If you’ve been reading Thoughtfully Simple for the past few years, you’ll remember my oldest daughter Taylor’s past birthday parties. We’ve done a candy party and a zebra party which I shared. Today, I’m sharing her 11th birthday party which was a lot of fun. If you’re looking for tween birthday party ideas for your daughter, this party is a lot of fun!
She completely helped mold the theme of her party which made it all the more fun (and challenging) to plan. We planned the party decorations and activities and then came up with a theme (which is completely opposite of how I typically operate). But hey, maybe she’s on to something? We could all be reading her party blog a few years from now. ;)
She wanted to have tie-dye cupcakes (she loved these St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes we made last year). She also wanted to decorate them (check and check). She wanted arts & crafts (check), plus she wanted green, purple and blue decor (check). Here’s how we pulled it all together:
Bake. Craft. Create.
I designed the invite and printed them on my home computer. You could definitely hand-make invites too which compliment the theme and your tween might love to help you put them together. If you want to purchase them, Minted has several darling baking themed invites.
The decorating stage was set. I pre-made our colorful cupcakes the night before to make it easier on me and faster for the girls to get to the part they enjoy–decorating. I used colorful scrapbook paper as placemats and decorating stations for each girl. I filled up pastry bags with colorful icing and set out bowls of sprinkles. candies, and toppers for them to decorate with.
When the girls arrived, they began making their paper flowers that would adorn their new aprons. They made all types of darling flowers using cupcake liners, glue, and brads. I loved how unique each looked! Then, they chose an apron and we attached their flower.
I’m calling the aprons “shabby chic” because I made them and I have no clue how to operate a sewing machine. I’ve had one for 8 years and can barely turn it on (so please don’t look closely at this photo, there is a grandmother rolling in her grave somewhere I just know it).
And now they were ready to get their decorating on. And boy did the go for it!
They were each so unique and fun!
Each girl chose their most-favorite cupcake to take home. We put them in little boxes (they fit perfectly) and they took them home for a sweet reminder of the party. The other cupcakes went on our stand and we later sang happy birthday and enjoyed them.
We also enjoyed these adorable chocolate covered Oreos (the birthday girl has been requesting these since her last birthday party). They were so cute and delicious, I could use one right about now.
For all the unconvential planning that went into this, I’d say it turned out great. The girls had a blast and hopfully we’ve shared some simple ideas for your next baking and craft party!
The rest of the party was a pretty typical pre-teen affair. Pizza, giggles and lots of dancing went down.
What other tween birthday party ideas have you seen?
Believe it or not, 2011 has come to an end. I hope this past year was a great one for you and I’m wishing that 2012 is full of beautiful surprises and lots of laughter.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you … all of you reading this. Thank you for reading Thoughtfully Simple, supporting the blog, the posts, and the goal of simple entertaining. From the virtual support on Twitter and Facbeook — to those real life mentions, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to bring you a lot more in 2012.
For now, I’m eager to wrap up the work day and join my family in some simple celebrating. Here’s a glimpse of my New Year’s spirit:
Feeling the holiday stress? Wish you had more time? How about carving out a little girl time and getting some of that to-do list accomplished? My simple tip to sneaking in time with your best friend, mom, sis and neighbors? How about hosting a simple, Pretty Packaging Party?
The plan: set up a gift wrapping station, toss out some supplies and simple snacks, and invite the girls over for chatting and wrapping!
Confine your packaging party supplies to one room in your house — a dining room table or an otherwise, “out of the way” spot where you gals can get busy wrapping and catching up.
You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand (you can even ask each guest to bring something like tags, tissue, or ribbons to make it easier).
Boxes (I prefer these craft brown ones from thinkgarnish.com), plenty of ribbons of different widths, and festive tags are all a must. Don’t forget the tissue paper, tape, scissors and pens too!
Add those thoughtful touches to your gifts with these little homemade paper flowers. I made all sizes using cupcake liners and coffee filters! Layer, scrunch, and secure the flower together using a brad. Hostess Tip: if you’ll have kids in tow this is a fun craft that will keep their little hands busy!
