May
23
2012

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

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Bike Decorating Party Invitation

My daughter Lili Ann loves riding her bike, and was especially proud when she mastered riding it without the help of training wheels! What better way to celebrate than with a bike-themed birthday party? And because little girls love crafts and decorations we decided to ask guests to bring along their bikes for a fun party of bike decorating and obstacle course riding, along with some homemade party foods!

The Bike Decorating Party Invitation:

I found this adorable free clip art, and created these homemade party invitations and stationary:

Bike Party Invite Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

Artwork for the favor bags and water bottles:

Bike Party Water Bottle Tags Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

Thank You Notes:

Bike Party Thank You Cards Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

Bike Decorating Party Order of Events:

This was one of those parties where I did allow ambition and creativity get in the way of my own party planning sanity… and I packed a few too many activities into the ninety minute party! And the fact that it was in the mid-90′s and I planned the activities on a sunny deck rather than in the shade didn’t help! But the girls didn’t seem to mind… and had a great time!

Bike Decorating Party making the choc cups 1 Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

We started the party by dipping balloons (water-balloon-sized) into melted chocolate to create our chocolate cups for dessert, and placed them inside of the house to cool and harden.

Bike Decorating Party making the choc cups Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

Next the girls assembled their own pizzas by adding the sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings on pre-baked homemade pizza crusts.

Bike Decorating Party make your own pizzas Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

Every pizza was marked with a flag with the guests name (in order to match the right pizza with the right guest later on!).

Next we moved onto the bike decorations…. which included folding our own tissue paper flowers to attach to a woven basket which would adorn the front of every girl’s bicycle.

Bike Party Making the crafts Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

The girls then strung beads onto streamers that we later attached to their bikes’ handlebars…

Bike Decorating Party working on the bokes Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

Prior to the party day, I had cut open dozens (okay, hundreds) of colorful drinking straws and cut them to the proper length so they would make beautiful bicycle spoke covers! The kids headed out to the driveway to attach their new bike baskets and streamers and some of them spent a long time adding all of the spoke overs as well.

Bike Party Obstacle Course Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

Bike Decorating Party the bike course Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

We created an obstacle course in the driveway for the girls to weave back and forth through cones, ride underneath pool noodles “tunnels”, and pedal quickly past sprinkler waterfalls. This was the best part of the party…. to see how fast they could pedal to avoid getting wet- and then squeal when the sprinklers caught them anyway!

Bike Decorating Party “Cake” and Favor Bag:

For this party, my daughter didn’t want a cake… she wanted to make the chocolate ice cream cups with her friends….

Bike Decorating Party choc cup Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

And she loved the idea of giving homemade cookies as party favors…. so I found a fantastic bike-shaped cookie cutter, and tried my hand (for the first time!) making royal icing to decorate them!

Bike Decorating Party cookies Great Idea for a 6 Year Old Birthday Party: A Bike Decorating Party!

This was such a fun party theme, and super simple to put together. The kids had a great time, and I enjoyed myself as well!

So do you think your daughter would love a bike-decorating party? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

If you are looking for some other birthday party ideas for young girls…. you might want to check these out:

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

Great Idea for a 7 Year Old Girls: Tea and Crafts Party!

Great Idea for an 8 Year Old Girl: A Puppies and Ponies Party!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie May 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

What a fun idea for a party. You did an awesome job on those bicycle cookies!

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2 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
May 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thanks Angie! I was quite proud of those cookies- that I figured out how to use the royal icing and and they actually came out pretty cute!

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3 Mindi May 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

What a fun birthday party idea!!! I’m going to have to pin this for safe keeping. We are in the process of teaching Xander how to ride a bike and it’s soooo slow going. It’s hard to believe that some day he will be riding a two wheeler like it’s no ones business.
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4 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

It will happen faster than you can imagine Mindi!

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5 robyn May 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

love the bike party idea :) … is there a way i can use your invitation, and personalize it for my birthday girl? …

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6 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
May 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Of course- feel free! :)

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7 robyn May 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

i”m so low tech … can you tell me how to do it? ;)

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8 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
May 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I will email it to you now!

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9 Kendall June 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Where did you find the bicycle-shaped cookie cutter?? I want one

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10 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
June 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

A great online store called Copper Gifts. Here’s the link: http://www.coppergifts.com/cookie-cutters/pc/cg_ProductDetails.asp?idproduct=3142

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11 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
June 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

Love your printables! :)

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12 Aimee June 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Hey Sharon,
I just love your site for birthday inspiration! My daughter can’t wait for her bike decorating party. I’ve been pricing baskets – do you mind telling me where you found yours? Thanks!

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13 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
June 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

Hi Aimee!

I am pretty sure that I purchased them at dollardays.com. Their assortment changes all of the time, so they might not have the exact ones I purchased, but they’ll likely have something that will work. Have fun at your party!

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14 Karly July 1, 2013 at 6:46 am

Hi Sharon, I really like your inventions and printables. Would you mind if I use the bicycle invitation and personalise it? is this something that you can email me please?

Many thanks!

Karly

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15 Vanna August 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

Hey sharron. Did you all eat the pizzas right after making them? Before decorating bikes? Did you open gifts at party? I’m doing same exact party next month for my 6 year old girl. I’m very excited! Was the cookies the only party favor? Did you put them in a bag some how? Sorry so many questions.

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16 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
August 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hi Vanna!

I believe we did one of the crafts after assembling the pizzas which gave them time to bake and then cool. And generally- we do not open gifts at our kids parties- I save that for later after the guests have gone home. Ys, the cookies were the only party favor- but the guests also took home their decorated bikes with the new bike basket. The cookies were packaged in cellaphane bag, tied with a ribbon and a little tag that thanked them for coming. I hope that you have a great party!

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17 Vanna August 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Thanks so much Sharon! One last thing and then I will leave you be, could you email me the templates for these invitations ? Thank you so much! P.s. I LOVE your website and all of your advice! :)

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