Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mary Poppins Birthday Party!

Honey Pot chose Mary Poppins as her party theme this year! Here is the invitation we sent out to family and close friends:

And I found this adorable glittery shirt on Etsy. Honey Pot loved it, and received so many compliments!

Here are a few of my decorations. The top left was hung on our front door, the banner and penguin above the buffet table, and I also added a quick Mary Poppins silhouette to our preexisting wall of silhouettes in the dining room.

As guests arrived, they were invited to draw a picture that they wanted to jump into, just like Bert. The chalkboards are actually placemats. So each child was able to take a placemat home with them at the end of the party.

Here are a couple guests jumping into their pictures! "You do a double blink. You close your eyes, and jump!"

The food was a lot of fun to put together. Last year we went French for Honey Pot's Aristocats birthday party. This year we created a sweet, English tea! We provided deviled eggs, chocolate chip scones, regular scones with honey butter or jam, assorted fruit, strawberry cheesecake bites, orange chocolate chip shortbread cookies, lemon poppyseed shortbread cookies and assorted tea sandwiches (PB&J, cucumber, or chicken salad). It was a huge success!!

Of course we also served coffee and tea (iced tea, as well as a variety of hot tea choices). We were super brave, and also used our fine china for kids and grown-ups alike!

For dessert we had "Let's Go Fly a Kite" funfetti cupcakes and a "Spoonful of Sugar" which was actually my famous Oreo Cookie Truffles. Dessert was a hit!

Party Game 1 = Mary Poppins Balloon Pop. This was so much fun at Little M&M's Good Dinosaur party that we had to do it again! We created an umbrella shape out of black balloons, each with a tack taped up behind it. As the kids threw bean bags at a balloon it would pop, revealing a piece of paper with a number on it. The child with the highest sum of numbers at the end of the game would win a chocolate bar medal. For this game, Little M&M won!

Party Game 2 = Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Freeze Dance. We played/paused the upbeat song, and anyone who was still moving when the music was paused was out. In the end, we had another chocolate bar medal winner!

Party Game 3 = Step in Time Limbo. We played another classic Mary Poppins song, while the kids limboed under a pool noodle. There was no winner for this one though, because most kids just went under the limbo bar however they could, nevermind the rules!

Party Game 4 - Carousel Horse Race. I created cute pool noodle horses to represent the carousel horses in the movie. The kids had to race across the obstacle course to return their horse to the carousel (ball pit pool). The hurdles were made out of pool noodles. It was meant to be an outdoor game, but due to weather, we had to have it inside. We managed just fine in the basement!

Here are the kids riding their horses. It was a spectacular scene, and the kids loved that they could take their horses home with them!

And finally, for the party favors I made a tape measurer sign that said, "Thank you for making this party practically perfect in every way." Each child was able to take home two bird seed ornaments and a handful of chocolate coins, my homage to the "Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag" song. The bird seed ornaments are a recipe we use every Christmas to create a Night Tree for the animals.