Inspired by an idea in a recent Family Fun magazine, we decided to host an "artist trading card party" for Marissa's birthday. With Josh having a three-day weekend we decided to do it this weekend back at his parents' house with a few of the girls' closest friends (and it always works out so nice when you can invite sibling pairs!). ;o)
To start off the party we decorated binders with stickers, these binders would hold our plastic trading card protectors (think what you would use to organize a binder of baseball cards). Here are the girls with their decorated binders--
We then busied ourselves with markers, colored pencils, and stamp pads decorating works of art in the 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch range. I ordered a stack of artist trading cards from Amazon (link here) as well as the sheet protectors (link here). They would be fairly easy to cut of cardstock and with a paper slicer too.
After we colored every single card available they traded works of art with friends--
I also had sent each girl a blank card in their invite to decorate specifically in honor of Marissa's birthday for her to display in her binder--
Then--of course--there were gifts . . . See that Cubs bag? We're a "Cardinals" family and one of Marissa's friends comes from a "Cubs" family. There's a lot of good-natured ribbing going on. Although, it really doesn't matter since we all know who the winners really are . . . right? ;o)
After a simple lunch of hot dogs and a few other things (apple cider and pumpkin cupcakes of course!) we sent the girls outside to run around and gather materials for a bonfire--
I'm not sure what they enjoyed more, the gathering part, or the actual fire, but whatever the case we had a wonderful time and couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather!
It was a fun party! Hopefully I sent the girls home with a new hobby to do as these months get colder and we're inside more. Most of these girls have become pen-pals with our move, and I'm thinking it will be fun to trade card through the mail too! In fact, I enjoyed it so much I may have to start my own binder, anybody else?? ;o)