So, been a bit busy…My crazy life has consisted of costuming and rehearsals and throw in a sick kid and that equals no time to post! But, here I am back again to show you a rockin’ party that I did this weekend. It had 4 birthday girls and 29 guests…it was a blast!
Here’s what we did – The kid’s LOVE neon – it’s everywhere you look these days, so I wasn’t surprised when they requested it as a theme. They also all LOVE to dance, so I dubbed the party the “Neon Glow Dance Party.”
First – the invitations – I posted those a while ago and you can see the instructions here.
I made them with scrapbook paper, glitter tape, rhinestones, and my Cricut:)
Then came the craft idea – I bought white boys undershirts – they equaled about $1.65 a piece.
Then – I cut the bottom hem and the sleeve ends off with my rotary cutter.
Next, I used my rotary cutter to cut strips into the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves, like so…
Then, I found a boombox and guitar on my Cricut and a peace sign on clipart and cut them out of cardstock. Then traced them onto cotton fabric and cut them out. This took FOREVER! Put on a long movie or get your friends to help – of course, it could have been that I had to make 30 of them:/
Next, I ironed the appliques onto heat transfer paper. Here’s what I used…
I did several at a time by laying them on my ironing board and then putting the transfer paper on top and ironing the back – this ruined my ironing board cover – Grrr…Not sure how to prevent this – maybe cut the shapes out of the transfer paper and then ironing them on? I’ll have to try that next time – after I buy a new cover…
Next, I made duct tape bows for all the girl party guests. You can see my post about those here.
They were super cute and very easy to make. I left a few shirts plain for the boys to pick a manly colored applique and iron on for their shirt. So, the shirts and bows were the party favors and came to less than $5 per guest!
I also bought glow in the dark pony beads and the guests – after picking out their iron on transfer and getting one of the mom’s to iron it on for them – strung them onto the fringed pieces. Next time, I will iron on the transfers first and let them pick their shirt, then they can start stringing beads right away.
I made each birthday girl’s name out of neon scrapbook paper on my Cricut – it was just the alphabet that come on the machine.
Then – we rented the dance studio – I taped the names onto the mirrors.
I used white tablecloths and spools of neon green and neon pink tulle to jazz them up a bit. Also, I cut tiny shapes with my Cricut and made “table scatter” to add more neon.
We bought 4 different mini cupcakes – representing the 4 birthday girls and displayed them on another table.
The shirts were the first thing we had the guests do, so that they could all wear the shirts and bows for the party. It was a super zen craft time during the beading – the kids were so focused and even the parents got into it.
And here’s one of my Madelyn and our hip-hop helper, Rhianna (also Madelyn’s babysitter extraordinaire) crafting it up.
After everyone was done – they were ready to party!
We hired a hip hop teacher – the fabulous Rhianna – to play DJ and teach the kids a hip hop dance.
All the kids got glow necklaces and glow bracelets – found at Wal-mart and the dollar store. We borrowed black lights and turned on the flashing disco ball that was already in the studio, turned off the main lights and – instant kid’s dance club! The kids went wild! Everyone was dancing like crazy – even some parents!
Of course, my kid wanted to turn the boombox upside down so that it looked like a scull…she might be part pirate:)
Here’s one of Madelyn break dancing:) She cracks me up!
We took a break from dancing to sing to each birthday girl individually and ate cupcakes!
Right after cake, I had the birthday girls sit under their name on the mirror and had the guests bring their presents to their friends and they all opened them at the same time, so that we didn’t open presents for hours:)
We had blast and all kind of felt like this when it was over…
Happy birthday to Karis, Olivia, Izzy and Mariah!