Initially I wanted to have a pony party (with a pony) because I heard she and a couple of other girls were devoted to the ponies in her classroom. I hoped these were replica ponies and NOT my little... In the meantime, I was fixing my sights on several Oliver + S projects in the new book and was hit with a spot of brilliance, the Puppet Theater was the perfect thing to make because I could easily plan a puppet-craft party. It would give the kids a job, it would be a loose theme and if I could determine an inspiration point it would be a done deal. Some googling found rather wonderful puppet crafts, I have to say Made by Joel and the Crafty Crow are the two best resources I can think of for paper crafting with children. I think it was when I saw a "Where the Wild Things Are" themed puppet collection that I hit it, it was going to be a rabbit theme. Either Peter Rabbit or Moon Rabbit. I decided that Moon Rabbit's simplistic drawings and bold style would be the easiest to plan, and it's a book I'm rather fond of after finding it at the library.
In several hours I made the Puppet Theater, in an evening Mira and I cut, glued and hole punched the garland, in an hour I drew the bunnies (as well as flowers, guitars and purses) on card stock for mounting on wooden sticks. In a night I prepped punch and whatever else I could and still I was completely exhausted by the time the party started on Saturday morning. But I think it came together nicely.
Here are a few details from the party:
|Puppet Theater and Puppet Craft|
|Crayon Roll-Up Favors|
|A very happy birthday girl at the end of the day|