Thursday, October 4, 2012

 Hap~PEA Birthday "PEA" J Party

A confession… Scooters actual birthday was months ago.  I had the party planned.  Most of the goodies purchased but I starting feeling sick.   Really sick.  I got up everyday, put a smile on my face and got through by a hair.  I couldn't quite get the energy I needed to put the party together.  Then we discovered the problem.  It was nothing major, but it did require a couple of surgeries to fix.  Finally after the surgeries and recuperation I felt like me again.  At this time it was the beginning of August and I decided to spend more quality, not sick anymore, time with my littles before they headed back to school.  As well it appears a small tornado had dropped right into the middle of my home.  It's amazing what happens to a home when Mom is sick.  So as soon as school started up again, and we could see the floor again, I jumped into party planning mode.  And finally… we had her birthday party.  I'm so grateful she is patient with her mommy.  I'm also glad I didn't shy away from finishing it just because time had passed.  We had so much fun!
A while back I posted my daughters 
My oldest daughter expressed how much she wanted a P.J. party for a birthday.  She also wanted to use the Bed Table.  That's when this idea was born.  I secretly love the idea too.  Simply because she turned 10, and I know pretty soon the days of princesses will be gone.  They will be replaced with boy bands, fashion, head phones and text messages Sniff.   
I want to keep her young as long as I can.
Ahem... no I don't live on "Happy Lane".  My daughters name isn't really Scooter either, that's a nickname. :)  I changed this one for blogging purposes.
The inside read
Hear ye Hear ye
You are cordially invited to attend a...
Hap"Pea" Birthday
"Pea" J Party
Princess Scooter
Your presence is requested at the 
Snow Castle
1234 Happy Lane
Saturday the 22nd of September
From 6:00 until 8:30 p.m.
Pretty "Peas"
Wear your "Pea"J's!

So this is literally 5 twin mattresses/box springs stacked on top of each other.  (We raided all of the beds in the house).  I made sure the bottom mattress was a heavy box spring. The top mattress is a box spring as well, but it was pretty light weight.  We added a piece of particle board on top of it.  It gave it a solid flat surface for the plates and such. It was actually quite stable.  We didn't let the kids go climbing on it or anything.  I was a little worried that the girls wouldn't like standing around the table as opposed to sitting.  But they loved it. I think they enjoyed it because it was so different from the norm.  Standing to eat, their food on a bed!  Cute girls.
It's nice to be able to use something I've already made in another party.  Who knows where else the headboard will show up.
My husband is such a good sport.  I'm so grateful for a guy that just smiles when I say 
"So, ummm, I have this idea…"  
He was so helpful in moving all of the furniture for me.  Thanks hun.
I hung Martha Stewart Green accordion lanterns as a fun detail above the bed.

The Cake  
I made a little cake topper that say's "Pea"ce of cake on it.  And of course the inside had to be filled with "peas."  I used my polka dot cake technique to get the affect. Here is a link to the tutorial.
It was hilarious.  The girls literally gasped when I cut it open.  One little girl said "Oh no, I forgot my phone, can you take a photo for my mom."  She loves to bake, and was pretty impressed with it. 
We also had "Sugar Peas"! Cake balls dipped in green candy melts.  Topped with sanding sugar.
The Stewarts key lime sodas were labeled Slee-"Pea" Potion.  
I trimmed the edges with this Martha Stewart scallop edger punch
The straws had Zzzzz flags attached to  them.
Then for the ice cream… I made these little crown wraps to fit around these little dessert cups.  I picked mine up from walmart for $1.98 a piece.  Here is a link to purchase them on Amazon.  Then we filled them with lime sherbet.  I used a melon baller before hand to make the sherbet into "peas" (I stored them in ziplock baggies and then poured them into the dishes when it was serving time).  And p.s. pouring the Stewarts key lime soda on top (the Slee"Pea" potion) of the sherbet was a hit.  
They were like little lime floats.  Yummers.
Hap~Pea Birthday Banner
 Shhhhh Banner on the door to welcome the guests. 
I wrote a little poem and had it printed up.

Tuck me in and turn out the light.
Sing songs, then kiss me goodnight.

Another glass of water, a trip to the loo.
Sadly none of these attempts will do.

I'll toss and squirm and kick and fight.
It really isn't that late tonight.

For try as I will, I can't sleep you see.
It's not my fault, it's the princess in me!

It looked sweet on the party favor display.
Our activities…
I divided the girls into three groups.  
Then we rotated each group from activity to activity.
Twinkle Toes~ Painted glitter toes on the girls
Princess Slippers~  We decorated flip flops with fabric strips.
Sleeping Queens~ A cute card game we played.  You can find it here… Sleeping Queens.

I snagged these green ball favor containers from Party City.  
Here is a link Green Party Favor Balls.
I sprayed (the green side) with spray adhesive, added green glitter, and sealed it with a clear gloss top coat (to keep the glitter from getting everywhere).
 Then I filled them with all sorts of round green candies, added ribbon and a "Sweet Pea" tag. 

I made each girl a small pillow & sleeping mask.  
I was going to make blankets… but honestly I found these at Ikea and it was worth it to just purchase them.  I added a paper crown that wrapped around each blanket.  
The girls were over the moon with their favors.  They were talking about putting the blanket and pillow on their bed, picking out the pillow that would best match their room decor.  Honestly, Scooter has such cutie pie friends.  I loved having them over. 

 I learned my lesson from the night owl party.  This time I have everything available as printable downloads in my etsy shop now.  Last time I kept you waiting… oops.  
Here is the link…  
Sweet Dreams!