Of course I searched high and low for Olivia ideas, but I didn't have much luck ...
So I had to get creative all on my own. :)~
I already told you all about the invitations back HERE...
And I also told you about all of Olivia's "Rules of Life" (LOVE them!).
I wanted her "rules" to be a little bit of a theme throughout the party, so I made little pennant signs with random rules (some "official" Olivia rules, some made up by me!), and placed them on the food tables, cake tables, etc.
(I traced and cut out the pennant shapes on scrapbook paper, then hot glued wooden skewers in the crease, and stuck them in blobs of red and white play-doh!)
I kept the pennant thing going with a banner I made with the same scrapbook paper and adorable punch-out letters from the teacher store (The Learning Palace).
I hung the banner on an old wooden ladder above the cake and candy table ... loved it! :-)
The cake ... the FABULOUS cake ... was made by my talented niece, Krystina, who has a cake business here in our town. The big ol' Olivia ears were the BEST!
I wanted to do (slightly jazzed-up versions of) Lucy's favorite foods for the party.
Ham and cheese sliders (using THIS recipe from my Pinterest board), and yummy baked mac & cheese!
We had bright red punch served in old glass milk bottles with cute labels and red/white striped papers straws (purchased from Sur La Table).
Olivia's a pig (in case you hadn't noticed). And what do piggies like to do...?
Play in the mud, of course!
So, I decided some "Mud Masterpieces" were in order for the party guests ... (except we used chocolate pudding instead of mud!:)~
Much tastier. :-)
And fun for kiddos of ALL ages!
I also strung up a line of pictures from Lucy's 3rd year ... one photo from each month over the past year.
And of course, the best "rule" on my old window-turned-chalkboard,
#100: Red is the very best color for absolutely, positively everything. :-)
Olivia party in Instagram ....
(Goody boxes were purchased on Amazon.com, and I printed off a sheet of "Mud Masterpiece" labels to attach to the kids' artwork.)
I think Lucy loved her Olivia party ... the next morning when she woke up, she said, "Mama, I wanna have an Olivia party again!"
Mission accomplished. :-)
And, of course I had so much fun putting this all together, I almost wouldn't mind doing it all again.
I said almost .....