March 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm , by Sue Erneta
Here are the elements that made the party really rock:
1) The kids were greeted at the door by the birthday girl with backstage passes and superstar sunglasses. I got them both from Oriental Trading and pulled pictures of each of the kids from their parent’s Facebook page — and a few pics I had from past parties.
2) We decorated with mylar curtains hanging around the stairs. I don’t know what it is about these things but kids love them. We used them for Sophia’s fashion show themed birthday party last year and they were all obsessed.
3) Inflatable guitars were brought out about halfway through for a dance party. We made sure that Sophia’s ipod (yes, she has her own! It’s a hand-me-down. Don’t judge me.) was full of lots of fun dance songs. Each kid got to take a guitar home. (Note: If you have a lot of girls at the party, spend a little extra on some more pink ones because every girl will want a pink one and there will be tears if you don’t have enough. Just sayin.)
4) We also busted out Sophia’s mic stand in case anyone was in the mood to entertain us but I think my little extrovert was the only one that decided to sing.
5) A “Sophia: Live in Concert” cake made by yours truly. I started with a half sheet cake (the audience) and then topped it with a smaller square cake (the stage). The audience was filled with Sophia’s adoring fans (teddy grahams!) and the role of Sophia was played by a Polly Pocket doll with a guitar. The backdrop was a large piece of cardboard covered with wrapping paper and a logo I made. (Thanks to our awesome food editor, Tara Bench, for the Teddy Graham idea and the delish chocolate frosting recipe that you can find here.) It wasn’t quite as grand as last year’s Ariel cake but Sophia loved it so that’s all that matters.
So, let me know if you’ve got any great party ideas. Lily’s birthday is June so I’ve got to start planning soon!