My dear friend Bird of Bird's Party asked me to style this party using Bird's Pop Diva party printables, available at her Etsy shop. The party has also been featured in Austin Woman Magazine's March issue and Bird's online magazine.
I think this party is an awesome idea for a tween girl, who has grown out of princesses and fairies and grown into quite a little diva herself!
Part of the challenge of this party for me was that Bird and I thought it would be fun to style the whole party using things I already had on hand. I honestly didn't buy anything, except the "pop diva" glitter letters and the edibles! See if you can spot things I reused from other parties featured on this blog!
Popcorn for the pop divas. I just love the play on words.
This popcorn stand is so easy to make--just make the cones using the scrapbook paper and embellishments found in the printables collection and fix to the base using lollipop sticks. The base is made from a Styrofoam block covered with gift wrap.
I added blue and pink sugar sprinkles to add a "pop" of color!
Check out these gorgeous guitar cookies.
They were generously provided by Lily's Cookies, an awesome local cookie boutique.
Visit Lily's Cookies website for more designs.
Isn't it amazing what you can do with store-bought cupcakes, when you have an amazing printables collection for the toppers and wrappers?
More sweet treats...
...and the final play on words: soda pop!
The following excerpts from my Austin Woman article explain the central features of the party:
When it comes to planning a party, we all know teenagers can be tough, but tweens have their own set of challenges. Rather than wistfully remembering the days when your little girl loved anything to do with fairies and princesses, including the fairy princess tea party you hosted for her when she was six, get shakin’ on planning a pop music-themed birthday that your little diva and her friends will be sure to love.
Set the tone with your invitations. The invitations and party printables featured here were graciously custom-designed by Bird of Bird’s Party for our Pop Diva party and definitely helped set the tone (get the whole collection at birdsparty.com). To build even greater anticipation for the big event, include a backstage pass with each invitation, which will give your guests exclusive access to the “VIP Lounge” and a chance to meet a mystery guest! Or, go a step further and record a short music video “sneak peek” with your daughter and burn it onto CDs to send video invitations to your guests.
Kick-up the beat with your party decorations and turn your party into a concert venue. Set up a red carpet and VIP entrance for your guests, and have Dad or an uncle dress up and act as “security” at the door. Decorate your party venue with both glamour and whimsy in mind. The party featured here uses teal blue, pink and purple, electric guitar and star motifs and lots of glitter! The theme is girly and very fun. Bright feathers, rhinestones and disco balls complete the look. Within your party venue, set-up an area to be a dressing room or hair-and-makeup studio. Set up another area as “Center Stage” and, of course, another area as “Backstage,” so your guests can use their backstage passes to gain entry into the “VIP Lounge.” Have someone dress-up as a well-known pop star or the latest American Idol to meet and greet your guests in the VIP Lounge and sign autographs. The tweens at the party are probably not going to be interested in party games like Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, so offer activities appropriate for their age group. Here are some ideas:
Hire a professional to do face painting and/or enlist your girlfriends to serve as beauticians to your little guests.
If you have instruments, set those up too, or make some faux electric guitars using poster board and get some fake microphones, so the girls can use them as props. Have the audience vote for their favorite artists, then have a mock Grammy-award ceremony and give out trophies or other prizes to the winners in each category.
Use “Center Stage” as the focal point of your venue and have the girls take turns, either alone or in groups, at karaoke. If you have instruments, set those up too, or make some faux electric guitars using poster board and get some fake microphones, so the girls can use them as props. Have the audience vote for their favorite artists, then have a mock Grammy-award ceremony and give out trophies or other prizes to the winners in each category.
And don’t forget to record the performances. Not only will they provide a great reminder to your daughter of her special day, you can record the videos onto CDs and send them to the guests with thank you notes after the party.
Favors that are sure to go “platinum." Send the little pop stars in-the-making home with some music jams to inspire them. Purchase pop compilations to give out as party favors or work with your daughter to select her favorite pop songs and record them onto CDs to hand out as party favors. Customize the CD cover to include your daughter’s name and birthday.
Now there’s a party fit for a pop star!
--In honor of my little Pop Diva.
--In honor of my little Pop Diva.