After years of trains and race cars, I was kind of excited to do a party with a bit more sparkle. It was fun - and totally inexpensive!
I made her invitations myself with my horrid computer skills. This is a photo converted to paint, filled in by hand (cursor?) and then pasted on top of a image I stole from a google search. It took me 20 minutes total and I am sure any normal person who actually purchases photoshop could do it way better in less than 1 second. But what's the fun in that. She loved it and carried it around all day when I showed it to her.
For the party itself, we set up various stations for the kids to do crafts, etc. Can I say enough how much I love the dollar store? All this stuff was less than $25 total. Insane.
|Belle's Feast "Be Our Guest"|
|Aurora's Good Night Gifts|
|Cinderella's Wands "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"|
|Rapunzel's Crown "This is the best day ever!"|
Dani hand made each one of these crowns from bits of lace!
|Snow White's Animal Friends|
|Hand Painted castle by one of the crazy talented GAs I work with|
I used the cake stand Cheri bought for my wedding cake to make her cupcake tower more regal. It was beautiful.
|I printed and made these cupcake toppers myself - so cheap!|
So, on the morning of her party, HRH Violet Cordelia slept in until 9:15am. Insane.
|She always sleeps like this - butt in the air, blanket wrapped around the head|
She put on her princess finest and was ready to hold court.
|Her favorite toy of the moment is "Pink Baby Hopper" she named it herself|
She won Pin the Princess on the Castle.
She raced Princess race cars.
|I found actual race cards with Cinderella and Ariel as the drivers!|
She refused to look at the peasants as they sang her a song.
She met other royal princes and princesses,
Opened the gifts they betowed upon her,
And enjoyed a costume change.
The King and Queen had lots of fun and actually ended the day not too exhausted.
On her actual day of birth, the princess frolicked in her new outfit and played with her cousins - winning all feats of strength and agility (and deigning to allow them to play trains while she danced with a balloon).
She ordered the redecoration of her room to fit her new toy box and princess castle painting and, of course, her favorite new pink ball on her ceiling.
|who knew recycled decorations would make for such long-term bedroom decor? |
check out the dr. seuss border from her 1st birthday