Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Party

My daughter Elizabeth is a girl who knows her own mind. 
And when it came to her sixth birthday party she had some pretty clear ideas. 
It would be a "butterfly party" (whatever that is!) and the girls would make "butterfly jars" (what?) 
and there would have to be a butterfly cake (that's easier to picture). 

I loved the challenge and together we brought her ideas to life. The main decorations were paper butterflies on branches. I asked Elizabeth to gather twigs from the yard and then she helped me trace and cut out various sizes of butterflies from leftover scrapbook paper we had on hand.

We hot glued the butterflies to the twigs and they made the centerpiece for the table...
until it was time to make the craft.


It seemed pretty obvious to me that "butterfly jars" would be like a terrarium for butterflies. 
We had to prep a few supplies: name tags, paper "grass," and a decorative cover for the lid.

The girls handled the assembly--and each girl got to use one of the butterfly branches for her jar.


We used feather monarch butterflies from Michael's 
to create themed napkin decorations and cake toppers.

I made flowers out of lollipops and green laffy taffy, cut into leaf shapes. 

The butterflies hovered over the cake on their wires.

 For the game, the girls (in teams of three) 
raced to encase one girl (the caterpillar) in a T. P. "cocoon." 
 The first team to finish won the game. 

Then the caterpillars broke out of their cocoons 
and all the girls flew around the yard like butterflies.

Sequined butterfly masks were a lucky Target find and worked great as favors.

We gave each girl a gift bag as they left...

...and so another year has fluttered by.

Linking to Funky Junk Interiors SNS#71.


  1. I love everything about this party! The cake is so magical and I really liked that you incorporated your daughter's ideas into it. Job well done!

  2. Very cute! I just love that cake!

  3. I have a little one who also knows her own mind! I love how you cherished her ideas and helped her bring them to life.
    Visiting from the Spring Fling.

  4. looking at your post the first word that comes to mind is ~

    honestly. those jars are just adorable, that cake is so sweet. such great ideas here.

    thanks for linking up to the SPRING FLING!

    happy weekend.

  5. So many neat ideas...your little one is one smart girlie! I’m having a sure to come by and check it out…it ends March 6.


  6. Love those butterflies on the twigs!! I have some jars that I am needing to fill - this will be perfect!

  7. Oh my goodness! I just found your blog! I love the jars with the butterflies! I just now cut some butterflies and grass and wrote notes on them! I know this was a little girls party, but it's Flag Day today and my mother in laws bday and she would absolutely love this! I am giving her one of these along with her gift.

  8. What a great party! The butterfly game is my favorite idea. It sounds both fun and easy.

  9. It’s a great theme that your daughter chose for her birthday, and you did an even more amazing job in putting together such a lovely party as per the theme. The decorations are very nice and creative, and the kids also seemed to love the party. We also enjoyed celebrating my daughter’s birthday party a few days ago at the well-known venue NYC.

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