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My “little” girl celebrated a birthday this month. It’s bittersweet for me- her last year of preschool before starting kindergarten- so I’ve been soaking it up a bit. The hubby accused me of giving her a “birthmonth” celebration rather than just a birthday, and he’s probably right. I blame it on Disney Junior. It’s birthday month there, too, so I’m simply following suit. A spa party, a cook-out, and cupcakes at school isn’t too much, right? Oh, good. I didn’t think so either. In that case, we’ll end the birthmonth celebration with an intimate at-home Sofia the First tea birthday party.
You all know that normally I DIY most of my party details. From invitations to quick-turnaround parties, I like to put a personal spin on the details. But it’s just as awesome to buy special items that are already made, too. It can take a bit of stress out of any party and allow me to enjoy more of the actual day. For our Sofia the First event, the only item that I chose to DIY was the Amulet Centerpiece. If you can cut and glue, then you can make this easy centerpiece, too! So whether you are DIYing or buying, here are a few simple Birthday Party Ideas with Sofia the First.
- Large piece of styrofoam
- Purple scrapbook paper (12×12)
- Silver glitter scrapbook paper (12×12)
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Large beads (Thanks to CraftProjectIdeas.com for the large beads!)
- String of beads (Smaller individual beads will also work but will be much harder to arrange on the centerpiece. I removed a string of beads from a piece of scrap lace to use for this.)
- Craft knife
Begin by drawing a teardrop shape on either a piece of scrapbook paper or the styrofoam. I chose to draw directly on the styrofoam, which was probably not the easiest way but it worked. I am also revealing today that I am a TERRIBLE freehand artist, as you can see below.
Cut out the styrofoam shape.
Cut out two of the same shape from the silver glitter scrapbook paper and use hot glue to adhere it to both sides of the styrofoam. Apply the glue first to the paper, not the styrofoam, to keep the styrofoam from melting. Cut a smaller teardrop shape from the purple paper and glue it on top of the silver.
Glue two large beads at the top. Connect them with by gluing a string of beads from one large bead to the other.
I left the sides of mine plain, but if you can always glue a strip of ribbon around the side to hide the styrofoam. When it comes to displaying the centerpiece, I admit to cheating. I snagged a piece to one of the kids’ toys (you know those stacking toys?) and inserted the stick portion through the styrofoam to create a stand. Get creative- you never know what is just hanging around the house, waiting to be used!
The rest of the party supplies I picked up at Walmart. From the toy department, to the American Greetings party supply section, to the card selection, Sofia the First is everywhere!
We set up our little party in her playroom. I let her help me, which was half the fun! She has very distinct ideas regarding plate, cup, and napkin placement.
We still have these swirly decorations up in the playroom because they’re just so cool. The kids like seeing them blow about when the air conditioning starts.
The costume and gift were by far her favorite part! She says that Sofia the First has a “big heart”, and that she wants to be just like her. I think she feels one step closer to that in her costume.
Do you have any Sofia the First fans at your house? What do you like the best about Sofia the First?