I did not want to go with the popular Barbie stuff that is out as far as party planning. So, after scouring the web for ideas and putting my creativity to the test - this is what we came up with.
We saw a couple of really cute Vintage Barbie parties here and here. And, both Emily and I really liked this look and theme. So, with my $50 birthday budget (including gifts) - we got really creative at stretching the dollars and while our party was not as picture perfect as others, Emily had a great time and loved all the Barbie details!
I made a silhouette using Emily's profile picture and then freehanded a ponytail on her. I made a sign for our front door using simply black and pink scrapbooking paper, stick on jewels and ribbon. Super easy, super cheap, very cute! (Shown in yesterday's post.) I also used the same design for the invitations (also shown yesterday.)
The decorations were pretty simple too - more silhouette designs on the table made a simple paper runner, crepe paper and a little note on the chalkboard! (Shown yesterday)
Other decorations were Barbies! I pulled out my Barbie box and had fun setting up little Barbie scenes on the kitchen counters. Some of our Barbie goodies are my Mom's and wow, they really knew how to make Barbie stuff when she was in her early days. Those things are still classy to me!
The goody bags were easy to make using a package of pink treat bags from Target with silhouettes glued on. Treats inside were about $1 per girl and included chapstick, a little art kit, a Barbie comb (my aunt sent these!), a bracelet and a small bag of Skittles. Emily made little party hats for each of her guests which were also included in the bags.
Pulling all of these goodies out instantly reminded me of my first Barbie. She was wearing jeans, a pink fuzzy shirt and pink cowgirl boots. I only have the boots of all that - but those boots were all it took to remind me! I also found these:
My sister, Carrie, and I used to use these for little Barbie tables! Remember, they used to come with pizza?!
During the party, Emily requested Barbie coloring pages:
Two stories about this cake. First, the super cool Barbie inside is my Mom's! She graciously agreed to share it for this and I was very careful to wrap her all up in plastic wrap before putting her in the cake. She is all cleaned up and fine now, you'll be happy to know she survived this! I made her necklace and earrings out of the same sticker jewels that I used on the invitations, treat bags and decorations.
Second story is that I have to tell on myself. I had to bake this cake twice. The first time, I thought I would be all smart and mix up two cake mixes in my Kitchen Aid mixing bowl. It seemed the perfect shape for a doll dress! Well, it baked and baked and baked and baked. Finally, the toothpick (long wooden skewer) came out clean and it was supposed to be baked through, right? Next thing I know, the top is still baked at the top, but the middle had sunk into a big mushy mess at the bottom of the bowl. Uh-oh.
So, the second time around, I baked one cake mix in the mixing bowl (which worked great!) and the other one in two nine inch round cake pans. Live and learn!
Also, during the party - I wanted to do a little photo area. I hung tissue paper on the wall and made a frame out of scrapbooking paper. The feather boa came from Michael's with a 40% off coupon! I really looked and looked for a real frame to paint black. But, I was only willing to pay $2-$3 for one and could not find a big enough one for that. I'm still pleased with how the idea turned out. Emily's cute pink t-shirt with the silhouette girl on it was a Target clearance score about a year ago!
I kept telling myself I should iron the tissue paper - and honestly, I ran out of time. It was either use it as is or not do it and I would've been so sad to miss out on it! But, when I look at the pictures, I see the cute smiles, hopefully it doesn't ruin the pictures!