became a 12 year old.
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.
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.
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.
As guests arrived they guessed how many skittles were in this jar and took photo booth pictures.
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.
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.
Next we played some Minute to Win It games. The first one was hilarious.
They had to get a cookie (a rainbow chip one to fit the theme) from their eyes into their mouths without touching it.
They played twice because they liked it so much.
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!
We had a bubble gum blowing contest. I gave them each 12 pieces of bubble gum--this was nice and quiet.
My daughter wanted ice cream cone cupcakes with marshmallow cream frosting. These are messy, drippy, not Martha quality at all, but yummy.
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.).
I used skewers and made an X out of 2 colors
and then swirled it together.
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.
Rainbow colored fruit salad added a little something healthy. Plates, napkins, cups were all bought at the dollar store.
Favors were the crayon art canvases, a box of Skittles, and my daughter made a rainbow loom bracelet for each girl.
The party was a great success and lots of fun, and whew, over!
Happy 12th birthday sweet girl!