Monday, February 21, 2011

* Birthday Party Highlights: Pink Kitty 4th Birthday Party!

My sweet little "C" is 4 years old!

This mama can't believe how quickly time is flying by.
What better way to celebrate 
than with a pink kitty themed birthday party?!
I always try to pick a theme with the girls
for their birthday that represents who they are that year. 

"C" had a Very Hungry Caterpillar 
party for her first birthday.

Age 2 was a quiet family event with all of us down with the stomach flu. 
yuck : (

Last year's Third Birthday was the huge

Age 4 has been all about Cats (especially her "Rosie Cat") so,
 Pink and Kitty Cats it was!

I decorated our "seasons" tree with 
photos of "C"s favorite stuffed kitty friends.
We also had some pink roses 
in pink water (food coloring!)

 I made this little pink kitty box 
to hold "kitty treats"
(e.g. Snack Bags of Cheddar Gold Fish and 
Cheddar Birds)

As the kids arrived they selected a beanie baby kitty
to adopt and we filled out an adoption certificate.

The kids made tags (with office tags) 
and ribbon collars
for their new kitty friends. 

The kitty adoption center run by big sister "E"
(best big sister ever!)

The kids made Kitty Toys out of 
pipe cleaners, feathers, and colored masking tape.

An easy craft for the 4 and under crowd in attendance at our party.

Like Kitty Magic Wands!

Stickers and scrapbook paper make 
store-bought bubble favors so much cuter!

Our games and decorations
 were homemade.
It was fun to think up ideas with the girls and make them
together before the party (that's half the fun!)

We had a Rainbow Rice Sensory Table
set up in the playroom with little toy Kitty Cats,
sparkly pom-poms, scoops, and empty (clean) cat food cans. 

It was a big hit with all of the kids at the party!

We also made a Feed the Kitty Toss Game.

We drew two kitty heads on foam core,
cut out big mouths
and tossed little catnip mouse cat toys into them.
(we just leaned them against two kid's chairs)

I wanted to make bird and fish bean bags 
but ran out of time!

I read "If You Give A Cat A Cupcake" 
to the kids.

Note to self...
Don't let your husband take a photo of you 
making monkey sounds.

(It's almost as bad as a driver's license photo!)

Then the kids decorated their own paper cupcakes
with stickers and dot-a-dot markers.

We played pin the cupcake on the cat
The younger kids weren't too sure about the blindfold,
they just wanted to stick their cupcakes to the cat.

I painted the kitty on brown contractor's paper.

His pale pink nose doesn't show up well 
in this photo... I promise he does have a nose!

We also ate whipped cream like kitty cats
with our own little (clean) kitty dishes
that I bought for each child at the Dollar Tree. 

I made strawberry cupcakes with whipped
vanilla frosting and pink sugar sprinkles. 
Love these little pink Wilton brand 
cupcake holders I found at JoAnne's.

And yes, that's my awesome Martha Stewart
cupcake stand I got on clearance last year (love!)

"C" helped me make these 
little homemade kitty cupcake toppers.
We used a Martha Stewart punch to make the 
scalloped circles, then added little kitty and puppy stickers.

I used my glue gun to sandwich a toothpick
between two circles for each topper. 

The homemade "kitty house"
(painted box with scrapbook flowers)
was a huge hit with the girls.

They spent a lot of time playing house
with their stuffed kitties in there!

Great for fun photo opportunities too! 

For the favor baskets I made these fun 
mini cupcakes out of marshmallows
dipped in candy melts
(plus sprinkles and a red hot cherry on top!)

The homemade bag toppers said, 

"Thank you for coming to C's 
Pink Kitty 4th Birthday Party!
Having you there was better than cupcakes!"

I made a mix of pink strawberry marshmallows
 with chocolate melted on top
and white marshmallows 
with pink candy melt topping.

I found the green favor baskets at the Dollar Tree.

They were our cat carriers
and held all of the party goodies:
Beanie Baby Cat,
Feather Toy(s)
Adoption Certificates,
Paper Cupcakes,
Cat Dish,
and a Homemade Activity Book/Coloring Book.

