Sunday, March 10, 2013

Girl Interrupted

For the past month I've been occupied planning not lessons, but a monster high themed birthday party for the special seven eight-year-old in my life. She opted for an in home party of friends instead of a destination party. Here's how the party came together within our budget.
















Decorations:
Her own dolls (free)
Striped Straws (Michael's clearance bin)
Argyle Duct Tape (Michael's)
Repurposed old chalkboard with monster high homemade sign (free)
Purple tablecloths (2 cut in half served our needs)
Balloons (dollar store)
Monster high cup (reused from previous party favor)
Confetti (Party City)
Monster High Streamers (Party City $$) We got one roll and used sparingly
Black Streamers (dollar store)
Glass containers (dollar store)
Monster High banners (Party City)
Cups/Plates (dollar store)

Entertainment:
Bingo set (borrowed - free!)
Face Painting (big splurge)
Nail Painting (hired teenage niece for a few $)
Fearbook: Girls completed their monster profile like an old fashioned slam book (free)
Craft Station: DIY shrinky dink magnets & swag tags
Limbo (pool noodle - free!)

Food:
Pizza
Cupcakes (catered - big splurge)
Popcorn
Water (wrapped bottles with duct tape)

Goodie Bags:
Fishnet gloves (Party city - big splurge)
lip gloss (bulk - party city)
mini nailpolish (bulk - party city)
2 mini candy bars (bulk - dollar store)
bracelet (bulk purchase - split at home - dollar store)
Keychains/Magnets (part of entertainment - each girl took home about 3 items)

Bingo Prizes:
MH Fake Tattoos (bulk - cut apart)
Rings (bulk - came with bracelets for goodie bags)
Barrettes (dollar store)

Preparation:
House decorations - about 2 hours
Shrinky dink - about 2.5 hours. Bought plain shrinky dink paper and traced monster high logos and dolls onto it. Girls could personalize this with colored pencils. I had magnet tape on hand and a bag of keychain clips, and colored pencils on hand. (Sometimes it pays to be an art teacher)
Fearbook - 10 minutes. Used all the categories from the back of the monster high box - 1 per page.

Results:
The face painting was gorgeous. I met the artist a year ago at a kids night at Red Robin. Found her on the internet and was immediately set. The parents were amazed. She painted 13 kids in 1 hour. The shrinky dinks were a huge crowd pleaser. While they were eating, I actually grabbed a few extra sheets and cut squares with rounded corners and hearts and let them make more. My husband took a photo of each girl as she finished getting her face painted. We are going to send them a copy with their thank you note. We set the party for 2 hours. The girls were still limbo-ing as parents arrived so we didn't have a chance to open gifts until after they left.




















"De"composition book (dollar store) modified with duct tape and hand-drawn sign





















Streamers on front door sidelight.

Tips:
We bought as little "Monster High" prepared items as we could and used those for punch. Cups and plates were black and purple from dollar store. For pizza we used hot pink napkins and for cake we used 1 package of MH napkins. You can print the MH logo on labels to attach to goodie bag items. I don't know if they sell MH shrinky dinks, but certainly tracing our own was a cost savings. The girls could have done it on their own, I had my daughter do it as a test, and it took a long time so I pretraced so they could just color. Dollar store balloons in purple, bright blue instead of the mylar MH balloons. Using her own dolls as decoration helped to boost the theme for free.  The confetti was expensive (to me) at maybe $4 or $5 - BUT it went a long way. We covered 2 card tables, a buffet table, a coffee table and three other surfaces of the house. It also helped separate what areas of the house were party stations.



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