Bug’s Birthday Party

My younger daughter, Bug, turned 5 at the end of March, and had her first non-family birthday party. All of the girls from her class were invited, but only eight attended, which was the perfect number of girls, actually. Any more and it would have been overwhelming.

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The birthday girl with her crown and wand.

Bug requested to have her party at our house with a Sofia the First theme. I don’t dislike princesses, but most of the ideas I found online were either inappropriate for a 5 year old or glossy magazine fabulous.  I figured I could come up with something more realistic for 4 and 5 year old girls, and more fun for me to plan.

I ended up with 7 activities, and we made it through 5 of them. I over-planned on purpose because you never know how quickly or slowly kid will go through a given activity.  The girls alternated between the activities I planned, and playing in the living room with a bunch of balloons.

Hands down, the girls’ favorite activity was the slime (princess slime, of course).  All of them banged on the table, chanting “slime! slime!” until I brought out their choices. I ended up making a batch for them because they wanted to see how gross it looked before the ingredients coalesced.  We ended up less than 10 minutes of partytime left for cake, and even then I had to pry them away from the slime (with the promise they would be taking some home) before they would eat cake.

Activities:

As the girls arrived, they went to the party table to decorate crowns and wands. This kept most of them occupied for about 15 minutes.

When most of the girls were finished, I set up our next activity – spinner art crowns and castles (idea from Babble Dabble Do). This was a popular activity, with all of the girls doing at least three different pieces. All but one girl lost interest at that point. She decided to keep making spinner art while the other girls played with balloons in the living room.

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Spinner art crowns and castles. Put the paper in the bottom of a salad spinner, add paint, put the lid on and spin.

I let the girls play with balloons for a little bit, then corralled them back into the party room to play pin the amulet on Sofia. They went back into the living room to play with balloons once they all had a turn at the game.

Glitter bracelets (idea from Babble Dabble Do) were made throughout the party. One or two girls would wander over and my step-mom would help them make a bracelet. Use only a very small amount of glitter, or it will glob up and get stuck. Also make sure to leave a little bit of air after adding the water.

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All you need is clear plastic tubing from Lowe’s, epoxy, water, and decorations. We made our own funnels from construction paper (funnels are a must for the glitter). The girls chose from several different colors of glitter, small pearl beads, small gemstones, and small glass beads.

The highlight of the party? Princess slime (recipe from Learning Through Playing, and troubleshooting help from Fun at Home with Kids). Elmer’s glue is a must – it really does make a difference in the quality of the slime if you use a different brand. For the different colors, I used these liquid watercolors. To get the shimmer on the purple slime, I used the Make It Shimmer additive.

princess slime

Upper left: white glue, fine iridescent glitter. Upper right: white glue, fuschia liquid watercolor. Lower left: clear glue, fine magenta glitter, magenta liquid watercolor. Lower right: white glue, violet liquid watercolor, shimmer additive.

*Treasure crowns (idea from Growing a Jeweled Rose). These ended up being sent home with the girls in their goodie bags.  They were incredibly simple to make – baking soda, water, liquid watercolor, and fine glitter. I filled this mold up halfway with the mixture, added three mini gems – clear, lilac, and light pink, and filled the mold to the top.  The treasures really need to be done a few days in advance to make sure they are thoroughly hardened. They tend to be crumbly otherwise.

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Squirt vinegar onto the crown using a pipette, and watch as treasure is revealed.

The one activity we didn’t get to was decorating fans using pipettes and liquid watercolors. I have them tucked away to be used at some point in the future.

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