10/9/13

"Brave Merida" Inspired Birthday Party

My sweet Maisy is now four years old! She is girly, funny, fast, smart, stubborn, helpful, sweet, loving-- everything I could wish for in a little girl. And for the past 10 months, she has told me that she wanted a "Merida Party". So that is what she got!


With the Merida theme in mind, I set out to find cute printable invites and party accessories. After scouring Etsy, I found Natalie from "A Pretty Little Party" - I just fell in love with her little girl version of Merida.  Natalie was amazing to work with and her designs are so unique.




When guests first arrived, they were welcomed with our party wreath. It is a grapevine wreath, adorned with orange paper plumes (which reminded me of Merida's hair) and burlap plaid ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I used the food tags and water bottle wraps (cut into triangles) to make a banner across the center. (When the party is over, I just removed the banner and voila! my Halloween wreath is done. I love when party decor can be used after the party!)


In my kitchen, I temporarily moved the plates, mirror, and shelf off the wall. Then I hung 2 yards of this cute blue/turquoise tartan fabric I found at JoAnns. It made the perfect back drop for the bunting.



I hung six blue tissue poms from the ceiling. I purchased the kits to make them at Party City. So easy and inexpensive. The fluffy paper reminded us of the "Willow of the Wisps" from the movie.



I used the invite from "A Pretty Little Party" to design the cake. I worked with Market Street to come up with the idea. The cake was three layers, iced with turquoise and white arrows on the sides, and then the little Merida on top. We also ordered twelve chocolate cupcakes, which were just iced smooth with white and then topped with party circles from "A Pretty Little Party".



On the end of the table, I framed these cute signs from "A Pretty Little Party". They are two of our favorite lines from the movie. I added a bear toy (on sale at Hobby Lobby!) to the table too.


Our guests arrived in their finest princess costumes. They spent a good hour and a half playing upstairs with dolls and jumping in the bounce house.


Of course, we had some crafting during that time too. The craft table consisted of coloring, doll making, bear masks, and Brave tattoos.  Afton and her friend Ava took charge of this part. I showed them the crafts and then they led the little girls in making them.



Before the party, I prepped these little Merida-clothespin-dolls by hot gluing orange yarn to the heads. Then the girls picked out the fabric for her dress. The dresses were simply tied on with twine. They used a pen to draw on her face. The girls loved making their own dolls.


The craft table also included coloring princesses and bear masks. The bear masks are made from foam. I cut the faces and details using my Silhouette. Then I threaded some elastic around the back so they would be easy to get on and off. The bear masks were a hit with everyone!



Then it was time for cake. It was as delicious as it looked.


The guests left with little brown paper bags filled with gummy bears, teddy grahams, and Brave tattoos. I added the 'thank you tags' from "A Pretty Little Party" to the front and stapled them closed.


It was such a fun party. My girl and her friends were precious. It was just the right amount of activities, people, and treats. Don't you just love when that happens? Happy Birthday sweet Maisy Lou!


Sources: 
All Printables from "A Pretty Little Party"
Cake and Cupcakes from Market Street in Colleyville
Craft Supplies from Hobby Lobby
Fabric Backdrop from JoAnns
Tissue Poms from Party City

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2 comments:

  1. How cute! I just threw my 3 year old a whimsical tea party.. It was so much fun!! Lol my husband was like is this really for her or you... I love a good party :)

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  2. Everything looks wonderful! I love that tartan fabric for a back drop and those clothespin dolls are precious! Very creative!

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