Singing Praises for Fancy Nancy the Musical Songs

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Oh Fancy Nancy, how I adore thee. Your fancy words, your spunky personality, your fun way of teaching my kiddos new vocabulary….and now your songs on our favorite new Fancy Nancy the Musical CD we were recently sent for review. The CD features the original Off-Broadway cast recording and I was pleasantly surprised to find that even I sang along and enjoyed it.

So yes, I am singing praises for Fancy Nancy the Musical songs and anyone with their own little Fancy Nancy will say, “Oh la la!” to this collection too.

My daughter is just beginning to read this adorable series, created and written by Jane O’Connor, about a girl named Nancy who makes it her mission to make everything fancy. And, my little girl LOVES being fancy (see above picture for proof).

Boas, sparkles, tutus, tea parties, and of course, practicing the use of “fancy” words are her cup of tea.

In this super cute collection of tunes, it tells the story of Nancy and her best friend Bree, who want to be fancy mermaids in their upcoming dance recital…and Nancy ends up being cast as a…wait for it…a TREE.

Nancy bemoans…what is fancy about a TREE?  And thus, the musical comes alive and takes you on a sweet little storyline of how Nancy and Bree cope with being cast as “ordinary” parts (that’s a fancy word for simple!), versus fancy, glamorous stars.

The songs are upbeat, catchy, and pretty darn cute. Even my three-year-old son doesn’t seem to mind listening. (You can check out a preview of the songs on YouTube, and see for yourself how entertaining they are).

Each morning, my little princess asks me to put on Fancy Nancy in the car.  When I asked her why she likes it, this is what she said, “I like the under the sea music.  It makes me happy.  Oh, and I like her [Nancy’s] crown and fancy stuff.”  Well, folks…enough said!

And if Fancy Nancy the Musical ever visits Southern California, my little girl and I are going to have a girl date…starting with a fancy tea party, of course.

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Disclosure:  I was given this CD to listen to by Danny Abosch (Composer, Arranger, Music Educator), which features his music…and I am SO excited that my little girl and I can finally sing along to Fancy Nancy songs, as well as read her books! Merci Danny!

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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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Wordless Wednesday: Spectacular Spectacles

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Emma turned six on Monday.

As she was learning to read this year in Kindergarten, a couple times a month we would make a trip to the local bookstore to pick out a new Level 1 I Can Read Fancy Nancy book (her favorite) for her to practice her new reading skills.

Therefore, it was only fitting to do a Fancy Nancy themed birthday soiree last Saturday with some of her girlfriends, and it was splendiferous!

Here she is in her Spectacular Spectacles, which we did as a craft ~ an ode to the book.

Party post to come. Stay tuned. For more Wordless Wednesday pictures, head on over to www.AngryJulieMonday.com

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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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Learn to be Fancy!

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This one goes out to all the little Fancy Nancy’s in OC!  I got word of this class and thought it sounded so cute. Here is the info on an upcoming etiquette and manners class in Old Towne Orange…

“Fancy” Manners Class
January 29, 2011
11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Cost:$30

Learn to be Fancy!
Lessons of Etiquette and Manners

A one hour where girls learn to be “Fancy” according to ” Nancy!”  In this manners class, girls ages 4-7 will learn how to politely greet people, use appropriate table manners, how to write thank you cards as well as general lessons of etiquette. Each girl will receive a tiara, snacks and juice while discussing table manners, a Certificate of Completion, and lessons that last a lifetime!

So come dressed in your best, and get ready to learn what it means to sparkle from the inside out!

Space is limited, so please pre-register.

This class is taught by Rachele Sweetser, owner of Monkey Baby Clothes. As a  mother of 4, Rachele has been teaching Manners classes for girls for 2 years. She has a background as Girl Scout Troop leader, Hospitality Coordinator for MOPS, a volunteer for “Queen for a Day” and many other positions serving her community.

The class will be held at the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens in Old Towne Orange.  To register, call the store at 714-289-4689.

If you miss this Saturday’s event, there will be two more classes on February 19th, 2011. Rachele is also holding a special Valentine’s event on  Saturday, February 5th for kids ages 4 – 8.  Crafts, treats & more.  Click HERE to see the calendar of events for February.

Please note! Each person registered that mentions Tiny Oranges will be entered to win FREE registration for the Valentine’s Workshop on Feb. 5th.  And, for a Brownie Scout, completion of this class qualifies them for a “Manners Try It” with their Troop!

{Disclosure: My own little Fancy Emma will likely be attending one of the
upcoming manners classes compliments of  Ms. Sweetser! Thank you darling!}

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