Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

Inspiration

I could use a little help from my blogger friends. Frannie is having a birthday soon - she will be turning nine - did I say that? Nine - holy cow! She will be having a "Learn To Knit" party and is inviting her Brownie/Jr. Girl Scout troop (the girls range in age from 8-11). A friend of mine has graciously offered her place of business to hold the party, and I have graciously accepted. She owns a stationery store called Paper Dolls and has the perfect room for our event - it has two large tables and plenty of chairs. The funny thing is, before she offered her store, I had already planned on having a "Paper Doll" theme (I guess it's just meant to be), along with a "Learn To Knit" activity. Here's what we have planned so far - I am making invitations using the large paper doll fabric. I have copied them onto card stock and I am cutting out the dolls. Each doll will hold a pair of knitting needles - I made them out of toothpicks with sparkly bead toppers for ends and put 5 yarn stitches on each pair - cute, if I do say so myself. Each girl in attendance will receive a pair of knitting needles (made by me - I'll tell you about that later) with twelve stitches already cast on, and a ball of yarn. The girls will only learn how to do the knit stitch. They will also receive a Girl Scout knitting badge for their sashes. I plan to make cupcake holders out of the pink paper doll fabric (again, copied onto card stock), and I'm thinking of using the light blue doll fabric as cupcake toppers as well as making some faux balls of yarn with thin strips of fondant or shoelace red licorice. I also thought that a reading of Knitting Nell by Julie Jersild Roth would be fun.

Knitting Nell

So this is where your advice comes in - what ideas can you think of for this kind of theme party? Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.

S.W.A.K.

5 comments:

PunkiePie said...

I'll have to think about this one but man oh man. You have SUCH a creative mind, Marsha. Knitting needles made of toothpicks for the invite! I can't stand it!! :)

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, we need to see those cute invites? I saw a really fun party thing where they took little trinkets and wound them up in crepe paper balls -- something like that might be fun with yarn balls. Or think of "string" games -- have yarn strung everywhere and they have to follow it to get to whatever is at the end. Also, if you have a serger, little bags to keep their new knitting supplies in would be fairly quick to whip up.

I hope you'll show us all the fun stuff from the party -- what a fabulous idea!!!

~Tonja~ said...

Oh this party is gonna be so fun for all those girls...you could blow up a copy of the paper dolls and make bows and have them pin the bow on the doll...you could even go to the
Betsy McCall site and print out some of the old paper dolls for them for to play with...here is the site...
http://www.thebleudoor.com/betsymccallhome.htm
click on the dates and it brings up different months...
you could do like hot potato but use a ball of yarn...
Have a Blessed day...
Sweet Blessings...
Tonja

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a fun party. But YOU are the one with the creative mind. Not me. lol I'm sure it's going to be one wonderful party if I know you.
HEY I took my giant cupcake hat to school this week for the Cat in the Hat day. The little kids thought it was hysterical. We had funny hat day and everyone had to wear a hat. I was so happy to get to wear mine. So thank you again for that.
Hugs

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a fun party theme! Can't wait to see the invites and all the details. I hop eyour daughter had a wonderful time.