Maya and I both celebrated birthdays this week. I had a fabulous day and felt lots of love, but most of my time has been spent planning Maya's celebration.
She decided she wanted a princess dress for her birthday and then we came up with the plan to have a princess party. At first I was really struggling with a NON-Disney princess theme. All of the decorations and ideas seems to revolve around one Disney princess or another. That's when I put on my creative (and frugal) hat and really started to enjoy the theme.
First I cut out invitations using my Silhouette. I just found a cut file for 99 cents of a castle and then used my mad computer skills and manipulated it to open in the front. Then I cut some accents and adhered them with foam tape to give the 3D look.
I got the red foil and gold glitter paper from Michaels when it was 50% off. (I planned the party in advance and watched for stuff to go on sale and purchased all of my supplies at 40 or 50% off). The red swirl paper came from Joann's. Total cost to make 10 invitations (less than $15) and a bit of TLC.
On the inside I manipulated some dingbats I got free on dafont.com in Photoshop to make a frame around her picture. Then I used the print and cut feature of my silhouette to cut around the shape and make a nice sticker.
With the scraps left over from my invitations, I punched a bunch of circles. The kids loved helping me with this part.
They also helped me tape two together, and then I stitched strings of them together to make garland. My thread kept breaking because I have a crappy sewing maching, but I managed to get it good enough.
I strung them up and added some lanterns. I also made a paper doily banner for pennies on the dollar.
I added tulle and beads throughout the decor. Strings of beads hung from the entry and also from the chandelier. I made the crown out of a paper doily. We later used these beads in our wand crafts.
I used tulle to tie around elastic to make the table skirt.
For the party we had nine princesses. I won't post any pictures of the girls here, just what we did. I pretty much opened up the royal coffers and let them adorn their royal heads.
When they arrived they all got to choose a ring. I got them at Michaels for $1 each.
Here is a finished product.
Next we decorated crowns. A week prior I prepped the crowns. Lace can be pricey so be sure and use a coupon! I bought mine from Joanns with a 50% coupon. Price varies on what type of lace you purchase. Mine was $8/yard, so with my coupon it turned out to be about $2/crown. I purchased a little more than 1/2 yard for each crown. Then I cut them at about 19-20" each to make room for the overlap where I glued them.
Next I soaked them in 1:1 equal parts Elmers school glue and water.
I made poster molds to wrap them around. If I was doing this again, I'd skip this step. They didn't turn out to be stiff enough to require a mold, but they were still stiff enough to stand upright.
Then I spray painted them gold using Design Master 24kt Pure Gold from Michaels.
I hot glued the ends together and then let the girls embellish them with gems stuck on with glue dots. Hot glue would hold the gems better, but I wanted the girls to be able to stick them themselves. I made mine with a little nicer jewels from Michaels.
The last craft was decorating the wands. We used the same stuff. The star wands came from Oriental Trading. I didn't get any good photos of the finished wands, but here is one of them holding them up as a group.
While Maya was opening presents, I set the table for lunch.
I used plastic ware, except for the glasses. Only one got broken, which I broke myself.
We had chicken salad sandwiches, grapes, cheese cubes, and many types of sugar:
Chessmen shortbread cookies from Pepperidge Farms:
Dipped wands I made and sprinkled with edible gold:
I only ordered a small 4" cake for Maya. I hate having gobs of cake left over, especially since we have some from my birthday. I just got a few red velvet cupcakes for the girls. Turns out they all wanted cake -- oh well.
The crown on top came from Hobby Lobby and the tiered cake stands are from Home Goods. The red wrappers on the cupcakes came from Joann's.
My husband took me to Little India in Houston for my birthday earlier in the week, and we ate dinner at a fabulous restaurant, Kiran. I mean, who would think to mix ground chicken, chickpeas, onions, green chiles, pomegranate, cashews, mint and tamarind chutney, into one delicious appetizer? While we were there we perused the shops, and I scored these cute bags at a wholesale store. They totally negotiate price, so I got them for a good deal and sent the girls home with one to put their jewelry in and some chocolate gold coins.
All for you, princess. Actually your mom loves DIY and getting her creative on...
Happy 7th Birthday, we love you!