i have so much fun with my girls' birthday parties every year, but this year's glee theme for my now 12 year old was so timely and perfect for her group of girls that it was even more fun than ever! i used a graphic i found online for the invitation, photoshopping the birthday girl right into the middle of it. i opted for simple wording, using a font that matches the glee logo, letting the pictures take center stage.
before you even get to the cute invite, i like setting the tone on the envelope with fun details to generate a little excitement. it was the perfect place to add a slushee, spilling out of the cup, of course! and since we took several gleek shots of mignon trying to get the perfect one above, i created a personalized sticker with a different image to seal it all shut.
decorations included a sign outside greeting the party girls to william mckinley high school, as well as various posters hung around the party space. i even found a map of mckinley high that i posted in a few places, highlighting the classrooms and characters around school. these were both helpful when they were taking a glee trivia test, which was the first of several activities...
the glee trivia (how gleeky are you?!) was a freebie found online--i simply changed the header to include the birthday girl's picture in order to match my other printables. luckily it comes with an answer key! another great online find was glee bingo--delivered right to my email inbox, and super easy to print and play. the bingo markers? cheerios, of course! we played one round until we had several winners to give little prizes to. the fan favorite was a slushee facial "game" which involved throwing water slushees (water + snowball ice) into each other's faces, while they tried to protect their clothing behind a big box. the main event was a sing off, using the glee karaoke revolution for wii.
anyone interested in singing in the karaoke sing off signed up at the beginning of the party. i love that they signed up as their characters, especially when the first rachel asked for a gold star to mimic the real rachel!
munchies and treats consisted of do-it-yourself slushees (for drinking only!), including personalized "big quench" cups and red twizzler straws, tator tots from the mckinley high cafeteria (mercedes demanded them!), and fruit for a little balance. it was also pizza day in the cafeteria.
for dessert and song, we had the L hand cake from monday's post and big quench cupcakes. i wish i could take credit for the cupcakes, but they were another online find--google is invaluable when planning almost any themed party! the directions included a freebie label, but i decided to create my own, similar but with the addition of a personalized birthday logo!
and finally, at the end of the night the girls were given a few glee-ful treats to take home in a cup with another gleeky sticker--nerds & pop rocks (both very fitting!), hand signs pencil toppers, and a trophy from regionals, along with a couple of official glee accessories from claire's. the prizes for the games were glee key chains, also from claire's, plus a few extra glee bands.
i followed it all up the next day with one last keepsake--a collage of all the gleeks at the party, made to match the invite! it was so much fun, i want to do it all over again!!