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!
March 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm , by Sue Erneta
My daughter’s are lucky little girls. With a fashion editor for a mom, they get nice perks like an huge wardrobe of “mommy” shoes to play with and the chance to accompany me to really cool events like fashion shows. Ever since I took Sophia to the Rebecca Taylor show last year, she’s been playing “fashion show” at home. This fun game consists of putting on princess dresses, piling on accessories, and then strutting down the runway (aka: our family room). So, when Sophia recently turned five, I decided to host a fashion show birthday party. The kids had so much fun that I’d love to share my tips with you. And you don’t need to be a fashion editor to pull it off. What you’ll need:
1) Fashion show invitation. It said, “Please join us for the Sophia Erneta spring 2010 collection with a runway show starring you!” At the bottom of the invite, I listed pretend seating assignments “Section A, Row 1, Seat 5.” Everyone got a front row seat!
2) Princess dress-up outfits and pirate gear. If you have a young girl, you probably have dress up clothes, but if you don’t have enough, ask guests to wear a princess dress. I also got foam tiaras for the girls to decorate and foam pirate hats for the boys. When it was time to get dressed, the boys also got pirate tattoos (temporary, of course!), eye patches and bandannas. I just laid all the dresses out in my room for them to choose from. Surprisingly, there were no fights over which dress each girl got to wear.