I’m loving going back in time, looking through photos and gathering them all to share! How this party was 2 years ago is beyond me.
Well at this time, my 5 year old boy and his friends were into the nerf guns. Similarly, Avery had quite the obsession for bow and arrows. She had several- I believe NERF made some of them, and her collection grew, and the bows got bigger. When asking her what she wanted as a theme for her birthday, she thought about it for a while………. when I was pregnant with Avery, I dreamt of taking her to ballet classes and playing dolls with her…….. well ya know, things don’t always go as planned because they just happen to have a mind of their own sometimes hehe.
Avery was never into dolls or barbies. And we tried at dance twice and she didn’t like it *tears*. I don’t push things on my kids. I like them to have a mind of their own and find their own likes and interests……. so fast forward to her 7th birthday. After thinking for some time, she says “mommy, I want a bow and arrow birthday”……what is a mommy to do?
I’ll tell you what a mommy did- she turned it into a tribal/bohemian theme hahahah – so, the birth of Avery’s Pow Wow!
The theme actually was rather popular at the time, but I truly wanted to create something that wasn’t out there. Tee pee and tent props were everywhere at the time, but I wanted to do something that wasn’t exactly that. So the light bulb went on- I wanted to have the desserts all under a tee pee. Heres how I did it:
I had 2 bamboo sticks that I crossed over the table, purchased some fabric and weaved it through, and tied it all up with leather rope that I found in the jewelry making section of Michaels. I then decorated it with an “arrow” garland.
When it came to the banner, I wanted something different as well. For this theme, I focused on arrows and feathers, so I made a feather banner. Those gold tipped white feathers were actually at Michaels. I hot glued them to some ribbon and voila!
I loved the mint green, pink , and gold combo so I kept an eye out during my visit to Hobby Lobby. Well, I actually found some candle holders with arrows and immediately wanted to use them for something. I decided they would be cupcake holders!
I wanted to keep the cake design simple. Pink with arrows, and then I pierced an arrow through it that I made with a straw, some gold tape, and some shapes I cut out. I then topped it with a gold cake topper. Two years ago, these toppers have just made an appearance into the party world, but today, you can find them everywhere.
Here’s what I included for desserts:
Themed decorated cookies I made
I made these homemade s’mores- the marshmallows and graham crackers were all made-from-scratch and were amazing. I didn’t get a picture of the top of these but I dipped it in pink chocolate and adorned it with a gold fondant arrow. The details.
My friend Anna, who makes all my macarons made pink ones for me. Last minute, I decided I wanted details on it to coordinate the theme. I decided to paint a gold strip to it and insert an “arrow” tooth pick through it.
For the cake pops, I dipped it in pink and added the fondant bow and arrow that I painted gold as well:
So, if you read my cookie monster party, I raved about my younger cousin who is amazing at free handing art and can mimic any type of writing. For the the buffet labels, I wanted something different. I found these wood pieces at Michaels, but they were bare wood. I stained them, and Sonia wrote on them for me. I loved how they turned out. Her efforts did not stop there, she also made all my backdrop signs for me and hand wrote all my favor boxes- she really is unbelievably talented!
I decided to have a trail mix bar for snacks, and guests just added what they liked and created their custom mix:
Guests were also encouraged to get into the “tribal” theme and join in all the pow wow festivities. We provided leather, braided headbands with various colored feathers and metallic tattoos. It turned out so fun!
I had trouble finding something I liked for party favors. I finally decided on these boxes, and added my own details. With paper straws and gold paper, I created these “arrows” and hot glued them onto the boxes. It still wasn’t to my liking, so I asked Sonia to hand write “thank you” on them. Bless her heart!!! She did amazing!
I also wanted to provide bows and arrows for each guests, doubled as a party favor. I ordered a wooden archery set on Oriental Trading company and I found a tutorial on how to make these quivers. I purchased vinyl from Joann’s and sourced out my aunt to sew them for me. She did amazing!
Here is Avery trying them on before the party:
I have talented family I tell ya!
We ended Avery’s Pow Wow with presents and cake:
I enjoyed planning this party because although I initially thought Avery’s idea of a “bow and arrow party” was a bit odd, I was able to incorporate popular elements at the time and really transformed Avery’s Pow Wow into a complete theme!