The end of each year for me is not just about Christmas and New Year. It’s also my little princess’s birthday as well. Each year we’re having a theme parties: 1st year it was ‘Princes and Princesses’, 2nd – ‘let it snow!’. And this year we decided to make ‘Theatre’ theme party for her.
Firstly – invitations. I bought a pack of them from one of Euro stores and added my made tickets to the theatre ‘Saule’s 3rd birthday party’. I wrote different numbers on each ticket and asked to bring them to the party, because all the tickets were taking part in the draw at the end of it. And of course, all the tickets were lucky :).
Secondly – activities. Our planned activities were: spectacle ‘Tree little pigs’; game ‘Princes and the pea’; sending parcel; stick the tail to the donkey; disco and the draw. But during the party we also had musical statues, musical chairs, ‘Simon says…’ etc.
Preparation for the spectacle was the most challenging to me. I started by collecting toilet paper rolls for characters’ making.
Toilet paper rolls for characters
Next, I measured the hight and the length of the roll with a piece of string:
I started with wolf, which I made from 1 paper roll, black and white coloured papers. I cut: 1 rectangle for the body (16 cm x 11 cm), 1 triangle for the front of the head (6 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm), 1 trapeze for the back of the head (5 cm x 3 cm x 5 cm x 6 cm), 2 triangles for the ears (1,7 cm x 1,7 cm x 1,7 cm), 4 rectangles with half circle ends (4 cm x 1,5 cm) and white triangle for the chest (6 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm).
Parts for wolf making
Next, I painted eyebrows and eyes on the triangle and the ears on small triangles.
Painting face and ears
When I put some PVA glue on the paper roll…
Making wolf’s body
…glued one edge of the rectangle to it, rolled black paper all over paper roll and glued the end of rectangle.
Making wolf’s body
When I glued ears to the face triangle…
Glued ears to the face part
…glued white triangle at the front of the paper roll and trapeze (shorter edge facing down) at the back.
Glued chest and the back part of the head
Finally, I glued legs and the face triangle to the body.
For the pigs I used 3 paper rolls and pink coloured paper. I cut: 3 rectangles for the bodies (16 cm x 11 cm), 6 circles for the heads (5,6 cm diameter), 12 triangles for ears (1,7 cm x 1,7 cm x 1,7 cm) and 12 circles for legs (diameter 2,1 cm). I cut 12 triangles for ears (4 triangles for each pig), but during the process I used only 6. So, for the ears you need only 6 triangles instead of 12 (2 triangles for each pig).
Parts for one pig making (I used 2 triangles instead of 4)
I made pigs the same way as I made wolf. First, glued rectangle to the roll to make body, when painted face on the big circle and the tail on the body, glued ears (two triangles) to the face (big painted circle), glued another big circle to the back of the roll, glued it together with the face circle and glued legs to the body (the 4 small circles).
After characters were done, I made houses for them. I used 1 box of cereals which I cut in 3 pieces. I cut it in different sizes that characters could get inside along the spectacle (one pig in the straw house, 2 in the wooden and 3 in the brick house).
I covered those pieces with white paper and cut the tops of them to get the shapes of the houses.
And the last what was left me to do, was to decorate houses.
For the background I used 2 sheets of coloured paper (green and a blue). Cut both of them in half (along the longer edge), so I got 2 blue and 2 green stripes. I glued blue stripes to the green once. When I cut one of the new sheets in half (along the shorter edge) and glued them to the sides of the first sheet. Painted few clouds, some grass and left it to dry.
Spectacle ‘Three little pigs’
Thirdly – fancy dress. We decided to make her look like a ballet dance (but during all the party she kept saying she is a princess). All I had to do is to make a tutu skirt, all the other clothing we used from her wardrobe.
I found lots of video tutorials about how to make a tutu skirt without sewing on YouTube. And I made it. Sadly, it was too rough and itchy on the skin for her, so I had to rethink it.
I already had the strips 5 inches x 18 inches (all the fabric was 60 inches x 90 inches). I wanted the length of the finished tutu will be 9 inches, so I used 18 inches stripes. I folded all the stripes (it became 5 inches x 9 inches) and stitched the front of the strip to the back piece with a sewing machine one by one.
When all the pieces were stitched (without gaps), I took one thread and pushed the tulle to opposite side to get all the fabric frilled. I made it 4 inches longer then my daughter’s waist was.
Making frilled fabric
Frilled fabric (4 inched longer then my daughter’s waist)
Next, elastic waistband. I measured my daughter’s waist and cut a piece of 1/2 inches wide elastic about 3 inches shorter then the waist measured and sewed it in 2 areas. After the elastic waistband were done, my daughter tried it to be sure it is tight enough around the waist.
When I placed pins on the bottom of my elastic band at the sides and the exact middle in the front and back. Then I did the same for the top edge of the tulle (the elastic and tulle were divided into quarters). Pined the elastic to the tulle at the same place where those pins were and splitted each sections up in half again to make it easier. I started at the back and pulled my elastic until it was the same length as that section of tulle and sew the fabric down to the stretched elastic, using zigzag stitch. Sewed all the way around the tutu, sewing one section at a time.
Tulle stitched onto elastic
And finally – food. I wanted to have something related to the theme on the table as well, so we had kid’s champagne from pink plastic glasses and some popcorns. My daughter coloured few papers’ sheets, which I rolled up to cones for them.
I am happy that all the kids got treats during the party and went home smiling from ear to ear. Sadly, there were only 2 guests from 7 that were invited :(. Well, what can you do, winter is the season of flue and other diseases.