Monday, September 10, 2012

Libby's Camp In: Turning Eight Is Oh So Great

She did it; she is officially eight. 
And that, my friends, it worth celebrating. 

And eight-year-olds like slumber least mine does. 
And eight-year-olds like camping...the kind without tents and with air-conditioning. 

So, let's take a little peek at the grand adventure I like to call Libby's Camp In. 

First, the invites: 

The party table, complete with favors, yummy snacks, and cake decorating supplies: 

I kept the treats simple since we were also having pizza. 
Three treats were all she wrote: s'mores, cake balls, and dirt cake in mason jars. 
Super easy and glad I didn't make more...we'll be eating cake pops all week. 

Since I didn't want the girls playing with fire, I premade s'mores with marshmallow cream and melted chocolate and then added some sprinkles for fun. Everything is better with sprinkles, don't you know? 

And then the cake balls got a little extra attention as well. I always try to incorporate the birthday girl's age into her party decor somehow. 

You may recall that two years ago, Libby had a cake decorating party.  It was the party to top all parties. And since we live in a new town now, Libby wanted her new friends to decorate cakes too. Fine by me.

 But to stick with the theme I picked treats that kept with the camping vibe:
-Swedish fish
-gummy worms
-green sprinkles (grass)
-colored sprinkles (flowers)
-animal crackers
-pretzels (trees or logs)

The girls LOVED it! I highly recommend this for your daughter's next birthday. It's easy and fun and can be done by virtually any age and made to match pretty much any theme. 

The dirt cake was the highlight of the party. AND Libby made it all by herself. We'll call it her contribution. She simply layered crushed Oreo's and chocolate pudding and them stuck some gummy worms in for fun. The girls LOVED it.....especially the whole eating worms part. 

For favors, I turned to my Silhouette and did a little vinyl cutting. I found these adorable pink flashlights at... are you ready for it? THE DOLLAR TREE! The girls LOVED them, and the water bottles made it easy to tell which drink belonged to which girl all night. 

I then whipped up this little number, also with vinyl. 

The birthday girl loved everything about her first slumber party. 

And this may possibly be my favorite picture EVER of fits her personality to a tee. 

The girls were so creative with their cakes!
They used icing and sprinkles and pretzels to make trees. 

And I cut a vinyl letter for each girl and sent their cakes home in cake boxes. 

There was pizza. 
There were sprinkles.
There was lots of glitter, and screaming, and Taylor Swift.
About the only thing missing from this party was sleep....there wasn't much of that. 

If you need me, I'll be scrubbing glitter off my floors 'til the end of time. 

Happy Monday to you. 
Oh, and congrats to KRISTEN MILLICAN! 
You won my Noonday giveaway. 

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  1. This is adorable!!!! Definitely pinning this idea to use many years from now when my little girl is older :)

  2. Oh what fun. Savor the memory before she is eight-ten:)

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  3. Libby looked like she had a blast. Great idea for a party. Stopping by from Sew Chatty's linky party and your newest follower.

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