Pretend Sleepover Party

In a full disclosure moment, I have done this party before, when my son turned 5. The selling point for him was definitely the pillow fight. "Mom's gonna let us hit each other!" might have escaped his lips. For his party I did this cake which came from the Family Fun website.
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But this pretend sleepover party needed to be a little more girly so here's the scoop.
After watching big sister have countless sleepovers, my 6 year old wanted one too. But, I would need a lobotomy to agree to that so we compromised on a "Pretend Sleepover Party." I promised it would be just like the big girls slumber party (minus the bra freezing, crank calling and TPing).

The activities were:

-Musical Pillows (Think Musical Chairs minus the chairs, plus pillows and Hannah Montana "Best of Both Worlds" blasting)

-Facials complete with Masks and cucumbers

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-Manicures with the most obnoxious nail polish colors on the market

-Making fleece pillows- Cut two pieces of fleece, I did square shaped and cut 2" fringe around the outside and tie front fringe to back fringe almost all the way around, stuff with batting, and finish off your knots (for another full disclosure moment, I have to say that this was a little ambitious, the girls who could tie knots were tired after tying 4 knots so we needed some adult intervention)

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- Have a good old fashioned pillow fight

-Make the cutest cupcakes ever (and then let the party guests make their own to eat, too)

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These sweeties came from this book which Ashleigh's daughter got as a present from her grandma and it is a definite keeper because I want to have birthday parties now just to match the cupcakes.

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- Snuggle up in sleeping bags and watch a movie (I made the mistake of resurrecting a Mary Kate and Ashley Sleepover party VHS movie which was very painful for me but the girls were glued)

-Give out favors and send 'em home. For favors the girls took home their fleece pillows and these darling sleepover dolls from Oriental Trading Company. They came four to a pack and they were each dressed in a different pair of pajamas. So cute!

If you want to really go all out, send them home with breakfast for the next morning, like a donut and milk in a cute container. I was all cuted out after rolling out a gazillion starbursts for those cupcake "blankets" but, I know you can do it.

Happy pretend sleepovers. It really is the best of both worlds.

Fancy Nancy Party

If you have a little girl, you have probably read Fancy Nancy.
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Jenna loves this series and wanted a Fancy Nancy style birthday party this year.

So I took some pictures of her, all fancied up...
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And I made fancy invitations...
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Then I ordered from the tried and true oriental trading company. I got crowns, rings, necklaces, candy, sunglasses, etc.
I got the boas from my local craft store.
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I had fun making this banner with my cricut.
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Jenna was stoked and ready to go!
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We put this on the front door, trying to use fancy words.
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When they got here, they signed their name as fancy as they could.
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We read the story, in case some of the girls didn't know the story.
Then we started our Fancy Nancy Makeovers! We got hair styles, make-up and accessories.
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We had a little dancing, and a photo shoot. All the girls posed with all their accessories on. I used the individual ones for their thank-you cards. The group ones were really funny.

Next it was time for parfaits, just like Nancy.
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I made mini cupcakes just because I thought it would be fancy.
I copied bakerella, but mine don't even come close to being as cute as her ever famous cake pops, but they do taste great!
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Here, Jenna is trying to eat one with her pinky up, like it says in the book.
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I put sunglasses, lip gloss, , jewelry and of course candy in the little party bags.
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Then my friend Karen gave me this Fancy Nancy Checklist which I shrunk down and put in the party bags.
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I had a lot of fun throwing this party. My one regret was that it was a little too short, so I felt a little rushed.
I kept thinking, there may not be too many more years when I have a little girl that wants a dress up/ girlie party.
I will treasure the little girliness while I can.

Jenna of course loved it all. She loved the cooking presents she got and even got some new Fancy Nancy stuff.
She couldn't get enough of the phone.
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Hot Pink Heaven

So I had a serious bee in my bonnet to re-decorate my little girls' room (5 days before Christmas-that's the evidence of the severity of my disease). I was on a quest for a bargain so sold my old bedding on ebay and bought new bedding with the proceeds. (My husband had no idea I could actually sell things on ebay he was so used to the purchase end of the ebay experience.) The bedding cried out for a cute headboard but I am cheap and impatient.

So, this 20 dollar garage sale beauty became mine along with a gallon of shocking hot pink paint. (It actually shocked the employee at Home Depot as he openly questioned my sanity).

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After some sanding, impatience, painting, and more impatience (that's code for don't look too closely)...

Santa really outdid himself this year.

Or maybe it's just the paint fumes.

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You should try the Market Tote

If any one wants a really cute, perfect size bag, you should go to Karlee's Shop (I don't know her, I just love her stuff). She sells these bags on her shop, but she also sells the pattern. I bought the pattern and I have made about 10 now. These are just a few.

I have given them as gifts to little girls as a "sleepover bag" and filled them with travel sized toiletries.
I have given them as a teacher gift, as a diaper bag, and my girls use them as a church bag.

If you're looking for a simple sewing project or a cool gift, go for it. If not, just buy one already done. She uses really cute fabric!
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