Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My daughter's 5th birthday

This past weekend we celebrated my daughter's "5th" birthday! Once she gave her request for a Barbie party I went to work designing every detail so that her party would be fun and memorable.  

Here  and here I gave little previews for what was to come. The party was held at the historical Lyndhurst Castle. The girls started off with a tour of the castle guided by Barbie and Ken's butler (wink, wink!) Each of the 18 little girls were given a clipboard containing a page of images for their castle scavenger hunt...fun!
Following the castle tour, everyone darted a few steps away to the carriage house. As the little girls entered the party room they walked the "red carpet" and were thrilled to see their name on a star!  
The Barbie doll box was a huge hit! The girls loved standing inside the box and having their photo taken, so that they could be their own version of Barbie!
I made this large Barbie cake for my daughter and seventeen little ones, so that each little girl had her own cake!
Each little girl got a Barbie and Ken doll set. The boxes were quickly torn open!
Behind the Barbie play area, I set up Barbie's Beauty Boutique. The girls were able to adorn themselves with gold necklaces, jeweled rings, floral rings with lipstick inside, bracelets and pretend earrings (jeweled gems with little stickers on the back.) Using the gem stickers they were also able to have their nails done minus the nail polish.
 
Each lolli in the background is actually 33 ouchless hairbands in one lolli!
"Pin the sunglasses on Barbie" provided a little challenge for the girls. The activity tables allowed the girls to gather around and color Barbie books, play with Barbie stickers, decorate their own septors and even make their own necklaces!
The pinata was filled with jewels, hair accessories and bouncing balls.
When the party was over my daughter looked at me and said, "Thank you mommy for designing a pretty and fun party for me, you are the best mommy in the world!" With that said, I smiled and cried (can't believe how fast the first five years went.) Tomorrow I'll give sources and how to-do's for all the details to this party. Any questions you'd like me to answer tomorrow?

41 comments:

Casa Bella said...

Lisa, you are amazing! I remember when you mentioned a few weeks ago that your 5 year old was going to have her Barbie party at that castle. I imagine it would be something fabulous (knowing your great taste). However, what you showed surpassed my expectations (which were quite high already). Bravo, Lisa. How fun! Those 17 little Barbie doll cakes??!!!! So neat, seriously.

Sherri Cassara said...

What a fun day for all those little 5 year olds! It looks like you had as much fun putting it together as they must have had! I LOVE the Barbie Box idea for the photos --- so creative! Such a wonderful memory for both of you ;)

buyaionaccount said...

Fantastic, your really great. If I were just a kid I would never want to go home, that party sounds so much fun, I adore Barbie ever since. I guess the little ladies do have a great time.

Kerry said...

Can you have a Barbie party when you turn 43? Haha, looks like fun.

quintessence said...

Wow - I'm sure your daughter and her friends had an incredible time - and at a real castle to boot!! But she couldn't possibly realize how really amazing all your incredibly creative efforts really are!!

Debby said...

Wow... you sure know how to host a party!! I love the Barbie photo booth.. very cool and creative!! You are such a fun Mom!! xo

The enchanted home said...

This is a little girls dream birthday on steroids! WOW oh WOW, I am still trying to get over that you MADE that Barbie cake? I am most impressed.......and then 17 little ones just like it! Are you kidding? That is such a gorgeous party....no detail was left out, the Barbie booth, the way the chairs were decorated, the cake, all the details.....and did I mention the cake....lol! So impressed!

The Zhush said...

The Barbie photo box! Are you kidding me! aaah! amazing!!! You are unreal!

pretty pink tulips said...

Lisa, you thought of EVERYTHING! Just amazing...from the table settings, to the barbie box, to the straws, to the star walkway. Send this party over to Sara's Perfect Party! I know she'd love to feature it.
xoxo Elizabeth

mwaxter said...

This is the cutest party ever. I will NOT show my daugher as she will be incredibly jealous. Love the Barbie photo box. Too cute! You really thought of everything.

Party Resources said...

You ARE the best mommy! This is amazing and how much time you spent on each detail - adorable! xx

Simple Dwellings said...

How amazing! What a sweet party. You should open an event planning business! It all looks amazing. :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

I am completely in awe. You are an amazing mom and super talented, you have the luckiest daughter evaaaaa! Wishing her a very happy birthday.
*kisses* HH

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow this is just beyond awesome! I don't know how you were able to all of this! I will have to say you are really amazing!! I have never seen such a beautiful or more fun looking birthday party. What a Blessing that your little girl has this to look back on. The only thing is how do you top this!!

Stitchfork said...

