How To: Bubblegum Birthday Party
Little S turned five this past week and with that came her ability to chew gum. My husband and I decided a long time ago that five was the age that she’d be able to have chewing gum. I don’t know why we picked five; probably because it seemed so far off into the future and we wouldn’t have to deal with it for a while. But as all parents know, time flies and here we are at the age of five.
When I asked Little S what theme she wanted for her birthday party, she of course picked BUBBLEGUM! It had to be all about bubblegum. I started a Bubblegum Birthday Party board on Pinterest and started collections. Thankfully, I found it to be a very popular theme so I had no trouble gaining inspiration.
I fell in love with these jar filled with gum balls from DIY Louisville. They fueled my theme the whole way through. And they r were pretty easy to make. Here’s how I did it:
- Get some baby food jars. They’re the prefect size for small hands and to fill with a reasonable amount of gum balls. If you don’t have kids eating from jars, ask a friend to save some for you, or buy them from the grocery store and use the pureed food for cakes, breads etc.
- Soak the jars and lids in hot, soapy water to clean and to remove the label.
- Use a glue remover like Lift Off (Dollar Store) to remove the leftover label glue.
- Wash again (dishwasher safe).
- Pick your favourite colour of spray paint and spray the lids. You’ll need multiple coats.
- While those are drying, create a label for your lids. Measure the size of the lid so that you know how large to print the labels.
- Print labels on Label Stock or regular paper and glue them to the lids.
- Fill the jars with gum balls.
- Tie your favourite ribbon around the jar to add the finishing touch.
To create our Sweets Table I bought various containers from the dollar store and filled them with different types of gum from the Bulk Barn. After cleaning the jars and filling them with the treats, I created labels for the jars. I used card stock to cut the labels out and stick on letters to name them.
I was lucky to find some matching cupcake stands at the dollar store to display the yummy bubblegum flavoured butter cream cupcakes I got from One Diva and a Cupcake here in London.
I found a complimentary wrapping paper roll and taped it on the wall behind the table to add a matching backdrop. After adding some matching plates, napkins and cutlery, our sweets table was complete.
The treat bags were really fun and easy to make. We found some matching paper bags from the dollar store and some jeweled letters to personalize the bags with each guest’s name. We filled the bag with treats and then finished them off with some matching tissue paper and the same ribbon. They were a hit!
We hired a family friend that specializes in Early Childhood Education and creativeness to organize and run the party. She came up with some awesome and theme specific games.
Using necklace wire, ribbons and gum balls, she helped the girls make necklaces out of real gum. These were a huge hit!
Bubblegum Guessing Game
Each girl had a card with the name of four different flavours of bubblegum written and drawn (for those that can’t read) on it. There were given a secret piece of gum and had to identify the gum flavour. Once they decided they had to stick the gum on the corresponding spot. This game was tasty and got a lot of giggles!
Pin the Bubble on Little S
With a printed photo of Little S, each girl was able to try to pin the bubble on Little S’ mouth; a theme specific version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
A board filled with tissue paper covered cut outs where each child gets a chance to ‘pop the bubble’ by punching through the tissue paper and reaching inside to find a prize.
Pink balloons or gum balls, were filled with a treat then blown up. The girls got to pop their balloon however they chose to and were able to get the prize inside.
This party was such a big hit for both Little S and her guests. With help from local vendors, trained professionals and Pinterest we were able to pull off our bubblegum themed birthday party without a hitch! I’d say it was a huge success!
What’s your favourite birthday party theme you’ve done for your child?