This sweet girl of mine just turned EIGHT! I can hardly believe it. When my kids turn 8, we have a big ol’ celebration with way too many friends, and a party to perfection. 🙂
It all started with a birthday cake. We found one similar to this and Kate fell in LOVE with it. So we had to do it. It was super simple.
We used 1 chocolate cake mix and 1 vanilla cake mix. We divided them into 4 6 inch cake pans (2 vanilla pans, 2 chocolate pans) and made 4 cupcakes (2 of each flavor). Once they were nice and cooled down, we evened off the tops, and stacked them, into two cakes. Each was 1/2 vanilla, 1/2 chocolate. We stacked the one cake (with buttercream frosting in the middle), and then got a 5 inch cake board and put that on top (with a small dollop of frosting to help it stick), and then we stacked the next cake on top of the cardboard.
We did that so that we basically had 2 cakes, and we weren’t handing out super thin tall pieces of cake. They all got a normal sized piece of cake. Then some of my kids got the cupcakes on the top. I frosted the outside with all buttercream. I did a crumb coat with white that was just a thin layer, but it in the fridge overnight, and the day of the party, I made the frosting and frosted the cake.
MAKE YOUR OWN: BEAUTY NAILS
As the girls arrived they got got to paint their nails, and I did a little Jamberry nail wraps on each of them. It was fun to see what they picked and they just loved to paint their own nails.
After nail painting we divided up into groups. We had a face mask group, making bath salts, and making face masks.
MAKE YOUR OWN: BEAUTY FACE RELAXING MASK
The relaxing face masks were totally a bust. The mask we found to make was TOTALLY running and crazy, and not okay for the purpose we had. SO … they just relaxed and put cucumbers on their eyes while we played relaxing music. Each of the girls got a headband to keep their hair out of the way while we did this as well.
MAKE YOUR OWN: BATH SALTS
We had 2 different Epsom salts that I just got Walmart. I labeled them and had a little plastic scooper in each one. Then, the girls did about 2 scoops of salt in a bowl, and then sprayed some food coloring mixed with water (in the small spray bottles) on their salt, and mixed with a spoon. Then they just scooped the colored salt into their labeled jar.
I LOVE these jars. They were $1 each at the local JoAnn store. I was shocked they were so inexpensive, and so delighted. I used my Shilouette with pens to write the names, and then the cutting option to cute a cute tag out.
I think the little jars of salt turned out super cute.
MAKE YOUR OWN: BEAUTY MASK
I bought some of the felt squares at the crafts store. I was able to get 3 masks on one square of felt. I got one cute colorful square, and one black felt square with sticky on the back. I cut out a mask shape on the black felt. Then at the party, the girls got to pick 2 ribbons (I’d pre cut to be correct length), and they peeled the back of the black felt off, stuck the two ribbons on the edge, and then they stuck them onto the colorful felt that was cut into a rectangle that fit the black felt. They got to cut around the black mask to create the full mask. As a note on this – some of the masks stayed okay and some didn’t. I just had my hot glue gun on hand and glued those ribbons in if they fell out.
All the girls got to go home with a goody bag that included a little bath loofa, and manicure kit (both dollar store fines), and a lip stick shaped pen from Hobby Lobby. They took their bath salts home and facial masks, both made during the party.
SNACKS AND CAKE
We ended the party with some fun snacks. We had Strawberries, grapes, carrots, crackers, cheese, M&M’s, and fruit infused water. Of course we also enjoyed some cake.
I always love watching my kids blow out their candles. They’re always so excited and so is everyone else. It’s kind of magical. 🙂