A Tropical Fiesta! An Eleventh Birthday Party.
Choosing a party theme for older children can be a little tricky. My daughter recently turned Eleven and wanted to celebrate with all of her friends but didn't want it to feel like a childrens party. Together we decided that it would be fun to have a Tropical Fiesta in the garden, we wanted to create a laid back festival vibe where her and her friends could hang out together and also have a few activities to keep them entertained.
So on a beautiful midsummer's day we celebrated turning eleven and leaving primary school with a tropical fiesta!
All the details about this party at the end of the post.
The activities we chose were:
- Festival Glitter Make Up
- Floral Crown Making
- Watermelon Pinata
- Limbo Competition
- Confetti Cannons
How this party was created:
DIY's and Features:
Fringe Backdrop: Our Pink and Gold Fringe Backdrop was created using Crepe Paper Streamers in Pastel Pink, Hot Pink, Red, and White and a Gold Shimmer Foil Curtain. We cut the streamers to different lengths and cut off some tassels from the foil curtain. We then simply attached them to a length of ribbon using masking tape and hung it on a studio backdrop frame (it could easily be hung against a wall or between two trees etc).
Pinata: We made our own pinata and it was super easy!. Here is a great Tutorial
Floral Crowns: Floral crowns are easy to make and the children loved making and wearing them and all took their creations home!
You will need:
- Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- A selection of fresh flowers and foliage
- Floral scissors or secateurs
1. Measure the circumference of your head and cut your wire to the length needed. 2. Cut your flowers so the stems are 1 1/2 inches long. 3. Place a small piece of foliage on your wire loop and use the floal tape to attach its stem to the wire, work in this way around your crown. 4. Place one of your flowers on your wire loop and use the floral tape to attach the stem to the wire. Place another flower behind your first flower and tape that stem to the wire as well. 5. Continue this process, cover any exposed wire with the floral tape, and you're done!
Chill Out Area: We made an area for the girls to chill out in using throws cushions, some pool inflatables from Primark and some Featherstone Garden Flamingos.
On The Tables
We covered the table with a White Paper Tablecloth and also a Jungle Leaf Tablecloth.
The plates were Club Tropicana Small Party Plates and Jungle Palm Leaf Paper Plates.
We decorated the table with Tropical Leaf Paper Decorations, Flamingo Party Glasses, Flamingo Drinks Holders and Fresh Pineapples.
We used a Tropical Party Cake Topper and Flamingo Food Flags. We finished the cake off with Flamingo Candles.
Giant 5ft Flamingo Balloon - Crepe Paper Streamers hanging in the trees - Confetti Cannons
The Party Food:
Pizza, Fruit Kebabs and a selection of cakes.
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