Friday, January 22, 2010

A Very Fancy (Nancy!) Birthday Party

I love having a little girl and I love that my little girl loves frills fluff and all things fancy. For the past year or two she has been loving the Fancy Nancy books, so I thought that would be a perfect birthday theme for her sixth birthday. Luckily she agreed because I already was dreaming of boas, flowers, and tiaras!
I had so much fun decorating for this party! The only Fancy Nancy specific items I bought were cardstock placemats, some big stickers (for the goodie bags), and a few Fancy Nancy mylar balloons. For the rest of the decor I just went with over the top fancy with lots of pink and some touches of purple. For the record, Fancy Nancy's favorite color is fuchsia...that's a fancy way of saying purple. (Or at least that's what the book says--to me it isn't the exact same thing as purple...)
Most of these decorations came from Dollar Tree! I bought wine glasses (we don't drink wine, so we didn't own any) to elevate the cupcakes and to use as glasses for the milk and water I offered the children. They felt very fancy using those and did lots of glass clinking! I also bought the little plastic "glass" slippers (they're at the base of the wine glasses) from the wedding section at Dollar Tree and filled them with pink M&Ms. And, of course, the flowers are direct from the dollar store. I put the flowers in a vase I already had and then stuffed some white tulle into the vase to cover up the icky stems.

See those "things" on sticks? Those were a HUGE hit! They're marshmallows that I poked a stick into, dipped in pink candy melts, and then dipped into sprinkles. The ones covered in pink sparkly sugar with the biggest hit. One of the little girls skipped eating her cupcake in favor of eating a LOT of these marshmallows! Oh and the nice little glass cup they're sitting in? That's a candleholder from my big Pottery Barn metal wreath candleholder that I took down before our addition was built and I haven't put back up yet. The candleholders worked great for this--especially after I put some white tulle in the bottom of the container.

The pink boa on the chandelier is one that I snagged out of the dressup box--I also draped some white faux pearl necklaces on the boa.
To dress-up the chairs, I used white plastic tablecloths cut in half and tied some pink tulle around them and added another Dollar Tree flower to the knot of tulle. White sheets would have looked even better, but those weren't in my budget.
The goodie bags contained a small glittery wand, additional jewelry (they also received some when they arrived), as well as a princess lollipop that I made using candy melts. I also made sure the bags were big enough to hold tiaras since that was one of the favors the girls received when they arrived.
The centerpiece on this table is the original Fancy Nancy book--I just used a plate display stand that I bought at the dollar store to hold the book up.
While we waited for everyone to arrive, the children had the opportunity to color Fancy Nancy pictures and then to make beaded bracelets. Then I read them Fancy Nancy--this was a hit! Then it was time for the girls (and my little boy!) to get fancy! This table contained everything they needed to do that--tiars, rings, necklaces, and feather boas! I found amazing deals on these items at a website called Halo Heaven. The prices were fantastic!!

After the children got fancy, it was time for a dance party! We did freeze dance as well as just dancing. It got some wiggles out and the girls had fun!
After a quick picture (the invitation instructed they should dress fancy), it was time for parfaits! (That's fancy for ice cream sundae!) Unfortunately there are no pictures of this. Boo! We cleared off the fancy table and put out bowls of sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows. Each girl got a bowl with ice cream and then could put on the extras herself before having chocolate/caramel sauce and squirty cream put on by an adult. Then they headed for the table!
We sang Happy Birthday to Princess and she blew out her candles. Then the children gorged themselves on sugar (usually a semi-restricted commodity in our house) before we did presents.

It was a wonderful time and Princess was so happy with her special day!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Jodee Leader said...

We love Fancy Nancy too! What a fun party! All of the little details were just perfect!

Shannon said...

This looked like such a fun party! The decorations were so cute!

Jessica said...

Will you plan my next birthday party???? LOL! I've given up on having birthday parties at home. Something about seven or eight boys in my house with two big dogs...*shudder*

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

What a great Fancy Nancy party...we too had a Fancy Nancy party for my daughter's 6th birthday! I think I loved it as much as she did!

jenjen said...

What a fun party!!! My daughter also loves Fancy Nancy. Everything looks so pretty! I bet she had just a wonderful time!

XOXO
Jen

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a perfect little sweet birthday! Love the cupakes on top of the wine glasses...too cute!

Gail :) said...

What a great party!!! It looks like all of the guests had a blast!

Michie said...

I love the cupcakes on the bottom of the wine glasses!! They look so cute! My daughter's birthday is this coming Wednesday...want to help me go to the Dollar store for decorations? :)

Kristen Duke Photography said...

I was searching for fancy nancy party ideas and came across your fun crafty blog! Cute stuff!

melissa said...

I like your idea with the plastic table cloth on the chairs. My daughter is having an fancy nancy slumber party tomorrow night. I am going to attempt this myself! :)

G. said...

I was searching for Fancy Nancy Party ideas and found your blog. So glad I did. Great ideas. I like that you found a lot of your items at the Dollar Tree. I'm planning a Fancy Nancy party for my little girl who will be 5! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Great budget-friendly ideas - fancy too !!!Love the way you did the chairs and all the little details !I will be hosting my little girl's 5th birthday and this sure gives me a lot of ideas - thank you !

CharityAG said...

My daughter is turning 6 and wants to have a Fancy Nancy party..and so do I! Thanks for some ideas to get the ball rolling!

Victoria Mische said...

Seems like everybody especially the kids had fun. I'll be trying some of your ideas on my daughter who is turning 8 this coming May! (Hope you don't mind! :)) She will be happy to see some of those cute decors on her birthday. Anyway, thanks for starting this up! I like this Nancy Fancy B-day Party!

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