Be prepared for lots of pictures! As always, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
Kaitlyn sweet-talked the librarians into giving her some library checkout cards to use for party invitations:
Kaity and I were especially excited about the sign we made for the door!
|(Tolkien reference, for those who aren't familiar.)|
We decorated the hallway with floating candles, just like the Great Hall at Hogwarts! They're made with fishing line, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, tape, and battery-powered tea lights.
And speaking of Hogwarts... Kaity dressed up as Bellatrix Lestrange! She wore two of my dresses, and I braided her hair the night before so it would be kinky and wild. Add in some dark make-up and she was spot-on!
She was cracking herself up trying to channel her inner Bellatrix. I told her to pretend like she was annoyed with Joe.
We played a few games, one of which was to guess which book matched the first lines Kaity had written out.
|Here you can see a few girls dressed as characters from the Narnia series, Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter.|
The butterbeer was delicious! By the time I took pictures, it was all gone. I mixed a jar of butterscotch ice cream topping with vanilla ice cream and cream soda. It was tooth-achingly sweet!
Another game the girls played was to write a story. Kaity wrote the first line, then passed it to the next girl and wrote the next line, and so on until it made its way around the circle. Another party guest started a story, too, so we had two going around. They were quite silly!
Party decorations ... It's hard to tell, but this is Kaity's initials - KGP.
(Man, my wall really looks yellow, here! But as you can see above, it's gray.) The banner is a cheap one I picked up at Target, and we embellished it with book page triangles, curly ribbon and twine.
Our gift to Kaity was a scavenger hunt for little gifts, leading up to a card with cash inside. Her first clue led her to "the Dalek shelf" where she found a Whovian bookmark, a Doctor Who calendar, and these, which I couldn't resist buying!
|Tom Baker is my favorite "classic" Doctor - and the first one I remember watching. He was known for offering people Jelly Babies.|
That led her to the cupboard under the stairs, where she found Bertie Botts' Every Flavor Beans (another Harry Potter reference), and a riddle ...
... which led her outside to Gandalf, where she found a puzzle book and another clue.
Back up the stairs! It felt a little like the movie Clue, with Tim Curry.
In the basket in the background of this picture are the party favors. Kaity made bookmarks for each girl and we filled the bags with aqua and gold candies and a traditional party noisemaker.
All told, it was a lovely, fun, tasty 16th birthday party for our little Kaity-Kaity.