A few shots of Rosa’s birthday party details, plus a party favor idea that I think is my favorite yet:
Perhaps you saw these ABC Paper Cups (by Korean company “He was born” previously “I am design”) when they made the blog rounds earlier this year? I’d forgotten about them, then found them again about a month ago and impulsively ordered them from Pint Size Social. They are awfully cute, and I can’t bear to use them with any liquid that might ruin them.
Floral garland kit ($11.95) by Paper Source. This kit is a bit tedious to put together (you have to punch out all the flowers, then thread them on a ribbon), but perhaps I shouldn’t have waited until the night before the party to bust it out. I do love how it looks, and I love how long it is (30 feet), so I haven’t taken it down yet. The kit comes with four different color flowers: cream, a blush pink, white, and a pearly white.
The kids decorated these cardboard robots and paper snowflakes I found at the craft store.
I bought three of these giant (36″) balloons to decorate the house. It was hard to take a nice picture of them, because they are so large (and are still so large, three days later!) If you are considering them for a party, you can buy them online, although the party store might carry them too. Have them filled at your party store, which likely has the right kind of equipment to fill them up (the dollar store had no clue what to do with them) and also the expertise to tie them off (which is not as easy as you might think). Also, if you drive a Prius, or a similarly small car, make sure the balloons will actually fit (they did, barely).
Inspired by these chalkboard labels (purchased here – note all the different shapes and sizes), I found some great tins at the craft store for party favors, and Rosa wrote her friends’ names on the labels.
Then we filled them with fun stuff: chalk, modeling clay, a punch balloon that we put in an old school vending machine capsule (from Hey Yo Yo), a mini shape puncher, and some candy.
Elena’s friends will be getting a very similar favor, but in mason jars instead of the white tins.
There wasn’t a theme to this party – I kind of threw it together haphazardly this year. I relied on the old standards for party games (freeze dance, simon says) and a few others that I found online, and the party flew by quickly. Rosa’s friends all brought donations of new kids’ books to the party in lieu of gifts, which Rosa and I are going to donate later this week to a shelter for domestic violence victims. I’m so proud of Rosa for willingly (and eagerly) forgoing gifts this year to help out others.
Now, on to Christmas, and then to the almost-10-year-old’s party in mid January before I can put this crazy birthday/holiday season behind me until next December. Whew!
All images: Charlotte’s Fancy