Sleeping Beauty a 4th Birthday Party

Most every 4 year old dreams of being a princess, and mine was no exception.  “A dream is a wish your heart makes” according to Cinderella but sometime those dreams can become a reality when your godmother is a party planner and your mom is willing to throw in some fairy dust.

Thanks to our friend Julia at A Little Bee Told Me, invitations were fit for royalty.

Where shall a princess and her friends play?  But in a bouncy house castle of course.  Having a birthday in May and a yard with lots of green grass allowed for us to spread out and fill the yard with fun.  Every year we cross our fingers for good weather and just as a princess wants our princess got a beautiful warm and sunny day. 

*I just love this picture the princess and the king giggling over static hair.

We had just moved into our new house and with such sparse amounts of  furniture; it worked out making the perfect space for a royal banquet table on our screened porch.  Accented with pink and yellow everyone dined on pizza and anything with individual packages.  Juice bottles that had sleeping beauty tops were available for all.  Wooden pink pails were filled with applesauce, fruit snacks, and yogurt tubes.   Wooden pails are available for purchase thru my Etsy store.  The pink ones are now used in her room for holding, hair elastics, jewelry and personal care items.  Click here for shop listing. 

The birthday girl requested cup cakes for her friends and I was happy to oblige, again individual packaging.  Moms love individual packages for 4 year olds; it’s easy they are less likely to spill it and they won’t take one bite and ditch a whole plate full.  The beautiful cake for the family party was made by Mad Hatter Bakery, and cookies shaped like the number 4 were made by my mom.

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Another parent favorite is leaving presents for after the party goes have headed home.  At this age they are often distracted by one really cool gift and everyone else is left watching their wrapped gift just sit and wait.  Also sometimes feeling of friends can be hurt if their gift wasn’t their favorite.   We always try to ask if there is a gift that the giver would like to see them open for example grandparents, or guests from out of town.  If you choose to wait they can be opened later that day or even all week long allowing you to know who each was from, and enjoy the gifts as they are opened.

IMG_6642Each royal guest decorated a pillowcase with fabric markers and puff paint.  We did our craft at the beginning of the party and hung them to dry; so by the end they were safe to take home.

A dream come true to all and a special little girl that will embrace being the magical age of 4.  Let’s stop here little girl and not grow up anymore.  love, Mom.

 

 

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An Elephant and Purple Glitter Birthday Party

Sweet, simple and special. Using elephants, glitter and the color scheme purple and grey for my little lady who’s turning 3 this year.  My dear friend Julia at the blog A Little Bee Told Me helped me out with the invitations, decorations, some of the stickers and labels.

Let’s set up and decorate.  This has to be one of my favorite steps.  I spend weeks collecting and thinking thru each area so to see it come together is just the best moment for me.  I often try not to buy items and just collect items that are already around my house.  It doesn’t have to be expensive to be special.

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I went a bit nuts and yes taped purple labels on the waters and used a cookie cutter for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  But I will say because they were cute they didn’t last and were gobbled up.  You can also get a glimpse of the birthday girl in her purple tutu.  To read about her love of tutus click here.  I used a roll of paper under all the serving dishes.  It was a super cute and easy way to label all the food without having to put much work into it, just a purple marker.

This year’s dessert was, the classic, cake and ice cream.  I pre-scooped black raspberry ice cream into cup cake wrappers so it was easy to serve and looked cute on the plate.  Audra at Mad Hatter Bakery worked her magic and mixed up this beautiful cake.

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We had to complement the cake with some sweet treats.  My mother-in-love’s first attempt at cake pops and my first attempt at frosted rice krispy treats.  They were yummy and we both have be perfected their look over time.

Party favors were small and simple.  I actually used white boxes that were left over from our wedding hotel welcome packages.  They were perfect.  Printed the elephants on sticker paper and a sharpie marker and they were all set.

 

We’ve been very lucky to have such beautiful weather during our children’s birthday parties.  Being outside is such a part of childhood that, we welcome.  We are blessed with lots of family and friends so to fit them in our small house would be so comical.

 

To see my son’s 3rd birthday party with a Firemen & Dalmatian theme click here.

Look Whoo’s Turning Two

This year’s party evolved because of some fabric I found on one of my crafting hunts.  I wanted to make a fun tutu kinda skirt as my little lady would wear a tutu every day of the week if I let her.  We had to narrow it down to Tutu Tuesdays a day when she wasn’t going to be playing in the mud or on the playground at school nor have to ask others to deal with all that tulle.  The fabric I found had owls and sweet girlie colors all over it.  I made it into a tutu for my birthday girl to wear.IMG_2212My good friend Julia at the blog A Little Bee Told Me came thru for me yet again with adorable invitations.

Time to set the tables.  A quick trips thru Michael’s craft stores for wooden owls and stickers were perfect to be sprinkled around the table.  I like to have a special area for the cake to be displayed before we get to dessert.  People love to take a quick peek at the design, as well as it gives me a place to make sure all items are out at ready like plates, candle, knife etc.  My sister was away for the party this year but she found and sent along a special owl plate that the birthday girl used.  IMG_2078IMG_2083Did a little set up of fun activities around the yard for the kids and adults to keep all entertained.  Made the sweet little owls out of paper lanterns and construction paper and a flag for the top of the swing set in the same fabric as the birthday girl’s tutu.  Let say it was a lesson in sewing triangles and took a few tries.  IMG_2080IMG_2079

Playing with Uncle Steve at the sand table is so much fun.  The sand table was also filled with purple glitter to match our theme.

Time for cake!  Thanks to Audra at Mad Hatter Bakery the cake and cupcakes looked adorable and oh so yummy.

