Fancy Nancy Birthday Party Ideas

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So Fancy Emma turned six in June and seeing that her absolute favorite books are the Fancy Nancy series, we decided to throw our girly-girl a Fancy Nancy birthday party and I wanted to share some of the ideas I found in case anyone out there might want to consider a Fancy Nancy theme!

I love having a theme, it makes party planning so much fun! And this girly-girl mom had a LOT of fun putting together this fancy soiree!

Invitations: I ordered this custom printable Fancy Nancy invitation from Amy at Party Invites on Etsy. So very darling and she was amazing to work with! I would highly recommend her.

We decided to do our first drop off party for the girls ~ which made them feel oh so grown up!

Having girls that like to dress up, the rest of the decorations were fairly easy given the fact that I could use many of the items we already had in our dress up box like boas, jewelry, purses and dress up shoes.

Decor: I rented four 6′ children sized banquet tables and kid sized chairs and did two long tables for the crafts and then two table for dining.

Of course, all the decor was done in light and dark pinks as well as purples! The pink fluffy hanging decorations were found at Party City, along with these tissue paper centerpiece flowers.

On top of the pink table clothes, I put two of these inexpensive Eiffel Tower centerpieces. The clip on butterflies were found at Michaels.

I also had Amy make a sign that said Welcome to the King’s Crown as we were going to be serving pizza for dinner (EASY!)

Activities:  I had three different crafts for the girls to work on ~ but first the fun started at the “Accessories Station!”

As the girls arrived, we invited them to come and “Accessorize!” I had my babysitter “work” this station to help all the girls get fancy so we could be free to greet our guests.

I bought a bunch of cheap accessories from Oriental Trading, along with some cheap make-up from the dollar store. Being a germphobe mom, I made sure to also buy Q-Tips and a bag of sponges, so the make-up application was done with disposable items, and not reused. I was also able to find sets of inexpensive jewelry in the $1 bins at Target.

After getting fancy, it was time to craft! The first one we did was based on the Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy book.

I found these adorable mini pink poodles on Birthday Express, only $19.99 for 8.  These also doubled as a party favor for the girls to take home as well.

We had an “Accessorize Your Posh Puppy” station where the girls could make collars for their puppies and embellish with beads and jewels.

I cut pieces of bracelet strings (Michaels), self adhesive rhinestone jewels, bag of beads for bracelets (Michaels) then displayed markers and got metal rim tags from Staples so the girls could name their dogs.  The love charms were found in store at Joann Fabrics.

The second craft we did was an idea I got from the Fancy Nancy Tea Parties which, incidentally, has a ton of fabulous ideas for tea parties for little girls! I bought pink foam sheets from Michaels, cut them into the shape of a butterfly, then glued a white doile in the center.

The girls they decorated the outside of the butterfly wings with self-adhesive jewels and feathers (bag bought at Michaels) and they made their own placemat for dinner.

The third and final craft was inspired by the Fancy Nancy Spectacular Spectacles book- Emma’s favorite.  I started by reading the girls the story so that they were familiar with it.

Then the girls made their own Spectacular Spectacles using these PERFECT plastic glasses I found on Oriental Trading and they decorated them with sticker jewels and feathers.

Amy from Party Invites did all my cute signs in size 8 x 10 so they were easy to print on the computer. I stuck them all in $1 frames I found at the  .99¢ Only Store.  I loved setting the tone at the door with a Bonjour sign wrapped in a boa!

I also dressed up like the mom in the original Fancy Nancy book and made my husband wear a top hat and homemade boutonierre. He is a very good sport.

Food: I kept the food really simple. While the girls were doing crafts I had fruit skewers (on frilly toothpicks of course!) and then did some Chex Mix and put them out in cupcake wrappers, along with simple cheese and crackers. My mom made a fancy sherbert punch but I didn’t get a photo.

And of course for dessert, we did a Make Your Own Parfait station (that’s fancy for ice cream sundaes).  This might have been the biggest hit of the entire party!

Basically this just included Neapolitan ice cream and then toppings like sprinkles, fruit, crushed graham crackers, Oreos, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Here is little sis enjoying her sundae.  I was able to find the CUTEST bowls for the ice cream in the $1 bins at Target (2 for $1).

