Isn't it amazing how things work out. . . how one fun event can lead to another?
Such an experience occurred when my husband and I took our little grand girl to the 70th Anniversary of Oz Exhibit held at the Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in February. She became so much a fan of The Wizard of Oz that her mom thought it would be fun to have that as the party theme for her upcoming third birthday!!
The party plans officially started when my DIL took a couple of her friends (one who is a great photographer), their kiddos, and our grand girl back to the exhibit for a little photo shoot. One of the pictures ended up being the basis for the birthday party invitations my DIL created!!
Our grand girl was dressed in a Dorothy outfit during this visit to the exhibit--complete with ruby slippers. In this picture, she was standing on The Yellow Brick Road. Beneath the ribbon is the script that told the party info.
I thought we needed an additional set of "ruby slippers" to add to the party decor, so I bought a "previously owned" pair of shoes at a local thrift shop. . . don't you just love the sweet scuff mark? :)
First, I covered the soles with that great friend of ours---blue painter's tape, then. . . .
When the paint was dry, I applied Martha Stewart Glitter glue (thinned with water) and sprinkled on lots and lots of red glitter!
My daughter-in-law was on a Wizard of Oz roll with all sorts of great party ideas---one of which was to create some "ruby slippers" for the Wicked Witch!
She found the perfect shoes at a garage sale, then I painted and glittered them, too! (They started out tan!)
I purchased paper mache' O and Z letters at Hobby Lobby (on sale!) then painted and glittered them Emerald City Green!!!
My DIL used "Dorothy Dress" blue gingham fabric for the dessert table! This was actually the same fabric that my friends had used on the tables at the bridal shower they hosted for her a few years earlier----it meant so much to me that we could reuse it for our grand girl's birthday party!!
We didn't have Lollipop Kids, but we found big candy lollipops at Dollar General to add to our decor!!
My DIL ordered The Yellow Brick Road cake from a local Hy-Vee grocery store....half white and half chocolate and oh so delish!! She had them create a rainbow on one side and poppies on the other.
I found the number three candle some time ago at a local surplus shop for a quarter. The Happy Birthday crown was purchased at the Dollar Tree. The little characters were part of The Wizard of Oz series given away at McDonald's some time ago!!!! My DIL actually purchased the entire set off E-bay for a birthday gift for her little princess!! What a perfect party memory.
My DIL created the cute signs for the front door and entry. . . . you will also see the darling food signs she made on the 3rd and final Wizard of Oz post.
She used paper that was left from the invitations she made FIVE years ago for their wedding!! Again, how perfect that it fit with the party theme!
She wanted flying monkeys, so we used what was on hand---a stuffed Curious George and some pink fairy wings, some nylon cord and----
a Nana who suspended the monkeys from the overhead stair rails in the entry and
we officially had Flying Monkeys!! You'll see another shot on the next post that shows the other winged simians!
This sign greeted little party guests and their parents as did. . . .
this one which was placed just above. . . . .
a little Toto on a picnic basket!
This is how The Wicked Witch appeared once the house landed on her---just before the Ruby Slippers became Dorothy's! We used the garage door for our pretend "house".
A melted Wicked Witch was outside the front door. We created this little "vignette" with my daughter's college graduation robe and a Halloween witch hat. The pail was borrowed from a friend and the broom was one I had purchased at a garage sale last summer. I'd planned on using it in a Halloween display, but I LOVE it that we used it for the OZ Party!!
My pal Bonnie donated this great Wicked Witch poster (it had actually belonged to HER daughter-in-law who no longer wanted it---lucky us !). We placed it in front of a vintage piece of Hallmark poppy wrapping paper we attached to the walls!!
I set up a Yellow Brick Road spray painting booth---what do you think about my shoe savers?
Some time ago, my son and DIL had removed these pavers from around their concrete patio (they had been placed there by the previous owners). With a little yellow paint, they were transformed into the perfect "road" to the Emerald City.
Here we were--- ready and waiting for The Wizard of Oz Party guests to arrive!!
THE STONE RABBIT loved the party invitation......he could hardly wait for the fun to begin!!!!
There will be one more post about the party---hope you will come back!! DANA