She’s changed some since this photo from my first ever post.
Two sure was a sweet age. I must say though, I haven’t felt especially nostalgic about a birthday since her fourth. I think once I came to terms with the fact that the baby and toddler years were over, looking ahead has just been exciting. It really does just keep getting better and better. And I can still see that little face in there somewhere…it helps that she hasn’t lost a single baby tooth!
Anyway. I want to share about Lila’s seventh birthday party, and of course there’s a dress to go along with it. She requested a long-sleeved birthday dress this year. I don’t own many long-sleeved patterns, but I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile now – the Oliver + S Playtime Dress.
I made it from a coral Cloud9 double gauze from Joann. Normally I don’t buy fabric at Joann but I trust anything Cloud9 Fabrics puts their name on. And double gauze never disappoints. The pattern was great, of course. I remember when it first came out I thought it seemed like a little girl dress, and that maybe Lila was already too old for it. I like it on her, though. It looks a lot like a Geranium dress, although it has facings rather than a lined bodice. The sleeves have a dropped shoulder, making them very easy to set in.
I had heard this dress runs big, and aside from height her measurements put her squarely in a size 5, so I went with that, and lengthened everything (bodice, sleeves, hem) to a 6.
But on to the adopt-a-kitty party, which definitely trumps the dress (I was a little disappointed when she vetoed every cat fabric I chose!).
I think I said it about Oscar’s animals-in-party-hats second birthday, but this one was officially the most fun I’ve ever had, party planning-wise. I’m going to link to all the stuff I collected just in case you want to throw a kitty party of your own someday…please, somebody, have one! I’m sad ours is over…I’m telling you, it was super fun.
These are the cats we chose – they came in several different breeds and the quality was good for the price. We only had six guests which helped keep the cost (and chaos) down.
The girls arrived and chose a cat to adopt, then named their kitties and filled out an adoption certificate. Then they chose a blanket (pinked-edge fleece) and a collar (a ribbon with a velcro closure sewn on, strung with a key tag and bell), picked up a bag of kitty food (chocolate cereal), a container of kitty vitamins (gummy butterflies), a little ball of yarn, and an adopt-a-kitty box to carry everything home.
My sister designed the adoption certificates and the box labels – she used this font which came with the flowers, and she added the cat. The certificates were adorned with highly official gold cat seals, and I used the extra stickers on the cups.
The great thing about first graders is that they’re still young and imaginative enough to genuinely enjoy playing on the rug with their stuffed cats, but old enough to have attention spans and skills to do some fun party activities.
In addition to a few games, we water-colored cat faces…
and made little crowns for the kitties from pipe cleaners and paper flowers.
The crowns were inspired by this wrapping paper (found locally), which I used in much of the party decorating.
The girls (and their kitties) snacked on chocolate “cat food” cereal, goldfish crackers, peanut butter and nutella cat face sandwiches,
and strawberry mice (mini chocolate chip eyes and nose, sliced almond ears, licorice tails). I had planned to make the mice ahead, but when Lila and I did a test run we thought it would be a fun party activity, and I think it was.
The kitties themselves were really the party favors, but I made some treat bags, too.
Gummy mice, kitty pens, kitty stickers (these, found locally), and a sugar cookie (I got this set of cutters). I’m still waiting for Jess to show up at my door and teach me how to decorate cookies, but in the meantime, I made some collars out of flattened Starburst and a silver sprinkle.
I used this cat stamp on the bags and the invitations.
Oh, and I ordered these cat headbands too, which arrived from China about 10 days after the party. Oh well.
I will admit that sometimes I get so wrapped up in the little details that I forget the actual point of the party…you know, for the kids to have fun…but it seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves, and I loved all the prep, so I think it was a win. And Lila was so excited about it all. And man, there is no shortage of cute cat ideas out there…it was hard not to go crazy. Here’s a link to my kitty party Pinterest board if you want to see what I mean.
Thanks for reading…posts are obviously sporadic these days but I do still enjoying sharing things every once in awhile 🙂