Sophie's Birthday Party

Wow, what a few weeks it's been at our household!  We have been busy, busy then sick, sick... and finally I have found some quiet time to write this post :)  I warn you, it's a long one.

We had a BIG Birthday party for Sophie.  She turned 10 years old.  Where does the time go?  My baby in double digits??  It was a ton of fun.  We held the party in our church fellowship hall.  Family and friends came for lunch and then the celebration continued with the arrival of her classmates & Mr. G the Kid Comedian.

We had simple but bold decorations.  Bunches of balloons floated above top hats filled with peanuts.  Bowls of popcorn lined the white covered tables with streamers of crepe paper.  All these goodies came from a local concessions company, CJ Dannemiller.

Sophie loved her cake!  The designer did a great job.

For the treat bags, we made chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles and white chocolate covered popcorn.  The toppers were made by cutting a printed Thank You with a spellbinder label die, folding it in half over the top and stapling closed.  Easy Peasy!

The chocolate covered popcorn is always a hit and so simple to make.  I buy pre-made popcorn, melt white Wilton candy melts, dump on top and toss to coat.  I've used colors before but I don't think it looks as nice.  I have also used microwave popcorn.  Usually the ratio is 3-4 bags to 1lb of chocolate but  I prefer to buy a big bag from Dannemiller's for the consistancy.  It can be a pain picking out unpopped kernals before coating.  And for some crazy reason, I tend to burn micro popcorn - lol
Usually, I don't hire entertainment for Birthday parties but I am so glad that I did this year.   Mr. G was a huge hit!  

I went to high school with Greg and participated in numerous drama productions with him.  He has always been a talented actor not to mention a fun, intelligent, and caring individual.  He did a fantastic performance that had everyone laughing and involved.  

As the kids arrived, he led them in a great game of Simon Says and then rolled right into the show.

He included the kids & the adults.  (The good sport "grown up" is my brother!)

Most importantly, he made the Birthday Girl a very active participant.  She really enjoyed herself.

(Notice the three yr. old in the front that kept pointing and telling him he was doing it wrong.  She was so cute!)  Here they had a balloon blowing contest.  Obviously,  Mr. G's won with the help of his air pump.

For me, hosting a party that has adults as well as kids of all ages is difficult.  Finding activities that keep everyone engaged is almost impossible.  Mr. G was the answer.  He did a wonderful job bridging the age gap.


After the show,  Sophie opened her presents while Mr. G made the kids balloon figures.  Most of them picked swords or wands which they later took outside and used to battle each other.  I guess that is one way to run off all that cake!

At the end of the day,  Sophie had a special card she had made for Mr. G.  She used  PTI Double Ended Banner die, Limitless Layer 2 1/2" circle die, Seeing Stars Collection & Signature Greetings stamp set.  The polk a dot paper and photo corner punch are Stampin up.  The inside concession stand was made from scraps of Imaginisce Animal Cracker paper line.  The star was cut from Art Emboss pewter embossing metal.
I think she did a fabulous job!

One last thing I want to share with you is Sophie's special hair tinsel.  Although her present was the party, I did have to do a little something fun and girly with her!  A big Thanks goes to Becky Wiese at Mira Hair & Body Studio.  She just loves it!  It is inexpensive, temporary (4 weeks), and FUN!

  I hope you found some fun ideas for your next party!
Thanks for stopping by~
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