Favors:  I love a non-edible favor that kids can use, so I thought a Fancy Nancy book would make for a great favor.  As luck would have it, on the Scholastic website through my daughter’s school, they had the Everyday is Earth Day on clearance for $2/each since it was right after Earth Day. Score!

I had Amy make me a cute book plate sticker that I printed on these cute labels I found at Staples.

In addition to the crafts, we also did a fashion show at the beginning when all the girls were dressed up, as well as a dance party with Emma’s favorite dance party play list.

Everyone had a fabulous time, and Fancy Nancy was such a fun theme for a girl’s birthday party. Thanks for reading!

[Main graphic above adapted from our Party Invites invitation.]

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Frogg’s Bounce House Birthday Parties

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Last month I did a Fancy Nancy party for my oldest daughter’s 6th birthday at our house and I am still recovering. So. Much. Work. Therefore, when planning little sister’s birthday party a mere 3 weeks after, the only thing I knew I wanted was a party NOT at home!

One of Morgan’s favorite places to go in OC is Frogg’s Bounce House in Fountain Valley, so I thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate my soon-to-be 3 year old.  If you are looking for a great OC birthday party venue for kids, Frogg’s Bounce House was a HOPPIN’ good time!

Her party was so easy I almost felt like I was forgetting something.

Frogg’s Bounce House parties include:

* Between 2.5 – 3 hours of Open Play (depending on day of the week)
* Use of The Party Pond party room
* Invitations
* A special appearance by special guest, Frogalina

Although their birthday party packages include invitations, I opted to send a Paperless Post one, as I like the ease of tracking the RSVP’s as well as the reminders. As luck would have it, Paperless Post had three cute frog themed invites to choose from. I had a lot of fun with the frog theme – cute for boys or girls!

If you have not been to Frogg’s before, it is AWESOME!  I take my kids there all of the time.

It is a 9,000 square foot inflatable play zone with a gazillion different bouncers, a special toddler bounce house, kids’ playhouses, riding toys, train table, blocks, disco karaoke hut (hilarious to watch the kiddos in this!), couches for moms to kick back and FREE wi-fi.

But what I love most about Frogg’s is the place is as CLEAN as a whistle. Many of the moms who hadn’t been there before commented to me about the cleanliness factor. At Frogg’s Bounce House:

* No one is allowed in with shoes on, socks are required for everyone! Kids + adults!
* They hand sanitize everyone upon entry.
* Hand sanitizers are on all the tables.
* Crocs are provided outside the restrooms in a basket so you can borrow Crocs to use the restroom.
* Bouncers are completely sanitized each morning upon inflation.  I have seen the staff members cleaning them on multiple occasions.

The Party Pond is a huge area in the back of the facility, where you can set up your party.  There was a door conveniently located next to the party area so you can pull your car up right outside and easily load and unload all your items. When I got there, the staff was SO nice and friendly, offering me party bins for our beverages and they did a cute little sign on the white board announcing Morgan’s birthday. Because it is so colorful and they always have balloons at the facility, you really do not need to provide one thing decoration-wise.

Although 3 hours of play time would have been included since we had our party on a Monday,  I opted to make the party 2 hours long, which for little kids is the amount of time I find to be just about right.  All I had to do for the party was provide the food, drinks, paper goods and favors. It was a mom’s dream!

About an hour into the party, we served lunch. I had pizzas delivered and did an easy fruit salad and a couple Costco salads for the moms. Like I said, it was so easy it was ridiculous. After lunch the kids bounced for awhile longer, then we did cake and “Happy Birthday” followed by Frogalina’s appearance about 20 minutes prior to the party end time.

A very special thanks to Melanie from Sensitive Sweets who did that darling dairy-free frog cake for Morgan who is allergic to milk and eggs. We are so lucky there is a bakery in Orange County that specializes in baked goods for people with food allergies!

Upon leaving, we gave out these cute inexpensive favors from the .99¢ Only Store. I put a $1 jump rope in a green cellophane party favor bag and printed a circle sticker on the computer which said “Thanks for jumping with me! xo Morgan” that I stuck on frog die cuts I found at the Dollar Tree.

I can’t more highly recommend a party at Frogg’s Bounce House. And for the price, I don’t even think these days you can do a party at home for much cheaper by the time you get all the decorations and entertainment.

