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This is the first year that (A) decided to have his birthday party somewhere other than at home. At first, this was devastating for me as I love to create and make his parties special. But, then I decided to find ways to make it personal and still add little touches. This was especially difficult as the venue wouldn’t let me in any more than 15 minutes before the start of the party itself.
The venue provided the table cloths, and plates which was nice. That was one thing that we didn’t need to stress about. We brought our own napkins and folded them to make them look like bow ties. We also bought special forks to make them look “rich and fancy”. For drinks we did martini glasses and added a sign that said “Shaken not Stirred”, as well as a large 7 that I added James Bond and the logo to. A little crepe paper, caution tape, and enlarged copies of the invitation rounded things out.
I don’t love sending the kids home with tons of candy, so we only had rock candy and candy coins to send home. They doubled as decor during the party.
These are the packs that spies keep locked up in their homes in case they need to disappear at a moments notice. To make them I stamped some manila envelopes, then stuffed. We displayed them in an old briefcase that my aunt had at home :o)
Since not all the kids every show up at once we had a few quick introduction activities planned.
Make a Bureau ID
First the kids took their bureau photos to use for their ID’s. I used an Instax camera to take a photo that prints right there, and the setup was simply the wall, a chair, a pair of glasses and removable footprints on the wall. I purchased the ID Holders in advance and created a template for them to fill in. They also had to put a thumb print on the front to make it official. I used a washable ink pad for this.
Decode the Message
Prior to the kids arriving we set up the “birthday banner” on the wall with spaces missing. We numbered the spaces for the remaining letters. The missing letters were placed in numbered folders. Corresponding folders were placed inside of BLACK balloons and blown up to make them look like “bombs”. The party-goers needed to detonate a bomb, to find their number then place it on the wall to decode the message.
Vanessa Stahl of Sweet Spot Studio Cakes makes all of our cakes. She is unbelievable. I’ve been using her for years, and known her even longer. She never ceases to amaze me. Not only are the cakes stunning to look at they are also so yummy. We prefer butter cream, so you might be interested to know that the base of our cakes are not fondant- just the embellishments.
RNYM can personalize your invite and send them to you for printing for a small fee. All you need is a color printer, white and manila cardstock, paper clips, a confidential stamp, and 5×7 envelopes to complete the set.
If you don’t have a printer, Staples will print them for you.
To order, just send us an email at RockandNYMom@yahoo.com with the subject Invitation. We work with you to personalize and then send you a PDF to use.
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