Aug
23
2012

7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half-Sleepover Party!

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Just Dance Birthday Party

My daughter just loves playing the Ubisoft game- Just Dance. We’ve been doing it all summer as part of the Just Dance Just Sweat Dream Team Challenge… so when it came time to play her big 7 year old birthday soiree, she didn’t even hesitate. She wanted a Just Dance birthday party! Influenced by the great time we had last spring with Charlotte’s Puppies and Ponies half-sleepover party… she decided she wanted to do the half-sleepover thing too- and invite all of her friends to come wearing their jammies, and snuggle up together and watch a movie after they were done dancing. And that’s just what we did:

The Invitation

Lili Anns 7 Birthday Party edited 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

I designed these myself using PicMonkey and sent them out to guests via email. I love how they came out! I also designed the favor bag tag (which you can see below) and the thank you note- all in PicMonkey.

The Party Set Up

Birthday Party Set Up 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

Since the girls would be eating dinner in our dining room, I wanted to “fancy-it up” for them just a bit. So I hung feather boas from our chandeliers along with pictures of dancers from the Just Dance game, and I decorated the table with centerpieces of oversized hurricane vases filled with colorful tissue paper pom-poms, and skittles candies polka-dotting the table. Every place setting also had a small “Just Dance”place card”.

The Party Plan

I like to have a game plan for each of our parties, where I list the activities and the length of time estimated for each. While I only use this as a guideline, it helps me to keep the party moving along. Without it, I might start the movie too late and then have all of the parents standing around waiting for it to finish…. a bummer for parents whose other kids are along with them for pick up! This schedule of events for this party was…

6:30pm- Guests arrive

6:40-7:00 Dinner and Cake

Just Dance Half Sleepover Party The Dinner 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

The birthday girl graciously allowed her brothers to join her girlfriends at the dinner table for the party! Instead of doing the “traditional thing” and ordering pizza for the party guests, we decided to offer a salad and pasta bar instead. For 12 kids we cooked up 2 large batches of pasta (2 boxes each) of bowties and linguine, and then had melted butter, plain red sauce, or sauce with meatballs which the guests could select from. They also could make up a a salad with a choice of dressings, and there was plenty of garlic bread on hand too.

Just Dance Half Sleepover Party Lili with cake 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

After dinner we served the birthday cake…. and lest you miss the exquisite details of this homemade confection… allow me to share….

Just Dance Party Birthday Cake 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

I am in love the Ombre trend, and my daughter adores everything pink…. so I combined the two ideas and used my technique for the rainbow cake to make a layers of pink cake (and the trick is to put some yogurt into the cake batter to achieve really vibrant colors!). It was a huge hit! (Another little tip: when using paper cake toppers for your Just Dance characters, be sure to remove them before adding and lighting the birthday candles!) No one wants their cake flambeed!

7:00-7:45pm Just Dancing!

Just Dance Half Sleepover Party Dancing 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

I adore this picture of Spencer and Alex high-fiving each other while dancing behind the girls!

7:45-9:00pm Movie

Just Dance Half Sleepover Party movie time 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

Lili received “The Lorax” for her birthday, so we placed some of our fuzzy blankets on the floor for the guests, popped several big batches of popcorn, and let the girls enjoy the movie together!

9:00pm- Guest Pick up and pass out Party Favors

Just Dance Party Favor Bags 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

To fit our Wii dance theme, I found these cute candy dispensers shaped like Wii remotes….

 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party! 7 Year Old Girl Birthday Party Idea: Just Dance Half Sleepover Party!

And I included a book and summer notebook (I had a few leftover from our iVillage Summer Reading Challenge Party)… and packaged them in a plain white bag along with this favor tag.

This was such an easy and inexpensive party- and Lili Ann loved it!

If you liked this party idea, you might also enjoy these other parties we’ve thrown for our girls:

7th Birthday Tea and Crafts Party

8 Year Old Girls Birthday Party Idea: Puppies and Ponies

Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Girl: A Cooking Party!

Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Girl: A Bike Decorating Party

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1 Erin {Home Everyday} August 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

This is an adorable idea. I love the ombre cake! I want it for MY birthday.
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2 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
August 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Erin! I say bake it and then enjoy the whole thing by yourself (okay, maybe not all at one sitting…. but over the course of a week!) :)

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3 Nicole @MTDLBlog
Twitter: MTDLBlog
August 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

So fun Sharon! I need to get this Wii game….I keep meaning to since seeing it here – it will be perfect for Jordan and her friends during the winter months too. Since Craig will be MIA we can have an all girl dance party regularly!
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4 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
August 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I am telling you- you will love it as much as the kids! I know that I do! And Just Dance 4 is coming out this fall… I can’t wait to try it!

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5 Mary May 1, 2013 at 2:05 am

Awsome post! This is exactly what my daughter wants to do for her 7th birthday next month – pj party and Just Dance! Love the term Half Sleepover. Happy to see a game plan for a successful night! How many guests did you have and did it work to take turns dancing??

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6 Anonymous March 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Love it. How did you get the picture on Pic Mlonkey?

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7 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
March 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

Hi!
Check out this post I wrote about how to create an invite using PicMonkey. It will show you all of the details! http://momof6.com/at-home-birthday-parties/how-to-create-birthday-party-invitations-using-picmonkey-tutorial/

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8 Shannon March 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Hi,
How did you get the cake toppers?

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9 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
March 18, 2014 at 7:14 am

I made them! I printed out images of the Just Dance “dancers”, and attached them to skewers to stick to the cake. It’s a simple way to personalize a cake!

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