Post by Mindy Cone of Creative Juice
This year for my daughter’s birthday I bent the rules a bit. I have always said that Aubrey would be allowed sleepovers until she was ten…but when her best friend (named Aubrey too!) was moving across the country shortly after her 6th birthday, I wanted something special that they could always remember together. Neither of them had ever had a sleepover before, and they were absolutely giddy over the idea!
We recently purchased a new big girl bed for Aubrey with a trundle and this sleepover would be the first time we put it to use. I started to search for some bedding and was over the moon when I saw The Confectionary Bedding collection! I am a macaron fanatic you guys. No joke – I literally wrote a macaron cookbook. There could NOT be a more perfect bedding for my daughter! The colors were fun, bright, and before I knew it, her room was macaron inspired as well as the theme for her birthday party!
For her room, I focused on the pink and teal from the confectionary quilt as well as the gold from the confectionary sheet set. I love the mix of macarons and hearts and tried to carry that theme through the room as well. We created a little reading nook and added some cute decor over her bed.
She was very excited to incorporate her paintings so we chose a few pieces and had those framed. I love how they turned out and she is so proud of herself! I created two heart canvases using metallic & pink cardstock cut with my cricut machine and glued directly to a canvas – which was a miniature version of the dessert table backdrop I created for her party. One of my personal favorite pieces on her wall is the beautiful hand drawn macaron art print. It was a gift to me while on my book tour and I am so happy to have found the perfect home for it in her room. The custom wooden ‘Bonjour’ sign was inspired by Bonjour throw pillow and was the perfect compliment to the decor.
On Aubrey’s birthday I hosted several of her closest friends for a dessert pajama party using the same theme – hearts and macarons! You can see the party here. While it wasn’t practical to have all six of them spending the night on our first attempt at a sleepover – I still wanted them to feel special and included. Each of the girls received custom matching pajamas and eye masks, ate yummy desserts, played games, and had a fabulous afternoon together. While they wouldn’t all be sleeping at my house that night, they would each be in their own beds wearing matching pajamas! We planned on having her friend Aubrey return that evening for the sleepover – a strategic mom move knowing they would be tuckered out from the party and sleep soundly!
They had the best time that night! They played with dolls, watched a movie, ate popcorn, made a little craft, played tricks on her brother, and read books. When it was time for bed we went through our normal routine and then let Aubrey call home to talk to her mom and dad before bed. I was nervous we would get to this point and have a bit of cold feet but they snuggled up in their beds and fell asleep after a few minutes of giggles! Even though they have moved miles away from us now, it is a memory they will always cherish together!
Mindy Cone is the author of Party Food For Girls and Gourmet French Macarons. Her site Creative Juice is a source of inspiration for entertaining your guests and kids with style and creativity. She showcases tutorials, tips, tricks, recipes, and crafts to make every occasion fabulous.