****please note that this post was originally written back in 2009. I do not sell or manufacture the Juicy Couture items and stationary that were used for this party. They were all made by Juicy Couture and were purchased at Bloomingdales, Juicy Couture Boutiques, and outlets.****
With two daughters, I have had to come up with many, many birthday party themes over the years and, frankly, I think I am beginning to run out of good ideas! And, while I love my hand-crafted "at-home" parties, they can be a lot (A LOT!) of work. So, for my older daughter's birthday this year, we were looking for something that we hadn't done before and that would be easier for me...especially after the Princess party! My daughter has been a huge fan of Juicy Couture for many years now, so we thought it would be really fun to have a Juicy-themed slumber party.
I began my party planning many months ago. I have hosted slumber parties at my house before and they were utterly exhausting. Not to mention, it's amazing how quickly a bunch of little girls can destroy your house! So, we decided that we would have the party at a local hotel. It sounds like an extravagant option, but there are some incredible deals available right now and you can also use credit card bonus points or frequent flier miles to secure free rooms.
Out of respect for the privacy of the girls attending the party, I am not including photos of them here, but I think you will still be able to get a good sense of the party. To begin with, we sent out these adorable Juicy invitations.
My daughter invited four of her closest friends and I invited one of my closest friends (who just happens to be the mom of one of the girls). I picked everyone up on Saturday afternoon and we headed to the hotel. After checking in, we enjoyed some "cocktails".
l also set up a "bar" in the room for the girls with a ton of soft drinks, juices, and bottled waters (all brought with me). After our cocktail hour, we headed over to the Juicy Couture store - conveniently located in the mall attached to the hotel.
I spoke with a store manager several weeks earlier to let them know that we would be coming. I also informed the girls ahead of time that a personal shopper (me!) had already made some purchases for them and that we would just be "window shopping". The girls had a wonderful time looking around the store and trying things on. Check out the dressing room - how cool is this chair!
And I was in love with the custom toile wallpaper.
I thought the girls might get bored quickly and want to leave after just a few minutes, but we ended up spending about 45 minutes checking everything out. When it was time to go, each girl was presented with a Juicy shopping bag filled with goodies.
I started collecting items for the goody bags way in advance. By starting early, I was able to buy everything on sale at a major discount (70% off!). I took advantage of after-Christmas sales and the Juicy Couture Outlet. The shopping bags and tissue were generously provided by the store.
So, after our shopping excursion, we all headed back to the hotel. The girls changed into their pajamas and slippers. My daughter's had to be Juicy, of course - presents for her birthday.
For dinner, we ordered room service. Luckily, they had a wonderful children's menu with lots of great options and everyone was very happy. After diner, it was time for birthday cake. In this case, cupcakes! I baked lots of mini-chocolate cupcakes and iced them with clouds of pink butter cream icing. I used gold wrappers for a more opulent touch.
My daughter and I made tiny edible fondant crowns and hearts embellished with edible pink pearls.
The crowns were "gilded" with edible gold luster dust mixed with lemon juice to form a paint.
For dessert, I also brought a ton of yummy (and pretty) sweets. Pink M & Ms,
and this enormous TWO-pound Juicy Couture chocolate bar!
The rest of the evening went very smoothly. The girls played Juicy Monopoly,
watched movies, listened to music, and giggled a lot! Fortunately, for me and my friend, the girls finally went to bed around 1:30 pm (not too bad) and managed to sleep until almost 8:00 am!
I have to say that the Juicy Party was one of the easiest and most pleasant parties that I have ever had. And, while I feel a little guilty that I didn't have it at home and do more of it myself, I am very happy with how it all turned out. My daughter had a wonderful time (as did I) and I am sure that it was a party that she will remember for many years to come.