My little Ivy turned 6 at the beginning of this month, and my girl’s favorite thing in the world is to go get a pedicure with me. She’s smart, right? So, when I asked her what kind of party she wanted to have, obviously, a pedi-party was at the top of her list! The problem with her birthday is that it was on April Fools Day, which was sandwiched between her school’s spring break weekends…and it was on a Wednesday. So, long story short, we had a school-day party that was short and sweet and to the point! Here are the few things that we did…and it was perfect for these cute 6-year-old girls in content and length!
We started off with the girls meeting us at a local nail salon. One that had enough chairs to fit all 7 girls in for a quick paint job on their toes, all at the same time. They all got to pick their colors, and they just got clipped, filed, rubbed and painted– no spa pedi’s this time around!
After they were all dry, we headed back to our house for a game and an activity…
First, the activity…I’d purchased cheap flip flops from Old Navy in each girls size and had pre-cut and pre-fray-checked ribbons ready for them to tie around them. I was nervous that they’d need more help than just me to help them tie double knots, but they did great, and they enjoyed the project. Easy and cheap.
Next I found this fun idea on Pinterest. Spin the Bottle! Funny! The girls thought this was the best game ever. I wouldn’t have any more than 7 girls playing this, though…I did take quite a long time to work our way around!
Here’s the gist of the game: (I purchased cheap, but fun colors of nail polish at Big Lots for $2.50 for 4 bottles… And, following the directions from the blog linked to above, created a spin the bottle board using our Hi Ho Cherry-o game. )
The birthday girl starts, spins the spinner, and whatever color it lands on, that’s the color they paint their first nail. They go around the circle, each girl spinning and painting one fingernail for each spin. As you go around and around, 10 times, each nail will have a different color. Fun! After all ten nails were painted, they spun one more time and whatever color they landed on, they got to put in their goodie bag to go home.
Pizza, cupcakes, and some quick, fun pictures made this 2 hour party on a Wednesday evening just my cup of tea.
…and just enough to make my favorite 6-year-old feel totally special.
PS…could you tell the invitation was supposed to look like an OPI nail polish bottle? There is an emery board for the lid, and I used a library card template from my Silhouette as the base…using sillhouette sketch pens for the first time! So fun!