Over the summer, Sis turned six years old.
How in the sweet name of all that is holy did that happen? She was a baby and now she is not. She is turning into an actual real human being. She says things that genuinely make me laugh, and not in that parental “oh that is cute but you aren’t going to make a living as a comic” kind of way. She makes me laugh in a “if you were an adult I would totally hang out with you because you are flippin’ funny” way. She is reasonable (80% of the time), logical, and I REALLY hope she likes me because she is going to be the most amazing adult I will ever know.
For her sixth birthday party, our amazing little creation wanted a Pig Pool Party. Yeah…she is amazing, but she is anything but normal. She is totally obsessed with pigs and wanted her party at the local community center swimming pool. Luckily, alliteration is my jam so the Pig Pool Party was a go!
I made the invitations using a photo of those wild pigs that swim in the Bahamas. You know, these guys? I’m not going to post a photo of the invite here because it isn’t like I took the photo. They were basic postcard type invites that I got printed at our local print shop.
After that, it was game on in the decor department. Decorating basic rental spaces is becoming my specialty after the doctor party, so I knew everything I used had to be made beforehand, easy to transport, and easy to put up. This is what we ended up with!
The color scheme was pink, pink, and more pink. For a girl who has always been anti-pink, Sis sure doesn’t mind it when it comes to pigs! We made pig balloon garlands to decorate the tables. They were a totally annoying to make beforehand, because our cheapo balloons deflated and had to be replaced and they kept getting tangled up. If you want to make these for transport, I’d suggest you blow them up and draw faces beforehand, but then string them up upon arrival. The stringing up part takes all of 4 minutes.
The food table was pretty simple. I have come to realized that simple is best when it comes to party food for kids. Fruit, veggies, cheese, a basic sandwich, and a couple of sweets are the way to go for the under 10 party-goer. We had ham sandwiches (get it? pig. ham. I love a theme.), fruit, veggies, prosciutto wrapped melon, cheese, olives, gummy pigs, and twizzler bites. I grabbed a few pink flower pots from Ikea and used them as bowls. That hula pig in the background is my favorite thing ever. I feel like every birthday party from 1975 – 1985 had one of those honeycomb decor pieces and I still think they are dope.
The cake, as you might have noticed, is a giant pig. Sis had very specific requests when it came to the cake look. She wanted brownish/tan spots, drooped over ears, a bow, and grass with flowers. Girl knows what she likes. The actual cake had to be the same peach cake from Smitten Kitchen we made last year along with cream cheese frosting.
The gift and favor table was simple. I used one of the same Ikea pots as a centerpiece started and filled it with dollar store twisty straws (I think they look like pig tails) and giant pink blow pops. The favors were flying pig toys that oink when you fling them. The also break when you play tug-o-war with them, but that is neither here nor there. I put each pig toy in a pink canvas bag that I drew a pig face on with Sharpie. The bags were 3 for $1 at the dollar store.
I also drew up some pig tattoos and printed them out at home. Here is the non-personalized version. Feel free to print out the PDF and use it to your little pig heart’s content!
Ikea has really upped their party section game lately and they had these giant pink honeycomb balls which are amazing. I turned two of them into pigs with construction paper and double sided tape and hung them in random spots around the room. Say hello to this happy hog!
Construction paper letters were a fast way to upgrade this giant Ikea plastic flower pot into an Oink Cooler for all the drinks.
The birthday girl hat was pretty much one of my greatest creations. I took a princess hat from…you guessed it…the dollar store and turned it into a pig head to match the tattoos. I cut off that mesh topper that, for some reason, signifies “princess” and cut two flaps out to create the ears. I hot glued the ears in place. Then I painted the face and hat portion with craft paint and added a paper topper. If you want my autograph because I created this piece of art, I will totally send you one.
Look how happy she is!