In lieu of my normal Week of Bliss series, I am using today to wrap up this week where I have been sharing the party ideas I’ve used for my daughter’s birthdays. Last week she turned six, and today I’m showing you what we did for that party.
Initially this started out as your standard fairy party. A Tinkerbell fairy party. Well, that all changed when we rented a Winx movie for the first time. I have to say I was kicking myself because these fairies are “mature” fairies and not exactly a movie I would have picked for her if I’d seen it first. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not BAD. But it’s more heroes and villains than your typical Disney movie (which, by the way, this is not – it’s a Nickelodeon show). And the fairies are more grown up than the Tinkerbell variety. Not only that, but I had envisioned ideas of a backyard party with a garden-themed canopy, and garden-fairy-esque decorations. That’s not really fitting with Winx. But once she’d seen Winx, it was all over.
Soooo…I had to change my vision. And as it turned out, I started planning this party very last minute and wound up deciding this was the year I was going to let go, let loose, and pare things back a bit. As I’m trying to build my blog and organizing business, all while doing daycare and keep up with my other commitments, life has been very busy and I decided smaller scale was the way to go this year.
Let me tell you. That wasn’t easy for someone who loves to plan parties. And I thought I wouldn’t have anything to share on my blog. Normally I try to go all out making a unique invitation. To date I have made all of Faith’s cakes myself. I make the food. I decorate the garage.
Not this year.
This year I insisted we keep the guest numbers low (and as it was we still wound up having six girls). This year I ordered pizza and had a cake made (so glad, by the way). And this year we celebrated inside the house.
It wasn’t easy for me to scale it all back, but I have to say, it was kind of nice.
Of course I knew nothing about Winx other than the one movie we’d rented, so I had to get online to figure things out. As it turns out, Faith isn’t the only girl in the world to have a Winx party. My friend, Katie, of It Begins With a Stitch, makes tutus (among other adorable things), so I decided to try and find a Winx shirt that Faith could wear with a custom tutu for the party. I was excited when I found this one:
|All I could think was Ace Ventura Pet Detective!|
|See the resemblance?|
I loved the saying on the shirt so much that “Rock Your Wings” became my inspiration for the rest of the party planning! (And that made it fun.)
The invitation (which frankly I am embarrassed by because it was so…easy) was just a top-fold card that I made in Publisher (on white paper, no less…how boring!). I found this Winx wing image on Google images and used it as the front of the card, along with the words: Rock Your Wings.
This image was also the inspiration for the cake that I had made (delicious, by the way!):
Decorations were very simple. Brad had a sign made for the wall, taking advantage of work resources as we did for the past three birthdays.
|The sign Brad had made for the party|
And since Winx party supplies aren’t in abundant supply (and I didn’t want an entire party “set”), I made my own party cups. I bought turquoise paper cups at Wal Mart (entire pack of 12 for $1), had my bestie print individual fairy images (thank you again, Google images) on adhesive labels, cut around the images and stuck to the cups. Fortunately for me, there was a Winx fairy for each girl at the party, so that helped us identify whom each cup belonged to.
|My DIY Party Cups|
I had already planned to have the girls decorate wings for the party activity, so that didn’t have to change when Faith switched from Tinkerbell to Winx. I found these here for $2.25 each and laid out gems (some self-adhesive, some not) from Wal Mart and Dollar Tree.
|The girls with their finished wings|
I was concerned as the party neared that this was the only planned activity for a two-and-a-half hour party, but the girls were thrilled to get to play outside and in Faith’s room, so it worked out. I ordered pizza and had the option of carrots on the side (which only half the girls took advantage of). I’m not a fan of sugary drinks, especially with cake, so I hadn’t planned punch or anything this year. (Not everyone likes it anyway and it winds up being more money and work than it is worth, especially this year not having all the family at the party.) Last minute, though, I wound up ordering a 2-Liter of Root Beer with the pizza, with water being the other option. (I was going to wrap water bottles with Duct tape like I did for Faith’s Hello Kitty party but didn’t get that far. By the way, I don’t think I shared that yesterday, but I wrapped small water bottles with hot pink zebra Duct tape for that party.)
I don’t know that I’ll maintain my easy-going attitude in the future with Faith’s birthday parties. I mean, for how long will I get to plan around a cute theme for her? I figure the little stress I put myself through is worth the feeling I get when it’s all said and done. But I did learn that it’s ok to let go, and that months of planning isn’t necessary for a fun birthday party. Sometimes you just have to decide to relax and breathe!
Clearly, it was a success regardless!