Last month, on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, I threw a Fancy Nancy Soiree. I’d been looking forward to it for months because, a) I love the books, and b) HOW COULD IT NOT BE THE MOST FUN EVER?! In the fall, I threw a My Little Pony Party and I anticipated this program appealing to many of the same kids. The MLP party was probably my favorite program all year, so I plotted and plotted, hoping this would be just as great.
I sort of themed the event around Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly.
In it, there’s dancing, fancy treats, a spa day at the hotel, and of course, butterflies. So our day started with reading the book, then freestyle dancing to the Frozen soundtrack, and then we ended with time for crafts and snacks.
My local Wal-Mart always has cookies and cupcakes that are peanut free, so I picked up a couple varieties of pretty cookies and some lemon cakes that were a little more sophisticated for adults. (It was Mother’s Day weekend, after all.)
I mostly had gender-neutral crafts available, but the manicures station was definitely the most girly. All the moms and girls really enjoyed this part and a few asked me where I found such perfect polish for little girls. In case you’re curious, too, you can probably find the same pack I purchased in the party section of Wal-Mart. It’s sort of a rubbery finish that peels right off, but that’s fine (and maybe better) for young kids.
Next was the crown station, which I think was the favorite craft of the day. I made it easy with bulletin board liner and tape. The stickers were self-adhesive, so feathers were the only decorations that needed to be taped. Around halfway through the program, a couple boys joined us and spent about 30 mins decking out of their crowns and getting them just right. (I recently saw one of these boys at his school and he asked me when we were doing it again. See? Boys can have a good time at a FN party, too.)
Then I had a station for making wands and ties. I pre-cut the ribbons for the wands and made an example for each to show how to make one. I made this easy, too, with everything being taped instead of glue.
Finally, there was also a station for making glasses. I used a printable pattern and cut out the lenses with a box cutter. This station had some glue for attaching sequins and gems, so it took the most time.
Because it was a Saturday, we only had 10 kids come, but we had a GREAT time. The dancing was so cute and moms (and one dad) really enjoyed the quality time with their kids. Of course, the wands were my favorite.
And here’s my costume!