Give me a “C”! Give me an “H”! OK — you get the idea. It’s a cheerleading party! I helped my friend Stacye throw this party for her daughter’s 9th birthday. Stacye was a high school cheerleader and now coaches her daughter’s cheer squad, so her girl was all sorts of excited about having a cheer party.
Right off the bat, I’ll have to ask you to excuse my photography skills. The party was indoors at night, so these are not the best photos, but I hope they capture the fun we all had!
Love the Day kicked things off for us with a custom invitation — thank you, Lindy! Reagan choose University of Georgia colors. Go Dawgs! We focused on football colors (green, white and brown) with pops of UGA red and black.
Stacye hosted the party in her living room and kitchen. And in case you’re thinking “my home is too small for a party” just look at all the girls and grown ups we packed in. We moved some furniture around, and the space worked out just fine.
I focused decorations on the mantle. I took an art canvas that I used for my niece’s Valentine’s Bridal Shower and covered it with green fabric from my Wizard of Oz Party. A little white duct tape and I had a football field. The tissue tassel garland is from The Flair Exchange. I loved how reminiscent it was of pom poms. A cheer bow from Bows for the Belle added the perfect touch in the center of the garland, and megaphones flanked the “football field.”
We asked the guests, who also all cheer, to wear their uniforms. We could have matched the decor to the Eagle uniforms, but investing in the red and black made more sense. This way, Stacye can reuse things in the future.The party began at 6 p.m., so first we fed the girls. I used the reverse side of a Georgia throw on the kitchen table. I found the black check more complimentary and less distracting then the UGA side of the throw. Stacye had a tailgating kit of paper plates and cups, so we used that to set the table. The centerpiece was kept simple by adding some extra pom poms to the table.
We set up the bar area with two cookie cakes — Reagan’s birthday cake of choice — plus tumblers that were party favors. Stacye’s mother-in-law added a vinyl monogram for each guest to the tumblers. Across the top, I added a CHEER banner that I made to look like college pennants. On either side of the banner, I hung football lanterns.
We took each girl’s photo in our football field photo booth. Everybody got to take a silly photo with the birthday girl, including her little sister, who is a total Mini Me.
While Reagan was opening presents, I heard a sound I didn’t recognize. A peak around the corner, and I saw that Mini Me had swiped all the pom poms and had created a little jumping zone for herself. She is too cute!
Party Styling: Double the Fun Parties
Tissue Tassles: The Flair Exchange
Cheer Bows: Bows for the Belle