I also like that this venue caters to all ages, so you can also include the little ones as well as older siblings, and everyone will have a fabulous time.

For more information on hosting a party at Frogg’s Bounce House, click here for their party information page.  You can also call 714.418.0442 to reserve your special day!

[Disclosure: I was provided the Frogg’s party package complimentary in exchange for my time in sharing our experience with you. Love these kinds of win-win situations!]

 

 

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How To Print Your Own DIY Invitations

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I am in full party planning mode for my daughter’s upcoming 6th birthday. Since she is in love with all of the I Can Read Fancy Nancy books, we decided to host a Fancy Nancy theme birthday party for her this year. It is going to be one posh party and I can’t wait!

My friend told me that she saw cute Fancy Nancy invitations on Etsy, so I headed over and checked them out.

Oh la la! The perfect invite was found by Party Invites, designer printable event decor & more.

How it is possible I have not used Etsy before for party planning, I am not sure. The options are amazing!

When I ordered it, I was sent two files by the seller, a .JPG and PDF to download with our invitation for printing.

I had never printed my own before so I put it out there on Facebook to see what you party savvy mamas have done for printing, and the response was so helpful, I thought I should do a post on it.

By the way, if you don’t already “Like” TO on Facebook, you really should. My mommy readers are soooo helpful!

Here is how you print your own DIY invitations:

1. At Home – Several mamas suggested printing on matte photo paper or card stock at home, with your printer set to the highest quality setting.  Another said she printed on card stock, and mounted on another card stock. C’est chic!

2. Costco – One mom mentioned that they give free envelopes with invitations, worth inquiring.

3. Target – Another person mentioned the same thing about free envelopes. But I found out they only print on photo paper. Just FYI.

4. Zazzle.com – You can order on matte paper if you order through Zazzle.

5. Snapfish.com

6. Staples – But one mom warned when printing in store, they did not come cut and there was not a cutting option. Hmmm…

7. FedEx Office (formerly Kinko’s) – We have one of these super close to us, so I chose this route. I called the store and they gave me an email to send it to. I emailed the PDF, which was 2 per page, and they turned out to be super reasonable. But I did spring the $10 they charged me to cut them. Worth it!

Anyone have any other DIY invites tips?  Do share!

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Eco-friendly Party Ideas

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Welcome to my fourth post in the SCOTT Naturals™  series celebrating Earth Month and the little changes all of us can make to live a little more green. Today’s post is on how to throw an eco-friendly party for your little one!

Have you ever thought about how much trash and waste goes into a birthday party? Why not give your next party an “Every Day is Earth Day” theme? This green theme is a ton of fun and there are so many ideas you can play off of. Here are a few to get you started…

Invitations:

Of course the most eco-friendly invitation is one that is paperless.

Create an emailed invitation for your eco-chic party on a site like Paperless Post or Echoage.

Brainstorm on invitation wording like a party that will be “Out of this World.” Or “Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice. Join us for an Earth Day Birthday Party for…”  Or, “The Best Friends are Sustainable Ones. Celebrate with us at an Earth Day theme party for…”

If you want to take the idea further and reduce the waste associated with gift wrapping, Echoage allows you to pick a favorite charity (you can opt for one focused on environmental projects) and guests can make a donation in lieu of gifts. This is the greenest giving of all! 

Decor / Supplies:

Playing on the Earth Theme, pick a color palate of browns, white, green and blue for a global-flare.

Use cloth tablecloths and SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid napkins and paper towels.

Opt for reusable plates and silverware versus paper.

If that isn’t practical, consider purchasing party supplies from Susty Party, an eco-friendly party supply company that sells items that are compostable and biodegradable.

Food / Drinks:

When going eco-friendly, think local when it comes to your food. Shop your favorite farmers’ market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Make your own mini organic pizza crusts, and let kids top theirs with a choice of toppings (including local organic veggies and cheese.)

Serve homemade lemonade with fresh lemon slices in reusable cups.

Activities:

* Have kids first make their own pizzas so those are ready to pop in the oven when the time comes.

* Planting Station: Buy mini terracotta pots and paint them with chalkboard paint ahead of time.

