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)