Well, I ended up throwing her a party anyway.
I couldn't help it.
She loves parties.
Besides, she was going to have a birthday cake.
(Every kid needs a cake on their birthday...)
And if you give a girl a birthday cake, she's going to want a party to go with it.
When I asked for some input for the party planning, this is what Aubrey said:
Kitty Cat Party.
Pink and Purple.
And sparkly and kinda fancy.
Chocolate cake with pink frosting.
Here is Miss Aubrey's 5th Birthday -- A Friendly Feline Fiesta!
Now, before I go any further, I want to be clear about some things.
After Mina's 2nd birthday party in July and my sister's baby shower in August -- I was pretty zapped out in the party department. Both in creative juices and financial means.
Almost everything at this little shindig was stuff I already had on-hand.
The two most expensive items at the party were the cake ($17 from Whole Foods) and the bean bags (from Big Lots for $17).
Also, it was a super small party.
Just two little guests: our friends Campbell and Anna.
(Who also happened to move to Cleveland from OKC for their daddy's fellowship too!)
These girlies were all about playing "kitties", which thrilled my cat-crazy 5-year-old.
I set up the kiddie table for an afternoon of goodies and treats.
I made cat-ear headbands and fluffy white tails for each of the girls, which were both suuuuper simple:
1 package of headbands from the Dollar Store + white and pink felt = cat ears
1 white boa (cut into strips) + hairbow clips = cat tail
I used the bird cage from Aubrey's room and put some feathers in the bottom to look like a cat had gotten into it. (The kids didn't get this at all, but I thought it was funny...hehe)
Also, sitting at each place setting was a cat mouse toy (from the Dollar Store).
This little area had all the main party essentials...
Top shelf: Kitty buckets to carry all the party loot (you'll see from what in a second...).
Second shelf: Adopt a kitty! They each got a little kitten (again, from the Dollar Store) along with an adoption certificate (free printable here) and a kitty inspired wand (Dollar Store).
Mini shelf: A few more mouse cat toys and some pink and purple chocolate paw suckers.
Since the party was after-school, the girls had already eaten lunch, which meant treats only! :)
For the goodies, I just used things we already had or that I could make with things on-hand: pink and purple popcorn, pretzel goldfish, cupcake goldfish, Trader Joe's yogurt stars, more chocolate paw suckers, grape "cat tails" (just grapes on a skewer), pink lemonade, "sparkling" water and chocolate / strawberry milk.
The birthday cake was a simple cake from Whole Foods: Chocolate with chocolate mousse filling and pink tinted butter-cream icing. I just used some paper straws I already had, made some little yarn balls, and letter stamped some pink construction paper for the "aubrey" banner.
(You can see the pink and purple chocolate paw suckers a little better in the background of this picture.)
Aubrey's favorite part...the yarn ball pinata!
She has long wanted a pinata at one of her birthday parties, but I've always avoided it.
There's something unnerving about watching a bunch of little kids whacking away at a seemingly harmless object. Not to mention, someone / somehow will wind up getting hit in the crotch. You only have to watch two minutes of America's Funniest Home Videos to know that.
When I saw a pull-string disco ball pinata on sale at Party City, I thought it would be purrrrfect!
I filled it with pink gumballs, play jewelry, Smarties and Nerds, and mini stencils then just wrapped the outside with purple yarn.
The girls took turns pulling a string to see if they picked the lucky one that opened the pinata.
Would you believe it was the last string?! And all three of them pulled it at the same time!
The girls practically went feral and the goodies were snatched up in seconds...
(See, here's where those kitty buckets came into play! :))
Aubrey is really into coloring these days so I printed off lots of free kitty coloring pages and hung them up. I just used two bouncy balls we have had forever to give some color and a $4 bouquet of pink gerber daisies from Trader Joe's. Oh, and that big pink ball on the floor is actually the balloon from Mina's birthday party in July!
Kitty cat shirt from Kohls along with a silver tutu we've had for ages.
(I just remembered she wore it to her Robot Party two years ago!).
Now, you may have noticed the absence of a certain little kitty throughout this party.
Sweet little Mina napped through the whole thing but jumped right in and had her own little after-party! :)
We waited for Daniel to get home that night for the big birthday song and wish making...
Happy 5th Birthday, Aubrey!
Now, that's it.
Time for a nice, big cat nap!