12.15.2008

A Sweet Birthday Party

This weekend we celebrated our daughter's upcoming birthday with a "Sweet Party."

Our main activity was decorating t-shirts. I picked these up at Wal-mart for $3 each, and I thought they made a great alternative to a goody bag. Before the little girls arrived, I prepared stencils for the shirts. Using a cupcake punch from Michael's, I cut out 3 cupcakes on strips of freezer paper, then ironed the paper onto each shirt.
 

We used makeup applicator brushes to apply our fabric paint - they are cheap, yet precise enough for the small areas. 


While the girls moved on to other activities, I peeled back the freezer paper. By the time that the party was over, the shirts were dry!


For snacks, the girls helped themselves to a mini candy buffet.


This Candy Land game rug was a perfect sweet activity - everyone enjoyed the novelty of a giant playing surface.


A good time was had by all, proving that you can pull off a memorable party on a budget (around $60!). 


One more thing... I have to share a conversation that was going on during the shirt decorating:

Scene: All the girls are declaring their love for various Disney channel boys (Zac Efron, Corbin Bleu, The Jonas Bros., etc.)

Girl 1: So-and-so Jonas cut off his hair [I can't remember which Jonas it was, but the girl sure did!]. And when he did, he lost a lot of fans. Like 100 fans. 

Girl 2: Yeah, and I was one of them!

18 comments:

Tricia said...

What an adorable party! I love the idea of having the kids make a shirt for the party favor instead of a goody bag full of stuff the parents are going to go home and throw away.

Sara said...

so cute! great idea!

Jennifer said...

What a fun party! I love the idea of using a punch to mass-produce the stencils for the shirts. Great time-saver!

Anonymous said...

LOVE it, Kristin; looks like fun was had by all . . . we've been anxious to see some pics! I've got to do better on the whole 'birthday party' front for the 3 kids . . . maybe that'll be a New Year's resolution! =) Everything sounds GREAT for next week . . . we can't wait!! =)

Krista =)

Rachel said...

Awesome idea! I love it!!!

Rambling Girl said...

Now this is simply cute and such a creative idea. I will have to borrow this next year.

Poulsen Family said...

Very adorable! Where did you get that game rug? Such fun!

Jenny said...

Oh I do LOVE this idea! I may have to borrow it next year. We are doing a "dress up" party for the big 4 year old bash in a few weeks...any great ideas????

Laura said...

What a fun party! And don't you love to eavesdrop on cute conversations like that!

Hadley Coble said...

what a GREAT idea! I love the t-shirts...I'll have to remember that idea for our next pary!

Hadley Coble said...

Hey, me again! I'm doing a Works for Me Wednesday post on freezer paper this week. I linked over to this post, if that's ok...

Lacy said...

I am a kid party goo roo and love love that idea so much. Super cute!!

Jonathan & Heather said...

Love kid conversations! And what a darling idea! I think I may have to borrow it someday!

Holly said...

OK, I've been itching to do a Candy Land party... this is awesome!

boysmum2 said...

Oh how adorable and cute. I can just imagine them having a serious conversation about a 'Jonas Brother" That looked like a very sweet party, just wish I had girls to do it with, will try it with my boys but not quite a boy thing!

Michie said...

That looks like such a fun party! My daughter is going to be 4 in February - I wonder if she could do a shirt like that? What kind of paint do you use on the shirt?

Tara said...

So cute! So creative! I love this "sweet" party theme and can't get over how adorable those cupcake t-shirts are. LOVE this idea!

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

I just stumbled across your blog *love it!*
Anyway, I love your idea for the party. I have a party in a couple of weeks. I'll have to borrow your ideas!!
Thanks!