Thursday, November 17, 2011

art for addie!

My baby girl has now turned 8! It's still so hard to believe, but then again, I say that with every passing birthday!

This year, her party was perfectly suited for her; we had an ART PARTY! Because we weren't sure if the weather would cooperate (and we didn't want an instant replay of Sam's birthday) we opted for an indoor party. We cleared out our living room and set the stage!

We had several " art stations" for the kiddos to enjoy.

One station allowed the kiddos to tie-dye socks. This couldn't have been successful without the help of our great friends, Cortney & Lee - thank you ladies!

At another station, the birthday guests were able to customize their own notebook. (I bought several composition books at the beginning of the school year for super cheap - like 30 cent a piece - and covered the front with scrapbook paper and modge podge.) I gave them plenty of ribbon, jewels, cut-outs and other fun things to decorate with. Some of our sweet guests got a little carried away with the glue..

Another activity for everyone was to decorate their own wooden key chain. Thankfully, Addie has a grandpa that's super handy with a saw and made these. With a few different types of markers and a little creativity, the pieces of wood were transformed into unique souvenirs.

This go-round, we opted for cupcakes instead of a cake. Again - we have Grandpa to thank for the super cute wooden palettes. I'm so appreciative that I can call in my requests to him and he's always happy to comply!

After an elaborate (and very made-up!!) story from my hubby about the origination of the cupcake, we let everyone pick their own treat and decorate it at another station..

After cupcakes, ice cream and presents...

...we headed outside for a few games and a chance to color a banner for the birthday girl!

(love this - it's Ellee writing "I love you Addie")

Each artist went home with their keychain, socks and notebook. We topped that off with a goodie bag that had a few treats in them. One of the goodies inside was a stack of homemade crayons! Addie wrote on several different color paint chips and we attached them to the folded bag with a paintbrush. Trying to stay with the art theme...

It was a great day full of family, friends and fun!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

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