Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Roller Skate Party

Life has been so busy lately, I always feel like I am playing catch up.  My to do list always seems to grow longer rather than shorter.  So when my oldest daughter wanted to plan her 9th birthday party, I knew it had to be low stress.  Birthday parties are typically pretty high stress for me.  Not that they aren't fun, just so busy the whole time.  I spend the days before getting everything ready, making decorations, cleaning the house, making favors, and preparing food.  This continues right up until the door bell rings and usually right on through the party.  I feel like I miss some of the fun since I am always running around making sure everyone is taken care of, food bowls are filled and people are having fun.  Then after the party, the work continues with all of the clean up.

This year I knew I couldn't handle the extra work with my already overfilled schedule.  Things are just more hectic since we own our own business, have after school activities every weekday and Saturdays, and just the normal life stuff.  The perfect option was found after our girls were invited to a roller skating party for their friend's birthday party a couple of months ago.  They had never been skating before, but had such a blast.  My daughter jumped at the chance of having her party at the skateway as well.

To create the invites I used Tagxedo to create a roller skate design using the birthday girl's name.  They didn't have a roller skate but I modified the ice skate with some added circles for wheels on my picture editing software.  I included all the details of the party on the inside.

I had a tough time finding any party favors that had a roller skate theme in my area, so I went with basic bags and added fun stuff you might use at the roller rink.  Each girl got some funky knee socks, a colorful hair extension, glow bracelet, twirly straw, pretzel snacks and candy.  For the lone boy, I found some funky socks and a hat instead of the hair clip.

The birthday girl had a great time with all of her friends.  Some of the other girls were pretty new to roller skating as well, but everyone picked it up pretty quick and did really well.

Her sisters had a great time too.  It was fun finding some bright and colorful neon outfits to wear for the occasion.  It just so happened that I had recently bought these bright green shorts and skirt on sale before we even decided on the party.  It was just the perfect day to debut the new outfits.

The birthday girl wanted chocolate cupcakes for all of her guests to enjoy.  It was nice just bringing the cupcakes and not worrying about anything else.  All of the paper products were supplied as well as a hostess to help serve the cupcakes and drinks.  I was able to enjoy the party and actually take pictures for once. 

Again, we couldn't find any roller skate party items in our area, so I created little roller skates out of fondant and added mini M&M wheels.  The kids all enjoyed them and one little boy told me what a great cook I was.  Love it!

Here I am actually enjoying the party without the stress of running around taking care of everything.  Can we do this again next year?!  Actually my middle daughter has already asked to have her next party at the roller rink as well, so I guess we will be!

The whole family had a great time skating together.  My hubby felt like we kind of had a little mini date at the same time as the party.  Of course, grandma and grandpa were there to watch the little one or that would have never happened.  We've already talked about going back again soon to do another family skate night.

Too soon the fun was over and we all changed back into our shoes.  It was such a fun and relaxing day.  Everything turned out perfect and I didn't have to make myself crazy to get it all done.  Thanks to everyone that came and shared in this fun day!


  1. That looks like a lot of fun Melissa! I love the little roller skates on top of the cupcakes- you did a great job improvising!

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