We had a ball. Really a lot of fun to put this party together and even more fun to watch it unfold.
I decided to use my old Print Shop computer program to design invitations and signs to display around the party. My former source for graphic design was Pic Monkey. They are now requiring you to join and start a trial of their membership plan. Since I do not want to pay a membership fee, I decided to skip it all together. (Does anyone know of another FREE graphic making site?)
Anyhoo, I came up with this after purchasing a couple of very inexpensive digital downloads on Etsy and using clip art in Word. Inexpensive as in about $3. Works for me!
I also made other signs using the same graphics, for different areas of the event. A Boulangerie, a French store, etc.
The hubs and I worked on fixing up and chalk painting some parlor chairs, a small pedestal table, and a tea cart.
Lots of work but we can sell them in the shop afterwards.
It all looked so cute!
The poodle bucks were given out as prizes for the games won, then saved to spend in a "French Store" at the end. So that no one girl would go home with nothing, she at least started out with four.
The clothespins were for the "Can't say the word" game. I'm sure some of you have played this game at baby showers. We thought it would be a fun way to earn poodle bucks and we chose the word POODLE as the forbidden word. If you said the word poodle during the course of the party, another partier could take your clothespin. The one with the most, wins.
The girls painted their own versions of the Eiffel Tower.
I intended this to be similar to the adult "Paint Nights" that have become popular to do while drinking wine in a group setting. Minus the wine! I had asked my niece to lead the younger girls in how to paint the French landmark we all love. Unfortunately my niece was terribly sick yesterday and couldn't make it. So, I just let the girls paint on their own and I think they are adorable.
Next we all had delicious ice cream sundaes that were put together at our "Sundae Bar." Mmmm. I did get a chance to make a small one for myself. My Sister and two other Moms were on hand helping me so they took a break too and had one. Our reward!
Toward the end of the party we did cupcakes, candles, the birthday song, and then opened presents.
At the very end, the girls were able to cash in their "Poodle Bucks" ...
and go shopping in the "French Store."
Thank you "Merci" favor boxes were handed
out as each girl left.
Like I wrote earlier, we all had a blast!
Now I need time to rest and recoup...
I'll be back with some of our other