My daughter had a somewhat interesting request for her birthday theme this year. She loves Taylor Swift but about as equally she loves her 2 cats. (SHE LOVES CATS!!) Her cats are scottish fold and she named them Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson. My daughter just LOVES THAT!! She wanted to incorporate the two together. She loves to sing just like Taylor Swift and so I was on a mission to make this happen I hit up the Dollar Tree for alot of this party.
Her invivations looked like Concert lanyards. Found lanyards super cheap on Amazon Prime. — Here is a link to the lanyards I found. Still cheaper than paying 1.00 each at Walmart. Ill have extras saved for another project I am sure. They were a hit. Such a fun invitation
We set up a few tables. I do want to say in my past life- I was a graphic designer in college. So Alot of decorations happened because I personally designed them. Just in case anyone was curious where I got some of the items. You won’t find them online- they were just created by me But I will link you to other items to help you that I did find online.
I designed a Meredith and Olivia poster. Found 49 photos of Taylor Swift with either of her cats on instagram or google or even youtube videos that I took still screen shots off my phone to have enough photos to make this poster of her cats. I then incorporated Taylors signature and made a “Polaroid type” poster to coincide with her 1989 album. Printed it 16×20 at my local Sams club. Framed it with a 50% off frame from Hobby Lobby. This will also serve as a gift for my daughters bedroom to hang up after the party.
Frames were from the Dollar Tree. I will share further down in this post how I made them. Found sheet music on Google images and photoshopped lips onto the sheet music and printed 5×7 to frame.
Created a fun set of sugar cookies for the party as well.
Another dollar tree frame with a print I created in Photoshop.
This cake I also made. My daughter found the cat treble cleft image on Pinterest and asked that to be on her birthday cake. It seemed fitting
These microphones were a blast! I can’t take credit for this. My girlfriend linked me to a blog and I LOVED THEM!! Check it out!! MARCI COOMBS BLOG I was so excited to find the styrofoam balls and other parts at Dollar Tree
Food table was fun as well. More frames and my daughter wanted “Little fancy food” for dinner with her friends. Sounds easy enough!!
Push pop containers that we glittered the tops and filled with chocolate raisins to look also like micorphones. Used a shoe box covered in red paper to stand them up.
Image for this frame came from Google Images
Candies wrapped in netting from the wedding section with left over ribbon I had from a prior party.
Glittered a canning jar I had on hand, glittered a foam B my daughter already owned, and found the numbers at Hobby Lobby Cat bowls came from Dollar Tree.
Oh — the glittery fabrics– also Hobby Lobby. Used 40% off coupons and had them cut me 1 1/2 yards or silver or red just to drape on the tables. I bring my kids with me when I go so they can “check out” and use a coupon too if I have more than 1 item needing to use a coupon on.
The big diamonds– wedding section of Hobby Lobby. Another coupon used
Foods included – pulled pork in Hawaiian rolls
bread with garlic aioli, tomato/avacado. (yeah girls didnt care much for that– so the adults ate it ahah) Crackers with cheese and pepperoni (reminded them of pizza)
Tomatoe and cheese on tooth picks (yeah another non winner with girls hahaha hey I was trying to serve healthy too!!) The other cat bowl was just a tortilla with spinach dip smeared in it, rolled up and cut. They did like that. Fruit salad they did like that.
The little mini cups with the mini spoons or forks- Dollar Tree wedding section.
In some of the cups- carrot/cucumber sticks (Again– I lose– they didnt want that HAHAH the veggies didn’t really go over well live and learn) The top tier was mac and cheese (of course well received!!)
Corn doggies and personal cups of ketchup. Those went. Also Chex Mix– another winner in a cup LOL (basically junk food) LOL
They loved having all the “little” portions. They felt fancy. Picked up silver plates from Hobby Lobby and fancy silver colored forks too. They thought it was real silver ware. They were confused when I threw their forks away they thought I was to keep them to wash. HAHA CUTE!!
Later on in the party after the girls played outside, did a bond fire, we were to have an outside movie but thanks to Florida weather it stormed so we came inside– piled lots of blankets and pillows and watched a movie inside. So we set up the candy/pop corn station. I simply glittered the bottoms of plastic cups. All candy either I had or dollar tree. Pop corn bucket also I had (got from dollar tree years ago) Had red paper bags and allowed them to make a bag of treats to eat during the movie.
Easy- plastic cups I already owned and glue and glitter went a long way Very fun and inexpensive and made a statement.
We made scrap books from all the things we did.
