I got the privilege of throwing a 40th birthday party for one of my best friends a couple weeks ago. It was fun to have a bunch of ladies over to celebrate with her. Here are the pictures taken by my friend Amy (who does a WAY better job taking pictures than I do… thanks Amy).
We had a Sofia the First Party for my 5 year old. It was so cute and we just love Sofia around here. I got carried away with all the little detailed crafts on this one … I had lots of fun with that part. I should have planned a couple more games or activities, but it all worked out in the end.
We watched an episode of Sofia the First during snack.
That’s the party! Now here are those last 2 how to projects mentioned above:
Here are pictures from my 7-year-old’s Frozen Birthday Party with descriptions and links below!
Here is a link to my Pinterest board for more ideas!
I threw a party for my husband’s 40th birthday and it was super fun to plan a party for adults (not that I don’t like doing the kid’s parties, but it was a nice change!) You only turn 40 once, so I went all out and rented some bistro tables, plates, and glasses and rearranged the house and even hired a bartender (which, by the way, was a huge help and allowed me to enjoy the party also!) The party was on Saturday, so the bistro tables were delivered on Friday and picked up on Monday (also night… allowing me plenty of time to set up and tear down).
The color theme was black and blue, so I moved all our black furniture (couch and a couple benches) into the living room and used black linens on the tables.
I played some awesome hits from the hubby’s younger years; some where awesome classics and some were glad to be in the past! 🙂
It was truly a fun party and I definitely need to do this again sometime!!
It looks like we have turned a corner with my oldest and she has really wanted to help in the planning of her birthday parties. I always let the kids pick the theme they want, but she wanted to be really hands-on with the decorations and what activities we would do and the order of the party. Looks like I am training up another little planner! 🙂 She wanted a My Little Pony party this year. I had seen that Hasbro has blank white My Little Pony that you can order, so I ordered some of those. I had no idea how we would decorate those, but we decided on Permanent Markers… you can color the hair and everything. I wanted the girls to be able to take them home and not get wet paint all over. If you have more time, I would recommend the markers for the hair and then probably acrylic paint would be better for the body and produce a more even look and glitter glue for some sparkle.
Lalaloopsies are so adorable, I was excited when my daughter chose that theme for her birthday party. (the party was last fall and I am again behind on my posts!) First, I bought a book (for the kids) that had most of the lalaloopsies in it, so I could get an idea of decorations and activities for the party (and Pinterest of course). And we watched a Lalaloopsy show on Netflix (the show isn’t good, IMO … the plot is horrible), but I did get some ideas. Here are the pictures from her party with links and comments!
Welcome to Berry Bitty City!
|Strawberries are cut from the Hello Kitty cricut cartridge.|
|Strawberry confetti from birthday express, Table cloth from oriental trading. The maize printout and coloring sheets are from the strawberry shortcake website.|
|My grandma crocheted these Strawberry shortcake dolls for me when I was a kid and I still had them. They are amazing and worked great for centerpieces!|
|balloons from birthday express|
|This was a HUGE decoration that worked great for filling up a wall! And only $6 at birthday express|
|Images from google and bing image search. Again… make sure you go to advanced search and search only for images with a high resolution to look better with printing!|
|This piñata was an idea I found on Pinterest from Grey Luster girl. She is amazing at parties and had a lot of fun ideas!
I did make it into a pull string piñata because my girls prefer them. (my string broke this time though… which was a bummer). For instructions on making a pull string piñata see HERE
|Strawberry Shortcake pin the strawberry on the vine game from Shindigz|
|I made a bunch of these out of felt and we used them to play a musical chairs game. Most of the kids have never played that before and were not happy about me taking them away. LOL. But it was fun to watch them figure it out.|
|We had strawberry shortcake music in the background! You know… the ones that are still in my head! (there are a lot of different strawberry shortcake albums available… we liked the Strawberry Jams and Let’s Dance the best.)|
|For the food, we had strawberry applesause, Strawberries, dried strawberries, Chocolate wafers, Pretzel thins, homemade suckers, cupcakes, and beverages. Most things are from Trader Joes.|
|I love making candy! It is a pretty fast process if you have all the right tools. I bought this hard candy mold from sugarcraft. I also recommend getting the large candy funnel… Works great! THIS was a helpful blog when I first started to make candy (without my mom, that is)!|
|I made a simple buttercream frosting with powdered sugar and butter (but I only used about 1/2-2/3 as much sugar as the recipe called for) and I added strawberry flavoring to it. Oh man.. it was so yummy!|
|Remember these? I don’t think I ever did say how I made them… They are from the flower shoppe cricut cartridge… probably my most used cartridge! So many things you can use flowers for! Anyway, you use a fancy pearl pin to pin them to the Styrofoam ball topiary. (Be sure to store them out of the sun when you aren’t using them because the colors can fade)|
|Enjoying some goodies!|
|Ok… there were so many fun favors to do this time… I may have gotten a little carried away. It was still under $5 per kid though which is my max. 🙂|
|So, I bought THIS cricut cartridge just for this party and it made the 3D strawberries in the basket and the basket. So fun! Inside the 3D strawberries are strawberry daiquiri jelly bellies. And also in the basket there is a packet of strawberry flavored Annies fruit snacks and strawberry Kelloggs pastry crisps.|
|These mini hand sanitizers are from bath and body works and I tried to find the fruity scents and just make my own label for them in Photoshop, printed on sticky paper and stuck them on! 🙂|
|Also there are coloring books and bubble wands ($1 each at Michaels).|