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This adorable party was inspired by Dora the Explorer and the party girl's three favorite characters. Swiper was undoubtedly the star of the party when he "swiped" the cupcakes and all the children had to grab their Map and Backpack to go find him to get them back. The children colored a map upon arrival that was similar to the common area that they searched for their adventure. They had a craft with sponge painting. We had color coded sponges cut to match the color they sponged. Then they added different circles on top of each other to create flowers. Buttons were used as embellishments. The party planner added the stems using black puff paint. All the printables were custom designed to match the theme of purple and orange. At the end of paint time it was announced that Swiper had swiped their cupcakes!! Grab a Backpack and their maps from when they arrived. They rushed to gather their maps, binoculars, and backpacks. They were instructed to follow the signs to the three places. We followed the map to find Dora and Boots in wooded areas where they were rewarded with one piece of candy. At the last stop they found Swiper and told him, "Swiper No Swipping" three times to get their cupcakes back. They ran to the house to find they had been returned by Swiper and sat down to eat all the goodies. For favors they took a "Dora Rocks" cup along with their Backpack, all their goodies, and their painted creation.

Idea

Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    cupcakes and dessert table

  • Party Favors

    backpack, map, paintings, candy from the exploration

  • Activities / Games

    paintings (sponge paintings and added paper circles and buttons to create flowers) and and adventure to find Dora, Boots, and Swiper with our map

  • What People Ate

    chocolate cupcakes with dora fondant themed decorations from Esty, chocolate dipped marshmallows and rice krispie treats, star pbjs, goldfish, gumballs

  • What People Drank

    water

  • Best Moment

    When the birthday girl and all her little friends believed Swiper swiped the cupcakes!!!!

  • Funniest Moment

    the looks on their faces when they were gathering to get their cupcakes back!

  • Best Dressed

    the birthday girl

  • Dora the Explorer Party

    Dora was the focus of the party but Swiper swiped all the attention when he swiped the cupcakes and they had to go on the adventure to find him!

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32 comments

  • Timesha N

    Timesha N wrote:

    One of the best parties I've seen on here

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    Wow!!! What a huge compliment Timesha N! Thank you so much!

  • Jessica R

    Jessica R wrote:

    AMAZING!!!! The amazing deserved all caps! Beautifully done!

  • Cheyenne B

    Cheyenne B wrote:

    Fantastic Ideas! x

  • Cheyenne B

    Cheyenne B wrote:

    Love This!! x :)

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    Thank you Jessica!!!

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    Thank you Cheyenne B!!

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    too cute!

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    wow

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    I absolutely love this party

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    thank you Erica!!

  • Erin G

    Erin G wrote:

    how did you make these map sheets??

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    Erin - I found it by google and saved the image. Then added the text to the top. : ))

  • Michelle N

    Michelle N wrote:

    where did you order your labels from?

  • Michelle N

    Michelle N wrote:

    where did you get the water bottle labels from, looking for a company i can trust to place my order \

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    Hi Michelle, I custom design the printables for each of my parties myself. The three characters used were the birthday girl's favorite characters. For printables that are for sale by a vendor I would recommend searching on Etsy.com

  • Michelle N

    Michelle N wrote:

    where did you get the signs from, they are beautiful

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    Hi Michelle, I designed all the printables for the party myself. : )

  • Michelle N

    Michelle N wrote:

    Thank you Heidi that opened so many doors for me, I'm addicted now lol!!!

  • Suzanne M

    Suzanne M wrote:

    Absolutely gorgeous party! Where did you get the backpack face pieces?

  • Suzanne M

    Suzanne M wrote:

    Absolutely gorgeous party! Where did you get the backpack face pieces?

  • Heidi K

    Heidi K wrote:

    Hi Suzanne - Thank you! I created the face with shapes and cut out. : ) Heidi

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    Khaii B wrote:

    beautiful party, I loved the consept, the decorations, everything about it. One thing is where do i find those cameras?

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    Khaii B wrote:

    concept(sp)

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    I have a question, where can I purchase the camera's at? Adorable!

  • Dania M

    Dania M wrote:

    I loved your party and I'm doing the same theme for my babys 2nd Birthday, but I'm going nuts looking for a orange polkadot table runner like the one you had. Where did you get them? :)

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    Where did you purchase these purple paper bags from?

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    And what favors did you put in them?

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    Love the balloons!

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    How did you make your signs?

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    How did you make the signs outside? And where did you purchase the purple paper bags? Thanks Awesome party!

  • Sierra C

    Sierra C wrote:

    Where did you get the little decorations for the cupcakes??