I owe Elizabeth one HECK of a birthday party this year. Well ok I don’t see it as an obligation or technically “owe” her anything other than a safe place to live and food, etc… but really. Last year she skipped having any kind of friends celebration to get front row + meet & greet tickets for Victoria Justice (aka her fave TV show star at the time). A fair trade – one that ended in heartbreak as she cancelled her tour. Months after E’s birthday when it was too late to have a party.
ANYHOW! Since she didn’t have a party last year and her big gift/party event was cancelled I want to make this super good.
Here’s the challenge: All things “Frozen” (her chosen theme) are sold out and/or currently held by money grubbing fiends who are charging things like $8 for a sticker sheet. A STICKER SHEET! I’ve seen plates (normally something like $3) selling for $40. I’ve seen tiny plastic toys that were under $10 before Christmas going for $50+ now. INSANITY people.
Ok then. So… what do I do now?!
How will I make this “themed” party without any themed things?
Well first of all I did have themed invites (purchased months ago on a whim – thank goodness!), I also have a coloring book (can rip out pages for girls to have themed activity), and I scored a couple toys at Target too.
Not enough to make it an amazing party – but it is a start. Instead of stress (or worse, spend thousands buying hard to find stuff!) I’m looking at images like those here from Disney’s site. I’m thinking in terms of in general, what would give me the general feel?
Things like flowers with swirly vines, snowflakes, sparkly jewels, and the idea of a duel-look party (Anna & Elsa are so different, after all)… I am making a color palette and working on finding solid color items too. There will be a lot of cutting of snowflakes, banners, etc. from my beloved and trusty ScanNCut machine.
I will also think about impact and the big overall look of the party. Crepe paper is cheap and simple. It also gives a bigger WOW factor than some tiny expensive decoration. Big rolls of paper or huge poster boards can be painted, cut, and decorated for scenery (yes, I’m thinking about making a HUGE castle… wish me luck).
In other words, with some elbow grease, planning, and some time I should be able to pull this off.
If ever there was a time to put my crafty muscles to the test – this would be it.
Whether a small card or full scale album project, party or gift DIY – I love a good creative challenge. Do you have any creative challenge success stories? I’d love to hear about it!!
In the meantime I’m off to make some lists and plan…