Sorry I have been away! Seems that husband away on business = tired mommy who falls asleep at 10pm. :)
Here are a few photos from our daughter's 6th birthday party last week. She had SO much fun with her friends and it was honestly the EASIEST party I have ever thrown. Didn't have to clean the house? Check! Didn't have to clean up the party? Check!
The top photo above is the one big table where the girls sat. Each chair is draped with their hot pink apron (with lime polka dot ribbon bow) just waiting for them to arrive! The handprint wall is for the birthday kids to leave their mark after the party (Mia loved that).
Thank you for your ideas for the centerpieces. You mentionned stacking the paint cans, which lead my brain to needing "height", which lead me to my living room where I snagged the large turquoise tin vase from my mantle! I made the white tissue poms from this Katydid and Kid tutorial. I made mine half the size, then wrapped the $1 bamboo sticks (for a whole bag) in pink satin ribbon I had on hand for the four pom flower stems in the vase. Close-up photos to come!
The polka dot balloons are from my business and the sweet girls at the pottery studio filled them with helium for me!
On to more photos...these are the blank paint cans from Home Depot covered in gingham scrapbook paper (Martha Stewart packs from Michael's). I made a template (actually I messed up the first one because I never plan ahead, so that became my template!) and punched the holes for the can handles with a tiny circle punch I have. I used double-stick tape to keep the paper in place. Worked great at home, but party was on the MOST humid day of the year in Alabama so it kept coming undone. Oops. Mia wrote "cupcakes" and "games and prizes" on the blank invitations we had, which I thought was so cute. I put my cupcake stand inside the open paint can for fun! I made the "6" cupcake toppers with a circle punch and a scallop punch (have I told you before that I have way too many paper punches?) and a lollipop stick and good 'ole double-stick tape (must-have).
Here are the party girls "sketching" out their piggy bank designs. This was the first activity - I always have something like this at kid's parties to keep them occupied since everyone arrives at different times. I enlarged a clip art photo of a piggy bank and added the title "Piggy Bank Practice" and "By: _________________" at the top of the page. I can share in pdf form - send me an e-mail to email@example.com and I'll forward to you.
This is a last-minute lightbulb moment for "what am I going to do with all these paintbrushes"? Insert double-stick tape and lots of polka dot ribbons I have in my studio. Voila! Paintbrush "flowers" for a smaller centerpiece on the painting table (by their water bowls and brushes).
Look closely - the girls are working on their teeny tiny piggy banks in this photo. The painting begins! They were SO well-behaved, quiet, patient and focused on their piggy banks (some even copied their sketches). The best girls. Definitely the perfect all-girls party!
After painting, we laid out the Michael's 6/$1 placemats by Mary Englebright (I love things that cost a dollar) and had cupcakes and juice. I told you this was an easy party!
Then we played "piggy bank bingo". Mia punched out bingo chips from the same gingham paper with the small paper punch. We borrowed the 1-10 spinner from the grandparents' Leap Frog bingo game and called away! The winners got to be the next caller and everyone won prizes. Mia made paint-swatch notepads with a hole-punch and ribbon and white paper cut to size (by me). We grabbed all the paint swatches from Home Depot to match her party for the front and back cover of each notepad.
Here are the thank you notes that match the Painted Dots plates, cups and napkins we use. These are not on the site yet, but if you want them send me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. This was a little last-minute, but I think it totally worked for the party. I cut off the back of the folded card and hole-punched the front and the bag...inserted a ribbon and tied a bow. Easy! The favors were paint sets from the $1 store (they had nice ones in bright colors), a pastel marshmellow twist stick thing (these were prizes for bingo too) and apaint-chip notepad that Mia made for her friends and a Target $1 Spot notepad too. The big favor gift were their hot pink aprons to keep. :)
Girls are awake and ready for breakfast. More soon...sorry I have been away!