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Hey Barbie, Hey Barbie! We’ve been saying that since we saw the movie this summer! And Olive has been loving on Barbies basically since she came out of the womb. I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t playing with them. She truly loves her Barbie dolls so, when it came time to pick a theme for her 7th birthday, it seemed fitting to go with Barbie this time around. Here’s a quick recap of how her 7th Birthday, A Barbie Party, went down!
First, I always overspend on parties. I try to stick to a budget, but it just doesn’t happen. I think it’s because I try to plan SO MUCH, but then in the end I always end up being a last minute momma! Things add up at the end. I also tend to overbuy. Ok, I’ve confessed. That feels better. Hopefully my husband doesn’t read this, but he probably knows already.
The invite was easy and I used Paperless Post to send them out! On the Paperless Post part, I added “Come dressed as your favorite Barbie or Ken if you want, but most of all, come ready to party,” and we got a few different barbie guests and it was so fun!
I feel like making posters for birthdays is quickly becoming a tradition. It started quite a few years ago when I made one for the front door for my husband’s mom. It was so fun and we’ve done for a few birthdays since so I didn’t think about it at the time I had this one made, but they tend to appear at my parties. This one was created with a little Barbie AI magic along with some Canva maneuvering. You can make your own Barbie picture with this Barbie Selfie Generator too!
I also grabbed these clear goodie bags to feel like shopping bags for the girls to collect all their things in at the end.
When it came to planning there was so much inspiration out there that I felt lucky, but you always want to try to give you own spin on something. So we knew we’d do barbies and when I decided that, I thought there were $5 barbies, but I have since learned there are not anymore. So, $7 were the go to. We decided on three different styles but looking back I probably should have done all the same, but whatever, live and learn.
We had a pink board filled with all pink cookies, candies, gummies etc. I had intentions of making a “B” on the board, but the morning of, I was of course out picking up balloons at Party City on what felt like maybe their busiest day of the year! So, my sister did it for me.
And I purchased a $6 Barbie cookie cutter on Amazon, and made these adorable cookies! I’m not a great icer, although I did try for Ella’s birthday last year, but wasn’t up for it this year. So we just added a little bow to each of them. Plus, I even bought PINK cookie mix that I found at Michaels!
We pulled all of Olive’s Barbie toys out and set them on the coffee table in the living room and I feel like some of the girls spent the entire party here! I was torn on purchasing a barbie house for the party and I’m actually glad I didn’t! It was one more big item that I didn’t really want to collect and these smaller ones worked perfectly because more kids could actually play at the same time!
We also found this Barbie Box on Marketplace. I love marketplace. But seriously, we were totally going to make one and we go this one! It went perfectly with these amazon balloons and we were set! Plus, we didn’t have to spend the time and money making one and this was a huge hit! It’s ok to buy secondhand.
LET’S GO PARTY
I also purchased an old lot of barbie clothes on ebay. This was one thing I was like should I do that?!? But the kids LOVED it! I thought some of the clothes were super dated – I think I picked the lot straight out of the 80s/90s but the kids didn’t bat an eye and were elated to dress up their barbies and go home with extra clothes too! I also grabbed some accessories (shoes/jewels)from Dollar Tree which were actually Barbie brand.
We also made confetti bracelets which was maybe the messiest, but cutest little project. I do plan to share a tutorial, but haven’t gotten there yet. You just need some clear PVC tubing, confetti, glitter, small things, and glue.
Overall it was a great time and I think the girls had fun! Then to head out the door, we printed their pictures in the barbie box and added them to their goodie bags! I think everyone enjoyed themselves and I was pretty happy with how everything turned out!