Best Kids Parties: "Fancy Pants"

My Party

Name: Gigi
Location: Provo, UT

Gigi is a girly girl through and through. I wanted her party to be festive and fun, without being too locked in to one specific theme. So I decided on a "Fancy Pants" party.

The invitations asked guest to wear their fanciest pants, instructing them that prizes would be given for the pants that were the fanciest. I then got to work creating fascinators (miniature headpieces) for the women, and bow ties for the gentlemen. I wanted the guests to feel fancy as they arrived! (See my tutorial for how to create these fancy party hats.) I used sheets of pre-glittered foam for the hats and the "1"s on the bow ties.

I held the party in the afternoon and served fancy finger foods, fancy chips and lots of fancy sweets. I used rock candy on mini donuts and on a 5-layer cake to add a little bling. The birthday girl adores blueberries, so I took the color inspiration for the party from that.

I used some plastic champagne flutes I had on hand and rimmed the edges with hot pink sprinkles to help give the tables some pop, without spending any additional money.

I didn't have a lot of money for decorations so I used some cheap felt (again, something I already had) and used every inch of it! I made giant "1"s on the tables from it, banners, and bow ties. I also made a very inexpensive photo wall by using butcher paper and colored duct tape. I also used the teal duct tape to spice up the handles on my signs. Using poster board I made a "Pin the Fancy Pants on the Pony" game. Again, I used cheap felt for the pants and the pony's bow tie.

Guests had a lot of fun being fancy and Gigi loved every minute of it!

Thanks Alison! Readers, see much more of Gigi's party on Alison's super fun blog, The Alison Show.

(Images: Heather Mildenstein)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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