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Emily's 8.5 surprise birthday party

Shelley K By Shelley K  in Birthday


Party Recap

Little Emily's birthday is the day after Christmas and with all the busy schedules, her birthday got a little behind. My daughter, who is 9, decided to throw Em a surprise birthday party. We threw this party together in 2 days!


Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    Gourmet cupcakes

  • Budget

    $100 since most stuff was created by me and I already had a lot of supplies.

  • Best Moment

    It was a surprise for Em so we had her mom drive around the block while the kids lined up in the street wearing cone hats. As the car got close, Emily couldn't figure out what was going on but once the kids started singing "Happy Birthday", she was overcome with emotion and dove to floorboards!

  • What People Ate

    Ice Cream with assorted toppings, wafers, cookies and cupcakes

  • What People Drank

    Lemonade, water

  • Most Touching Moment

    My daughter, whose birthday is next week, was more excited for Emily's party than her own. The realization that giving was much more rewarding than getting. ahhhhh!

  • Funniest Moment

    My daughter telling Emily that she didn't have a lot of time to hang out as she was going to a party. Emily didn't realize it was HER party and was bugging her mom to hurry since she didn't have a lot of time to play.


Party Helpers



  • Jillian L

    Jillian L wrote:

    Oh my God, so gorgeous!!! I love what you did here. I can't wait to show it off!! -- Jillian

  • Shelley K

    Shelley K wrote:

    Thanks Jillian:) I'll be having my daughter's party in a little over a week so I'll be sure to post it too :) I love your site!!!!

  • Jillian L

    Jillian L wrote:

    Can't wait to see what you do next, and thanks for your kind words about our site. Btw, did you make the delicious treats at this party?

  • Full P

    Full P wrote:

    I love the frame!! Is there any online store where I can buy one? Thanks! The party is lovely...

  • Shelley K

    Shelley K wrote:

    I bought it from TJ Max for $9! I bought it 3 days ago so they probably have alot left:)

  • Shelley K

    Shelley K wrote:

    Hi Jillian, Most of the food was purchased at world market as they were imports. The wafers, cones, toppings, macrons etc were bought there. The mini pink strawberry cupcakes and the cotton candy cookies were Target and the gourmet cupcakes were from the grocery store. I can't tell you how inexpensive it was! Score! It was frown together so quickly, I only had time for the printables! The cupcake bunting, banner and water bottle labels were my own design but I cheated on the topper printables and used the free downloads from eat, drink chic! They were awesome!