Very early on, Danae already gave me her ideas for her 7th birthday party. I would always tell her that we shouldn’t talk about it yet because she always changes her mind. True enough, by around August when we thought we were already set on an idea, she changed her mind again! When she decided to have a pajama party, I immediately closed the deal. I thought a small party at home with a few girlfriends would be perfect!
The wheels started turning shortly after that. Danae just wanted her favorite color purple (which is now again somewhat changing, surprise surprise) to be all over. So I decided on purple, pink and black. And by end of September, I slowly (and I mean slowly) started working on the details. The last 3 days before October 20 were the most hectic. It was crunch time! But I was happy with the results. It just goes to show we don’t have to spend so much to make our kids’ birthdays beautiful and memorable. Danae enjoyed her 7th birthday party, for sure. 🙂
This is how I set our table. I used purple paper plates, pink napkins, and black spoons & forks.
I made flowers from pipe cleaners (or fuzzy wires) for the table.
The cupcakes, which I ordered from Pink Teacup Shoppe, were the centerpiece. They gave Danae the chocolate covered marshmallow lollipops as a gift, so I put them in old wine glasses. I wrapped the girls’ mega blocks with paper so each cupcake had a stand. I made Danae’s name out of pipe cleaners. 7 cupcakes. 7 years.
I placed each picture on black cartolina, and glued pink, lavender & violet circles that I made from a regular puncher to design the “frame.” 7 pictures beginning from when she was born to her 6th year. 7 pictures. 7 years.
I designed our old tent with a pajama birthday banner, a curtain, balloons, cloth-covered pillows, flowers & butterflies.
This was in the center of the tent. Danae said it looked like a mobile for a baby. I made hanging flowers using styro balls, tape and Japanese paper. I inserted some beads into a pipe cleaner and shaped each into a butterfly. 7 hanging things for 7 years.
Kids in the tent, curtain parted and kept secure on the sides by flowers I made from pipe cleaners.
I tied the fabric at the back (no sewing necessary) and tied an old ribbon in the center.
For the pillows in the tent, I used our existing pillows at home. I just used old fabric (some given by my mom-in-law) to cover most of them.
I put beads on the edge of a pipe cleaner, inserted it under the ribbon, twisted it to make the antennae. Now it’s a butterfly pillow.
I hung some tulle on each side of the tent, attached some butterflies that I made with pipe cleaners, and some flowers I made with Japanese paper and wire.
I cut out pajamas from colored board, designed them with polka dots, and taped letter cut-outs on them. Each piece of “clothing” is secured onto the ribbon by actual clothes pins. Beneath the banner are the strings and cut cloth cutified with some beads, that I tied onto the ribbon to make a curtain.
I ordered pillow cases from my friend Donna to give as giveaways. She added the necklaces, plus provided for the girls’ crafts for the day! I just packaged, personalized and placed them on the piano.
I put wet soil in a plastic container, stuck the balloons in them, wrapped the container in Japanese paper and tied it with a ribbon. Then I stuck my letter thingies onto the balloons.
Nail corner, where the girls got their nails prettified!
- The hair station, where the girls got their curls!
I stuck some paper on the wall, stuck Danae’s old name thingie to cover the uneven part, hung funky glasses on the braided cloth that we use in the homeschool room for hanging art work, and called it their photo wall. The balloon sign says “strike a pose.” 🙂