I love throwing parties… Well, more specifically, I love creating decorations for a party. I’m not sure what it is exactly but there’s just something about parties that gets my creative sparks flying! If I’m being totally honest I must admit that I usually start planning, and brainstorming, and stressing, long before the big day, we’re talking like 6 months or earlier, seriously. This is partly because of excitement, but also because it takes time, energy, and money so planning is key to ensuring there’s time to make the decorations and to spread out the cost for materials. The first step in planning is to pick a theme, easier said than done, trust me, I know… So, this is the part where I usually go back and forth for at least a few weeks because let’s face it, commitment is hard, especially when there are so many great options and ideas to consider. And if you’re anything like me, you want everything to be perfect and maybe you also take this kind of thing a little too seriously… I’m getting off topic here… (reigns self back in)
Throwing parties is my creative outlet. Its hard work and there is a lot of back and forth to get the result you want, but once you do the feeling of accomplishment and knowing “yup I made that” is worth all the time, sweat, stress and sometimes tears spilled in the process. Most importantly knowing you made it with love and that your effort is always appreciated makes it 100% worth it.
What I always seem to forget is what do we do at the party? The decorations are up, the food is out, the guests are here, um…now what? Maybe because I’m kind of new to this whole kid party thing (I’m used to adult parties where you bring in some drinks and turn on some music and the rest is history) but since my daughter is getting older now most my parties revolve around her so I’ve had to start considering these types of things that I didn’t have to before. She recently had her 3rd birthday and even though we went small this year, it still needed to be special. By small I’m talking small… normally we would have a backyard bash, but we just bought a new house and our backyard is nothing but dirt and rocks and some more dirt. So, small indoor party it was. Cake, ice cream, some of our closest friends, and their 7 kids. My daughter picked out a princess castle cake so appropriately we went with a princess themed party, easy peasy. For her past two birthdays, we could rent water activities for the backyard, but like I said… dirt, dirt, and more dirt, so I needed something inside and toddler friendly… and somewhat harmonizing with our princess theme. So, we did tiara decorating. We made it a dress up party and all the princes and princesses were there ready to be entertained, so bring on the crafting! It was extremely easy and I would recommend it for your next party. I ordered everything from Oriental Trading. www.orientaltrading.com
- Foam Tiarras
- Foam Crowns
- Accessories to decorate with
That was it. I ordered foam stickers and gems that all had self-adhesive so I would not have to worry about glue. I set up a table with all the fun decoration materials and the different crowns and tiaras and let the kids use their imagination to create.
Check out my Blog Post on DIY Castle Entrance