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Monday, October 14, 2013

Wizard of Oz Party

My baby girl turned 9 years old today. Ash wanted to have a Wizard of Oz themed party last year but we couldn't due to moving into our new home the same week. So I told her this year we'd do it, and we did, and it was great fun.

I got a lot of inspiration from the movie, of course, and from Pinterest (imagine). And plenty of help from my husband, sisters, mom, and even a co-worker. Theme parties take a lot of work and all who helped or loaned items to me are greatly appreciated. :)

Wish the photos were better quality. Just try to imagine eight or so sugar-hyped little girls in costumes armed with body glitter, sparkle hairspray, and a healthy dose  of imagination, and you have the perfect recipe for silly, giggly, girly fun.

Ash as Dorothy and my sis Em as Glinda (she really is Ash's "Auntie Em")

Some of our girls came in costume. Some adults dressed up as well. 
We had every character except the Tin Man.

Jarred playing the Scarecrow was a big hit with not only the girls but the crowds that drove past.
He changed positions when cars went by and freaked out a whole lot of innocent children. lol

Mrs. Amanda became our adult Dorothy thanks to one of our 
daycare moms lending us the costume.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! No wait, it's just tween girls
waiting to party. :)

"I'll get you my pretty!" 
(thanks to my sister Nessa for playing the role 
of the Wicked Witch of the West)

 I had a lot of fun making the goody bag station, or as I called it, the Munchkin Land Sweet Shoppe.
Since I can't locate my photo (pooh!) I'll have to describe it to you. I placed a green table cloth out and used brightly-colored bowls as containers. I bought Wizard of Oz food party labels that you edit and print yourself from Etsy seller Sassaby and made my own custom labels. Each bowl had a corresponding label on it.

 I set out licorice sticks (Witch Legs), Dum Dum suckers (lolly pops), animal cookies (Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!), bubble gum balls (Glinda bubbles), sour rainbow straps (rainbow candy), and Hershey's Kisses (tin man hats). I found some really cute witch leg themed goody bags at Walmart and set them out with a sign that said "Thank you for coming to my party. Love, Ashleigh. Fill up a treat bag to take home."

Instead of a cake from the store, Ash helped me bake 48 cupcakes which we frosted 
and arranged into a rainbow. We used marshmallows for the clouds. I found some super-cute 
Ruby Slipper bookmark/cupcake picks on Ebay.

Thanks to a couple of trips to McDonalds and a few shopping evenings on Ebay 
we had the full Happy Meal toy set of the Wizard.

Our party table was decorated in a Kansas farm picnic theme. I served two kind of sandwiches, plus Kansas Tornados (Bugles), Scarecrow Stuffing (pretzels), and Yellow Bricks from the Road (cheese puffs). We decorated with gingham, baskets, mini straw hats, and signs I printed off the internet.

With the addition of a red-checked napkin this basket became a pretty silverware server. I added in more labels from the ones I ordered from Etsy seller Sassyby.

Thanks to the cute Ebay find high-heel cookie cutter in the top right of the photo, 
we had peanut butter and jelly "Ruby slipper sandwiches".

Ash already had a basket and a Toto toy from our local Goodwill so we used those to decorate the gift table. I also left a white t-shirt and Sharpies on that table for the guests to sign. That shirt became one of Ash's favorite things.

Ding, dong, the witch is dead! We stuffed some stripey tights and used the shoes 
Ash outgrew to make the Wicked Witch of the East.

A Dollar Tree Scarecrow plus a sign printed off the internet points the way to Munchkin Land
 (I kept this as a decoration outside my pre-k classroom door).

My sister drew random bricks on the daycare walkway and left messages such as "Follow the yellow brick road" and "To Oz".

My sweetie, the Scarecrow, who directed traffic into the daycare parking lot.

Dorothy and the Scarecrow.

The party goers played Melt the Witch (with a bucket of ice water and sponges).

Then we went over to the Oz jewelry shop to craft bottlecap necklaces using graphics I got from two Etsy sellers, Pretty as a Pixel and PinkLimeadeD.

And last of all we had fun at Glinda's beauty shop, because goodness, one can't see the Wizard without getting a little mani/pedi/hairstyling. Armed with colored hairspray, face glitter, and nailpolishes in shades such as Glow-in-the-Dark, Ruby Slipper Red, Wicked Emeralds, and Prairie Sky Blue, my sister Emily (aka Glinda) blinged the girls out and made them look FAB-U-LUS!

I really enjoyed pulling this party together. I have always loved themes...themes in my classroom lessons, themes in decorating, and themes in parties. I had as much fun as the girls did.:)

Later on I'll be reviewing past theme parties I've done such as Blues Clues, Hello Kitty, Pink Poodles in Paris, and more, so come back again.


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