Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fancy Nancy Birthday Tea Soiree (Abigayle's 7th Birthday)

As soon as I read the "Fancy Nancy" book with my daughter I thought now that would make a great theme for a little girl's birthday party. So I then persuaded my daughter to have a Fancy Nancy party for her next birthday. Now I thought about it and I thought Fancy Nancy would love a Tea Party and I know my daughter would love a Tea party and let's face I would love a Tea party sooo...we had a Fancy Nancy Tea Soiree (that's a fancy way of saying party).

The Invitations:
I wanted to make the invitations as magical and sparkly as the party was going to be and here is what I came up with. I made up an invitation on my computer and had them printed up on 4x6 photo paper. Then I bought some purple card stock and mounted the photo paper on the card stock. Then I embellished them with pretty ribbons. Michael's was having a sale on their Christmas ribbons, 50% off. What a deal!
The Decorations:
Fancy Nancy was drawn by hand by me and then haind painted on a big piece of cardboard and then cut out. I drew the butterflies and Boutique sign on poster board then painted them and cut them out. I took the mirror out of my daughter's room and made a little dress up station for the girls (Fashion Boutique). I bought feather boas, bead necklaces, silk gloves and sun hats for each little girl to wear. The girls then got to take home the accessories as their party favors.
I found these glittered plumes (that's a fancy way of saying feathers) at Michael's in their Christmas section for 50% off.
I got a wood frame at Michael's for a dollar painted it purple and embellished it with ribbon made into a bow. I scanned the Fancy Nancy picture form one of the books and then added the wording on my computer and printed it out on photo paper and put it in the frame.
Here the girls are all dolled up in their fashion accessories for "Fancy Nancy's Fabulous Fashion Boutique".
Here is the table. I put a pink plastic table cloth on it and then put a lace tablecloth on top (got the lace tablecloth at Big Lots for $5. Then I made ribbon roses and sewed 2 to each corner of the lace tablecloth (sooo Fancy!).
I got some silk flowers at the dollar tree but I thought these are not fancy enough so I painted some glue on the edges of them and then sprinkled glitter on them (much fancier!) I bought some mismatched glasses at the dollar store a couple of years ago and thought those would be perfect to put the sprinkles and marshmallows in for the parfaits (parfait is french for ice cream sundae, everything is fancier in french) we would have at the party.

I made tissue paper balls to hang above the table. I also made butterfly garland out out card stock and fishing line.
I found the teacups and saucers at Goodwill. I also had family members who bought me some pretty tea pots at Goodwill. The girls were so fancy drinking out of porcelain teacups.
My Fancy little girl.
I had Greeting card paper lying around in my house for years now and decided one day that it would be perfect to make place cards for the kids.
Here is what the boys place cards looked like (that is Fancy Nancy's dad).
And here are the girl's. Each girl had a different image of Fancy Nancy. Again I made these up on my computer and then printed them on the greeting card paper.

Here is a close up of my fancy silk flowers embellished with glitter.
This picture was on the table the girls ate at, it says Bon Appetite (That's french for enjoy! Everything's fancier in french!)
I made this sign to encourage guests to take home sweets with them. I had it setting next to all the cookies and candy with white lunch bags next to it.
I stayed up until 12:30 am the night before the party making all these cookies from scratch. Hey it's a tea party, you gotta have fancy little cookies. I made shortbread cookies with blackberry jam, meringues, macarons & Russian tea cakes.
I got the idea for the cupcake picks from another blog. I don't have a Cricut machine so I printed out the shape on card stock and then sat there and cut out 96 little flower shaped papers. It took forever but I think the result was well worth it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

White Trash Birthday Bash

Who says birthday parties are just for kids?? Every year for my birthday I have a theme for my party just like I do for my kids. This year for my 29th Birthday I decided to have a 'White Trash Birthday Bash'. This is such a fun and inexpensive party theme. I asked everyone to dress in their trashiest attire and also asked everyone to bring a white trash dish to share (think cheap pre-cooked foods).

The cake:
I made a cinnamon streusal cake with brown sugar frosting and then I covered my cake in Hostess snack cakes. Purty ain't it?
The Food:
For the food we had Tater Tot casserole, corn dog muffins (corn bread muffins with a half a hot dog baked in the center), marshmallow fluff dip with graham crackers, pepperoni dip and crackers, chex muddy buddies, grape chili meatballs, chips and kool aid and beer to drink.

The Decor:
For the I shopped at the Dollar tree and bought mismatched party plates and napkins (baby shower, my little pony, transformers, dinosaurs, 1st Birthday, etc.).  I also bought cheap balloons, tablecloths, silk flowers, etc. Then to decorate just put stuff up with no rhyme or reason to it. Streamers were placed in the middles of walls as well as balloons. Have fun with decorating, with a white trash theme you really can't go wrong unless you make things look too nice.

Below is a picture of a "Burthday" banner I made out of line paper, a sharpie and some party string.

My beautiful table decor...
Cheap dollar store table cloths

and silk flowers with beer bottles for vases.

The party sign I made for out front.

The door sign to greet guests. "Welcum, No shews, no sherts, no prablem".

Some funny white trash signs placed around my living room.

Sign I made for my bathroom door.

Party Guests:
My mom, my cousin and me. My cousin's (she's in the overalls) baby belly is real, mine is fake.
Aww look at him with his little flask (don't worry it's just juice in there).

Too cute, love those buck teeth!

I know, I know, we are one good lookin' couple!

Looks just like his daddy.

The Games:
Junk in the Trunk:

For this game you need 2 empty Kleenex boxes, some ping pong balls and some string. You tie the Kleenex boxes to 2 people and fill them with ping pong balls. Then the people have to try to get the balls out of their box without using their hands. This game was too much fun.

Do me:
For this game you need 2 toilet plungers (I bought brand new ones at the dollar store), and some rolls of toilet paper. Get into 2 teams and have one member of your team stand at one end of the room with a toilet paper roll between their legs. Then have another member at the other end with a toilet plunger between their legs (with the stick end facing forward). Then the person with the plunger has to walk across the room to the other person and try to get their plunger into the hole of the toilet paper roll without using their hands. Once the have got the roll on their plunger they go back to the next team member and give them the plunger and then they go and do the same thing. First team to finish wins. This game is also hilarious.

Keep it up:
For this game you give each person 2 feathers and they have to keep the 2 feathers up off the ground by blowing them. The person that keeps both their feathers off the ground the longest wins.

After a few drinks...
Whew! Look at that long luscious hair.

Being silly's over.