A Valentine's Birthday Party

Well, we survived the big Valentine's Birthday Party over the weekend. Though I was feeling pretty crummy all week and even worse on the night of the party, I had so much fun getting ready for it and couldn't wait for the girls to jump into all the activities. Allow me to walk you through the festivities...
We'll start with the decorations. Having your birthday in February makes it pretty easy to decorate with a Valentine's theme. Surprisingly, this was a first for us. The entry table was adorned with some lovely tulips from the birthday girl's daddy and a little faux rose arrangement tucked into my little white covered dish. I put the girls' goody bags up here too.
We have a "bridge" that goes over the foyer of the house and here I put one of the easiest heart banners ever. It is simply some red doilies strung up on a thin white ribbon. I put one up in the kitchen too.
Of course, the 3D Heart Banner hung on the mantle to liven up that room.
With the scraps of the paper from making the heart banner, we punched some circles and attached them to nylon thread and "decorated" the chandelier in the dining room where the girls did their crafts. My original color scheme for this party was going to be red, white and turquoise. This is where that theme ended. In my "weakened condition," from my cold, I just couldn't seem to pull anything else together.
The Very Valentine's Buffet rounded out the decorations and definitely added a festive tone to the party. Speaking of party... let's get to that.
When the girls arrived, we had them pick some props to use in our "photo booth". As you can see, they had no problem coming up with er....interesting getups. They seemed to really enjoy this. I have so many fun pics of them hamming it up for the camera. You should have heard all the giggles! I got the templates for the felt cut outs from here.
After dinner (Pizza Bundles and a fruit salad), we sang "Happy Birthday" and the girls ate their cupcakes. Since they were already in the kitchen, we simply cleared the table and brought out the cookie decorating supplies. I had baked up some sugar cookies (from my super after-Christmas sale) and tinted a can of vanilla frosting pink.  See the cute gingham "runner"? I bought a Valentine's themed table cloth from Walmart for 97 cents and was able to cut it down to fit on the dining table and have enough to partially cover the kitchen table too. The best part? When the girls were done, I scooped all the crumbs and trash to the center of the cloth, wrapped it up and threw it away. Easy.
After the cookies, the birthday girl opened gifts and they played a little more with the photo booth. Next, we moved into the dining room where they began the crafting marathon. After each craft, they put theirs into the goody bags on the entry table to keep track of them.
Here are the crafts they made. For the record, theirs turned out way cuter than the samples I made for them to follow. However, I didn't seem to get any pictures of theirs. Again, I'm blaming it on the cold. Oh, and here are the links for the inspiration for these projects ( Felt Heart Bookmark, Valentine Owl, Cupid's Arrow) You can see them all on my Kid Friendly Holiday Crafts board on Pinterest.
When the projects were done, the girls got really creative and started making headdresses and apparently "eating" the feathers ;-) I hope the girls had as much fun as I did. They were all such a joy to have in our home. There is just something so sweet about a group of girls being crafty and creative together, encouraging one another's individuality and unique gifts that God has given them. I'm so glad my daughter is surrounded by these wonderful young ladies. I look forward to watching them all grow up together and keep the bonds of friendship strong.

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25 comments:

  1. Very fun pics! Love the "photo booth" idea and all of your pretty decorations! Great job! xx

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  2. That looks like so much fun! You put a lot of thought into everything, and it shows. I'm sure the girls had a great time and your daughter will always remember it.

    Debbie

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  3. Looks like the girls had a wonderful time! The cupcakes looked so pretty. I hope you are feeling better!

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  4. Aw, it looks like they had a blast! Hope you're feeling better:@)

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  5. What a fun party!! I love parties. The banners is so cute! I hope you stop by to share your party- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/02/link-party-7.html

    Nancy

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  6. This a cute party!! I love parties. I hope you stop by to share your party- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/02/link-party-7.html
    Nancy

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  7. What a fun party. You thought of all the details. Great work! Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  8. I want to be a kid in YOUR house! You have fun parties! This is very cute! The decorations were wonderful! Would love it if you's share this at Saturday Share With Us!

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  9. I heard the party was LOTS OF FUN!!! Cute pics and special memories for sure!

    XO, Aimee

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  10. This is so fun!! What a perfect theme for a girls birthday party!

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  11. I love your Valentine Banner and your red vignette with the cloche! Very pretty! My kitchen is red and I might get some red doilies!
    http://cottagesweetcottage.blogspot.com/

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  12. Love it!!!such a precious age...

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  13. That looks very fun! I'm glad I found your site via I Gotta Create! I'll visit often!

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  14. Such a sweet thing to do for these adorable girls. They certainly looked like they were having fun. Love all of your decorations!

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  15. I just posted on your cupcake tip, but all these decorations are so cute too! Looks like a great party.

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  16. I want a valentines birthday party! Sounds like so much fun! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

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  17. I would love it if you joined our "One last Valentine's Day Round Up"
    Linky Party and shared this!
    http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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  18. What a fun party!! You did a fabulous job with the decorations. Love those cupcakes. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share! Hope you are having a wonderful week.
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  19. Great job, Nici. What a fun party!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays.

    Thanks, Nichi

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  20. Lots of cute decorations and ideas. I love the photo booth props :) Thanks for sharing this at The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  21. This is adorable!!! What a super FUN PARTY!!! Thank you for linking up in our Crafty Showcase last week.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Susie @Bowdabra

    New Linky
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/02/23/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky-2/

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  22. What a lovely party for your daughter! It looks like they had a blast. The decorations are all so pretty. Sorry you were feeling so under the weather. I too fought a cold last weekend, but am much better now. Hope you are too! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a happy day!
    Deborah

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