Abby turned 4 this month and decided on on a Pinkalicious theme for her party. If you haven't seen the book, you should really check it out. It is very cute.
We decorated with a combo of handmade and store bought. I sewed the circle and cupcake garland/streamers. And I made the tissue paper balls using this tutorial from Happy Together. I plan to hang them both in Abby's room now that the party is over.
We made wands like the one's Pinkalicious carries. I used giant pink pixie sticks (super discounted on Valentine's clearance) for the stick. Then I bought a couple of sheets of gold craft foam and used my cookie cutter from last year's wand cookie favors as a stencil for the wand toppers. It was great because I just pushed it into the foam until it left an outline and then just cut around it. Saved lots of tracing time. We decorated the wands with ribbon, stickers and glitter glue that I already had on hand. Best inexpensive craft ever!
I usually pride myself on my birthday cupcakes, but really ran out of time this year. I used a couple of different vanilla cupcake recipes from the Cake Mix Doctor book with homemade buttercream frosting. I dyed everything pink, of course. Got the cherries on top, but didn't have time to do the dark pink piping. And Abby wanted to help decorate them (and it is HER party, after all) so she and her friend, Mia, were on sprinkle duty. So even though they were not true to the book, I still think they were adorable. And tasty!
The rest of the food consisted of various green foods, of course. Seriously, go read the book if you don't know what I'm talking about.
Favors consisted of goodie bags full of Pinkaliciousness! My Aunt Carolyn had a ball putting these bags together (Thanks Aunt Carolyn!) and I added my personal touch of these little personalized candy notes. I sent my husband this link and asked him if he thought he could recreate them. Well, it looks like the answer was yes!
All in all, I was very happy with how everything turned out. And more importantly, Abby was too!