For the invitations I used a template I found online (can't remember where, sorry!) and just filled out the inportant stuff. I needed about 80 of these so I had to find a DIY way to do these. I was able to fit about 8 per page and used cardstock so that they would be more durable.
I knew I wanted to have various games for the kids to play, so I chose a bean bag toss, a ball toss, and a pick-a-ducky game. David sprained his ankle really badly in May so my budget for the party was severely limited and I wound up making most of the games myself. I already had a bucket for the ducks, so I just bought rubber duckies at the Dollar Tree and colored the bottoms different colors for different prizes. For the ball toss, I used a package of plastic cups and a bag of small plastic balls, about the size of golf balls. I had some scrap wood on hand and had David cut one down to a rectangle for me. After I painted it white I just hot glued the cups to the board. I layed it flat at the end of a long table and had the kids stand at the other end to throw the balls.
The only game I have a picture of is the bean bag toss. I just happened to have a square board on hand, about 4'x4'. My dad cut out 5 holes for me, added a stand on the back, and painted it white. Once I got it I just painted a large star on it. You can tell that I am not meant to be an artist, lol!
Then, the best for last. I wanted to do a photo booth for the party. I can't even tell you how much searching I did online for how to do this. I couldn't figure out a way to allow everyone to take their own pictures. I only have one camera and I wanted to have it on me at all times, so everyone just took their own. I would stop for a few minutes and snag a few kids. My sister-in-law is a great photographer so she would man it most of the time. I found some chalkboard stickers at Michaels on clearance and stocked up. I wound up sticking them to foam board and then cutting them out with my Xacto knife. After hot gluing posicle sticks to the backs I had about 20 signs for people to write on. I bought a few pairs of funny glasses, printed out some glasses and mustaches and lips, glued to sticks, and instantly had props. For the booth itself, I have my dad to thank. He works for a carpet cleaning/fire restoration business and once upon a time they did mold restoration. They would have to set up a little containment area to change into their special suits before going under the houses. Back then my husband worked for them and, since he is 6'4", they had to make it extra tall. It was a simple PVC frame, not exceptionally big, but just the right size for a photo booth. I bought a twin sized sheet at Walmart for $2 and a queen sized sheet at Value Village for $2, opened up the top hems, and threaded the top pipes through to make the sides of the booth. The kids and adults had lots of fun posing and being silly.
|Me (in blue) and my SILs|
|Two of my nieces|
|Amelia and her best friend|