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Several weeks ago I threw my daughter a Fancy Nancy birthday party for her 5th birthday.
I had so much fun doing it that I wanted to share it here on my blog. Why??? You're right - this is totally not an Ali post. Because frankly, it was a lot of fun to do and it was pretty easy. And also I'm REALLY proud of myself.
I believe in throwing your kids at least one good party YOURSELF. Kind of like earning a Mom Badge. This was a lot of work that I did over the span of several weeks, but totally not over-the-top. This Fancy Nancy birthday party was really do-able for a regular mom and I didn't blow the budget.
These Fancy Nancy birthday party ideas can be adapted to any party for a little girl who is totally frou frou.
We invited a dozen girls (no boys and even kicked her brothers out).
I wanted them to have a special event where they could feel grown-up and...fancy.
On the invitation (customized by someone on Ebay, just search Custom Fancy Nancy birthday party invitations), I wrote "Natalie will be wearing her most exquisite ensemble. Feel free to do the same." Translation: Don't show up in shorts.
First, I gave out goody bags when the girls arrived to get them all gussied up for the soire (that's a fancy word for "party"). Inexpensive bags from the dollar store with a few beaded necklaces, a boa and a tiara in each.
Being a Pinterest junkie I found the following and made them all myself.
- Tissue paper pom-poms - All over Pinterest, I YouTubed instructions for making them. They take a while and a little practice. However, if time is precious for you, buying them makes sense. Believe me! I got my sister and sister-in-law to help.
- Feather boas - Warning: you will have feathers all over your house for weeks, but a Fancy Nancy birthday party wouldn't be the same without them.
- Dress up - I bought a wardrobe rack at Walmart for $15 and hung every single princess dress and tutu Natalie had from it and let the girls mix and match. They could put them on right over their clothes. I was worried that they wouldn't do it, but they all really got into it. However, they eventually took it all off.
- Bracelet making - I bought kits from the dollar store and each girl made one. Easy!
- Paper on the table - An Ali original. Tape craft paper from a roll (or freezer paper) to the coffee table and set out a bucket of crayons. They love it and it saves your table (or covers it up if your kids have destroyed it). If you look at the photo below you'll also notice that her brother came home and wrote "you stink" on it.
Don't go nutty. Kids are kids and they don't eat anything weird...just make regular foods fancy. And as Fancy Nancy would tell you everything is fancier with a frilly toothpick. OK, I admit I made my own frilly toothpicks with curling ribbon, but that was the only crazy thing I did. I promise.
- Pink lemonade - I froze ice cubes with lemon slices in them
- Chicken nuggets - BJs frozen section
- PB&J cut with fancy cookie cutters
- Mini Corndogs - BJs frozen section
- Rainbow fruit skewers (huge hit)
- Carrot sticks
- Cupcakes - I normally do cake, but this party screamed *cupcakes.* Ordered pink ones at the grocery store and put my own cherries and pink sugar on them. Tip: I didn't want to buy a nice cupcake stand because I'll never use it again. I found a paper one at Hobby Lobby and decorated it.
We used the dining room table and added a few extra chairs. I saw lots of great table settings online with huge centerpieces, but this party was for short people so I kept the centerpieces the same way.
The big thing about the table was that I couldn't get over the idea of NOT having real teacups. I went to Goodwill on a whim and found real China ones (Mikasa, etc.) for less than $1 each. I did have to go to two Goodwills to get all white. I skipped the saucers and used doilies instead.
I went on YouTube and found an easy way to fold napkins so I could put the fork in and use it as a place card too.
- Plastic table cloth (I used fancy ribbons to tie the ends)
- Paper plates, flatware and napkins
- Wrapping paper down the center of the table like a runner
- Dyed rice in the candle holders (directions on Pinterest) - I forgot to light the tea lights
- Silk flowers - I really wanted fresh, but it would have blown the budget
- Jewels - Dollar store rhinestones that I flung all over the table. It needed a little extra oomph.
And I also might have bought a fabulous prom dress worthy of only a Fancy Nancy birthday party while I was at Goodwill.