I love to throw kids birthday parties at home, and I always try to plan the crafts and activities around a theme. My daughter loves everything to do with jewelry and crafting, so I thought it would be fun to throw her a “groovy” tie dye party to celebrate her 9th birthday- and she loved it!
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Tie Dye Party Invitation:
I love to create my own invites and thank you notes for my kids birthday parties using PicMonkey. I love that I can create a custom invite that is unique and either email or mail them to the party guests. And it's also a nice keepsake for her scrapbook! (You can download a blank version of this invite for free- at the bottom of this post!)
Tie-Dye Party Thank You Note:
And I like creating a structured thank you note so that she can easily write a nice note of appreciation. (You can download a copy of this thank you note for free- at the bottom of this post!)
Tie Dye Party Activities:
I know that most people might think of a tie dye party as something you might do outside during the summer months- but honestly- it is super easy to do indoors as well! Here's what we did at our tie dye party, and the timeline of events we used (which gives you an idea of how long each activity takes):
The guests arrived and the birthday girl, along with her sibling helpers, stashed away their sleeping bags and backpacks for later. Gifts were placed on the dining room table (to be opened after the party), and we collected the white tee-shirts that everyone brought for tie dying (I asked the guests to bring along their own so that I wouldn't have to guess at sizes) and placed the tees to soak in the bucket of soda-ash. (see the video below for tie dye instructions).
Dinner! For this party, we set up a pasta and salad bar. Guests chose the type of pasta they wanted (penne or linguine) and could top their pasta with sauce, meatballs and a side of garlic bread. They also could assemble their own salads.
Time to tie-dye our shirts!
You can't have a groovy party, without tie-dying shirts, right? But we wanted ours to be a bit more unique than just your regular ole tie-dye shirt- we wanted ours to have hearts on them! Fortunately- we found this great tutorial to help us figure out how to execute this:
A couple of tie-dying tips for you:
- Buy one or two tie-dye kits– you'll get everything you need- the soda ash (to pre-soak the tees, so the die takes), the rubber bands for tying the designs, and the colors and squirt bottles.
- Set out several plastic dish tubs on the table for the kids to die their tees over. Ideally- have one tub per color of dye that you are using, and treat them as “stations”. So the kids will move their tees from color to color as they add the dye.
- Cover your table with a plastic table roll to protect it from the dye.
- Make sure that you use 100% cotton t-shirts. Have a few extra on hand just in case a guest forgets to bring one!
- After dying, I put each tee into its own plastic grocery bag, so the colors wouldn't touch each other, and allowed them to sit overnight. The next morning when I woke up, before starting breakfast, I rinsed the shirts until most of the dye was out, cut off or unwrapped the rubber bands and then washed and dried all of the tees in our washer and dryer. They are now “set” and can be washed with a regular load of clothes.
Start the washer necklace project!
I found this great idea online at Captain Crafty for making pendants from washers and decorating them with nail polish, and then we hung the embellished pendants on ribbon necklaces. To start the project, they painted their “base color” on their washer, and then allowed that to dry as we played games.
Time for “Just Dance” on the Wii– this game never gets old! The girls elected to take turns picking songs from Just Dance, and then one of the girls selected a Just Sweat cheerleader workout that had them all dancing and giggling and having a blast!
Enjoyed birthday cake and then finish painting our washer necklaces
Changed into jammies and got the sleeping bags set up.
9:30- 11:00 pm
Time for a movie and popcorn! As an earlier birthday gift, we gave Charlotte two new movies so the girls could select one for the party.
Lights out (let the giggling begin!)
They finally settled down to sleep about an hour later- and were still all sleeping at 7:30 am the next morning!
When the girls woke up, we started our friendship bracelet craft, which they continued to work on while watching the second movie. This gave Steve and I time to prepare platters of bacon and tie-dye pancakes!
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We all had such a fun time at this birthday party- and we bet that you will too!
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