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8 Year Old Birthday Party

Okay, so I only hinted about Jade’s birthday party about 2 months ago, but I am finally getting around to sharing her birthday with you.  As far as birthdays go, this is one that I am particularly proud of.  Not because I am so awesome, but because she could not have been happier with how it turned out.

Much like Ivy’s birthday party, I have a great deal of gratitude to my mom  (and dad) for all that they did to make it truly amazing.

The theme that Jade selected was “Alice in Wonderland”.  She wanted to have her friends over and watch the movie and make personal pizzas.  So that is exactly what we did.

We decorated the house with big tissue flowers, hearts and bright colors.  My mom made the very fun banner with her “foster-cricut”.  (It is her friend’s cricut but it lives at my mom’s house).  Then in the dining room I set up another photo booth to take pictures of the kids for their party favors.  (By the way, The balloons were all done by “Balloons by Malloon

As each of the children arrived, I had them select a tea-cup, blue-bottle or a cupcake to hold while they posed with the Mad Hatter.  Some of the girls really hammed it up, while others sweetly posed and smiled.

During the movie, I printed all of the photos and put them in the photo envelopes like you would get at a high school dance.

The kids had a kick creating their own pizza.  A lesson I learned?  Don’t go overboard on the toppings.  Kids want pepperoni, cheese and more cheese for their toppings.

During the movie, everyone had popcorn bags, licorice, M&M’s and bottled water.  For the sake of my floor, I’m glad I did water.  But maybe flavored water (like Propel) would have been a better option.  The water mostly got sipped on and we were left with a bunch of nearly full bottles.

Half way through the movie we took a cake and ice cream break.  I made basic white cake and basic chocolate cupcakes.  The one thing I did to make them “Alice in Wonderland” like was to use my Rose pan from William-Sonoma and my Flower cupcake pan from Pampered Chef.  Then I drizzled a LOT of white frosting on them and covered in bright-colored sugars.

The movie ended just minutes before the parents started to show up to pick up their little girls.

Jade had a wonderful birthday party, she loved having her friends from school and dance come together and all get along like they had known each other for years.  (I was really surprised at how well they all played and embraced one another.  I was nervous about it and therefore had her limit her invites to those two groups).

The Tim Burton “Alice in Wonderland” was really great for 8 year olds.  It isn’t very scary, there are no inappropriate or sketchy scenes and the soundtrack is very fun.  There were moments that they all did a bit of dancing.

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11 comments to 8 Year Old Birthday Party

  • Miel Abeille
    Twitter: miel_et_lait

    Sounds like a memorable birthday party! I love Alice In Wonderland, although I struggled getting into the Tim Burton version. The classic is my favorite!
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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    Once I realized it wasn’t a remake but an extension, I embraced the movie much more.

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  • Alison@Mama Wants This
    Twitter: MamaWantsThis

    What a gorgeous party! I love the Mad Hatter cutout (?).
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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    thanks- she now has it in her bedroom with all of her flower hairclips clipped on around him. A bit big for an accessory holder, but it is to fun to store somewhere else.

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  • That is so fun! You are so creative.
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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    thanks 🙂

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  • Jessica
    Twitter: jessicatorres4

    What a fun birthday party. The cake was great with the all the crazy colors on it. My daughter is 7 and she was a little freaked out by Alice in Wonderland.

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    thanks- the cake was fun. What part freaks your daughter out?

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  • Camille
    Twitter: makeitworkmom

    love the theme! the cake! and the “drink me” idea! So very creative!

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  • Stephanie
    Twitter: stephsday

    What a fun birthday party! I love that you bought a full-size character for the girls to pose next to…and then printed the photos afterward. Great idea!

    Also – tell your mom that her banner is eye-catching! It’s the first thing I noticed. 🙂

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    thanks- I’ll let her know. I love that she has started making the banners for special events.

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