came. It was wonderful. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Gretchen says

      Thank you, Julia! Krista did an awesome job on those cookies! Love your blog and those homemade Spaghetti-Os, and your photography is awesome!

  2. Brandy says

    Such a fabulous theme & celebration. We recently celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday. It was our last big celebration with her and it was wonderful. She passed away last week and I just cleaned out her home today. :(

    • Gretchen says

      Sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing, but I am so glad you were able to celebrate with her. Hugs!

  3. says

    What a darling party for a beautiful lady! Saw your post on Kara’s Party Ideas and realized you were a KC girl when I saw your vendor list. Love your blog, great inspiration! I’ll be following. :)

    • Gretchen says

      Wow, Erin! Your work is amazing! I am now following you too. I am so in love with all of your designs. So fun to bump into another KC girl!

  4. Jennifer says

    We are having my Grandmothers 90th birthday in september and love this theme how do we order the stuff for all of this?

    • Gretchen says

      Hi, Jennifer! Send me an email at threelittlemonkeysstuio {at} gmail {dot} come and we can chat. Thanks!

    • Gretchen says

      Hi, Leslie! We bought it at a flea market. It is a ivory rosette satin fabric stretched across a frame. We bought it to use as a headboard, but then realized it would make a great backdrop for the table. Hope that helps!

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