A Modest Mary Poppins Party
There are a lot of great Mary Poppins-themed birthday parties documented on blogs and party sites. This one is beautiful, though very very grand. This one has a great style without being too feminine. This one was put on by a professional party planner who has all her Mary Poppins props for the party. This one had really cute favors. This one is another grand party with some of the elements of the other parties.
Overall, the bar has been set pretty high for a Mary Poppins party. For Penelope's party, I set a few constraints:
- It needed to be indoors since weather in SF is really temperamental in October.
- I wanted a color palette that was more "Chim Chim Cheree" and less "Jolly Holiday." Just because this is a girl's birthday, doesn't mean it has to be a pink explosion.
- I didn't want to buy much of anything and keep the cost under control.
- Even though I wanted it to be memorable, I didn't want it to feel too precious or "perfect." After all, it's a kid's party!
The main area of the party was our living room, which I transformed into the London skyline with a roll of 48" x 12' black paper. The illustrations were available online over here. For the chimney sweeps and Mary Poppins silhouettes, I printed out the templates on plain printer paper and then cut them out directly on the black paper. For the skyline, I just used the illustration as a guide and cut them out from sight.
The birthday garland was a combination of inkjet printed letters and cardstock. The little silhouette is from a trip to Disneyland when Pen was just one.
The tables were simple since 3 and 4 year-olds don't require much in the way of place settings. I bought these straws from Amazon to use for the centerpieces and for the customized straws for the kids. All the paper I used was from one pack of cardstock I bought from Michaels.
The kite garland was also cut from that same pack of cardstock — we mixed and matched the colors and then glued a popsicle stick on the back to reinforce the kite.
The party favors were stored in little wooden crates that I found at SCRAP for $5. I printed out the names of the guests on one side and then a Mary Poppins or a Bert silhouette on the other.
Inside the crate was three pieces of sidewalk chalk, a party noise maker, a old-fashion lollipop and little back of birdseed. For the bags of birdseeds, I used scrap muslin in my stash and then stamped "Feed the" and a bird using a pigment ink pad. I filled with about 1 oz of birdseed and then stitched it closed.
The doorframe was decorated with letter cut-outs spelling, of course, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
For the cupcakes (we got them from Noe Valley Bakery), I made little cupcake toppers featuring two Mary Poppins silhouettes. And, yet again, I found a use for the cardstock.
To keep the kids entertained, we made bamboo skewers/paper kites that the kids could decorate. The window box in our living room came in quite handy as a decorating spot. To protect the bench, I laid out a long strip of white paper.
Here's Penelope and her two buddies she's known since she was only a couple months old.
And here we are dressed up in our Mary Poppins finery.