Everyone that knows me, knows how much I love party planning, DIY project and Disney! So, when our daughter wanted an "adultish" party, I decided to try in and tap into my 3 great passions. I am a HUGE Disney fan and lucky for me so is my daughter... We even share the same favorite princess, Ariel. So, thanks to ABS's "ONCE upon a time" show, we can continue our love for fairy tales and Disney in a more mature fashion. So, we picked the theme "ONCE upon a time at Liora's 10th Birthday" and decided to make it a costume party. Next, we picked an "adultish" party place CHILL of Brooklyn, set the date, and sent out invitations.
Now, to DIY items. I have become a huge Pinterest addict and wanted to give dollar store + hot glue + spray paint a try. I also have been doing bottle up-cycling and so below are the results of my crafting.
Picture of the desert table with the board created using painted frames from Michaels, stickers, photos of the Birthday girl through the years mostly as a princess AND favorite quotes and photos of characters from the show we love.
Some home made deserts, and labels printed to match the theme. Deserts included chocolate covered pretzels (magic wands) and chocolate covered stawberries (Rumpelstiltskin's dark heart), red velvet heart shaped cookies (Regina's heart collection), and apple rosettes (Belle's rose). Additionally, white gumballs represented sea pearls (Ariel's treasures), chocolate gold coins (Hook's gold), and pixie sticks (Tinkerbell's pixie dust).
Favors was another DIY "dollar tree" project - mugs that had guest's initials on them. I used permanent markers, home made initial stickers and dotted each cup individually. Then the mugs were baked for 30 minutes so that the paint stays. Each mug also contained Emma & Henry's favorite hot chocolate with marshmallows. The label with a thank you note was attached to each mug. Grandparents and aunts/uncles took home picture frames with the themed photo of a birthday girl.
My favorite details of the party was the cake, created by the very talented Svetlana Stepanova. I turn to her for all of family parties and she always delivers a cake that is a perfect match with the vision. I loved the coral details she added to mark our favorite princess Ariel.
All in all it was an awesome party! Kids were entertained by the staff, enjoyed the space and virtual games, played relay games, danced and had a break-dance lesson and a performance. They went home with bags filled with sweets and big smiles on their faces. And the adults got to enjoy watching the kids from the second floor balcony, enjoying food, refreshments and good company!
Now, what new DIY project to take on?!