Ever After High Party on a Budget

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Last year when Ever After High hit the store shelves, Cady went crazy for them. It was “the ONLY thing I want for Christmas mom.” She knew all of the dolls and all of their back stories. She watched the shows and pretended to read the books. When Netflix asked if I would like to host an Ever After High party for Cady and some of her friends, I knew I had to say yes.

Ever After High party on a budget.

This was a really easy party to put together. I started thinking about all I wanted to do the night before and purchased the supplies the following morning. By late afternoon, the decorations were up and we were ready for guests.

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

I decided on a color theme using the main colors from the Ever After High logo and products. I purchased plates, tablecloths, and decorations from Dollar Tree for a dollar each. I bought standard slumber party food of chips, dips, and cookies for the girls to enjoy. I hung inexpensive beads from our light fixture to create a chandelier effect. I also bought inexpensive plastic bowls from Party City for the food. These can be washed and reused for other parties.

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

I used Cady’s dolls to create a display on the hutch in my kitchen. She printed off a photo of her favorite characters and put it in a frame we had around the house. The candy is from Party City and is 15 pieces for a dollar. It comes in different types and colors to fit all different party themes. Netflix provided the notepads and pens for the girls. I made the flower arrangement using inexpensive flowers from dollar tree, a vase, a piece of styrofoam cut to fit the face, and shredded gift bag filler.

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

Ever After High party on a budget

For entertainment, I bought plain cupcakes from the Walmart bakery department and decorating supplies. The girls had a great time decorating the cupcakes with their own individual styles. Then we “wrote our own stories” using a Mad Lib styled format with a fairy tale theme. These brought a lot of laughs. At the end of the evening, the girls settled in and a viewing of the new Ever After High Spring Unsprung Netflix Original.

Ever After High Party on a budget

Ever After High Party on a budget

Ever After High Party on a budget

Ever After High Party on a budget

The next morning the girls enjoyed cinnamon rolls and orange juice while playing with the fortune tellers and magic cubes they made the night before. The printables for those can be found on the Ever After High site.

The girls had a great time, and this was a super easy party to put together. I call that a win.

Whisper It

Cady is swear word averse. Whenever I let one slip around the house, which is more often than I care to admit, she is quick to shoot me a look. “Moommmmm. Don’t say those words.” Of course she is right. I should be more careful about the language I use.

You think I would have learned my lesson when she picked up on my bad habits and taught her entire preschool class the word dammit. I was going through some old blog posts today and I found this little story buried in a post I shared about Cady and swearing back in November 2008.

Cady wanted to play a computer game. I was trying to load it on my laptop, but I could not get it work. At the same time, I was trying to do laundry, cook dinner, and probably a hundred other things. She was watching me. I explained that something was wrong and that I could not get the game to work.

Exasperated, she responded, “Well, dammit.”

“Please don’t say that word. It isn’t nice. Momma shouldn’t say it either.”

I went in the kitchen to finish dinner and asked her to get me something from the pantry. I heard unintelligible muttering. Even though didn’t hear what she said, I knew. Sometimes as a mom you just know.

She walked out and asked, “Did you hear what I said?”

“No, but I know what you said.”

“But you didn’t hear me?”

“Nope. I didn’t hear you. But I really don’t want you saying that word. It isn’t nice.”

“Ok. I’ll just whisper it.”

Kids who Cuss

Maybe from now on I should just whisper to avoid being reprimanded by her.