Fancy Nancy Birthday Party
We recently celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday with a Fancy Nancy Party. If you are not familiar with the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor, the books introduce young readers to an advanced level vocabulary and life lessons for children by using the main character, Nancy, who loves all things fancy.
In Nancy’s world, parties are called soirées and you always end a day with a parfait. We pulled our ideas from the book Oh La La! It’s Beauty Day to theme the party.
I set up a table for the guests to decorate their own fancy bonnet. Using ribbon, floral bouquets, feather boas, and butterfly picks that I found at the dollar store, the girls had everything they needed to complete their fancy ensemble.
After the hats were made, we headed over to be pampered. All of the guests received manicures or pedicures, with the color of their choice. While they waited for their nails to dry, there was a sweet appetizer made to look like nail polish bottles!
Unwrap tootsie rolls and stick one end of a toothpick in the center of one side. Then insert the toothpick in the middle of a marshmallow. Dip the marshmallow into a bowl of melted candy melts or chocolate and place on wax paper until hardened. I used pink candy melts for our party, which can be found in the baking aisle at any craft store.
We also had a beauty stop for facials and fancy hair. Beach chairs were set up in the yard for relaxing during this spa treatment! We used plain yogurt for masks and sliced cucumbers for the eyes.
We also had gel and hair chalk for anyone interested in colored or spiky hair. All of the guests loved the pampering!
For my daughters cake, I made a two layer cake and added red food color to homemade cream cheese icing. I pulled a bunch of random items out of my craft collection to make the cake fancy! I used three roses at the base of the cake, and draped a necklace across the top. I clipped cardstock butterflies to cake pop dowels ( that are found in the baking section ) to finish off the cake!
After the cake, we had to have parfaits! Fancy Nancy loves parfaits, as do I! Here is a photo of the table without the ice cream and chocolate toppings! I used the waffle cone bowls to make our parfaits, and had an array of toppings. The kids loved making their own parfaits with sprinkles and marshmallows and cookies! I definitely want to include this whenever I can for future parties!
To finish off the party, we celebrated with a fancy piñata. My daughter insisted that we have a piñata and I was on a mission to find inspiration for one. This is a handmade piñata that I did myself after falling in love with a photo from another blog. I knew that this piñata would fit our Fancy Nancy theme perfectly.
Using tissue paper and staples, I made individual flowers by rolling strips of tissue around my fingers. The flowers were then glued to my homemade piñata form. To “hide” the hole, I added tissue paper strips to hang from the bottom. I ended up having the piñata half pink and half purple because I underestimated how many purple flowers were needed to cover the surface of the balloon. We stuffed the piñata with individual goodie bags to illuminate the mad dash to get candy and leaving some kids out.
My daughter definitely loved the Fancy Nancy Party! And I had an amazing time planning for it!