This year the little miss asked for a nail polish party. There wasn’t even a question about where she wanted the party – she wanted to go to our usual nail salon. Polished Beauty Bar is our favorite nail salon in the city. Polished has a huge selection of Zoya nail polish colors (Zoya is my favorite healthy nail polish – a five-free nail polish line, which basically means less harsh chemicals). We booked the salon for a 2 hour window and had the party on Friday after school. The salon is mostly a serene blue, which the little miss loves, but we wanted to amp up the girly theme with hot pink party decor. I found a cute pink glitter “Happy Birthday” banner with pink fringe at Target, along with hot pink balloons, hot pink honeycombs, pink glitter paper plates, a coordinating hot pink tablecloth and napkins. I bought a glittery crown headband for the little miss (similar available at Stoopher & Boots), and bought mini silver tiara combs that I placed in the center of each of the pedicure chairs and manicure tables for the girls to wear during the party. For the party favors, I ordered hot pink favor boxes online from Amazon (the packaging says Oriental Trading so assuming they are available directly from their site too), and printed hot pink polka dot labels for the party favors using Avery round labels (High Visibility 2″ Diameter White Labels). I also printed matching polka dot signs that said manicures, pedicures, nail coloring and jewelry making and put them up around the salon in the different activity areas. The little miss, who is so thoughtful, said that one of her friends did not like wearing nail polish so we needed to have some art projects set up. I printed free coloring pages with hands that have nails to color and empty nail polish bottles and set them out with a giant box of crayons. The girls loved coloring the hands/nails while they waited for their turn to get their nails done. I also bought a bag of letter beads, 4 bags of different types of pink beads and elastic for making personalized name necklaces. I didn’t want the girls to have to sift through the letter beads so I took 20 minutes and pulled out the letters for each girls’ name and put them in little pink organza jewelry bags (very efficient use of pumping time if I may say so). I used file labels to print the name of each girl, added the same nail polish bottle clip art that I used for the favor labels and folded them around the string of each bag so everyone knew which bag had their name. For the food, I made a few large party platters for both the kids and grownups to snack on: a Mediterranean theme platter (veggies, hummus and olives) and a fruit platter. I also ordered pizza for the girls that I had the pizza place cut into 24 pieces (I always do that for kiddie parties – some kids only need a tiny piece and others want several pieces so smaller pieces is the way to go). For desert, I made cupcakes that I topped with edible nail polish bottles made out of marshmallows and tootsie rolls held together with toothpicks. I dipped each marshmallow in a small bowl of water, then rolled the marshmallow in edible sugar glitter to color the marshmallows. They were super cute and fun to make. The little miss helped me make the nail polish toppers the night before, and I assembled them the next day once they were dry. I added some Valentines sprinkles that I found in the dollar bin at Target since it was so close to V-day and the colors went well.
The mani pedi party turned out super cute, but the best part was that the little miss had a fabulous time with all her friends. Right after the party she told me that she wants a movie star theme party next year, but thankfully I have some time to plan that.