|Peter Rabbit, Madeline, Hawaiian, Make Believe and Fairy Princess parties. I loved the photo, but when I printed out the postcard invites, I ran out of ink with barely half done. It had taken awhile to format. At the time, I was also still busy making party favors and game components and I decided I was spending too long on this party task. To make things easier, and to finish the invites faster, instead of going to the store for another printer cartridge, I bought some standard Dora invitations, wrote in the info, and pasted the picture in those. |
For the Invitations and Thank you notes, I bought personalized address stickers on ebay. I didn't know about etsy at the time, but I would look there now for this product.
I also bought personalized candy wrappers from the same vendor on ebay. Again, now I would look for this item on etsy.com. I don't have a copy of ours to share, but the picture below is similar.
|Does it look enormous? It really was, but our daughter *LOVED* it. It was hard to get her out of there to do other party games.|
|Sometimes my daughter would forget "Dora" was there, but then I'd see her smiling at Dora and checking her out. It helped make the party extra special even if my daughter wasn't entirely sure what to make of it due to her age.|
|BREAKING THE PINATA. The pinata was hard to fill for 3 year olds. I think I used raisins, goldfish, fruit rollups and one bag of pinata filler candy.|
|All the kids sitting down sorting thru the loot after the pinata was broken. I think my daughter is reaching for a box of raisins. The funny thing is for kids this young raisins and goldfish are as much a treat as candy.|
|The adults decided to help the kids fill their bags after awhile. The kids were so young, they each got a few things and became fascinated with that, but there was still more loot to be picked up. It took some prompting to keep them going.|
At the end the party and we ate cake while we watched a personalized Dora video I had ordered for my daughter's birthday. The youtube video below shows what the personalized video was like.
I spent a lot of time working on the entertainment, so I didn't spend as much time on the food. I had a local restaurant called Papasito's cater everything except the 7 layer dip which I made. I took everything out of the boxes and poured it into Fiestaware bowls my SIL, Yvonne, lent me. I also put all the chips in a jumbo stainless steel bowl and placed all the food on a long table with a Dora tablecloth as a buffet.
7 layer dip
Chicken & Steak fajitas
Rice & Beans
Chile con Queso
Salsa & chips
DRINKS: Bottled water & soda
|CHARACTER BOARDS. In the right corner of this pic is a Dora the Explorer posterboard I made as a decoration. I recycled the posterboards I has used the previous year for the Madeline Birthday party. Next to the Dora is a smaller poster of Tico, the squirrel. At the end of the food line, there is a little bit of the Swiper The Fox board visible as it is propped against the pecan tree. Nickelodeon has instructions how to draw Dora and Boots here. I free hand drew and painted the other characters. It took a little bit of time, but it wasn't hard. I only used very basic art skills to make them.|
|The Boots & Benny the Bull picture is slightly more visible in this picture. I bought some colorful balloons and a couple Dora mylar balloons to make things festive. I also saw some inflatable monkeys from Oriental Trading Company to hang as decorations for $3 each when I ordered the candy for the pinata and binoculars for the favor bags. They still sell the them if you are interested. Link to inflatable monkeys|
WRITTEN BY ELDAROSE
|You might also be interested in a Peter Rabbit Birthday Party and Easter Playdate HERE|
|A Madeline Kids Party can be seen HERE|
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