You won’t want to forget some drinks and snacks — but keep it super simple. You’re getting together to get gifts wrapped and sneak in some quality girl time — no working away in the kitchen! Serve water or lemonade in glass jars with cute straws. Serve “packaging peanuts” and candy in these clever clear plastic tubes (so handy).
This entire Pretty Packaging Party idea can be pulled together in a whim — it’s super simple. So, go ahead — call up your girlfriends and invite them over for some wrapping and chatting. After all — good things do come in pretty packages.
Since sharing this engagement party invitation with you, we’ve been super busy gathering all of the fabulous photos from this classy + whimsy engagement party we hosted. We had so many wonderful vendors help us pull off this amazing night to celebrate a very special couple (hello Courtney & Dave!) that we are going to break the party feature into 2 parts. So, let’s just jump in to some eye candy, shall we?
The entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.” I took her wishes and ran with them. I knew I wanted to use one original pattern throughout the party (think invite, decor, desserts) and that bright pink and orange would be perfect for an end-of-summer cocktail soiree. I turned to my go-to girl Kori from Paper and Pigtails and together we brainstormed the PERFECT invite!
The reverse side of the invite was printed with a custom pattern – I’m calling it “chevron with a twist.” You’ll see much more of the pattern in Part 2!
The event took place at the home of dear friends of the couple in Old Town Murrieta, CA. The property offered a gorgeous backdrop for cocktails, appetizers, friends and family. We strung market lights which transformed the yard once the sun set.
All the linens and chairs (from Allie’s Party) were black which looked really chic in the bright and vibrant outdoor space. The Blumebox vases used to create the centerpieces were also black and were meant to blend in to the table top. Then each was filled with vibrant flowers that “popped” right off of the tables.
Photos and flowers were used throughout the party space.
The main decor for this party were the pink and orange flowers — stunning flowers.
Roses, baby Dalias and Gerber Daisies in shades of oranges and pinks. They were all grown and picked by my favorite grower at our local farmers’ market (more on him soon!).
We have much more to show you in Part 2 including food, cocktails and amazing desserts. See Part 2 here.
This garden party was submitted by Stacey of Elle Belle Creative(you might remember Stacey from the “In a Flash! first birthday theme” we featured last year) and was designed for her daughter and friends to celebrate the end of the school year. With the focus on fresh ingredients from their local farm, this party is not only darling but good for you too!
Vintage seed packet garland makes the perfect garden party decor.
Table decor as told by Stacey:
The tables were covered in burlap, with a row of vintage doilies down the center (I bought the doilies from Our Attic on Etsy and realized when I received the package in the mail that they’re local!). I picked up the green and yellow square plates and the watering cans we used as water pitchers at Ikea. I found the glass jars with the metal latch lids for apple sauce at Goodwill, along with the silverware spoons I used at each place setting, and the parfait glasses I filled with whipped cream.
A close up of the darling table.
And centerpieces Stacey made using flowers from her neighborhood.
Beverages and snack station — perfect to compliment a morning garden party!
For more party pics and details, head on over the Elle Belle Creative and check out Stacey’s complete post. She even has a free printable so you can make your own vintage can centerpiece.
Clean and simple party themes always catch my eye and this party submitted by Eileen Liu Photography is just that. If you are looking for butterfly party ideas or just a simple and lovey party theme – this one is gorgeous. All the lovely details were created and styled by Liz and all photography was done by Eileen (you might recognize them from the Bird Themed Baby Shower featured last month). This pair has a style I just adore!
The birthday girl – celebrating 8!
Lovely, natural feeling butterfly decor.
Pink lemonade with green and white striped paper straws adorned with a single butterfly – cuteness!
And little treats…
For the guests to take home.
I love the clean, Spring feel to this party. The white and green (with just a touch of blush pink) worked really well. You can see more photos of the colorful food served and the adorable party favor bags over oat Eileen Liu Photography.