Crafty 7th Birthday Party

Last month, just before the craziness of the holidays, my little girl turned 7 and we hosted a fun birthday at home. I kept it simple and it turned out really fun - so I thought that I would share some of the highlights in case you're hosting a scrapbooking/paper crafts party in the near future.

Paper. Scissors. Party!

I purchased cardstock, envelopes, circle labels and cupcake sticker embellishments from Paper Source and made my own invitations, which is fitting for a 'paper' party.

For this 'paper' party, I covered my dining room table in moss wrapping paper with a rhubarb (pink)paper runner. The colors complemented the invitations; both materials purchased from Paper Source. It was perfect and I saved money (usually, I rent linens so this was a big change).

The best decision I quickly made was to hire Dianne Andruzzi, an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! She suggested some project options; my daughter selected to make Personalized Journals. Dianne brought all of the supplies to the party - the journals plus tons of stamps, die cuts, markers, color pencils, you name it; then, she led the girls in creating their own journal, and when they were done, she cleaned up. It was too easy for me - and the girls loved it; see the photos above! Thanks, Dianne!

Food and Drinks
The birthday party was held in the afternoon so I offered a few snacks. The trick was to offer something enjoyable for children and adults alike. So I served fruit salad and chips and dip, along with a festive Chex Mix, Buffalo Chicken Dip and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches; see my previous post (12.03.09) for recipes. The food was yummy and easy to assemble!
By the star of the party table was the Big Top Cupcake birthday cake! Usually, I buy a fancy cake but my daughter saw the Big Top Cupcake on TV and had to have it. I bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond and we made it together. It turned out cute and it was quite tasty, really moist.
Goodie Bags
The entertainment played double-duty as each girl took home their personalized journal with a homemade bookmark that said "Thanks for coming to my party". To dress up the bookmark, I used a cupcake punch from Paper Source. Again, it was super easy!

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