Ella turned 7 last week – I still can’t believe that! It’s kind of tricky having a child with a birthday in December. I always feel like I am throwing something together for her at the last minute. This year I decided that I really wanted to plan a memorable birthday party. She came up with the idea of having a PJ party. And then when I hosted a giveaway for Libby Lane Press – I saw Nicolle’s adorable PJ & Pancake invitations and decided that would be a perfect party theme!
So Saturday morning 17 first graders came over for a delicious breakfast PLUS some crafts!
I think my favorite part of this party was putting together a Hot Chocolate Bar. I came up with TONS of topping ideas. I bought some pretty square vases from WalMart, but I have seen some similar ones at the Dollar Store too.
Here are the toppings I used:
- Crushed Chocolate Mint Oreos
- German Chocolate Marshmallows
- Cookies and Cream candy bars chopped up
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Caramel Balls
- Pirouette Cookies (two different flavors)
- Mini Marshmallows
- Gingerbread Marshmallows
- Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows on stripey straws
- Candy Canes
- Whipped Cream
I had some glass footed vases and I put some of the toppings in those too. I also used a really cute Snowman Hot Chocolate Dispenser for the hot cocoa.
I found these pretty free printable tags that Cathe Holden made for WorldLabel.com.
We also made a Pancake Bar with two different kinds of pancakes, three kinds of syrup, whipped cream, confetti donut holes, sausage and fruit kabobs.
The kids loved it!!
After we ate, we cleared off the tables and gave each child a colored pillowcase. I used some fabric markers from Tulip, along with some I Love to Create fabric glitter paint. The kids loved making their own creations on their pillowcases. I was so impressed with their creativity!!
It was a really sweet party that Ella will always remember!
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And I am so flattered and excited to be sharing my “Favorite Things” over at one of my favorite blogs today — 320 Sycamore!! If you don’t know it, be sure to put it on your must-read list!!!! Come over and share YOUR favorite things!!
PPS — I am linking this party up to The CSI Project’s — Birthday Challenge.