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Playing Dress Up What girl doesn’t love playing dress up (regardless of her age)? This party is designed for any girl who piles on the necklaces and feather boas. It originated as a party for my twins when they wanted two different themes for their fourth birthday. I suggested a dress up party so one could be Little Mermaid and the other Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. I’ve now done this party for four-year-olds and eight-year-olds ‌ both ages loved it! Whether you make this a dress up party or princess party, I hope your daughter and her friends have just as much fun!

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Inside Party Budget........................... 4 When & Where.........................9 Party Printables....................... 10 Seating................................. 14 Table Settings..........................17 Dessert Table.........................20 Menu...................................25 Cake....................................29 Decorations...........................30 Activities...............................36 Favors...................................46 Preparing for Your Party...........50 Party Schedule........................ 55 Tutorial: Embellished Dawn Bottle........................ 57 Tutorial: Favor Sack.................59 Tutorial: Award Ribbon............ 61


Party Budget How much you spend on your party will depend on how much you are willing to do yourself, how many guests you invite, and how elaborate you wish the party to be. So, because everyone’s situation is different, I’ve included budget-minded ideas as well as more extravagant ideas throughout this party plan.

I also am a firm believer in repurposing items you already have in your home. Your candle stand can display deserts. Your picture frame can hold an invitation. Your scrapbook paper can create a banner. So get creative, look around your house with new eyes, and you’ll be amazed at what you can save by shopping at home.

This budget assumes you have your own serving pieces, like a cake stand or platters. If not, log onto Etsy or take a trip to HomeGoods!

Of course, all the choices are yours and you can trim the budget to fit your needs. Maybe you don’t need the necklace craft, but you want a professional to take photos. Maybe you’ll make your own cake. It’s all up to you.

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When & Where I usually hold parties at 2 p.m. on a Sunday. A mid-day party allows for: • Morning of the party prep time. • Your guests will be done with lessons or religious services. • Your party is still early enough that dinner won’t be ruined.

Having the party on Sunday afternoon allows you time on Saturday for party prep.

I am a big believer in at-home parties for children. I have had parties in our basement playroom, at our kitchen table and in our formal dining room. Your house doesn’t have to be perfect, just neat and clean. That can be easier said than done when you have young children. That’s why I love www.flylady.net – it’s the only way I’ve managed to keep house with twins.

The founder of FlyLady, Marla Cilley, has created super-easy systems for decluttering and cleaning your house and keeping it clean so you won’t be a victim of CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome). And since CHAOS prevents at-home parties, I’m against it.

Since we held this party right before Christmas, I broke my own at-home rule and held the party at my hair salon. It’s a wonderful, eclectic space with brick walls and Victorian furniture recovered in bright velvets. It actually inspired our color palette of hot pink, turquoise and yellow.

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Seating Since I used a coffee table instead of a full-size table, I used floor pillows instead of chairs. The pillows are from Tuesday Morning and I used pink and yellow.

For the littlest guests (ages 3 and 4), I think it’s ultimately easiest to rent a table(s) and chairs sized just for children. That way you don’t have to worry about spills on your good upholstered chairs. If you have the option, select chairs in a single color. It will give your party more uniformity.

If you need to be more budget-minded, you could borrow tables and chairs from neighbors. The trick there is to make various table shapes, sizes and heights work together. Cloth tablecloths are the best option to make the tables look more uniform.

To unify mismatched child-sized chairs, consider our Chair Cover Pockets from our shop: http://doublefunparties.com/shop. These are available in hot pink with a white polka dot.

If you are using adult-sized chairs, you can purchase a fold-over Chair Cover – just request the hot pink polka dot fabric: http://bit.ly/O5MMLV. The covers just fold over the back of your chairs. Then tie the grosgrain ribbon around the sides of your chairs and you're done.

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Let us know how it went! We’d love to see your pictures. Just send them to Jennifer@doublefunparties.com. Photography Viridian Images Photography (www.virimages.com) Tutorial Photography Double the Fun Parties (www.doublefunparties.com)

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