"Go Big or Go Home."
This time, we went big at home.
This year, as Moira turned six, she begged. She pleaded. She prayed for us to invite her whole class to her party. In addition, she could not celebrate the big 0-6 without inviting her other friends and family.
I am never one to shy away from a challenge, especially related to birthday celebrations. This year, crazy came home as we hosted not one, but two Mary Poppins themed birthday parties back to back.
Mo has been Mary Poppins' biggest fan since she first saw the movie at 3 years old, and still watches it over and over today.
We hosted the first party from 11:30-1:30 for fifteen of her Kindergarten classmates. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, so we were forced to do most of the activities in the house. I hired my two favorite fifth graders to serve as party helpers.
This seriously is the best $30 I spent!
Our timeline was set, and we stayed pretty much on task. Kite bookmark craft, pin the bow tie on the penguin, lunch, freeze dance, tuppence toss, Happy Birthday, dessert, and then a Spoonful of Sugar relay. By 1:35 every child was picked up, and by 1:40 the two fifth graders were heading home with pizza, cupcakes and money in their pockets.
Whereas, we had a much more laid back and less structured party later. Coloring, making kites, pin the bow tie on the penguin, dinner, freeze dance, tuppence toss, Happy Birthday, dessert, and then a Penguin pinata. This second party began at 3:30, and consisted of our family and friends we consider family.
Overall, this theme lends itself to lots of great decorations, food choices, crafts and games. I do believe we had quite the supercalifragilistic shindigs.
There are not a lot of Mary Poppins specific decorations to purchase, therefore I created a bunch myself. Using a black, white, and red color scheme we added pictures, and banners throughout the house.
|Personalized Mary Poppins T-Shirt|
"Practically Perfect in Every Way"
Courtesy of Caramel Designs
|Mary Poppins Toy|
|Guests joined the party at 17 Cherry Tree Lane|
Image courtesy of The Artful Wayfarings of Kelsey Carlson
|Finding this image from the Musical, we used this as on the online invitation and on the favor bags.|
|Banner courtesy of Shanty 2 Chic|
|Using precut letters affixed to the window frame, we spelled out supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.|
For more printable images, check out my Pinterest Board here.
The children colored then assembled foam bookmarks from Oriental Trading Company
Pin the Bow Tie on the Penguin
I made the penguin out of tag board. The kids took turns attempting to pin the bow tie on the penguin's neck.
Using various scenes from Mary Poppins, the children took turns dancing to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Step In Time, and Spoonful of Sugar.
Inspired from this site, Moira, Maeve, and I took a piece of white tag board and colored various circles. At the party, the children each received handfuls of pennies. Taking turns, they attempted to toss their penny and make in land in the circle. Each penny that made it in the circle, the kids were able to keep. Those that fell off the board or landed on the white, we returned back to the "bank".
Spoonful of Sugar Relay
Unfortunately I do not have any pictures from this relay. However, with the large group it was really successful. I split the party into two teams. Using big spoons, which I found at the dollar store, they would scoop from a container of sugar (really it was play sand), run across to the their team's container, dump their spoonful in, and then run back to their team, passing the spoon to the next person in line.
|Chocolate, Vanilla, & Chocolate Chip cupcakes with buttercream icing|
|Chimney Sweep Marshmallow Pops|
|Spoonful of Sugar Cookies|
These parties were both exhausting and exciting.
We had a fabulous time as it was quite a supercalifragilistic celebration.
Find my pinterest board here: A Supercalifragilistic Shindig