I created this file for the scrap books, and included blank paper inside (computer paper) They each got one.
My sister loaned me her Polaroid 300 camera. VERY COOL!! It printed off cute 2×3 photos instantly of the girls. So if we did any group shots, we took it 5 times for each of them to get one. But they LOVED watching them develop. Sersiously they were MESMERIZED watching them show up and getting all excited. HAHA I love this camera SO MUCH I think I am going to have to get myself one. Here is the one we used on Amazon
Picked up extra film as well for it. – FILM ON AMAZON
Made these fun photo props. Foam Boards came from Dollar Tree. The polaroid one simply used brown paint and dry brushed the edge. Used my Vinyl cutting machine and cut out the words for it.
The instagram one- same board, however designed it in Photoshop and used a large scale ink jet printer I have and printed it and glued it to that board. The girls loved reading thinking it was a real Taylor Swift instagram shot.
My kids goofing around with the boards before the prty. The back ground is tulle ribbon from Hobby Lobby just tied on to a ribbon for photos/decorations
As we took photos of the girls we kept each girl their own pile so when it came time to designing their scrapbooks- they knew which pile was theirs. The 1 group shot- I put them in cute 1.00 2×3 frames (also from dollar tree) I added the date in vinyl as well. Put them in their goodie bags so they took them home. They each ended up with 5 photos (1 frames and 4 for their scrap book) I provided them washi tape, glue, markers and they had a great time making scrap books with their photos. Keeping the polaroid theme going like the new album Lots of fun. Used the microphones also for props. They even in some of them used the diamonds on the table for props. They got super creative and were a blast!! They loved feeling like movie stars.
Goodie bags- white bags from Dollar tree. All graphics on them are done in my silhouette vinyl cutter and added to the bag. The backs of the bags had the girls name on it so I knew who’s bag was who as they added things to it (when they finished scrap books we could put them in the bags etc)
Inside the bags- we made each of the girls a Swift 89 shirt, candy, frame, they picked out sugar cookies from the table to take home and other fun things. Often times the bag just evolves. I do so many parties and activities I often have left over items and I just keep reusing. I already had pop rocks and bags of skittles and push pops I have had those containers easily 5 years and still using them up. So I never know what goes into a goodie bag right away till I just go thru what I already own or have from other projects.
Since I had exactly 5 packs of Pop rocks (and 5 girls) Made tags in photo shop and did a play on words as a thank you. Since we were on the “ROCK THEME” in this party.
Alot of the striped table runners– again– I just happen to own from other events I have thrown. I am always throwing parties of some sort and I organize all my items and keep fabric scraps etc– and seriously the day of the Party I just go through what I have and pull out colors that I own and just build the party up as I go along. Just something I enjoy
As promised here are some photos on how I made some of the items. These photos are not very desirable. I am sorry. Taken on my iphone “in real life” Just snapping photos as I made them. So they are not as pretty of photos but does the job to share with you.
Just as the other blog I linked above- I took kaleidoscopes and used an opaque paint marker and painted the tops black.
Using Martha Stewart Glittering Glue and Glitter- I stuck the Styrofoam balls on a skewer and brushed on glue and silver glitter.
Flipped over an egg carton and stuck them in the carton to allow them to dry. I then glued the Styrofoam balls to the end of the kaleidoscope and used vinyl to decorate it with their names and music notes.
Since we had the glitter out– we went to town. My daughter had this foam B (it was glue) We glued and glittered it on a skewer as well.
Glittered lots of plastic cups
These frames came from the dollar tree. As photographed- we glued on the brown part of the frame then glittered them.
Simple and was fun. GLITTER EVERYWHERE of course– but it didn’t take us long to do these and made everything look so fun!! I haven’t done alot of glittering in the past– but I enjoyed it. All the bling– and I walked around for days with glitter. Even a shower didn’t get it off all the time. I am still finding a little glitter in the house. But– seriously there are worse things– glitter isn’t one of them HAHAH
So there you have it. I know alot of photos It was a fun party!! I love love doing this. OHHH– and for the record– My daughter has NEVER been to a Taylor Swift concert. Just loves to blast her music. However– she did open a gift that contained 2 tickets to the Tampa, FL concert in October. She was beside herself. It was a long 10 months of keeping a secret since we got the tickets LAST year. She is looking forward to seeing Taylor Swift next month (on halloween)
And I must admit– I LOVEEEE Taylor Swift too– so this party I kind of enjoyed it for myself HAHAH Still a kid at heart!!!