In January my daughter turned 5 years old. After two boys, let's just say my "girly-ness" cannot be contained or repressed. This all became completely clear when I began putting together her birthday party.
All the ideas out there, oh great internet!
I hated even narrowing down what to do but I had to so my husband wouldn't be tempted to call in the authorities.
When I saw this post on Dana-Made-It I knew I had to do these napkin flowers and that they would be the basis for all the decorations. So fun & easy.
I don't remember where I had seen how to make that garland but it was absolutely my most favorite project of the party. I took my 3" punch and punched out
a million a lot of circles out of some paper I had picked up to coordinate. I then put them back to back and ran them through my sewing machine. Bonus: I felt like a seamstress. You should have seen how fast I sewed them! And could it be any cuter? No.
And what kind of girly party would it have been if I didn't have some tissue paper balls hanging from the ceiling?
I decorated the kitchen in a smilar way with the napkin flowers and paper garland. I also taped little loops of crepe paper to the chandelier chain. It may look like that would take a long time but it really didn't. 10 minutes, tops.
I so wish I could take credit for this adorable cake. I did make the tiered cake stand by using gorilla glue to glue candle sticks between the 3 different sized plates though, so that's something, right? But no, my super talented friend, Ann, made the cake & coordinating cupcakes (click on the pictures to see all the detail). I will definitely have her on here to do some tutorials. She is an artist whose preferred medium is frosting. No question. When she came in holding this masterpiece I may have gotten a little teary, that's all I'm saying.
I gussied up the $1 buckets with some hotglue & ribbon (those are pink puppies sticking out of the buckets in case you're thinking "What the heck are in those buckets??"). And I fancied up the cheap earrings that were in them by clipping them to some cute paper & cardstock cards I made.
And finally, this wreath....
... this is the project that made me realize that some craft bloggers are liars!!
"It's so quick & easy!"
"I just whipped this out in 20 minutes!"
Lies. All lies.
These crepe paper rosettes take FOR. EVER. Do not be deceived. Yes, it's adorable. But I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this one.
The little pennant banner was super easy though (not lying here!). I just cut some paper into triangles (the patterned paper slightly larger than the white) and sewed them together with bias tape. A few letter stickers later and I had something adorable for the front door. Thank goodness my hand cramps from those dang rosettes had subsided by then.
Girly Party Activities included: making bracelets, decorating heart-shaped sugar cookies, and painting finger & toenails.
I'd say it was a very budget friendly party & the girls loved it. I can't wait for next year.