Set up a table with colored chalk so kids can decorate their own pot to take home. In center of table set up soil and seeds, and help kids scoop their own soil into their pot and then plant their flower seeds of choice. Send their decorated pot home as their party favor.

* Make your own binoculars.  Let kiddos make and decorate their own set of binoculars out of SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid bath tissue rolls to take on their nature scavenger hunt.

* Nature Scavenger Hunt: Let kids explore around the backyard or take a walk around the block as they search for various items found in nature.

* Go Green Story Time: Read a favorite eco-friendly children’s book.

Dessert:

Playing off the nature theme, have the kids make their own earthy “mudpies” using homemade organic chocolate pudding and toppings with such as whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels, gummy worms, smashed up organic chocolate cookies, etc.

Thank You’s:

Take a picture of your child with each guest and send them a sweet emailed thank you with a sentiment like “Thank you for being a sustainable friend.

As you can see, you can have a ton of fun with this green theme. And events like this can spark many teachable moments about the Earth and our care of it.

And while we are thinking green, SCOTT Naturals™ invites you to take the 4 Week Test Drive during the month of April.

Simply go to scottbrand.com and pledge to switch to SCOTT Naturals™ for four weeks and try their selection of hybrid products.

When you make the pledge, you will enter in your zip code, and the state with the most pledges can win $50,000 towards local forest and land conservation efforts to preserve America’s great outdoors. Click HERE and take the pledge!

[Disclosure: SCOTT Naturals™ is compensating me for my time and participation in this campaign. All of the above are my honest opinions, as always. I have made the switch to SCOTT Naturals™ and have taken the 4 Week Test Drive pledge! I hope you will too!]

Resources: Paperless PostEchoageSusty PartyHomemade Pizza Recipe, Homemade Lemonade Recipe, Fruit Cake Recipe on Family FunHow to Make Paper Tube Binoculars, How to Make Terracotta Pots with Chalkboard Paint, Eco-friendly Children’s BooksOrganic Chocolate Pudding Recipe,  Worms in the Mudpie Recipe

Photo credits: Forks from Susty Party, Fruit Cake from Family Fun, Terracotta Pot from Scissors and Spatulas, Worms in the Mudpie from Raspberri Cupcakes.

 

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Sensitive Sweets Decorating Parties

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Sensitive Sweets, a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free bakery in Fountain Valley is now offering special decorating parties!

As a mom of a daughter with a milk and egg allergy, Sensitive Sweets is a God-send to moms like me who have kids with food allergies. Her goodies are made with NO gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. And they are amazingly good! 

I keep a stash of Sensitive Sweets cupcakes in my freezer, so anytime we go to a party, I have a special cupcake for Morgan on hand so she doesn’t have to feel left out at cake time.

Sensitive Sweets is now offering extraordinary decorating parties at her darling bakery, perfect for a birthday party or even a Girls Night Out! She even has special take-home kits (if you call 24 hours ahead), so you can do your own decorating party at your home.

Here are her in-bakery party offerings:

Sensitive Sweets Cupcake Party (ages 4 +)

Each guest gets 2 cupcakes, one to eat and one to take home, sprinkles, toppings, and a cupcake box. 60-minute session, max 12 guests. $12/guest.

Ultimate Sensitive Sweets Cake Party (ages 6 +)

Each guest gets a 2 layer 4″ round cake, frosting, sprinkles, cake decorations, and a cake box. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $24/guest.

Sensitive Sweets Cake Challenge Party (ages 12 +)

Teams will compete with one another on a themed cake challenge. Participants will start with 30 minutes of demonstration and then break into teams with 1 hour to assemble ready-to-use items. Items include ready-to- ice cakes, cupcakes, frosting, fondant, rice crispy treats and a multitude of other decorating supplies. The winner will receive a Sensitive Sweets gift set. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $29/guest.

[Details: Ask about additional items of your party including drinks, aprons, chef’s hats, invitations and goody bags. Minimum of 6 guests per party, max 12. Deposit is required at booking (non-refundable.) Activities are for paid guests only. No outside food allowed. Prices subject to change.]

Visit www.SensitiveSweets.com for more info or call 714.968.9169.

Sensitive Sweets is open Tuesdays-Fridays 10am – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm. After hours parties may be available. Bakery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Photo credit: Sensitive Sweets.

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