Last October, we were blessed with our baby girl! She was born 1 day before her older brother’s 3rd birthday. We knew their birthdays would be close, we just didn’t know how close. Of course it was exciting for all of us and fun knowing that they will forever have a birthday buddy. But it also meant that we would have to be a little more creative with birthday parties. Not only two ages, but also the gender difference. The first thing that came to mind was to do a Pirates & Princesses. But he wasn’t really that interested in pirates. So when he all but insisted on having a Ninja Turtles party, my brain got to work. The final result was TURLTES & TIARAS! Of course finding an invite that incorporated both of these things was near impossible. So I created my own with a turtle mask on one side (in orange, because Mikey is our FAVORITE!) and a tiara with jewels on the other side.
A couple things that both themes shared were the sugar cookies that were from a local bakery. Half of them were decorated with the Ninja Turtles and the other half had a pink tiara on them. I also bought a Ninja Turtle coloring book and a Princess coloring book at the dollar store. Set out with crayons, the kids LOVED coloring. But the other details we split between the two themes.
- For dinner we went with a must have Ninja Turtle entree, PIZZA of course! It’s easy and quick and loved by all!
- I made Ninja Turtle Jello Cups by pouring green jello 3/4 of the way full in 8 clear plastic cups. Once set, I made orange, purple, blue, and red jello and poured about 1/2″ on top of the green to represent their masks. Making 2 of each character.
- I put together 4 candy bowls, filled with green candy. Then wrapped each with a piece of colored fabric to represent each turtle. It was kind of a difficult task to find green candy that is sold independently without other colors. Of course there are places you can order it from but that gets very pricey! I ended up using Mint M&M’s, Spearmint Leaves (which are kind of like gumdrops), Sour Punch Straw Bites, and Caramel Apple Twizzlers.
- You can’t have a birthday party without some sort of cake (IN MY OPINION)! So, I made Neapolitan Cupcakes. I used a mini cupcake pan. Layered chocolate cake, vanilla cake, and topped it with THE BEST Strawberry Buttercream Frosting I’ve ever had. They were adorable and an absolutely perfect fit for the princess theme.
- For all of our princess guests we had rings, necklaces, and bracelets. They were bought at the dollar store and perfect for picking out, trading, dressing up, and even gettting a little cake on.
- My favorite thing was the tiaras! I knew I wanted a tiara for Addison, and looked around town and online without much luck. When it dawned on me that I could make it, I dove right in! With a few trial and errors, I finally came up with one that I loved. Then decided to make them for all the girls at the party. Each one was different and they loved them. I expected them to wear them but was pleasantly surprised when they didn’t take them off. They were a huge hit and much cuter (and more comfortable) then the hard plastic ones you can get at the store! *
*To get your own handmade tiara, visit my etsy shop, Circa86
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