~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Invitations: I was going to order customized photo invitations from Etsy, but the date of her party kept changing, so I took matters into my own hands. I think we got a really cute result.
We purchased a beret and Paris themed scarf from eBay. A friend went outside and shot a few photos. I then used Picasa to add the party details. They were printed within an hour at our local Walgreens.
Paris Bingo - I used landmarks, etc., and hand drew individual bingo cards. They were topped off with a pink Paris stamp (which didn't scan). When I called each symbol out, I had the explanation/history (copied and pasted from Wikipedia, mostly) that I briefly told the girls, i.e., a brief sentence or two on Marie Antoinette (1st picture, 3rd row down).
Pin the Beret on the Birthday girl - I sent one of the photos from the invitation shoot to Staples. (You can do it through copy and print, choose an engineering print.) We ordered the 24" x 36" size, at $3.49 and used sticky tack to adhere it to the wall. We cut out pink and white berets before the party and the girls tried to stick the beret on Fun-Sized Chicks head.
Clothespin Butterflies - The girls made butterflies by folding a 3" x 5" index card in half, then cutting out a butterfly body. Then they used markers and colored pencils and made their own creations. Most of the girls made more than one butterfly. The butterflies were then hot glued to clothespins.
Butterflies on the Eiffel Tower -
The girls added them to the Eiffel Tower (This wasn't a game, per se, but an activity.)
I cut out the Eiffel Tower using my jig saw and a thin piece of wood that was lying around the garage. I tried to measure everything out, but ended up kind of free-handing the template as you can tell, if you look closely, that it's not really symmetrical. Artsy Chick did all of the intricate painting.
Lastly, we did a "photo booth". Nothing new here...Fun-Sized Chick made the lips, moustaches and eyeglasses. We used an empty frame I had around.
I didn't go all-out, eye candy decorating, but I hung pom poms on the chandy and kept to pink/black/white accessories. And, we finally conquered the cupcake icing! All this time we've been experimenting and have had flat icing. I Googled a recipe and found one that worked perfectly from Taste of Home.
Fun-Sized Chick made all of the picks using our die cutter and Paris-themed stamps (found at JoAnns, they are Fiskars, 12 Simple Stick, Paris motif), she also piped all of the frosting.
There was a lollipop bouquet that was part of the centerpiece. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die. I have made this before doing all freehand flowers, seen HERE.
Lastly, Treat Bags - We used plain white lunch bags, used rubber stamps on them, filled them with nail polish and candy that was part of the centerpiece, and the girls were able to clip them shut with their butterfly clothespins.
Thanks for stopping in, I hope I've inspired you!