Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dress Up Birthday Party

My daughter Stella turned four in September. She wanted to celebrate by playing dress up!

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We held her party at home - it turned out our empty formal living room makes for the perfect party space. Maybe I'll just keep it empty indefinitely for parties as needed! I used a pink, hot pink, and orange color scheme for the party - with lots of polka dots and pom-poms. 

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Dress Up Clothes
I gathered all my girls' dress up clothes and organized them in one of their toy bins as well as hung a few of their scarves, boas, and play purses on the wall with 3M Command Hooks

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I made little labels for each bin using card stock and a large circle paper punch:

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Pom-Pom Balloons
My pom-pom balloons have been Design Improvised's biggest hit yet, so I couldn't help making another round of them for Stella's party! You can find the full tutorial here.

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Polka Dot Tablecloths
Stella and I made the polka dot tablecloths out of inexpensive painters' drop cloths and craft paint (yes it was easy enough for a 4 year old to make). You can find the full tutorial here.

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Number 4 Sign
To make a simple statement over the fireplace, I created a giant "4" using strips of pink, hot pink, and orange crepe paper. See how to make this simple sign in any number here.

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At one point during the party, one of the little guests suggested a fashion show. What a genius idea! The girls put on their favorite dress up clothes (often very random combinations), came down the stairs, and had a dance party in the living room!

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Ribbon Photo Backdrop
I had a photo backdrop up for the girls to pose in front of. I made a similar ribbon wall for Stella's 3rd birthday ballerina party. You can find the tutorial here - it takes minutes to make!

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There was no shortage of giggles and silly moments to capture at the party.

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Polka Dot Mirror
I also set up a mirror so everyone could check themselves out. I took a basic mirror out of my closet and Stella and I attached a bunch of paper circles with double-sided tape. I used 3M Command Strips to hang it on the wall. It was fun that Stella got to help make some of the decorations for her party, and a paper punch made it really easy to make a ton of circles quickly.

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For a party activity, the girls decorated canvas bags with fabric markers to use for their dress up and pretend play.

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Pom-Pom Cake Bunting
Of course, I would find one more way to sneak in some pom-poms! I came up with this number 4 cake bunting the day before the party. Super simple to make - check out the full tutorial.

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It was fun to have a birthday party in our new home. My days of kids' party planning are probably numbered - I'm guessing Stella will want her 5th birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. ;)

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