We usually do a family get-together for our younglings' birthdays each year but we have saved having a friend party for when they turn 10 years old.
Tenor had his Angry Birds party a few years ago. This year was finally Soprano's turn. She loves horses so that's where our theme started.
I found a paper pack at Hobby Lobby by The Paper Studio called Pixey Stix that gave us our color scheme.
I used that to make the invitations and thank you cards, a happy birthday banner
a pinwheel wreath for the front door,
and popcorn cones.
To decorate, I set up a display on the buffet in the dining room using Soprano's horse-loving American Girl doll, Saige, and her horse.
I also used her other horse figures on the buffet, the dining room table (tablecloth from Target),
|Green paper Easter grass to create a base|
and on the dining room window sill. I snagged some pink tins from the schoolroom to add color with my horse picks and pinwheels.
|Horse picks created from Cricut Old West and paper straws|
We also put the goody bags there. I found the idea for the bag on Pinterest and was able to get two different brown colored and white gift bags at a local craft store. I cut the eye circles using Cricut George and the muzzles with my Creative Memories oval cutters. I used Cricut Stamping for the nostrils and Sweet Treats for the bows (cut from Pixey Stix). I drew the ear template by hand.Soprano loved helping to put the bags together for each guest. Inside we included: a manicure kit (from Michael's), a mini nail polish (from a summer collection at Wal-Mart), a notepad and pencil (Easter clearance), a horse sticker sheet, a small jelly jar of trail mix (I painted the lids with hot pink spray paint), a mini butterfly Perler bead kit (AC Moore), and a pony necklace we made. The 'filler' was a hot pink bandanna. On the outside, I pinned a ribbon that we personalized with each girl's initials. (The ribbons were clearance bachelorette party ribbons I found at Christmas Tree Shops.)
The evening's events started with a pizza dinner then canvas painting. I cut a horse shape from vinyl using Cricut Old West. We stuck the horse onto the center of a plain 12x12 canvas and let the girls paint over it. When they were dry we peeled up the vinyl to reveal the horse shape.
After the painting was done, the girls decorated their own cupcakes and then we opened gifts.
The rest of the evening included lots of nail polish,
silly pictures in front of our photo backdrop,
and a princess movie.
At that point, several of the girls headed home while the rest got ready for bed. In the morning, we had breakfast, played outside, and hung out until the parents came. It was exhausting but tons of fun!