Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rainbow Party--How to Throw a Tween Party on a Budget

Somehow this little 2 year old 
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became a 12 year old.
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I have always only thrown friend birthday parties every other year for my kids.  We have family  parties the other years.  And this was a friend party year.  And quite honestly, I tried to talk her out of it.  Dear daughter wasn't having it.  I decided this was probably one of the last birthday parties I would be throwing since she is my youngest so I happily put something together.

The girl wanted rainbow colors, but not rainbows.   We decided to make a photo booth.  
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The girls had a lot of fun with this.  I used $1 store plastic tablecloths.  I folded the top over and taped it with packing tape to make a pocket and put these on a dowel for a backdrop.
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I made simple props out of fun foam and dowels.  The glasses and mustaches came together as a party favor from Target.  I took them apart to use separately.  We grabbed a Halloween wig from our stash and a few scarves.
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As guests arrived they guessed how many skittles were in this jar and took photo booth pictures.
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Next we made a craft because the daughter loves to craft--these are great time fillers.  I found 6 packs of 11x14 canvases at Wal-Mart for less than $2 a canvas.  I had the crayons leftover from preschool teaching days.  
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The girls peeled crayons and made their designs and I hot glued the crayons on.  They used the hair dryers to melt the crayons.  WARNING--they were messy and I have crayon wax all over the counter, backsplash, and floor.  It will scrape off, but if you do this, put down a plastic tablecloth or something.  The girls loved their finished art.
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Next we played some Minute to Win It games.  The first one was hilarious.  
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They had to get a cookie (a rainbow chip one to fit the theme) from their eyes into their mouths without touching it.
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 They played twice because they liked it so much.
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The night before the party we blew up 75 balloons--5 different colors.  We spread them around the room and then they had to pop one of each color using only their bums--no hands.  Loud, but a blast!
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We had a bubble gum blowing contest.  I gave them each 12 pieces of bubble gum--this was nice and quiet.
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My daughter wanted ice cream cone cupcakes with marshmallow cream frosting.  These are messy, drippy, not Martha quality at all, but yummy.
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I made a tie dyed pattern on top using this type of food coloring (I don't know the brand, hubby had bought it and the box is gone.).
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I used skewers and made an X out of 2 colors
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 and then swirled it together.
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We cut holes in a shirt box to set the cupcakes in and I tied a little ribbon around it to add some more color.
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Rainbow colored fruit salad added a little something healthy.  Plates, napkins, cups were all bought at the dollar store.
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Favors were the crayon art canvases, a box of Skittles, and my daughter made a rainbow loom bracelet for each girl.
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The party was a great success and lots of fun, and whew, over!

Happy 12th birthday sweet girl!

8 comments:

  1. Wow! You should get the Mom of the year award...what a party! I cannot blame you for going big...soon she will be grown and gone...:( They all look like they had a blast.. I especially love canvas crayon art... great idea... Happy Birthday to your daughter and "Great Mom Award" to you! Blessings!

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  2. Birthdays at that age can be so tough. I think you nailed another one!!! Great job!

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  3. That looked like a lot of fun and it made a great memory!

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  4. Great job, Becky! Looks like the girls had fun.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  5. You made memories, which is more important than making Martha cupcakes.

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  6. What a sweet party! I will definitely be using some of these fun ideas for our next shin-dig!

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  7. Oh my goodness...I can't believe how grownup Tess is. What in the world--the years are flying by!

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  8. Happy birthday to your baby girl! Love the photo booth and props! Looks like everyone had a great time! Good job mom!

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