Ellie's 7th Birthday Party

This may be the longest post ever done on Two Ellie, but 7th birthdays are a big deal. Ha. Ellie knew what she wanted for this years party, lots of colors, sparkle, pinata bashing and a touch of fairies. Of course I wanted to deliver. We had the party later in the evening and made it an ice cream social with cake. Really what is a birthday party without cake? I will post links to goods at the end of the post. These are the invites I came up with to usher in her color loving ways...

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Of course Ellie's ribbons she won from her horse show earlier in the day had to be displayed.

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The day before Ellie and KJ decided they wanted to make some of the decor so they colored a bunch of elephant portraits. The garland I made and the flowers were from daddy.

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The gold number balloon has quickly become a staple for all our parties and the glow sticks were perfect once the sun went down.

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During parties I try to keep everyone entertained with arts and crafts and such so toys don't end up everywhere.

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I still have this room set up. Tried to convince the Mr to let me keep it up till my birthday on the 22nd. I have a feeling though that they will be coming down sooner than later though.

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How I incorporated the fairies into the party...

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Some of the toppings for the ice cream which ended up being a huge hit.

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The mandatory funny face pic with my girl...

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PiΓ±ata time was tons of fun. The Mr decided he would hold it up. A daring choice it was...

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Alas this was one tough piΓ±ata so a few of the adults got a go. The Mr knows my athletic skills and I believe he was quite nervous that I would miss and miss I did not. I also did not bust it. That honor went to long time friend Chris, the guitarist from Act of Congress. Have you heard their new Album. It is FABULOUS!!!

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I love her and was happy to make her party day dreams come true...

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The Details:

- For the gold tassels I used this tutorial and my own version for the longer ones. I bought the mylar sheets here. They are not easy to make. The mylar slides. It was most definitely worth it though. They have been used in two parties thus far. I am sure using tissue paper would be much easier.

- The ruffle streamers, ice cream cups, wooden spoons, straws, lanterns, and candles were all purchased from Shop Sweet Lulu.

- Big gold seven, piΓ±ata + stick, and candy apple peppermint sticks are from our local Party City.

- Glow sticks, napkins, and paper plates were purchased at Target. The confetti table cloth is from there too, but it was bought back in March.

- Art & craft supplies are all from Michael's

- Gold votives bought here.

- The grass for under the cake was purchased for another party and I was able to use it again. It was purchased from Save on Crafts.

- Cake from Edgars as always.