Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fancy Finds and Fabulous Fun


Darling, you know I'm eager to let you in on all the treasures that made our recent Fancy Nancy party fabulous.


Sources (clockwise from top left corner): Green boa, Dollar Tree; glittery butterflies, Michael's; scrapbook papers and stickers, Hobby Lobby; Gerber daisies, Fresh Market, Montgomery, Ala.; cupcake and ice cream cone ornaments, Caffco Floral Outlet, Montgomery, Ala.; ribbon, Michael's; Raney's fairy wings and boa, Dollar Tree; silver platter and goblet, Dollar Tree; ribbon, Michael's; butterfly sucker, Oriental Trading Company; napkins, Wal-Mart; favor boxes, K&Company, AC Moore; candy necklaces and lip gloss rings inside favor boxes (not shown), Dollar Tree; pink tissue pom-pom, Martha Stewart craft kit

Fancy Nancy inspired a festive afternoon for celebrating Mary Ashley's 5th birthday. Since Fancy Nancy is "little girl fancy" and not "mommy fancy," our fun began when I let Emma and Mary Ashley choose their own party outfits. I wanted them to feel completely confident and beautiful at the party, and they were certainly fancy! Mary Ashley's ensemble included her spring recital costume, a pink cape with fur collar, lots of bracelets and a tiara. Emma preferred the layered look, choosing a Kentucky cheerleader top, purple Barbie dress-up shirt, sequined dress-up skirt, sheer black ballet skirt and tiara. I even played along, choosing sparkly earrings and a favorite pink cardigan with a ruffled collar.

When the little girls arrived, they were all giggles and glee as they took the stairs to explore Mary Ashley's room. They played in her room for a while, and many of the girls donned costumes from her toybox.

After free play, I gathered the children into the family room to read Fancy Nancy. I have never done story time during a birthday party before and wasn't sure the girls would sit long enough to enjoy it, but they all gathered around and listened with rapt attention. This was a great way to get the girls excited about our theme, as well as introduce Fancy Nancy to any who might not have read her books before.

After story time, I told the little girls they all looked beautiful for the party, but we were going to get even more fancy. I had Mary Ashley stand up and told the other girls to line up behind her. "Darlings," I announced, "we are going to visit Mary Ashley's Boutique, where you can each choose a boa and fairy wings to complete your ensemble." I had a friend stationed in our sitting room so she could help the little shoppers make their selections. It was so sweet to watch the girls light up as they chose their favorite colors.

When the girls were ready to model their wings and boas, Mary Ashley led a "fancy parade" through the hall and back to the family room, met with applause from all the mommies along the way.

Once they were all dressed up, they needed someplace to go, so we were off to the dining room to sing "Happy Birthday" and cut the cake. The guests found little surprises at each place to look at while the mothers helped me serve the cake. Since a Fancy Nancy can never have too many accessories, the girls discovered candy necklaces and lip gloss rings in their favor boxes. Brothers at the party discovered candy, sunglasses and glow sticks in their bags. The girls were perfect little ladies taking their seats at the table, and they looked so cute dressed up with boas and wings.

After cake, Mary Ashley opened presents and the girls played for the rest of the afternoon. It was a fun, fancy day -- one I hope the girls will never forget. And I think it reminded all of us girls --mothers and daughters alike -- that it is fun to be fancy!



19 comments:

wife.mom.nurse said...

What a party! Love the pix!
Julie

Homeschool Dawn said...

What fun! You are amazing. I love the idea of a book theme for a birthday party. There aren't any Fancy Nancy's at my house, but I may use a "boy book" for the next birthday party.

Jennifer said...

Melissa,
What an awesome Mommy you are...I know that one day when Mary Ashley and Emma are all grown up they are going to look back on these days and stand in awe - thinking, as many of us do who read your blog, how in the world did she do all of that with all of us? You are simply amazing and an inspiration.

An Accomplished Woman said...

Thanks for all the sources. Love the party and the girls looks so cute. Great job.

Louise said...

That party sounds adorable!!! The activities sound so fun and the dress up was so cute! i'm so impressed!!

sweeter and the bubbas said...

I am totally cracking up at Emma's choice of attire!! She is so funny!! :-) BTW, I LOVE Mary Ashley's recital costume. The polka dots are so cute!! :-)

Jessica said...

I love your blog! It reminds me of home and many of the things that I love. Thanks for stopping by my blog too. What a lovely, lovely birthday party, it makes me wonder if I'm too old for a Fancy Nancy party. :)

The crepes: you just need a nonstick pan (I use an omelette pan).

Sandy Toes said...

Looks like a wonderful party for your little girl! How fun and FANCY!
-sandy toe

julie & joe said...

What a fun party! I love the dress up things at dollar tree.

Jennifer P. said...

A Fancy Nancy party? How fun is that?! I would have come just for the pink boa :)--and thank goodness for the dollar store!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, this is wonderful! It reminds me of the trouble my mother used to go to for our birthdays, and yeeeeeeears later, people still tell me that they always had such fun at them. SO you're not only making memories for you little ones, but for their friends and cousins as well. This looked like HUGE fun, and I'm so happy you let us be flies on the wall by posting the party pics.

Loved it all!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

What a great party that was. Taylor had such a good time, she insisted to wear her "wings" out to eat that night. Jackson even got excited about the wings and boa. You are such an inspiring woman. I just love every thing you do.
Love to you and your family
Shannon

grain de sable said...

bonjour j'aime beaucoup votre blog your photo is beautiful merci . Isabelle of France

Anonymous said...

The 2 boys in the background of one photo look really out of place. I didn't know Fancy Nancy had any brothers. What are their names?
This looks a great deal more exciting than our Pirate Potty---thats Reese for party!

Heidi said...

Love it all. Perfect. We dollar tree'd stuff too. It was beautiful. Looks like a million bucks. We also read book at ours (Pinkalicious) and it held great attention for girls. Lily is really, really into Fancy Nancy now though, so, I may steal some of your ideas on this one. I have plenty of time until December though, Ha! I'm a big planner like you. Can make cakes though. You are awsome there. That is the ONE thing I still need to learn.....

Our Complete Family said...

Wowee! What a fun and 'fancy' party you girls had! I love your collages, as always!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

What a sweet celebration, Melissa!

Well Done!

Laura said...

So cute. My daughter is a big fancy nancy fan!

Debbie said...

What a fabulous party! So clever and entertaining and full of fun and frill...just what any 5 year old wants! Love it!

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