Best kitty friends always hug goodbye.

It was a Purrr-fectly wonderful party!

Happy Birthday Sweet "C"

pink and green mama


brookie said...

How fun! Love the details. Your daughter looks so very happy the whole day. Wonderful job.

Wendy Michels said...

What a great birthday party! I love it!
Thank you for sharing.

Sippy Cup Central Mom said...

That looks like a fun party! Karen

Kathy said...

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. My youngest is turning 3 and having a monkey party and my oldest is turning 6 and is having an art party with rainbow decorations. Your blog gives us lots of ideas. I hope I can pull these off - I'm not very good with craft stuff.:-)

Jaimee said...

SO darling!! I have an all boy house, so I really got my pink fix by reading about your kitty party and seeing all the photos of your awesomeness :D Love all the special touches!

Deanna said...

Love the party! How cute! We did If You Give a Cat a Cupcake themed party last year.
Your details are wonderful!

Shar said...

Very, very, very cute. What a lovely party.

Kristie said...

Wow! I am planning a kitty party for my 4 year old in April, and your games and activities are awesome!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

kristin said...

ha! we're planning a doggie party for my soon to be 6 year old.

thanks for all these ideas that will so easily transfer to dog.

: )

The girl who painted trees said...

Wow! Awesome party:)

Jessica said...

This is so adorable! I just love all of the ideas!! I love the "If you give a" book series! We own all of the books, as "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" was my favorite childhood book! My daughter's favorite is currently, "Happy Valentine's Day Mouse!" Looks like everybody had a fabulous time at the kitty party! :o)

Amy said...

Love all of your cute kittie ideas. I'll file them away for future use (my daughter is still just one.)

Anonymous said...

I don't know how you do it? Amazing! A birthday to remember for sure!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Wow, that looks like such a fun birthday party :) I especially love your painted pin the tail on the cat. We had #3 birthday this past weekend but I haven't blogged about it just yet, still recovering!

GianneCurry said...

Love how creative this party is!! I responded to your comment too on my website--



Love and Lollipops said...

WOW!! This is such a fab party!! I love all the detail and think that the children must have had such a blast!! Super ideas...thanks for sharing it all with us!

kitchencounterchronicles said...

I love theme parties. Your cat house is adorable...my girls would spend all day taking pictures of each other. We'll have to try this the next time we get a huge box!

rachelle @ tinkerlab.com said...

Oh my goodness, MaryLea, you went all out!! As I was scrolling through the pictures, I kept thinking, "This is amazing!! Wait, and then they did THAT TOO!!" What a fun day this must have been. (Did you get lots of sleep afterwards?)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Rachelle (Tinker Lab)

LOL!! I'm actually still getting caught up on sleep, I fell asleep the past two afternoons playing with C on the playroom floor! : ) We had a blast but I'm worn out, it felt like we didn't have a weekend with all of the party excitement and family celebrating so I'm looking forward to a bit of down time this weekend before we do it all over again the following weekend for "E"s 8th birthday party!! : )


Christine said...

Can you share where you found that adorable tablecloth? Is it premade or did you find the material and make it yourself. I love it and it is exactly what I have been looking for my little cat lover.
Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Christine --

It's actually 2 yards of pink kitty fabric I picked up at JoAnne's this February with "C" --I do that for their parties, just buy fabric, trim off the sveldge (sp?) edge and then use it later for other projects (Pillow cases, tote bags, placemats)!! We used Ariel fabric and some turqoise tulle for our Pirates and Mermaid's party : )

pink and green mama,

Jessica said...

I know it's an old one, but I wanted to thank you for this post! I'm planning a Kitten Shower to benefit our local Humane Society. I found your post and I'll be making a "cat toy toss" and a cat photo prop inspired by yours!

Jessica said...

Update: The Kitten Shower was a huge succes for the Humane Society! We used lots of your ideas, including the bean bag toss and the photo prop! You can check out the pictures here if you like:

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Jessica - I loved the photos of the Kitten Shower! What a wonderful way to get the community to come see such sweet furry babies! Thanks so much for sharing with me. So glad our party gave you some fun inspiration!

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