Saturday was Ella's 7th birthday party. I cannot believe she is so big! I wish I could freeze her. There are so many precious moments each day that she amazes me and I am so proud every second of every day that she is mine. I really don't deserve the abundant blessings that both of my children are, but I am thankful.
Ella chose to have a Wild Kratts birthday party. She is crazy about Wild Kratts. If you don't know what that is, it is a show on PBS where two brothers teach you about animals. She loves animals of all sorts! Then these brothers turn into cartoons and go on a creature adventure. She blows me away every day with some new animal fact that I know I have never heard of before. She really has learned so much.
On with the party...there are NO Wild Kratt party supplies out there. None. So Momma had to get creative. I did eventually find a place on Ebay that I could order invitations from. They sent a digital file and I had to get the invites developed like pix. So I joined one of those online pix places that give you 50 free prints so I got them for free (except for what I had to pay ebay). Gotta love that!
|The front door decoration|
I found animal plates for the kids as well as animal print plates for the adults at Wal-Mart. They also had animal print napkins and cups. I found these zebra print tins at Hobby Lobby and put the silverware in them.
|Cute candles, huh?|
Ella wanted to play a couple of games. She made this one up herself. The kids loved it and I was so excited that they had so much fun and it came straight from her imaginative brain. She wanted me to make them all different types of animal tails. Right. Instead, I found these animal print bandanas in the Oriental Trading catalog and we tucked them inside the back waistband of their pants....a tail. Then they spread out over the yard and on "Go!" they chased each other around trying to steal as many animal tails as possible. Once everyones tail was gone, whoever had the most won. They played that a couple of times because they loved it so much. I don't have any pix because I was the referee but Charles videoed it and it was hilarious! The other game, they pulled out an animal pix that I had printed out on the computer out of a bag and had to act out the animal....like animal charades.
The winners won these "trophies" I found at the Dollar Tree. I thought they were perfect for this themed party and I found gold star stickers to put on them to make them feel like more of an award.
|Bandanas...um, I mean tails|
|Trophies...a giraffe and a rhino|
Ella wanted cupcakes. But we needed a cake too...I don't know why, I guess I just had to. So I made a six inch chocolate cake with the Wild Kratts logo on it.
|The logo cake|
|Ice Cream Swirl|
|Classic Cupcake Swirl|
|The cupcake tower|
|The total cake package :)|
|Snack table....grapes, cheese, chips, dip, sodas, and cake...and note the animal print balloons :)|
|The fake blowing out of candles...I missed the first shot so we did a re-do!|
Needless to say, if you didn't leave feeling like you had been on a creature adventure....it was your own fault! Ella had a blast as did her friends, and that made me happy :)