Friday, December 20, 2013

Brooke's Butterfly Make-up Party

I shocked even myself with Brooke's birthday party this year.

If you know me personally, you know that I am not really a girly-girl. Doing my hair involves deciding between a high bun, a low bun or a braid into a bun and my makeup routine involves moisturizer, cover-up (for those deep, dark eye circles), mascara and swipe of bronzer. I pride myself on being able to jump out of bed and ready for the day in 10 minutes flat. I'm a low maintenance kind of girl.

So pigs must be taking flight, because I let Brooke, my five year old little Brooke, have a butterfly, makeup, girly-girl party, tutus and all. This day wasn't supposed to come until she turned 14, when she would be legally allowed to wear makeup in and outside of our house. 

But despite me going against everything that I thought I stood for, the party was a hit, Brooke had a blast and there was makeup, glitter and hair stuff everywhere!

I decorated for Brooke's birthday the night before she turned 5. I found those cute little glittery butterflies at Dollarama for $2 each and clipped them to the top of my drum shade! Then I wound balloons around the chain and put up some streamers. 

And yes, shocking you all once again, I made some tutus for each child as well. My aunt had given me a bundle of tulle awhile back, so I thought this was as good a time as any to use it. I had to buy elastic bands and about 5 meters more of tulle, so I spent $10 on all 6 of these. (Pretty cheap party gift if you ask me!)

I set the table with my white Ikea plates and some cheap dollar store goblets that I had leftover from Jason's birthday party in June. To make them more fancy, I spray painted the bottom pieces pink. They added just the right amount of girly to the table.

Each girl also got a necklace making kit to make a necklace at the beginning of the party. 

There ended up being way too many beads so each girl got to take a baggy of beads home as well. If I were to do it again, I'd probably only get 3 bags of beads and some extra string if needed. 

Then we donned our beautiful new necklaces, wiggled into our tutus and made ourselves beautiful. 

I sent my mom to the dollar store to pick up some cheap makeup and she came back with a lot of fun stuff for the girls to play with. There was nail polish, sparkles, eye shadow, hairbands, hair clips and fake hair. They had a blast making each other look "pretty".

After primping and preening, the girls went off and played while we got ready for lunch. And by get ready, I mean my mom went to Little Caesars for some Crazy Bread and we washed up some grapes and cut up a cucumber. BTW, kids don't really eat at birthday parties so don't go crazy with the menu. 

Then we played some Pass the Potato where each girl got to unwrap a tissue paper layer to reveal a KinderSurprise Egg! 

Then we sang Happy Birthday and blew out candles, but...didn't eat the cake. We were still too full from lunch.

Then we opened presents. Everyone was very into every present....

especially Brooke. Ya think she likes the Barbie?

The party was only 2 hours but could have easily been 3 hours. The girls would have just loved to hang out and play for a little while more, especially on the rope swing in Caleb's room and with Brooke's new toys. 

It was a wonderful party. Even little Ella had fun making herself all pretty!

Happy Birthday my lovely Brookie! Hope you had a fantastic day!


  1. Soo cute! Looks like the girls had a ton of fun :) ur very creative!

  2. looks like such a great party! That cake is just lovely :)


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