unless you are throwing a tiny party.
When I asked Natalie what kind of party she wanted, she said, "tiny."
I love this girl who knows just how to put my creativity into overdrive.
Since Party City doesn't offer a "tiny" collection, I had my work cut out for me. And, I must admit I felt a little pressure to perform. Every year I feel her moving just a tiny bit further away from me and I know my mom-made party days are numbered.
Natalie was pretty insistent about making her own invites. But, I enjoyed watching her work and create special cards for her friends. Using trading card-size paper, she dipped found objects into paint to create funky textures and designs. I used Avery address labels to type up the party business info using a tiny 8pt font. We sealed the invites in several layers of envelopes -- each one a little bigger than the last.
Party-goers entered via a tiny door we constructed from a cardboard box. Thank you, Lemke's TV & Appliance!
|The party sign came from a prize she won for selling Girl Scout cookies.|
Steve fashioned the handle using a piece of ribbon.
|We played "what's in the box". |
Each girl was tasked with guessing what 15 tiny items were in the box.
Such a simple idea but they loved it!
For the necklaces, I ordered mini glass vials with cork tops through eBay for about 50 cents a piece. I brought lots of odds n' ends from my caboodle of craft supplies including sequins, glitter, grass, sea shells and beans painted blue to look like a robin's egg and beach sand (thanks to my FL transplant friend, Michelle). The craft was simple, fill the container with a bit of stuff then add clear Elmer's glue and voila!
For dessert, the girls enjoyed mini layered cakes with yellow cake and vanilla buttercream. I baked the cake in a jelly roll pan and cut out circles using a 1.5" cookie cutter. To add to the tiny fun, I served the cakes with mini appetizer forks.
|For being good sports, Natalie handed out little medals. |
I overhead a couple of girls shout, "I'm a winner!"
$1 for a pack of 8 - thanks again, Dollar Tree!
|Lastly, I read Thumblelina by Amy Ehrlich. |
For many of the girls, it was the first time they had heard the tale and they were mesmerized by the story.
While the party was tiny, I didn't have to break the bank. It's turns out BIG fun only requires a little imagination.