Bean wanted to have a Sofia the First birthday party this year. We knew of a local bakery that does birthday parties but we could not arrange a date that would work so on a suggestion by a co-worker we decided to do our own bakery party. This is where my fellow bloggers come in. So many bloggers are so generous to share their own projects and ideas and this year it really helped us with our party. I
Going with the Sofia the First theme, I started looking around for invitation ideas. I found a a ton of Sofia party ideas at 3 Little Greenwoods. I wish I could say I was also able to keep my party costs at $75 like she did but I couldn't. Using the wonderful free Sofia the First party printables shared by Peonies and and Poppy Seeds, I made similar invites using ribbon I already had on hand. I only had to purchase the sparkly cardstock for the backing paper of our invites and more envelopes. Using a great coupon at Michael's, I was able to put together our invitations for $9.
I also used the foldable place cards to label our drink station and activities. You can see one I made to display the Amulets of Avalor that I made after finding this great tutorial from Handmade Happy Hour. I actually won a Mod Podge contest awhile back and it contained some of these Mod Podge Podgeable Shapes and some Mod Podge with glitter. I had to purchase the gems for $2.34 at Hobby Lobby but I was able to use ribbon I already had on hand.
The Welcome sign came from this set of free printables by Seven Thirty Three. I wanted to make the welcome sign a little prettier but ran out of time so it got slapped onto a blank canvas with some glue dots.
Bean's cake was made by a wonderful lady named Bonnie who runs Bonnie's Cakes. I found her through a fellow mom friend and come to find out after the party that Bonnie is friends with our aunt. It's a small world!
We served "pink tea" a/k/a strawberry lemonade and water. No food though. Just cake and ice cream.
I don't have a picture of them but I used my Silhouette and cut out pink and purple tiaras that went on the water bottles. I
After my friend suggested we do our own bakery party, I started looking for ideas on how to do this without it becoming some big huge mess. We bought two jumbo muffin pans at Target and made our mini cakes the morning of the party. Word of advice to anyone considering your own bakery birthday party - go to your grocery store bakery and ask if they will sell you some un-iced cupcakes instead. We were afraid we hadn't made enough so Hubz went to our local Publix and was able to buy six for $2.50. If I had known that beforehand I could have saved a lot of time and effort.
I found these cute cupcake boxes marked down at Five Below - $4 for a pack of 3. I bought the cake decorations at Kroger, Target and Jo-Ann's. On Pinterest, I stumbled across the idea for using paint palettes to hold the cake and the decorations. Each princess got their own so there was little mess and no fighting over decorations.
As you can see Princess Bean really enjoyed decorating her cake.
I loved these floral arrangements found on Pinterest so I made my own version. I painted the inside of some of Hubz' mason jars and made rolled felt flowers. I will have a tutorial on how I made these shortly.
The princesses made princess bookmarks and colored princess posters I found at ConsumerCrafts.com. The princesses got to take home their cake creation, and the bookmarks and posters. These all served as the "goody bag".
I used the "Now We Are Six" sign that I made earlier to decorate the gift table.
This was a totally fun party! I think all of the little princesses enjoyed it. I need to thank the beautiful Princess Hannah for helping me keep all of the royal guests entertained that day, Princess Melanie for helping me find the location and set everything up the night before and with the dreaded clean-up after, and also a thanks to Princesses Kimberly, Ashley and Justina for chipping in, too. And of course King Hubz for all his manual labor. You all helped to make Bean's 6th Birthday the best!
I'm linking up at the following parties. Please stop by.
Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Twirl and Take a Bow @All Things Heart and Home
The Thrifty Home
My Girlish Whims
Seven Thirty Three Inspire Me Wednesdays
Free Pretty Things for You Pretty Wednesdays
Made to Be a Momma