The truth is, I thought I copied her party quite nicely. Right on down to the decorations. Thanks for the beautiful idea Libbie Grove, the girls had a great time. Here's how I pulled it off.
I thought about making homemade gingerbread. I even bought all the ingredients, but when I went on a run with some friends and they more or less told me I was crazy I rethought my idea and decided to use graham crackers.
In hindsight I'm not sure if that was smart or not. Cutting and the graham crackers and getting them to be the shape I wanted proved to be kid of difficult. After three houses, I finally got a system that worked (sorry to the girls who got the first three houses). As you can see, I did use hot glue to hold it all tougher. That might be cheating, but it's just smart.
Also key to the success of the houses were the boxes underneath. Per Libbie, I used cupcake boxes which I found VERY cheap on Oriental Trading. I glued the handle boxes together to help form the shape of the roof. It worked out great... once I figured out how to do it.
I covered up my hot glue with a little bit of icing so the houses looked like this when the girls got here.
I bought some candy ahead of time and also had a lot of sprinkles and stuff already. I asked each guest to bring a decoration candy to share. That lightened my load and help to make sure there was plenty of candy to go around. And there was! I also filled icing bags for each girl.
I didn't have enough small tips to go around, so I just cut off the end of the icing bags and it still worked great.
I love my little milk bottles. I use them for every party I have for the kiddos. I save them and use them over and over again. They are sooooooo expensive and I didn't want to pay the high price so I bought Archer Farms frappacino bottles and pealed the labels off. Easy peasy. I'm not sure Archer Farms (target brand) makes the frappacino anymore (couldn't find them online) but Starbucks does. You might be able to do the same thing.
They definitely make me happy. Little things. Little things make me happy.
I managed to have 11 girls at this party and they were really all self sufficient.
I planned 2 hours for this party, but they were easily done in just one hour. They even took their time and made them look really nice. I was impressed.
And you might be asking why I do all this. Well they say a picture is worth a 1000 words, but I only need one. Ella. I do it for her!