Saturday, February 6, 2010

Barbie Musketeer Party

Sophie has been talking about what kind of birthday party she has wanted since the day after last year's party...a Barbie one. She got really into the Barbie Musketeer movie not long ago, so we narrowed the party theme down to that. Sophie had a few basic requirements--a Barbie cake, masks, capes, and ribbon wands, just like on the movie. We had her pick just a few friends to have over, and she chose a few church friends, a neighborhood friend, and a school friend.

I made each of the girls a cape of very pink, very sparkly material. They were super simple (and inexpensive!), as the material didn't fray or need hemming. I just sewed one loop to string the ribbon through for tying them around the girls' necks.

This is Alexina modelling the masks.
The girls got gem stickers to decorate their masks with (Noelle).
They also played dress-up. There were many costume changes and nary a wardrobe malfunction (Lydia).
Some finished masks.
The girls were very meticulous in their designs and really took their time to make them special. Oh, what a difference a year makes! (Cora, sporting her pink cape)
One of the other requests was "ribbon wands" like one of the Barbie Musketeer movie characters fights with. I don't know how ribbon wands can be a weapon, but I'm not going to argue with it. The girls loved them! These were just wooden dowels (that I had Greg cut and sand) with satin ribbons taped to the end. We put on some music from the movie and let the girls dance around.
Some were very into it.

And others preferred to watch from a safe distance (and then flap her ribbon quietly to the side).
It was a crazy free for all, and even Owen got in on it (big surprise!).
Lunch time!

Edible ribbon wands (my favorite Musketeer party brainstorm): pretzel rods with fruit-by-the-foot wrapped around the end (or as Lydia called them, fruit-by-the-rollup!)

Barbie cake #2. Sophie requested blue this time. I don't remember if I mentioned it last time...this is a dollar store Barbie (so I could rip her legs off!). It worked great!

A little present-opening

Sophie got a lot of very nice gifts
All the girls loved helping Sophie to open the gift they'd brought (Lily).

This was my favorite dress-up moment of the day...Alexina as Ariel, mullet wig and all!
We took a few moments to watch the Barbie Musketeer music videos included on the DVD. We had a few spectators...

...and several "dance-fighters."

It was a super fun party, and I had a super fun nap later that afternoon!


Denise said...

CUTE!! Wait until she wants a sleepover. That's what we did Friday night. Tell Miss Sophie that we said HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

You come up with the best ideas for birthdays. Can I hire you next year?? :-)

Gordon Magee said...

such fun! was thrilled to see all the pictures, why didn't we get to do all those neat things at the big people's party? HaHa

You are a super mom, glad you got to have a nap!

Love mom

Jessica said...

One for all and all for one. I am glad that Ella was able to go. She had fun. Cute cake!