DIY Girls Birthday Party - Pt One



Today is my little girls 6th Birthday. On the weekend we had her first official birthday party. Now that she is at school I have found it increasingly difficult to escape the pressure of organising a proper birthday party. 

I decided on a "Flower" themed event. It was girly but I was trying to avoid the 'tacky' that often comes with kids birthday events.

I thought I might share with you some ideas I had when creating the flower themed 6th birthday party over a few posts. I am going to start with the room where all the cake and eating would be done.
Firstly I made some flower garlands to hang from the ceiling. I bought $2 worth of tissue paper in a multiple of colours and spent about an hour making up a variety of tissue flowers. I didn't use any particular tutorials but if you google tissue paper flower tutorials there are a multitude out there. 
Once I had my flowers made up I used some white string and a needle to thread them together. In between the tissue flowers I filled the string with some fabric flowers and some craft pom-poms. I left gaps between all the additions and mixed up all the colours. I was really happy with the effect once I had stick taped them draping randomly from the ceiling. It was pretty, delicate, modern and defiantly not tacky.

To dress the table I used a vintage white floral tablecloth from my stash. On top of that I placed a vintage white lap table with a pretty floral motif painted on it. I scrounged around the house and collected all of my plastic (yes plastic) flowers that I could and placed them on the table to make the rest of the decorations.

I don't normally like using paper party wear but I decided to use paper cups, napkins and hats. I mixed up spots, stripes and colours. Clean up was easier and to be quiet honest I didn't really trust six year old's with my good thrifted floral china.

The cake - I am almost too embarrassed to tell you about the cake - but I guess I am going to use the excuse that I am pregnant, working full time and literally had zero time after work that week to find time to make one myself. In other words I totally cheated. 

The little girl asked for a chocolate cake so from the local supermarket I bought two mud cakes, some cream, pitted cherries, pre-made icing and some sugar flower decorations. I whipped the cream, smooshed the cherries and placed them between the two cakes. I whipped the icing around the cake and placed the decorations on top. It literally took me 20 minutes to prepare the cake. I am a cheater but I am also totally proud that I could pull off a cake without paying someone else to do it for me.

In my next post I will share with you the invitations and a free printout for you to use. If you are a busy Mum (like I am) then I don't think it hurts anyone to share beautiful ideas to make all of our lives easier.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.

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