I think it is really funny that Ari asked if she could have a party at our house this year since "Trip gets to have his parties at the house every year!" Most kids usually beg to go somewhere, and I've got the kid that wants to have friends over instead! #winning
She also told me a few months ago that she wanted it to be a girls-only party. Trip was NOT invited, and Daddy could only come because he was to be the "mechanic."
So, one day it hit me that Harley-Davidson could easily be renamed Ari-Davidson, and I got to work on the invitations! The birthday girl said she wanted the colors to be pink, black, and white instead of the traditional orange. Works for me!
Don't send H-D after me! I used the snipping tool on my computer and played with the logo to change it on my Powerpoint program. I printed the invitations on cardstock and then put them on a pink cardstock background.
I found the perfect black, white, and pink striped cupcake holders at Hobby Lobby and was positive that it was going to be simple to find little motorcycles for toppers. I was dead wrong! I searched EVERYWHERE in stores and online and came up empty every time. So, I made some instead. I used black diecut shapes from Hobby Lobby and then printed the Ari-Davidson logo and some motorcycles and got to hot glue-gunning.
I also thought that finding pink, black, and white sprinkles would be a cinch to find. Those are classic girl party colors, right? WRONG! I ended up ordering THESE sprinkles on Etsy from Sweet Treats Supplies. They were perfect, and the shipping was super fast!
We found black and white chevron napkins on clearance at Hobby Lobby and pink glitter plates on clearance at Target. Always check those end-caps! You never know what goodies you'll find!
Due to the impending weather, I set the brunch buffet table up inside. I used some pink beaded strands from Valentine's Day to hang on the windows, and I added "Ari Is 5" on a black and white banner from Target. I use the glass cake stands that we received as a wedding gift ALL the time! I also used the cupcake stands that we used for our wedding. For our menu, we had: strawberry donuts, donut holes, bagels with cream cheese, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, apple muffins, pink Goldfish, strawberry shortcake Goldfish, elephant ear palmier cookies, sausage cheese balls, cinnamon rolls, and Funfetti cupcakes!
One of my co-workers gave me a bunch of heart tattoos, and we had some leftovers from a few Halloweens ago, so of course we had to have a tattoo parlor for the girls when they came in! Each girl also got a bandanna to dress the part! Aurelia asked to keep her tattoo on for days after the party, and her fascination with it was interesting to say the least!
Another awesome co-worker volunteered to surprise Ari and the girls by riding her motorcycle over for the party! Kristi was so great to take the time out of her weekend to do this, and the photo-ops were so neat!
The girls scootered and biked for a while, and our amazing neighbors let us use their driveways so the kids could have more space to ride since we live on a busy street.
Ari asked to play a pin the tail type game, so I traced a motorcycle onto posterboard using my cool Activboard at school. We played "Pin the Wheel on the Harley," and each girl got a black tire to put on. We bought little TY animals at Five Below to give as prizes for the games.
We also played musical chairs minus the chairs. I cut out stars, tires, and hearts from the leftover poster board, and the girls walked around to "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf.
Birthday parties aren't complete in our house until we hit a piñata! This was another tough one to find online. Luckily, our local Fiesta market had a motorcycle piñata, and I filled it with candy and some cheap heart bracelets from HEB.
We went back inside to play with the photo booth!
And we ended the day with cupcakes and presents! Do you think she had fun with her buddies or what?
Thanks so much for joining me today! If you want to see the rest of my kids' parties, check out THIS post. I hope you'll link up with me and the ladies of Moms' Coffee Date tomorrow for our monthly blog link-up. Our topic is go-to Crock-pot recipes! See you soon!