As we have previously discussed, Ivy is dead-set on a princess birthday party this year. Though I mourn the loss of the skeleton/robot days, I have made peace with her decision, but we are keeping Disney out of it. Ariel, Snow White, Rapunzel—you are not invited.
Ivy is really into secret messages, I am constantly finding folded up bits of paper tucked into
my shoes and pockets. So when we found these miniature gingerbread man boxes at PaperSource (sadly not on the website) for a quarter a piece, it was clear we had to make personalized princess boxes with a secret message stowed inside.
Like any project she undertakes, Ivy took the construction of each princess very seriously. We divided the labor to maximize our time while Oliver napped.
Phase 1: Princess-ize the boxes. I cut the dresses and crowns out of glittery cardstock and was in charge of hair; Ivy bedazzled and did most of the gluing. Her favorite task was giving each princess a haircut to correspond to the invited guest’s actual length.
Phase 2: I printed the details on an 11×17 sheet of paper and cut them into long strips; Ivy filled in the blank spot with each guest’s name and rolled the papers up, “so they would be secrety.”
Then, remembering Jordan’s brilliant lemonheads invitation, we filled the boxes with candy-coated sunflower seeds and nestled the secret messages into the box.
Then we popped all the tops and hand delivered to ten princess friends (and one very dashing little prince!) Note: Oliver is trying kidnap himself a princess on the left; Ivy is doing some emergency hair fluffing from the right.
These guys made one very happy birthday girl (who insisted she needed her own invitation too.) They might seem kind of fussy, but really didn’t take too long at all. Plus, when you’ve got a gal like Ivy around, a) simplicity will never do and b) we are constantly working on “projects” anyway. If the party goes half as smoothly as the invitation project, I will be a perfectly pleased mama.