This year’s Birthday Party’s theme was Dora The Explorer, with her whole entourage, whom all the little girls totally adore.
My daughter, as always, went all out with her craft talent, imagination, and lots of planning effort, to prepare a wonderful and fun Birthday Party for her daughter.
I will share some pictures, for your pleasure, and some fresh ideas for your next party planning.
The invitations were handmade, to resemble a “Backpack”, one of the main characters in the Dora adventures. The inside of the invitation was in a form of a map, also very fitting with the theme. Very original and cute!
She made these out of construction paper, plus the use of her stamping tools, and with a helping hand from the Birthday Girl, who loves crafts, and helping her mom with all fun projects.
This is the inside of the invitation, resembling a map, which Dora always carries in her backpack to help her navigate her travels (for confidentiality and protection of identity, I blocked off the personal information about the party. Basically, I do not trust cyberspace that much….and recommend that you shouldn’t either!)
The “Birthday Princess” was helping her mom to color these giant pictures of the other significant characters in Dora the Explorer adventures, and used them to decorate the walls of the party rooms, in addition to the numerous balloons, including a giant balloon of Dora, of course.
The main snack table is ready for the party, and each food item is appropriately identified to go with the party theme.
“Swiper No Swiping” Cheese Doodles, Isa’s Cheese & Crackers
This was a very popular snack with the little ones. Today’s Moms are doing a great job with introducing their children to not only steamed veggies, but also raw ones.
Jello Jigglers was another favorite snack with the Birthday Girl and all her guests.
These were cut out into star shape, once again, to match the Dora party theme, as well as an easy finger food for those little fingers.
There were also star-shaped, freshly made toasted Melted Cheese Sandwiches, totally enjoyed by the young birthday crowd, paired well with other snacks and veggies, plus individual ice cream cups. (Parents of course had their own “grown ups” food for their meal).
The party attendants also had lots of fun activities outdoors, as Mother Nature cooperated with gorgeous weather.
The whole back yard was full of over a hundred of Easter Eggs filled with candy and small toys, strategically strewn all over the grassy area, ready for a fun egg hunt.
Here is two more outdoor games set up for everyone’s enjoyment, as prerequisites to the egg hunt game.
These are: Dora’s Bean Bag Toss game, and Crossing The Tunnel under The River challenge.
Each party attendant was equipped with a specially made “Backpack” , and a map to follow to execute each consecutive event.
The Birthday Girl’s mom was also assisting with further instructions, to help the games move along in a fun way.
The parents had fun watching their little ones having fun, and capturing it all on their cameras and videos.
The first game was a Dora Bean Bag Toss. Everyone received 4 bean- filled bags, which they needed to toss into the pockets of the Dora Target.
The youngest players needed to get a little closer than the older ones, and that was OK, as long as they had fun doing it.
According to the map, the next obstacle was to crawl through the tunnel, to cross under the river, to reach the egg hunt event.
The river was constructed out of a plastic slip-and-slide, positioned over a toy tube tunnel.
The kids had lots of fun playing these games, then running quickly to line up for the egg hunt.
Once all the eggs were collected into their backpacks, they still had energy to enjoy the activity gym in the back yard, before going back in for some cake and cupcakes.
Dora The Explorer chocolate flavored Birthday Cake, selected by the Birthday Girl, and prepared by a local bakery, was a dream come true for all Dora admirers.
There were some vanilla flavored rainbow cupcakes, available for those who did not care for a chocolate flavored cake.
Party time was almost over, as most of the party goers needed their nap by now (including their parents or grandparents…), but as always, everyone got to keep the special backpack full of fun stuff inside their Easter Eggs, and in addition they also were treated to additional party favors.
Each guest received a Dora coloring book, and a special 4-pack of multi-color playdough, to add to their backpack treasures.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and felt like you also attended the party (without feeling burned-out, or indulging in the additional calories of party food….)