i finally had a chance to edit the pics from mignon's birthday party last weekend--she had a car wash and it was such a fun party! as always, it all starts with the perfect invitation. we started with a car wash name, mignon's splash-n-dash, and created a logo, and then the invitation just took off from there. it was a bit of a middle of the night project for me (surprise, surprise!), but it all came together! don't you think every car wash needs a dirty limo to clean?!
so that became the cake too! although it turned out looking more like a hummer than a limo in the end. i even gave it "dirty" windows with messages and doodles in every one! it's a little rough, but it is my first car. my two favorite parts are the tail lights & license plate, and the sun roofs. completely 3d cakes are always a little more challenging for me, but it was fun and it all gets cut up and eaten anyway!
one of my last minute ideas was to have t-shirts for the employees! it had been really hot the week before the party, but was supposed to be cooler that day, so i thought it would be good to have the t's for during their breaks. wilton t-shirt transfers for inkjet printers made this so easy and the girls looked really cute in them!
along with the car wash, we had a lemonade & cookie stand. the first girls at the party helped create the signs to place at the front of the house, in front of the lemonade stand, and by the driveway where the actual washing took place. we also had plenty of refreshments for the girls, too--whenever there were no cars, they were either having water fights complete with water balloons, or camped out around the snacks! i found the little plastic buckets at the dollar store and used them all around the party and for the party favors...
a few little car wash supplies along with some things just for fun. the christmas tree air fresheners were probably the biggest hit in the bucket! when all was said and done, mignon raised $150 and decided on the local SPCA as her charity. if you have the right space for a party like this, i highly recommend it. and it really doesn't matter how much money you make. it's more about the effort and embracing the idea of giving back, and i think turning 10 was a great time to do that in this way. plus, it really was an absolute blast--good ol' wet & messy fun!