Joakim loves all things music, so for his 4th birthday i had planned a rock star party. As the day got closer, I feared that his party wouldn't be unique enough with all the "rock star" themed parties out there. so I chose to focus on the one style he loves most: hip hop.
I'm so glad I did!! The kids has a blast and the adults couldn't stop smiling watching the kids get their groove on. Great memories!
Birthday Boy, of course in his Appaman #4 shirt, baggy jeans from GapKids, and cool Converse kicks.
Microphone Pops from the amazing Renee at Bee's Knees Creative Fondant Cupcake Toppers by the fabulous Lynlee of Lynlee's Petite Cakes (cupcakes baked and iced by Daddy as is our family tradition) Boom Box Cookies and Chocolate #4 Pops by my long-time friend Melissa from The Sugar Loft Events Chocolate Donuts Shaped like headphones (I tried...) M&M Candies (Birthday Boy's favorite candy in his favorite colors)
Activities / Games
As the guests arrived at the little shop, they played on the indoor slide and tree house. When all the guests were ready, the first thing they did was get their hip hop gear on. Each little guest received star glasses, a personalized VIP tag, a metal studded cuff bracelet, and a hat. For the first group activity, the kids decorated their own hats. As they finished their designs, they got to scribble "graffitti" on the plexi wall. After all the kids had their hip hop star gear on, the group went outside to watch some live performances on the lawn by singer Kelsi Maria and the OneWay Hip Hop Dance team. The Birthday Boy even made an appearance as guest dancer! Once back inside, the kids got their wiggles out while playing the "Hip Hop Stop" freeze dance game. After dinner, the kids resumed the dancing at "Joa's Friends Got Talent" free style dance competition complete with a strobe light. It WAS as awesome as it sounds. Envision break-dancing 3 year olds...pure awesomeness!!!
who knows...it was worth it.
One of my favorite elements of the party was the favor bar. I designed little boom box favor boxes for each child personalized with their name on it. Each child got to take their box to the favor table and fill it up with their choice of: gloves, glow sticks, stickers, notebooks, pencils, lollipops, tootsie rolls, m&ms, and giant erasers. Instead of using the traditional crinkle paper, I decided to fill the bottom of the favor jars with tape from old cassettes. It was so fun watching all the little people walking around holding their mini "boom boxes!"
Going outside for live performances
What People Ate
You can't really tell from the photo but, when you walked up to the food table, the platters resembled a boom box design with speakers, a tape deck and buttons. We enjpoyed coming up with clever names for the food items printed on labels designed by the super talented Kristy from Itsy Belle. Street Rap (assorted veggie and beef wraps) Re-Mixed Greens (Salad) YO!gurt (Vanilla yogurt) Chips and Salsa Cuban Sliders Fruit Skewers
What People Drank
Water, juice boxes, and mini sprite cans
Most Touching Moment
Standing around sharing laughs with family and friends with no regard to the time (the party went on forever!)
Watching the kids breakdance