Everyone left the party with giant bouncy ball (pictured above) and owl loot bag.   It made for tons of fun all party long in the yard, and it was a gift that would get used by a kid of any size.  IMG_2077

A wonderful time with wonderful weather.  Until next time, a year that will surly fly by.  Enjoy being 2 little lady.

 

To read blogs about my daughter’s other birthdays click below…

A Pink & Green 1st Birthday Party

Firemen & Dalmatians Birthday Party

Time to set the house a blaze for my little guy’s 3rd birthday party.  The pre-school TV show Paw Patrol is pretty big in our house right now and the dalmatian pup named Marshall has a place of honor.   That being said it made planning this party a snap.

We filled the windows of the house with construction cut outs of flames and filling his rain boots with flowers to help decorate.  I collected every fire truck and hat we owned and they became the centerpieces and accents throughout the house.

We sprinkled the walk way and front yard with flames cut out of foam that were glued onto popsicle sticks.  The kids had a blast using the water squirt extinguishers to try and knock them over.

The fun didn’t stop there as I took a stuffed animal cat (aka unicorn my daughter had) and tied a string around it.  The kids had fun climbing a step stool with the fireman dress up gear, we had so they could save the kitten in the tree.

After all the fun and games it was time to eat.  It was a simple meal with sandwiches and deli wraps.  I cut more flames out of foam for the cutlery, and used balloons that are actually cow print for dalmatians.

Cake time is easy and yummy with a sheet cake from our local market.

It was a sweet day filled with friends and family.  We thanked our guests for coming to celebrate with everyone taking home their own fireman hats and water squirt extinguishers.

IMG_7223Granted all this party fun happens on the weekends and on no school days, so on your actually birthday I have to send a special lunch into school and a visit to a real fire truck. IMG_7056

How do you make birthday’s special?

 

To read blogs about my son’s other birthdays click here…

Milk & Cookie Monster Birthday Party

Birthday Bash

Princess Party Time

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So I just couldn’t do an Elsa party… I just couldn’t.  My daughter wanted one and I couldn’t swallow hosting or attending another Queen Elsa party.  I was able to talk her into Frozen but with a twist.  I was able to get her to name her favorite colors, she said  “pink and gold”.  With a little twisting we arrived at a Frozen Lemonade Stand.

I can’t begin party planning for anything without this amazing find thanks to my friends at Childhood 101.  This KIDS PARTY PLANNER is my first printout, I use to do it on scrap paper, but why do that, when Christie has laid it out so much nicer.party image

Now that’s she’s older an evite will do.  Nothing over the top just used pink and yellow to tell friends to come and play.

I hunted around the house for any pink, yellow and some “Elsa” blue items that we already had.  (It really helps that my company colors are blue and yellow)  Came up with some lanterns, parasols, tissue puffs, and a few great free print outs from Melissa at DesignEatRepeat.

The hard part was building an actual lemonade stand.  We spent an afternoon with the internet and picked out a bunch she liked.  I wanted something that would have more than one purpose.  It is made to be a general stand so it can go in the playroom to be a store counter, grocery store, or anything they can imagine.  It is also small enough that it fits in the truck so when they are older they can actually use it as a lemonade stand curb side. The stand is now available for rent, check out details by clicking here.

   

I channeled my inner Pre-K want-to-be-teacher and we filled the lemonade stand with a full stock of pretend goodies, lemons, ice cubes, pitchers filled with duplos and foam to be lemonade, wooden spoons, and a cash register.  This became the entertainment for the afternoon with friends.

Centerpieces were easy and will find another life after this weekend.  I bought lemons and dumped them into clear vases.  This whole thing makes me giggle as all I can think of is Jennifer Aniston in the movie “The Breakup” when she wants to make a 12 lemon centerpieces and her dear boyfriend only buys 4.  Again my sister came thru for me and made some rocking flower arrangements too.

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What’s a party without cake?  This is where Elsa comes into play.  Because we can never have just one event there are a few variations of cake.  We hosted a small family party, the day of, and a friends party.

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Of course we served lemonade in both flavors.  We also hit our our local Del’s Lemonade for some frozen yumminess.  After the kid’s party ended we added some adult versions of Del’s for those that stayed for the afternoon.

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 Some of my favorite party details included.  Table settings and decorations.  At this point I’m past party favors that hit the trash once you get to the car.  These will hopefully be used, enjoyed and than no longer kicked around our friends home.

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Again another wonderful party, weather, friends and family.  I do love a good party but golly they can be a lot of work.  Until next year.

Birthday Bash

I will admit I love kid’s birthdays.  The themes alone can be so much fun to play with.  My husband and I just hosted an UNO themed party for our son who turned 1 this month.  By far the cheapest decorations I’ve gotten.  I bought a pack of playing cards and just went WILD.  It all started pouring them over my toddler’s head to snap pictures for his invitations.  The finial product came thru thanks to A Little Be Told Me.  She does awesome work and has done all of our invites since 2010.

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Of course we had to set the tone at the front door.

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Gave my amazingly talented sister these sticks to which she created these stunning floral center pieces. Playing off the colors black, red, green, blue and yellow.

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I couldn’t help myself and had to have some fun with the table tents, and table setting. IMG_8435IMG_8438IMG_8434

Can’t leave out a monthly photo display (I made sure I pulled these cards first as not to glue all the ones I needed to my wreath)

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And of course some fun party favors.  Mini UNO cards for each to take.  IMG_8508IMG_8506

Finished the whole event with personalized thank you notes that my sister found for us.

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A WILD good time had by all.  A year went quickly and so much happened in such a short amount of time.  The weather was perfect but spending time with family and friends was by far the best part.

To see my daughter’s 1st birthday party with a pink and green theme click here.