birthday parties

Emoji Birthday Party

Emoji Birthday Party

We recently hosted a backyard birthday party for Jenna, who is completely obsessed with all things emoji right now. Luckily, this was a very easy theme to pull together, as there is no shortage of emoji accessories in the world today.

Here are a few of the activities and decorations included in the festivities:

Face Painting, Emoji-Style

Emoji Face Painting

We hired Fancy Faces by Veronica and had a wonderful artist who tailored her creations to the theme extremely well.

Emoji Mask-Making and Photo Booth

Emoji mask making and photo booth

For the photo booth props, I attached large yellow paper plates to large popsicle sticks and let the girls decorate the ‘faces’ with eyes, mouths and other accessories that I cut in advance. I also included plain paper, scissors and paper punches so they could create their own facial features. Once the mask props were complete, each of the girls posed for pictures:

Emoji Birthday Party with an emoji-themed photo booth.

Emoji Necklaces

Emoji birthday party with an emoji necklace-making activity

The girls also designed their own emoji pendant necklaces using these pendants along with a selection of beads.

Emoji Cake

Emoji-themed birthday cake.

For the cake, I purchased a plain white cake at a local grocery store, frosted the top in yellow frosting and used Wilton’s Sugar Sheets to cut out the emoji face details. The sugar sheets were super easy to use. The instructions said to use scissors, but I started with an exacto knife, thinking I could achieve a more precise design. In the end, scissors definitely won out. I purchased white and black sheets and brushed a little bit of red food coloring mixed with water onto the white sheet to achieve the light pink color.

Emoji Piñata

Emoji Piñata

I’m not sure why, but the highlight of every birthday party we’ve held is the piñata. This year’s variation was an adorable girly emoji found on Etsy. It was almost too cute to swing a bat at … almost. As usual, it took the girls about 3 tries each before it finally cracked, spilling handfuls of yellow bubble gum balls, emoji tattoot sets and emoji Pez dispensers. Did I mention how much emoji-themed stuff there is in the world?

For those of you planning a similar party theme, here are some of the additional items pictured above but not yet linked to: emoji mylar balloons, emoji birthday party set (gift bags, cups, paper plates), emoji pillows, yellow paper lanterns (decorated with paper cut-outs) and Jenna’s emoji party dress.

Happy Birthday, Jenna! 



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.

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: