Dinah is five. FIVE! I just can’t believe it. We are only a few months away from Kindergarten of all things.
Anyway, we had to celebrate in style. I mean, FIVE is a big birthday.
On one of our pizza and a movie nights last year we introduced the girls to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and they were entranced. It is hilarious how much they love it…even the boring parts at the beginning…even “Cheer Up, Charlie.” (!) Shortly after that Dinah decided that she wanted a Willy Wonka party for her fifth birthday…and I was happy to oblige. Dinah still has many friends of both genders, so we aren’t ready for all-girl parties just yet. That means that I am always on the prowl for good party themes that would be fun for boys too. Willy Wonka fit the bill.
(For more details about her Willy Wonka dress…please see this previous post.)
I prefer to have birthday parties at a park right now, so we keep things fairly simple. But there were lots of chocolate factory touches.
Over-sized lollipops, gumdrop towers, lots of candy, cupcakes, Fizzy-Lifting Drink, lollipop trees and golden chocolate eggs and more!
Christian, my “party minion” (his words, not mine!) was actually the one who actually made most of everything. He’s the best!
For the favors I found glittery top hats for each kid and included a bag of chocolate factory treats. Fizzy-Lifting Bubbles, Chocolate River Milk, Lickable Wallpaper (candy buttons), Wonkavision Goggles (shutter shades), a golden egg filled with chocolate and, of course, a Wonka Bar with Golden Ticket. I made all my labels and thought I would share them with you. CLICK HERE for a printable pdf containing the labels to wrap Hershey bars as Wonka bars and to label the other favors.
I made two types of cupcakes: chocolate with chocolate frosting and orange with green-colored cream cheese frosting (you know, like Oompa Loompas).
Friends began to arrive and dug into snacks and favor bags. Park parties are the best because kids can just play and grown ups can chat…no pre-planned games or activities required!
Cupcake time! Everyone’s favorite time!
She’s got a golden ticket!
Thanks to all our friends and family who were able to come celebrate our big girl’s big day! It was a blast!
So, I had this post almost all ready to go and I was going to post it during the great baby hiatus of 2013, but you see how well that went! But better late than never, right?…
Way back in March my Dinah turned four. Four! And we (of course) had a fun party for her. My girls got really into The Incredibles in fall 2012 and Dinah said she wanted a superhero party for her birthday. She actually stuck with this idea for several months, to my surprise. I did lots of research on girly superhero parties and found some good ideas that I shamelessly replicated…no real original ideas here…just fun times!
Okay, a few details…
We decided to go with our new party standard, which is to have it a local park. I am in love with throwing parties at a park right now. There is always plenty of room for all the people, the children have access to great playground equipment, and the trash from the party goes in the lovely large cans provided by the parks people. And most important of all, my house does not need to be cleaned both before and after the party. Win!
We invited/encouraged the guests to come dressed as superheroes and many did…including Dinah. She had been talking about being “Elasti-girl” for forever, so I knew I had to comply. Because I knew this was the costume she wanted to have for her party I knew to go ahead and grab some red tights and a red turtleneck shirt around Christmas-time. She wore her dance leotard over her tights and I made an Incredibles logo out of felt and basted it onto her shirt. And I created her thigh-high “boots” with a pair of old man compression socks that Christian had in his drawer. She looks pretty good!
For party favors/activities I had a mask making station and the kids could decorate their own superhero masks. And then I made superhero capes for the 25 little ones at the party. I followed this tutorial at Jolly Mom that I found via Pinterest. They were SUPER easy to do and it just took me one evening to crank out all 25. I made pink ones for the girls and blue for the boys. For the back I just did stars in a circle and used spray glue to attach them. The kids all LOVED their capes. It was so much fun to see them all running around the playground in them. They were especially cool on the swings. Best.Favor.Ever…really. AND because I bought the felt on sale each cape cost less than $2 each. Can’t beat that!
Because this was just an afternoon party we just had snacks and cupcakes for food.
My favorites were the superhero blow-pops…so cute!
I made red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese icing. For a pop of color I used colored sugars on the top. I also made cute little cake toppers using clip art that I found on Etsy. It is by PeachPoPs Clip Art and they have such cute stuff! I used the clip art for my invitations and all my decorations…including the cityscapes that I put around the serving bowls, etc.
We all had a great time out at the park celebrating Dinah and hanging out with friends. I scheduled her party on what seemed like the one weekend of the year that everyone we knew was in town, so we had a TON of guests and it was awesome to have so many people out there. The weather was beautiful and we had another party success!
And now it is almost September and Esther’s birthday is right around the corner…time to get planning!