Yesterday was Lizzie's birthday party that I organised - another string to my bow is that I 'do' craft parties too. There were 5 girls there, Elizabeth included, and they were the nicest girls I think I have ever worked with (ex- teacher talking here too!) Lizzie had chosen the crafts that she wanted to do - suncatcher photoframes and small jewellery boxes. Alex (Lizzie's mum) came up with the idea of taking a photo of the girls as they arrived with the birthday girl, to put into their photoframes as part of their party bags at the end. I thought that this was a great idea. She'd also bought some lovely jewellery to go into the jewellery boxes they had made too. Makes a change from the plastic stuff you normally get in party bags that disappears as soon as you get home!
Anyway, back to the party! We made the photoframes first as I hadn't tested the glass pens out and I wasn't sure how wet they would be and how long they would take to dry. It turns out that they are just like normal felt pens and they were dry pretty much straight away. Next we made the jewellery boxes - they had a good selection of paint to use and lots of sparkles, stickers and rick rack to add. The glue was a bit tricky to use and the next picture is of me helping to squeeze it!
The boxes dried pretty quickly too so next it was on to the party bags. I gave the girls large brown paper bags - the kind normally used for takeaways! They are strong though and big enough to hold the things that have been made plus a few other bits and pieces. I got out my glitter glue (very popular), stamps, ink pads, punches, felt pens and lots of bits to stick on. I must remember next time to make the party bags first as the glitter glue took a long time to dry - I ended up upstairs with the hairdryer trying to get them dry before hometime!! Here's a picture of me and Lizzie - she is proudly showing off her party bag!
So all in all it was a very good party - the girls enjoyed it and as I am Alex's friend, I got to stay for homemade cake and scones. Yummy!!!