As the year draws to an end, and Christmas smacks us in the face, I am also slapped with the reality that my babies both have birthdays in the short weeks after the new year.
I love throwing them a party, and a combined one is even more convenient, considering their happy days are only two weeks apart.
Two years ago they had a combined "Rainbow" themed party. It was so fun to plan, and such a bright and colourful day.
Our matching Rainbow Love BowKnots (I think we should re-release these! yea?).
Some of our sweet Rainbow decorations (images are prior to me being able to style anything terribly well! Hah!)
Last year, William decided he wanted his party to be at a local play centre (yes! the ones that smell of dirty socks and give the kids cheezels as snacks!), much to my disgust. I went with it, because 5 year olds are very persuasive, and he had a great time! I did make him a Hot Wheels inspired cake, with a few themed decorations and party bags, because I literally couldn't resist!
It's amazing what some chocolate cookies, smarties and liquorice can achieve!
For these party favours, I used a paper "Hot Dog" type box/food container and filled with popcorn, bubbles, tattoos, party poppers, stamps, hot wheels cars (boys ones), lip smacker and unicorn toy (girls ones), and a few other small favours. Most of these items were found at the $2 type shop, Woolworths, Coles and Big W.
This year I was able to do a girlie parry for Poppy! William had the Hot Wheels gig and now it was time for something perfectly pink and pretty!
I decided to throw her a Princess Party! Everything was pretty, and there was loads of pink!
Theme: Poppy's Princess Party (age 2)
Colours: Pink & Gold
Brief: A fun party for all the little girls to enjoy (on a budget!).
The party was meant to be outside, but the skies were dark. We made a decision to move the party inside, and lucky we did because it bucketed down just minutes after we got the last of the decorations in!
In the lead up to the party, I made heaps of things; including decorations, loot bags and activities! These didn't break the bank either!
It was the best day. Despite the rain, the little girls all had fun, and the floors swept up quickly and easily at the end! Hah!
Here are some highlights from the day. I've tried to tag most of the suppliers for you too!
I had this craft punch already, and bought a packet of pink and gold glitter card from Spotlight. I used it to punch heaps of crowns and used a hot glue gun to stick them onto cheap bottles of bubbles.
I used the crowns also to decorate paper straws and added them to the top of party hats (also purchased from Spotlight) as well as some tinsel ribbon (that was like 20c a roll in the post Christmas clearance sales!).
I was able to source loads of party pretties from some amazing stores I discovered though Instagram! Lavender Honey and Co made this gorgeous Tassel Garland, the YAY Cake Topper/s, the Crown Cupcake Toppers and we also got the giant Confetti Balloon there too (which we didn't end up using because of the rain!).
Little Ginger Co came to the party (hah!) with the supply of their gorgeous party favours. We had Tulle Wands, Sparkle Masks, Crowns, Ribbon Wands and Crown Hair Clips. Slight overkill - but loot bags are my thing!
In the week leading up to the party, I made a few batches of Thermomix Playdoh, adding a little more colouring each time. I scented them with lavender essential oils and added glitter. They stored well in containers, and we've only just thrown out the last lot (almost a year on!).
Fit for any Princess!
The Cake Topper also, amazing! The candle was $1 at Coles, and the Fairy was a 20c bargain from Spotlight (leftover Christmas decoration).
For food, I made this princess caramel slice. I just used a regular caramel slice recipe, but made it with white chocolate instead of the regular dark chocolate most recipes call for. I added sprinkles, mini marshmallows and some edible icing flowers from the baking aisle. It was sooo sweet, but got devoured!
Some other food ideas were fruit "wands", jelly cups with little silver spoons resting on top, pink lollies and some pinwheels. These are easy! Top puff pastry with tomato paste, cut up ham and grated cheese. Roll and cut into rounds. Bake for about 10-15mins until golden. Yum!
Poppy wore this 'Little Miss Princess" tee from Cotton On Kids, and this custom pink Tutu skirt, handmade by Are You Jello.
She had the BEST day, and we've all remembered it and enjoyed those pink, princessy memories!
I hope this has inspired you to create a Princess Party too! Please tag me on Instagram @topknotgirl_ if you do! I'd love to see!
Now to source, gather and plan a Pool Party for this years combined 6 & 3 parties! Eek!
Wish me luck!
x x x Holly.