Tuesday, March 8, 2016

{Party Bee} There's No Place Like Ava's 4th Birthday Party!

Another year has flown by and my daughter is another year older (it really does go by too quickly). For a couple years now, my kids have loved the movie, The Wizard of Oz. It is such a great family film with wonderful music, and this year she wanted to have a party all about Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz. I was very excited to create this party for her, the hardest part was trying to get myself to hold back because I wanted to do SO much (it is easy to let your imagination run wild when the theme is so much fun). The end result made my daughter smile and it made her so happy....my mission was accomplished!
The idea of this party definitely was inspired by Dorothy Gale and her iconic blue dress. All of my printables that I designed kept the blue gingham as its primary pattern with accents of red sparkle (to keep with the idea of the ruby red slippers). The front door sign welcomed our guests with a little quote from the movie. When they walked in and saw the dessert table, they also noticed a pair of legs with ruby red slippers coming out from the table. I just thought it added a funny element to the table don't want things to get too scary for the kids)!
 As my guests walked up to the house, I created a path for them to follow....specifically they had to "Follow the Yellow Brick Road".
I found a wonderful image on Etsy that I had printed and used as my backdrop to look like we were peering through a window and into Oz. It added such a lovely pop of color!
The ceramic centerpiece to the table was actually a gift given to me a year prior from my cousin, who knew we loved the movie. It was the perfect decoration! The sugar cookies this year were inspired by the yellow brick road, but I always love to use the kids ages so combining the two was the obvious solution.
I created chocolate covered Oreos inspired by the Tin Man. It took a little experimenting to get the white chocolate the right color, and then added a little bit of edible shimmer. Then I added a red heart and voila! I also wanted to include a treat for young children to enjoy, so I placed animal crackers into bags to represent "Lions, and Tigers, and Bears....oh my!".
As you may remember from the movie, the Wicked Witch used poppies to make Dorothy and her friends fall asleep. So I thought I would use poppies to adorn the cupcakes so that they look like a field of poppies. I also had to include the ruby red slippers somehow, so my dear friend made cake pops with red crystal sprinkles....they were delicious! 
Who doesn't think about the Munchkins and the Lollipop Guild when they think of The Wizard of Oz? I sure do! Thus, I had to include large swirly lollipops....the kids devoured these! I also had to-go bags for the guests to take treats home with a "very sweet" thank you message on them!
The centerpiece of the children's tables were a lot of fun to make. They were Lincoln Logs put together to look like Dorothy's house falling on the Witch of the East. These definitely got a few giggles! Each table also had white frames with Ava's pictures and fun birthday sayings.
 Every child had fun party favors to take home. They each received a party hat, Wizard of Oz coloring activity, and a party box filled with stickers, bubbles, and 3 very important things....
 ......each child left with a heart (an ornament), a brain (smarties rolled in paper), and courage (a sticker badge)!
When the guests arrived, the first game they got to play was guessing how many M&Ms were in the jar....the winner of course got the jar of M&Ms. Who knew 964 M&Ms could fit inside of that mason jar!?!
For the beverages I thought serving a kid and adult beverage would be fun....especially if I could play on another quote from the movie. The good witches were served pink lemonade, the bad witches were served a spiked lemonade (children weren't given the option to be bad).
Though, if the children really wanted to be bad, they could drink some "Wicked Water"....which was just plain ol' water!
The birthday girl had a very special cupcake adorned with two poppies and her very own number four candle.
The outside decorations carried on the decor from the inside....even the yellow brick road (though this was the game version).
 My little girl had so much fun dressing up as Dorothy, she especially loved carrying her Toto!
 We even had the rest of the characters show up to the party!
Our second game was a play on the cake walk, but we called it "Follow the Yellow Brick Road"! Instead of a cake, the person whose number was called received a character mask. As you can see the Glinda was very happy to have won her mask!
Our third game was a twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey....here we played "Pin the Heart on Tin Man".
The last activity was of course a pinata! We can never have a party without a pinata. The kids loved trying to bust the rainbow for candy.
This girl had such a special 4th birthday celebrating with family and friends! 
"A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others"...and she sure is loved!

Happy birthday my sweet girl!

Special Thanks to Nana for making the amazing Scarecrow costume, Grandma for the gingham curtains and tablecloths and for all the help at the party, Gabby for the delicious cakepops and to Gabby and Mel for being my right hand women before, during, and after the party!

Vendor Credits:
Printable Backdrop: ThumbAlinaLane
Gumpaste Poppies: Mary's Cake Confections
Ruby Red Slippers Iron On Applique: The Garden Boutique

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