If Olivia can inspire your decor, she sure can inspire a terrific party. Michelle tells us about her Olivia-inspired and Olivia-worthy party for her daughter: I am a HUGE Olivia fan and have been since I walked past a Walden books window display ten years ago and purchased my first Olivia book. I fell in love with this little piglet that loves art and ballet and just has a lot of energy. I knew I wanted to throw my little girl an Olivia themed party back in January when she started fawning over the Olivia books and the TV show.
I started looking but no place made any type of Olivia product, so I decided to make most of the decorations either by hand or by transforming an already preexisting item. Of course I looked to my many blogs including Amy Atlas and Sara’s Party Perfect as well as the wonderful world of Etsy to find inspiration.
For the water bottle and candy labels I Googled "how to create label templates + free" and found really basic, easy to use templates. It is amazing what one can do simply in Word and with basic mailing labels. I knew I needed to present a table where food and drinks would be laid out in a stylish manner-nothing short of what Miss Olivia herself would want. I stuck to the red and white theme/color palette and I now realize that her table bordered on a "circus flair" which is fine with me as the second Olivia book has her saving the circus.
I ordered a majority of the tableware, table cloths, and bunting through Oriental Trading. I made individual-sized meals for the little ones and pizza and fruit for the adults. I wrapped each sandwich in a cellophane bag and adhered one of Emma's stickers which I made on a PC using Word and regular mailing labels. The mac n cheese were put into little containers I found at the Container Store and I attached small wooden spoon with bakers twine to each container so each child would have their own and feel somewhat "grown up". They really were the hit and kids love being able to feed themselves and feel special. I made sticker labels to go on the lids of the mac n cheese using the image from one of her books, "Dinner with Olivia" and I simply changed the text in Photoshop so it would read "Lunch with Emma!".
I would like to mention that I got the wooden spoons through the lovely website Garnish, along with the baker's twine and red paper straws. They are an amazing source for party ware and have incredible customer service. I also wanted to mention the paper “popcorn” vases that held both the flowers and the straws were ordered through Hicks Paper Goods. The images for the straw toppers and the treat bags were downloaded through the Nick JR site which has great printable images for all their shows.
It was such a delight planning and making all of this for my little girl, she and everyone had a great time.
Thanks Michelle! Readers, you can catch up with Michelle on Emma's World.