What have I been up to? Well, since my own birthday party season is well and truly over for the year I've been helping a friend with a birthday party for her two kids - a brother and sister turning 6 and 4. It's sometimes difficult to do a combined party for young kids because the girls tend to want something very pink, and the boys... well, they don't.
The party was held at a miniature railway so we decided to do a play on the train theme and do 'travel' with a vintage twist instead. Over the last month I've been busily making things out of old maps and collecting bits and pieces from op shops. This is what I came up with.
For these Airmail style envelopes I used free downloadable fonts from Dafont.com like 'Dead Letter Office Seventeen' for the airmail stamp and 'stamPete' for the writing. The red and blue border was a free printable that's available here: airmail envelope. After printing them out onto white card on my home inkjet printer I glued an old stamp onto the top of each envelope.
|Table set with vintage tablecloths from op shops. Pinwheels are made from maps. Books are memory books for each guest to write the birthday boy or girl a birthday wish.|
|Pinwheels with dowel from a hardware shop and maps from a map book|
bought from an op shop for $3.
|Memory Book bought from a craft shop and covered|
in map paper.
|Memory books - bought for $1.99 each and then decorated.|
|Main table. $3 sheet for a table cloth with a banner made from felt squares.|
Picnic basket was filled with popcorn bags.
|Picnic baskets are a great way to decorate a party table!|
|Paper plates which I decorated with a circle cut from a vintage travel book.|
|Decorations made from maps and split pins.|
|For the ladies - a picnic blanket with dress ups and a tea set.|
|Espresso cups make a cheap alternative to a kids tea set and there are|
always loads of them at thrift stores. This set cost me $4.
|Dress ups in a $4 picnic basket.|
The kids had a fantastic time and the weather was gorgeous. This was a really fun theme to do, and could easily be adapted to a grown ups party or a wedding. If my budget was unlimited I would have liked to add some vintage world globes, binoculars, a compass or two, vintage suitcases, and some old aviator goggles. There is also lots of room to have fun with paper products such as passports and luggage tags.
In total I spent $56 on the styling including the invitations, decorations, the tablecloth, the dress ups, and the popcorn.
Now on to the next party....