One of my favorite things that has happened this first year with A home is celebrating her birthday with her! Last year we ate cake and sang for her and she didn't even know we existed! So this year we obviously had to have an extra special celebration. I though about doing a big glitzy Indian/Bollywood party, but it didn't seem right for a three year old's birthday. A LOVES animals especially kittens, so a kitty cat (pronounced billie in Hindi) theme was a no brainer. The word for three in Hindi is teen- I've been joking that I now have a teenager (she's actually really good at acting like teen- lots of eye rolling!) So this is my Teenage Billie Party!
Invites: I just printed these out on card stock from my home computer. I didn't even find envelopes since I was just inviting family. I wanted to keep a little Indian flair with this party so there was lots of gold and glitter, with pink and grey or chalkboard accents.
Take aways: gold buckets with your own kitten. The kids could name their cat and make a collar with a name tag and a bell. These "cats" looked more scary than cute to me (you get what you pay for when it comes to plush animals. I thinks these were less than a dollar a piece) but the kids all loved them. M slept with his every night for a month! There were cat stamps and stickers and pink polka dot party hats for taking home too.
Lots and lots of pink and gold...
I had plans for a cat shaped cake, but ditched it at the last minute. I think I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that I'm just not great with cakes. Or maybe it just the frosting. But probably both. So I did a simple eight inch round cake. I added raspberry sauce to the butter cream, which made it look like Pepto-Bismol, but it tasted good! I made a quick cake topper bunting with paper straws, bakers twine, chalkboard stickers, and a gold paint pen.
Centerpiece: Yarn balls from my stash, lots of pink carnations, gold confetti, and gold jingle balls.
Kitty chalkboard art
Activities: I printed some kitty coloring pages from the Internet and put out crayons
Besides watching A eat her cake, this was my favorite part of the party. I read that they do this in India on birthdays. Pour confetti (I used glitter too) into a balloon before you blow it up. After you blow it up, you pop it over the birthday girl's head so it rains confetti on her. A was a little surprised at the popping of the balloon, but she loved her glitter shower!
Can't wait to celebrate so many more birthdays with this sweet girl!
Gold buckets, plush kittens, cat stamps, cat stickers, pink popcorn boxes, square gold paper plates- Oriental Trading
Gold balloons, various ribbons, gold jingle bells, chalkboard stickers, chalkboard bunting kit, bamboo spoons- Hobby Lobby
Pink crepe paper, pink paper plates, gold star confetti, edible gold glitter (for cake)- Walmart
Gold stripe paper straws, crayons, gold glitter scalloped wall stickers- Target