birthday parties

A Spa Birthday Party and Printable Invitations

Hosting a Spa Party for Young Girls or Teens: Download Free Editable Invitations

We’ve reached the age where most children are begging to host their birthday parties at the local trampoline park, bowling alley or [insert latest craze]. My children – not so much. They still love having their parties at home, which I should take as a compliment since for the past 8 years I’ve invested so much planning and creativity into making their birthday celebrations extra awesome.

This year, however, I just haven’t been feeling it, and I was really looking forward to embracing the packaged party concept. Jenna held strong to her desire to throw a Disney Frozen party at our house … until I suggested the local girly spa. Spa party? She loved the idea. (more…)

Jenna Turns Two!

“You can’t enter LolaLand without a passport and sunglasses,” so for Jenna’s Charlie-and-Lola-themed birthday party, we turned our home into JennaLand, giving each child sunglasses and a personalized passport as they arrived. JennaLand was a very fun place, with many balloons, pink cupcakes and, of course, Green Drops from Greenland.

UPDATE:
I’m working on a series of how-to’s and printable templates for my Charlie and Lola party here.

Charlie and Lola Photo Opp

Photo booth for a Charlie and Lola themed birthday party

For Jenna’s Charlie & Lola themed birthday party, I created two (almost) life-sized panels of the characters that the children could stand behind and have their pictures taken “as” Charlie or Lola.

Here’s how I made the panels:

  1. I painted a 6′ x 4′ trifold presentation board (purchased at Hobby Lobby) to look like a wall background (dark brown “wood” floor and pink painted walls). The trifold format allowed the pictures to stand up on their own so that the children could stand behind them.
  2. In Photoshop, I sized images of the characters to scale to the presentation board (making Charlie about 3 1/3 ft tall and Lola 2 1/2 ft tall).
  3. Because I didn’t think I could get poster-sized images of the copyrighted characters professionally printed, I divided the images (in Photoshop) into smaller 8 x 10 images that I could print on my home printer.
  4. I cut out the pieces of the characters and reassembled them on the presentation board. I tried to divide the images in ways that would make the lines less obvious – I printed the arms on one page, Lola’s dress on another, etc. I glued the reassembled characters onto the painted panels.
  5. I used an exacto knife to cut out the faces (including the panel beneath), leaving large holes that the children could stick their heads into.

Here are the files:

Charlie
Lola