My five-year old turned six last week and she was desperate for a Little Miss Party just like her sister. In an attempt to make the two parties vastly different and to reflect the fact that she was a big girl six we opted for a spa party. Not maybe the most sensible option for a mother who has no sort of beauty routine AT ALL and never even paints her nails, but hey ho maybe I would learn something! Apologies for the excessive number of photos.
Usually, on birthdays, Gary has the day off. This was not possible this year as he had just started his new job and had not accrued enough days holiday. Gary asked A6 if she minded waiting until he got home to open her presents, which she was happy to do. The fact that he was at work changed the pattern of events slightly with us holding her birthday party in the early evening rather than the day time. This meant most of the day was spent preparing for the party. And prepare we did.
Having just cleared our soon to be learning room, we then went about turning it into Little Miss Splendid’s Spa. First things first was to make a sign to go on the door:
Next I decorated the ceiling basing my logic on the fact that the children couldn’t reach the ceiling and the decorations would have a half way chance of actually staying up. I used crepe paper, balloons and some paper plate Mr Men models the little ones had made for their Mr Men school. I may have gone a little over board:
I decorated our sideboard and got out all the bits and pieces I had bought for the spa:
The plan was to set up little mini stations around the room for the girls to alternate activities. First I set up the nail Salon:
On the left of the bottom photo you can see the electric foot spa where the girls would relax whilst having their hands done. They would then move to the chair on the right where they would have their feet done, whilst their hand nails dried. I also created a relaxation area for the girls to go to allow their feet to dry. Here I included the very latest spa magazines (Little Miss books) and refreshments:
We brought out the brightly coloured tea set and filled the tea-pot with milk, the milk jug with strawberry milkshake syrup and the sugar dish with tasty, brightly coloured MnMs.
Next up was the lips and scents area. Here we would be making bath salts coloured and scented with each girl’s choice and poured into some ready decorated bags to use in the foot spa and to take home after the party:
This would then change to become the lip gloss and perfume making lab:
I took a couple of close up photos of the lip balm lab and the perfume lab so you could see what each contained. I also provided Little Miss stickers for them to decorate their perfume bottle and lip balm pot:
I had bought a Polaroid type camera where the photos come straight out of the camera and develop on the spot. I thought some sort of photo booth would be fun and then the girls would be able to take home a photo of themselves as a memento of the party. With this in mind, I cut out a wonky fun frame and added a paper plate Little Miss Splendid and hung it from our stair case. The girls would then be able to go behind the photo frame and have portrait photos taken:
I quickly made up three party bags to take home (there were only five girls in all, two of which were mine). I used brown sandwich bags which I decorated with Little Miss pictures cut out from books or magazines. Each child had a Mr Men colouring book, a set of Little Miss crayons and a Mr Tickle bubble wand. I placed these on the window sill for decoration and also for the girls to be able to place inside all the goodies they would be making themselves:
Last but not least I made up some picnic boxes and decorated them with Little Miss cut outs and gave each girl a sandwich, a Smartie cookie in a home-made Little Miss cookie bag, fruit juice, crisps and fruit cabobs. I popped these all on the side board awaiting our guests:
I quickly decorated the cake and that also went on the side board, everything adding to the decoration of the Little Miss theme:
Last but not least we threw a Little Miss blanket on the floor for the party picnickers and then tossed a whole heap of coloured paper bits everywhere:
At last Gary arrived home and we had a flurry of paper tearing and exclamations of joy, not to mention a few hugs along the way:
Then the party:
Until at last we brought out the cake, sung happy birthday and the birthday girl made her wishes and blew out her candle:
Sweetheart, you are so beautiful, both inside and out and we love you very much!