When my mom presented us with a paper sheet music runner she had found at Marshall's back in December, my daughter was adamant that her 10th birthday have a music theme. No problem. Well, it proved to be a bigger problem when I started looking for ideas. You see, she is not into all the hip-hop-"rock-star"-diva music. She's a pianist and loves Classical. I was a bit stumped with activities and decorations.
A black and white party would have been pretty easy to put together, but my girl is just full of all the colors of the rainbow and needed touches of color in her 10th birthday party too. I found some fun aqua colored cups and started building from there...even found some really cute "Happy Birthday" napkins and dessert plates at Wal-Mart in their party department. The colors were hot pink, white, black and aqua. Perfect! (Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the napkins for you.) Hanging up on the walls and from the chandelier were paper music notes I picked up at Mardel Christian Book Store in their teacher resource area.
Secrets of a Super Mommy and used that idea to come up with the Kit Kat Piano Cake. This was really an easy cake to do.
Eventually, things came together (last minute). We even settled on a couple of crafts with music-themed scrapbook paper as the star. One is a paper feather, the other a small round decoupaged box. My little crafter loved shopping for the supplies, picking out all the papers and embellishments...a girl after my own heart ;-)
I had everything pre-cut for the girls to make the crafts go as smoothly as possible. As they waited for the glue to dry, the girls did a little spontaneous dancing and my pianist played a little ditty on the piano.
When the crafting was done, the girls went outside for a little trampoline time. (BTW, they did not all jump on the trampoline at the same time for the duration...just long enough for me to snap a couple of pictures.)
They came back inside for some lunch ~ small sandwiches, chips and fruit. I loved listening to their little conversations going on in the dining room. They even went around the table sharing what their Rose, Bud and Thorn of the day was. This is something we do with our 4th grade Women of Grace girls we meet with for bible study and mentoring once a week. Rose- something good that happened. Thorn -something bad that happened. Bud- something they are looking forward to. This was such a treat to listen to and catch a glimpse into their hearts.
Next, the 10 year old opened the gifts from her sweet friends. Taz was loving all the tissue paper.
Overall, I think it was a successful party. I think all the girls enjoyed themselves and I know my sweet girl felt loved and celebrated just by being able to spend some concentrated time with her besties.