Proving the best party themes are sometimes brand new to the party guests, my friend Stacey themed her daughter Ellie’s 3rd birthday bash on one of their favorite books:
This now out-of-print retro little book was one of Stacey’s favorites as a kid. While she is still trying to wrestle her copy back from her mom’s first grade classroom, she found a used copy to share with her kids. Who wouldn’t love this book?
The gold ring turns out to be magical; everything Penny touches turns to sweets…Her new crayons became candy sticks. Marbles turned into jawbreakers and bubblegum balls. And her very best beads became a necklace of jelly beans.
The kids gathered close to hear/see/touch the story.
After the story, Stacey had set up two related activities for the kids.
First, they made candy necklaces using licorice laces and Lifesavers Gummies.
Ryan’s laces kept breaking with the weight of the candy (lots more self control than I have – he didn’t eat any candy while making the necklace), but he engineered this lariat to keep it from snapping.
Next up, the kids filled up gumball machines just like Penny’s, using round colored office labels (genius!!) and jewel stickers.
Stacey attached gold rings to the gum ball machine page.
Not sweet enough for you? By request from the birthday girl, red velvet cake and purple frosting.
Homemade of course. Because this actually exists in Stacey’s kitchen.
Lots of adorable bursts of color…
Goody bags — complete with a toothbrush to wash the sugar away.
And best of all – a very happy birthday girl.