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The party was a first class success. Our sweet mailman even parked his mail truck in front the of house for the day and even popped in for a visit!
Invitations and Party Collection
Invitations and Graphics: Piggy Bank Parties designed the collection to include interactive invitations! Each guest received a mailbox invitation with a movable red flag. Two letters inside the mailbox provided party information for guests. Piggy Bank Parties thought of every special detail possible, from 4 cent stamps to celebrate the birthday boy turning 4, Mail Truck favor boxes, custom stamps, and envelope banners.
Decor: Guests were welcomed to the party by a whimsical Knock Knock Factory Post Office wreath. I created the rest of the party decor out of any and all packaging materials and boxes delivered to our house that month into the party! The table runner was made from kraft paper and mini envelopes. Centerpieces were made out of boxes and packing peanuts. Large manila envelopes were used as place mats. Mini envelope buntings were strung from Airmail Divine Twine and red and blue balloons were anchored in boxes of course!
Desserts: I placed my cake plate right inside an official Post Office mail bin filled with mail as main focal point of the dessert table. The cake was topped with a glittery "Post Office 41608" (my son's birthday makes a great zip code!) cake billboard and a fondant mail truck. Fondant stamps and envelopes were placed on top of lemon and raspberry Chambord petit fours. I built a 3-tied dessert stand out of packages to display shimmery mailbox cookies. The most coveted dessert on the table was "Owney's treats", graham crackers shaped as dog biscuits.
Activities / Games
Activities: The kids played a mail sort game using a mail box we crafted out of cardboard. Each party guest received a mail carrier name badge and got to work stamping, sorting, and delivering mail. At the end of the game each child had a mailbox full of mail. The mail opening activity helped control the flow of the party by giving clues and hints as to what we were doing next. The kids received a letter that said "time to learn about Owney", so we gather around and read a special library book about a special dog named Owney, the Post Office Mascot in the 1900s. He became a very famous dog in his time traveling the country via railway and even took a trip around the world by boat as "registered dog mail"!
Pick Your Own Favor: The children each got to pick an Owney to take home. Owney wore lots of metal tags on his collar to show all the special places he had visited so I made collars adorned with metal tags for each dog and piled the dogs on top of a mail bag (Owney's favorite nap spot). This was a huge hit! The children were delighted to chose their own new friend to take home!
- Cake designer - Edible Details
- Cake designer - Frog Prince Cake And Cookie Design
- Decorations - The Knock Knock Factory
- Decorations - Polka Dot Market
- Decorations - The Purple Pug
- Decorations - Sweet Lulu
- Graphic Designer - Piggy Bank Parties
- Educational Resource - Smithsonian National Postal Museum
- Party Planner - Jenny Of Crossing The Bugger Dixon Line
- Photographer - Allison Kaharick