Trust me to still wait until the last minute to do preparations for a birthday, even though I started to do some research very early —- January —- for a party scheduled in December, it still went off my radar, lost my momentum, and managed to get back on track only during the last week of October. So now, we need to do everything fast because my daughter’s 18th birthday is fast approaching and we’re just halfway done with the preparations. The venue and the caterer have been settled already, and most importantly, Izah has finally decided on the theme that she would like to have. I needed these details because I couldn’t start doing the invites unless of course I have these information. She had difficulty coming up with the theme because she didn’t want a formal party, and I didn’t want that either. I couldn’t imagine myself worrying about dressing up for a party while trying to make sure that everything runs smoothly. She got some ideas from the previous parties that she attended, though, most of her classmates actually didn’t have parties, but just a get-together with friends and relatives. In all the ideas that she came up with, everything still came down to her wish of having a pool party, though she said she didn’t want it to be just a swimming get-together. She still wants to have a program with games and some song and dance performance from her friends and relatives, and the swimming can be done after. What she explicitly told me was she wants to have a swimming pool in the background. She also likes different pastel colors so in choosing a theme, we finally came up with the Candyland Theme. When we searched through the Internet, lots of ideas came up, though most of them were for children’s parties. But still, we both thought it would be fun to have it as a debut party theme.
Then we had a brainstorming on the invites that she would have. This was the difficult part. We both wanted a Lollipop type of invite, simple, with all the details in a Lollipop-shaped colorful cardstock. But her dad didn’t like it, he said it’s more like a kid’s party invitation. So, we brainstormed even more until I thought of the idea of having a chocolate bar-shaped invite, with party details on the wrapper. We were happy with that idea already until we thought of the Skittles which comes in boxes of different colors. And then again, I had the brilliant idea that instead of just using Skittles, we can use different kinds of chocolate bars. Perfect! according to Izah. So, here’s the final design that we came up with:
We had so much fun doing these, and fortunately Izah was still on semestral break when we finalized the layout so she had ample time to assemble the boxes. The details of the party are inside together with the map directions to the venue.
So, after several late nights, we finally finished 50 boxes, yay! and here are some of them…
I think despite the rush preparations, we’re off to a good start. We had started giving out invitations and I also created an event in Facebook as advanced notice for most of our relatives and friends.
I’m adding these invitations to my online store, so, next time you plan your kid’s party, why not have a Candyland theme as well, and order my candy bar invites?