I cried my eyes out, off and on, for months beforehand. At the end of October, Holiday hit the BIG 05. There's something about hitting 5 that's official "Big Girl Territory" in my mind! Last February, we finally took our first trip to Walt Disney World. It was every bit as magical as I had hoped and upon our return, Holiday declared she wanted a Walt Disney World themed party. Of course my mind always thinks as big as possible and about how many elements from Disney I could fit from my front door to the recesses of my back yard fence. Over the months, she started to narrow it down to Disney World, but mostly princesses, but as the time started to roll around to pick things out for her party, she kept picking Cinderella everything, so I just rolled with it!
This is the first year I planned the party to take place all inside my home. I just had a strong feeling that I needed to do that and I'm SO glad I listened. We had torrential downpours for days leading up to, during and after her party. Because I moved it indoors, we had to cut the guest list back significantly (so sorry friends, we still love you ALL!) We have a nice sized home, but not enough room for 60 or 70ish people all indoors.
I did something for this party that I normally never do and focused all of my decor into one area. We emptied out all of the furniture from our Formal Dining Room and my husband's office into our Master Bedroom and Guest room, and transformed those spaces into a Ballroom and our very own Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! I've always known (and even blogged about) how much more "Wow factor" you can achieve focusing on one area, but now that I did it this way once, I will definitely do it this way moving forward. For parties I've done in the past, I will generally start my decor on my front porch and carry it all the way through to my back yard. It's cohesive and adds nice details, but the decor budget is spread out evenly. Putting it all in one spot was really magical. It transformed the space and really made you feel like you were somewhere special!
Side note: I don't know what I was thinking, but this is the first year I didn't have a professional photographer at the party. I took on so much with all of the details, I didn't even get to take more than a few pictures myself-- HUGE REGRET. WILL NEVER MAKE THIS MISTAKE AGAIN! Thankful for sweet friends who sent me many cell phone pics they snapped.
Of course a royal party requires royal invitations! I was so close to ordering some from Etsy, but SO GLAD I took the time and designed and made them myself. I promise to come back very soon with a tutorial of how I did these!
Thank you all for stopping by! Be looking for the invitation and ornament tutorials on the blog soon!