pulled out all the stops to bring her dream to reality.
The birthday girl told her mom this year she wanted her party to be Shake it Up. Don't know what that is? It's a Disney show. Oh wait, let me rephrase that - a cancelled Disney show. Why mention the cancelled part, you ask? Well because when a show is cancelled it becomes next to impossible to find the licensed products for it and that's what happened here. Thank heavens for Ebay! A search on the site and she found what she was looking for to make this party the awesome affair her daughter has become accustomed to. She enlisted my help to put together a few little touches and she was on her way.
Thanks to a local kids party establishment, she was able to have a rockin' dance party -- Shake it Up style!
First things first, she wanted a cake topper. She found one she liked and asked if I could recreate it for her. She was able to find a few photos online of the main characters of the show for me to choose from. After choosing the best ones, I headed off to the UPS store to have them enlarged. Using the foam core board that I purchased from Hobby Lobby, I traced and cut out the two shapes.
After gluing the photos to the foam core and using sandwich toothpicks, I secured the characters to the styrofoam base. Things were coming together well, but this was just the beginning - I needed to also cut her name out in foam core and paint the base orange.
Using floral wire, I was able to attach the 'Shake it Up' sign behind the characters. Perfect!
Added on a few more decorative touches and one cake topper is finished. Now it's time to work on the party favors.
The original party plans included a pinata but unfortunately the establishment did not allow things to be hung from the ceiling so that meant plan B. Using the drink cups she received as part of her party pack, I created these candy cups (again, based on something she found elsewhere) that each of her guests received.
A late RSVP meant that the birthday girl would either have to forgo her candy up or we'd have to come up with another idea. Enter the birthday girls candy favor! I found this cup at Michael's and after sending a few pictures of various cups to her mom for her approval, she liked this one the best. What a time saver smart phone technology is!
Using my Oracal 651 outdoor vinyl (works best if you plan to wash the item), I personalized the cup first.
A trip to Party City and I picked up a variety of candy to add to the cup, being careful not to pick any peanut products as the birthday girl is highly allergic. Talk about "WOW" factor!!
The day arrived and it was party time! All pictures shown were given to me by my customer as I was unable to attend the party myself. The birthday girl had a blast!
|Party favors for the guests|
|Music CD's with personalized CD covers. The back of this even had her picture on it -- too cute!|
|Photo op with the stars (and their choice of photo prop)|
|Birthday with flare! Yes, I even made the cupcake toppers you see here too. :-)|
Once again, I want to thank the Glenn family for allowing me to help make their baby girl's
birthday everything she wanted. Until next year....