That is one fun and memorable party! Happy birthday to your daughter!
xo Cathy

Lili said...

so in love with all the party details! my fave is the Barbie box and the cakes! seriously, did you make ALL of them ~ youre amazing!

The Buzz said...

Oh my goodness... What a pretty pink party you threw! I'm sure all the girls, young and old, were delighted - I know I'd be!
xxoo

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Lisa, I didn't think you could outdo yourself from last year....but you did. You really didn't miss a thing. Love it all!

About Last Weekend said...

Oh my gosh! This is the most amazing party I have ever seen - you are so clever and inventive. The castle alone is incredibly dreamy! The rest is like heaven. Whether you've five or fifty this would be a great time!

Andrika King said...

Am amazing barbie celebration! You are so creative!

Stevie said...

I am completely in awe of this party! I know that you've been planning it for months, and it shows, but this looks like some kind of superhuman effort to throw together. Wow! I almost wish that I was a five year-old-girl-for-a-day to be invited. The individual Barbie cakes especially enchanted me. How cool!!! This is something that your daughter is bound to remember for a lifetime.

suzq said...

I a reader of this blog who does not live in the Hamptons or have the lifestyle that could afford this party. Still, there are some low-cost ideas that those of us on more modest budgets can use. The Barbie Box for pictures is genius! I would have forgone the individual cakes, but I've come to learn from experience that cupcakes work better than a big cake and there's less waste. I even like the red carpet idea, which could be a simple as a painted canvas dropcloth. I'm glad your daughter and her friends had fun. Looks like it was a perfect day.

designchic said...

What an adorable party from start to finish...she must have been thrilled!! Wish I was five again...

annie said...

WOW!!! This is so amazing! Love every single detail. Are you kidding me?...a Barbie Boutique...how cute is that? Love the Barbie Photo box and the tour and scavenger hunt in a castle...Oh my!! The cakes are so sweet---You really took this theme and ran with it...like a Barbie Marathon! Your daughter and every little guest must have been overjoyed around every turn.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Now that is the reaction you want. It's obvious that you went to a lot of trouble to make her day just perfect. It's so sweet that she appreciated that at her tender age.

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

The thank you part was adorable! I don't know which is sweeter... the effort that you put into her party or how much she appreciated it. Sounds like she loved it!

Kelly

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...
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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Woops, something weird happened.

What a perfect 5th birthday party for your little lady! I love the pinata and profiles on the plates. Fabulous job!

p.s. Yes go to the Hermes store in the left bank and let us know!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

red ticking said...

a d o r a b l e... you are the best mom ever! xxxx

EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

super cute! Oh it would be amazing to have a party like this when I was a kid!
Have a wonderful rest of the week!
~Edyta

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I was curious about the empty Barbie box until I read it was life size for the girls to get their photos taken in...wow! I bet they just adored that! I'm glad your daughter loved her party! Janell

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Your creativity blows me away! I'm sure all of the girls had a blast!

pinkstilettos said...

Oh My Goodness...I wish I could have went to a party like this when I was little- Each kid got their own Barbie and Ken!! WoW~ I know you girls had lots of fun! You did an amazing job putting everything together! My daughter has now changed her mind and wants to do a Hello Kitty Party...she's driving me bonkers :)

Karena said...

Lisa you are the best, this party is beyond!!!

You asked about frinds in France. Andrea and Laura ( French Basketeer and Decor to Adore) are going back again shortly. Kit from Chic Provence put a blogger trip together and are theire now. I believe that Toma the Antiques Dealer is also in Paris at this time...I will think of who else!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Chic Coastal Living said...

You need to share this with Pizazzerie and Hostess with the Mostess. I'm sure they would love to feature this on their sites!

Kathysue said...

Absolutely pinkalicous in every way!!! xo

christy said...

This party is AMAZING, Lisa. I'm so proud to have provided the cupcake toppers and water bottle labels. My daughter just LOVES this party and she's 10! GREAT JOB!

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

a party nobody shall soon forget, no doubt!
awesome. dont tell my 8 year old... she's still mad we had her 5th AND 6 the bdays at Disney!

can't wait to see more of your beautiful blog...
-kelley

Melissa C said...

Love this!
It is adorable & the photo booth is such a great idea.
Melissa, Truly Chic Inspirations

Style Attic said...

The most wonderful thing is that behind all the glitz and fun, is the biggest heart and true love for your daughter that is so very special. She said that because she knows it and kids call it like they feel it :) XO, Kelly

deangraziosi said...

So sweet. It look like a dreamed birthday party. And everyone tempting to be there. Such a great pink decoration is there.
dean graziosi