For my little girl’s third birthday, I knew I wanted to have it at the house. The year before we had it at a park and it was sooo windy, we almost blew away. Our gazebo was like a wind tunnel and we almost lost all the cupcakes.
Okay so having it at the house, meant I needed a theme…my kid is OBSESSED with princesses and fairies so I wanted to incorporate this somehow, but I knew there would be little boys there as well so I didn’t want it to look like princesspalooza 2011. I found this tutorial for a storybook themed party at Kojo Designs. This blogger really knows how to put on a great party with amazing details. Mine wasn’t as fancy as this, but with this inspiration; I decided to throw a storybook themed birthday party and ask that the kids come dressed as their favorite story book character.
The invites were an actual booklet (Why didn’t I think to take a freakin picture?). I used regular card stock and my home color printer and created four- 4×5 “pages” with the words “you’re invited”, the party details, a little poem detailing the costume idea, and then a “the end” page. I used clip art to add little princesses and knight color graphics.
The poem read:
Come one! come all!
To Princess Addy’s fairy-tale ball!
Wear a costume from your favorite story
to celebrate at Princess Addy’s third birthday party!
We hope to see you there, don’t be late
There will be fairy-tale food, fun, and cake!
For the favors, I went to the local Dollar Tree (I love this place) and chose a book, cupcakes, whistles, wands, and animal crackers for their goody bags. The problem I discovered, was that I didn’t have an actual bag to fit all this stuff into… So on Thursday- two days BEFORE the party- it dawned on me that I can sew! I’ll make the bags!
This is the design I came up with:
- I did end up choosing a
betterdifferent fabric, but I had to test my pattern first to make sure it worked. I plan on doing a tutorial for these soon! They were super duper easy and fast!
I decided to make the cupcakes myself, because
I’m cheap I love to DIY; so I chose a plain jane chocolate and yellow cupcake mix and filled them with creamy filling and topped with pink cream cheese icing.
The cupcake toppers were little “books” that were printed onto mailing labels and wrapped around a toothpick. THANK YOU Google Images.
Then we had the Dollar Tree Banner:
The drink table and favors:
Birthday girl sharpening her bossy skills:
Big castle bouncy house (fun for the kiddos AND adults):
Later I couldn’t find the birthday girl and after a thorough search of the house, discovered her OUTSIDE sneaking another cupcake, which I believe was her fourth.
What a sneaky stinker.
She had a blast though, and I had fun planning. I’m not the most creative person in the world, or the most detailed, but thanks to awesome inspiration- I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out!