Alrighty. So I showed you the woodsy food table, but the big dog of this party would be the tent. As soon as the theme was decided upon, I knew I wanted to have some sort of dreamy, ethereal, fantastical tent for the girls to party and sleep in.
Using a canopy tent purchased at a sporting goods store (we can use it on the beach—score!), I just attached a bunch of white sheets around three sides of it. The fourth side remained open to the tv, but it was turned so they had privacy.
The inside, however, is where it got fancy. I bought 40 yards (yes, 40) of tulle in a pale aqua and white. After streaming our Christmas lights all over it, I just kept draping the tulle all over the place. That was fun (insert sarcasm here). I made some tissue paper pom poms and tied some gold party stars from some ribbon to add some party effect.
Blankets, throw pillows, beanbags, and loud music=dance party!!!
Of course, as it got darker it got even prettier. Seriously? What little girl—or grown mom who wishes she would have had one of these—wouldn’t want to sleep in here?
After the dance party dissipated, the girls moved on to do some other things. It was then that I realized one of our party goers was missing. Guess where I found him.
When the girls settled in for the night, they had some treats and watched a movie. And I sat there thinking I wish the tent was mine.
It was a fun and relatively inexpensive way to give them a little party within a party, and I’m pretty sure they liked it! I’ll be back on Friday with the final installment! Aren’t you excited? 🙂
Part 1: Woodland Theme Table
Part 3: Popcorn Bar
Angie@Echoes of Laughter says
It looks great Chris! What a wonderful Mama you are to go through all that trouble for your little girl! Looks like the girls had a blast! We did a similar thing in the backyard a few years ago…we threw up a tent and moved out a little tv and dvd player and then my daughter had her own drive-on birthday party! Have a lovely week! Angie xo
it looks SO beautiful! i loved part one, too- i am a huge woodland fan! i threw my daughter a “winter woodland” party in january. i wish it was warm enough in january to have it outside because this looks amazing. here is a link to mine if you want to see.
I love all these great ideas – thank you! I am having my daughter’s 12th bday party (impromptu – before school starts – since we haven’t celebrated her birthday that was back in May yet!) and these are such fun ideas – I wonder if I can turn my basement into this beautiful dreamy space? So glad your daughter and her friends had a wonderful time…you are a wonderful mom for going to these lengths for her!
The party looked so fun, oh to be a little girl again. You did a great job!
Aww, I love that Maximus joined in on the party! Wonderful idea, it turned out GREAT!
Kim @ Plumberry Pie says
love it! yep, i think i’ll be doing this. gotta love those canopies. i used these to create tiki huts at my kids’ school inside the gym. just add a little fringe w/some lanterns, boom a tiki. never thought of inside my house. i know my kids will love that!!!
Laura H says
Oh my beautiful! Best mom ever!!! I want that tent year round in my living room.
Jill Flory says
Too cute! What a really fun way to make the party a great one!
Joia Dooley says
I read your blog all the time, but rarely comment… =) This party was Gorgeous!! I’ve been checking back a TON to see part two! =0) I Love, love, love the tent! I really like making a big deal out of my own kid’s parties (5 and 3 currently), but would Love to do this tent idea for my daughter when she’s older! You are amazing!
Jocelyn Pascall says
Oh. My. God. I would have LOOOOVED this as a kid. Wow! You went above and beyond with this and I am impressed!
That tent is super fabulous! Your dog hiding out on the sleeping bags is too funny.
Sarah Hulbert Style says
I know what me and my (grown up) girls and I are doing for our next Ladies Night!!! Good job, Mama! ~Sarah
So beautiful!!!Your daughter and her friends(and the beautiful party goer) had blast for sure. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Wow! You are THE woman! The tent is amazing. I scored tulle for $1 a yard the other day at AC Moore and that’s the best price I have found. (My daughter has asked for a Princess Dress up Party for her 4th birthday in October, so I’m stocking up 🙂
I totally want one for myself!
The slumber party tent is such a great idea. My daughter will love this!
This is a great idea using a canopy tent and decorating the inside with tulle. Great for a slumber party!