Monday, February 28, 2011

Pinkalicious Party

There were two big milestones in my house this weekend.  First, my little baby Ruth turned three, which is all sorts of shocking to me.  I cannot believe that three years ago I became a mother.  They aren't kidding when they say it goes by fast.  It does.  Which leads me to our second milestone, Oliver weaning.  I have so many mixed emotions about this one, but I will share more about that in a separate post, this one is all about Ruth.

Originally Ruth didn't want a party she just wanted to do something fun with Mommy, Daddy and Oliver, but after going to a friends birthday she changed her mind.  So I was given the task of planning a very last minute party.  I wanted to do a low-key [read: inexpensive] 3rd birthday party in the house for Ruth.  Since she has a class of 16 kids and at least a dozen little cousins it was way too many people.  Add in adults and that number was at about 60.  I decided on an at home party with just family totaling 35 was the way to go.

I went to Michael's to gather ideas for the party when I happened upon a huge display of Valentines crafts and decorations all on major clearance.  I sifted through everything and was able to come up with tons of all pink things, perfect for a Pinkalicious Party!  When I say "sifted" I mean I spent a solid 45 minutes picking that display apart.  Three customers asked me questions thinking that I worked there.  I was able to direct 2 out of the 3 customers to what they needed so maybe I should.

This was such an easy theme because all I needed was pink, pink and more pink!  To get even more in the pink mood I sent out this email request before the party:

We neglected to tell you what to wear,
The theme of our party we forgot to share,
A Pinkalicious Party, we hope you can come,
And wear something pink to make it more fun,
Hot pink, light pink, bubble gum too,
Whatever shade looks best on you!

Most of the kids and even the adults wore pink and everything turned out so cute.  I set up a table for crafting with glittery foam stickers, princess wands and door hangers.  It was perfect since I held the party at my in-laws and I didn't want to get too crafty (glue and markers on someone else's floors and walls was not a good vision!).

The party princess wore a pink tutu dress that I scored for a steal at Marshall's.  Its actually a size 24 months but it fit my little string bean perfectly.  The party favors were pink heart shaped chalk and a color your own pocketbook tied up in pink sparkle ribbon.  They looked like this

My mother in law is a music teacher so she provided the entertainment which was a total score and the kids loved it.  My mom helped with the cooking.  She makes the best quiche using French's French Fried Onions, I will share that recipe one day.  All in all it was a total success and a lot of fun.  Total cost for decorations and party bags was about $35, balloons were $12 plus food and cake and party dress our total was probably about $130, a fraction of what we would have spent at a party place and a lot more intimate and personal.  Can't wait to plan another party, the wheels are already turning!

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