We are on number 8. Birthday party number 8. That surely makes me some form of expert? I’ll tell you what I do know though, and that is that gone are the days of a limp jam sandwich and pass the parcel. Like most things, we’re going the American way.
Today in celebration of our very own birthday, I’m going to share how to do a rocking Fashionista Party.
A gaggle of giggly girls.
A personalised going home party bag that is given on arrival, that includes:
· Iron-on patches. I got mine from the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Jennie Maizels from £1.99
· A photocopied sheet with a drawing of the T-shirt for the girls to plan their designs (don’t panic if you can’t draw – print one off the internet like I did!)
· T-shirts –plain, mine were from H&M £4.99 for a 2 pack
· Mechanical pencils Paperchase £3 for 10
Someone who can sew on a machine – and has one! I used Sew Much Fun.
Lots of trims – like ribbons, pom poms, buttons and beads.
Alcohol – that’s for you to get through this event!
Hand out party bags on arrival and ask each kid to open it up.
Show a demonstration T-shirt – one that has been customised earlier, to show all the techniques that could be used.
Get the girls designing their T-shirts on the photocopied sheets.
Have 3 adult supervised stations for the kids to create
1. Iron-on – adult will iron on the patches where the kids want them
2. Sewing machine – where the kids can instruct the seamstress with their creative inspiration for their T-shirts
3. Cutting and hand-sewing – this where the kids could put their personal twist on their T-shirt designs. Some went for cropped tops, others for beaded tassels, cut-outs, peplums – Gucci, Fendi, Prada eat your heart out!
One hour into their hard-core creativity, we gave the kids a sugar injection. Our parties are always at tea time – I find kids never eat the real meals – but funnily enough, when it’s treats, it all gets hovered up! These cupcake sweet towers were a winner! See how to make these on the blog this Friday.
Then it’s back to work! Once the catwalk creations were finished – the kids all changed into their tops and posed for our DIY photo booth. To make this, we used props £7.95 Not on the High Street plus some collected over the years – parties, dress-up, grandma’s old ugly necklaces. We also used a gold backdrop for the shots – ours is from Not on the High Street £12 and is attached with Bluetack or a pin.
The posing girls – free. And let me tell you how scarily natural it was for them all to do these poses at 8 years old! Then you simply click away with your camera or iPhone if you are less professional, like me.
The kids really loved the party. I really loved it being over. Now how to top that for number 9…