This is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down….well maybe not quite…but things were hectic there for a while when I got completely caught up in the web of party planning. Does that happen to anyone else? You get so focused on a task you can hardly concentrate on anything else? A few months ago I decided that this year I was going to throw a somewhat elaborate birthday party for Taylor since she was turning nine. I could feel that lull approaching where my daughter would only want to have smaller sleepovers at our house. No fancy partyware, no decorations, no clown. Just me leaving them alone, snacks and tons of giggling. Sigh. So, because of that premonition I determined that this year would be my last hurrah of party planning and I was going to go big.
Taylor settled on the rock star theme when she attended a party for one of her classmates at the School of Rock and fell totally IN LOVE with it. She had so much fun singing karaoke with her girls that she wanted to have her party there as well. I wasn’t obsessed with the idea at first. We had planned on a different theme and I had already invested many hours pinning ideas to go along with it. She is a stubborn one though and since it was her birthday eventually I had to cave and let her have the party she wanted. Thinking about it now, a great way to further the rockstar theme would be to hire a band. Those looking to do this can use Headliner and search for acts in your area, like manchester bands.
The first thing idea that I had with regard to a rock star theme was to give out VIP backstage passes as invitations. I was planning on creating them myself. Taylor and I started browsing on Etsy (so she could get an idea of the colors and styles she liked best) and she spotted Savoir Faire Media’s Pink Rock Star VIP Pass Invitation. She asked me to stop looking for ideas and “just buy that one”. She loved it and she wanted it. (My daughter is a very decisive creature.) I reached out to Natalie at Savoir Faire Media and she agreed to work with me in creating a few items for Taylor’s party. She was so sweet and helpful and sent me tons of information on having a rock star party (as she had thrown one recently for her own daughter). The turnaround time for my files was super quick and soon as I got them I started printing them out and putting the invites together.
The next thing I wanted for the party was a photobooth where the girls could pose with rock star props. I mean, how fun is a photobooth? I looked into renting one but it was pretty expensive. Then, I spotted a few tutorials on how to make your own backdrop and decided to go that route. Since I had recently taken a photography course (and was feeling a lot more comfortable with my DSLR camera) I figured I could just take the pictures myself and then forward them to the kids after the party in their thank you cards as a memento. Unfortunately, when I went to look at the space for the second time I saw the only spot where a photobooth area would work and there were things on the wall that would prohibit me from affixing a homemade backdrop to it. So that plan was almost out the window until I spotted a backdrop stand on Etsy and realized I could get a stand, attach a photography backdrop to it and put it in the same spot at the School of Rock but in front of the wall and not attached to it. (Dont you love when things work out?) My photographer friend agreed to lend me his stand and I ordered this backdrop from the Backdrop Shop in the 5×5 size. They were so great to work with and answered all my questions. If you are interested in ordering one they are running a special where you can get 20% off with the code GRAND20!
I ordered a bunch of props from Oriental Trading (including a blue wig, inflatable guitars and microphones and shutter sunglasses). The kids had a blast posing in the photobooth and the pictures came out really great! It was one of my favorite parts of the party.
Stay tuned for Taylor’s Rock Star Birthday Party – Part Two (where I will discuss the dessert table, decor and food). Here is a sneak peak: