Angelique turns 9 to a Star-Spangled Birthday Celebration!
This post was written and contributed by my good friend Carolina Monroy. She throws the best parties and when I offered My Friend Betty Says to guests, she volunteered to share with you her creative party ideas and photographs! Thank you Caro!
Angelique was born on the 3rd of July 9 years ago. She is a lucky girl who always gets fireworks on her birthday. For this year’s party we decided on a good ol’ American celebration. A Star-Spangled Birthday Party!
I was drinking a nice cold Coke in a glass bottle one day and I thought… “What’s more American than a glass bottle of Coca Cola?” so I decided to use some empty Coke bottles as center piece holders. It was too hot for flowers so I bought some patriotic sequin star spray from Pier 1 and voila… a center piece! I then found blue cloth table covers with red and white stars. They were a good alternative to the regular plastic table covers that rip easily and are hard to keep in place.
I found a cute phrase online for the invitations:
“She is the smile on our face and the star in our sky-she is the love in our hearts and the sparkle in our eyes. Please join us to celebrate Angelique’s Star-Spangled birthday”
I sent out the invites and I got to work! Target was my main destination for the decorations and party favors. I found really cute stuff in their dollar buster section including buckets for the children’s party favors, star shaped red and blue bubble necklaces and miniature American flags. I added Blow Pops, Ring Pops and Sour Punch red and blue ropes. The goody buckets were a hit at the party.
I went on YouTube and learned how to make tissue paper flowers. All you need is tissue paper, a stapler and some string. They were very easy to make and gave the room a nice touch. I bought tissue paper in red, white, and blue and in less than an hour I had made 9 tissue paper flowers/pompoms.
The menu was all-American! We had hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwursts, potato salad, veggie salad, potato chips and a little Latin twist for the non-red meat eaters: Tinga de Pollo!
I was expecting a large crowd and wanted to keep the kids from getting bored so I had a bounce house for them to jump in and I hired Mr. Firu the magician who kept them very entertained with his Magic Show. He even had the adults laughing the whole entire time.
The cake was made by our favorite bakers at Bombon Bakery. Chef Laura Perea is a very good friend of ours and always delivers cakes that are not only beautiful and unique, but also mouthwatering delicious. The top layer of the cake was red velvet and the bottom layer was the family favorite guava with cheese cake, so yummy! Isn’t it beautiful?
Say Cheese! Nothing helps you hold on to these precious memories the way pictures do. Pictures capture wonderful moments that your children can always look back to. They help you remember those special milestones lived. Our favorite photographer, Nancy Savaglio did an awesome job at snapping away her magic camera at the party. She always manages to capture the tiny details and all the special moments. I highly recommend her for your next photo shoot.
Parties are a lot of work but seeing my daughter’s face of happiness at the party made it all the hard work pay off.
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