Isabella's 8th Birthday Party - Everything Anna
You can celebrate your children's birthday with beautiful parties that don't have to cost a lot. Here, for my daughter's then 8th birthday we made homemade invitations and loot bags and the guests played dress up.

My daughter Isabella is now 20 years old, but I always took the time to make her birthday's extra special. Isabella always wanted everyone to be able to attend, so I had to come up with affordable ideas. Here, for her 8th birthday, we created a girl's dress up party with homemade invitations, caramel popcorn in pretty loot bags and a fabulous birthday cake.

Here's our step by step DIY for your own little girl's or boy's birthday party.

1. Create a candy bar with assorted candies in clear glass jars of various sizes. 2. Paste pretty paper and ribbon on white goodie bags and fill with homemade popcorn.

1. Create a candy bar with assorted candies in clear glass jars of various sizes. 2. Paste pretty paper and ribbon on white goodie bags and fill with homemade popcorn.

Make your own invitations with pretty paper and cut out dress shapes and glue them to the folded paper card. Use a very sharp artist's knife, steel ruler, pencil and cutting board. Supplies available at Michael's.

Make your own invitations with pretty paper and cut out dress shapes and glue them to the folded paper card. Use a very sharp artist's knife, steel ruler, pencil and cutting board. Supplies available at Michael's.

Isabella hand wrote the invitations and she loved doing that, it made each invitation really personal.

Isabella hand wrote the invitations and she loved doing that, it made each invitation really personal.

The gorgeous birthday cake, inspired by New York's April Reed Cake Designer, we made our Best Chocolate Cake with chocolate butter icing and covered it with a pale pink-tinted fondant. We dressed the table with a white linen tablecloth and ran long lengths of pretty ribbon down the centre. We set the table with pink vintage dishes and cocktail glasses for sparkly pink cream soda. 

The gorgeous birthday cake, inspired by New York's April Reed Cake Designer, we made our Best Chocolate Cake with chocolate butter icing and covered it with a pale pink-tinted fondant. We dressed the table with a white linen tablecloth and ran long lengths of pretty ribbon down the centre. We set the table with pink vintage dishes and cocktail glasses for sparkly pink cream soda. 

Isabella and her friends dressed up in vintage dresses, hats and bracelets. On the menu was every girl's favouriteundefinedchicken fingers on a stick and home-made fries with ketchup and mayo.

Isabella and her friends dressed up in vintage dresses, hats and bracelets. On the menu was every girl's favouriteundefinedchicken fingers on a stick and home-made fries with ketchup and mayo.

We stacked the chicken fingers high on platters as a birthday table centrepiece.

We stacked the chicken fingers high on platters as a birthday table centrepiece.

One of the party guests, sipping cream soda, looking chic in her dress-up hat and gloves.

One of the party guests, sipping cream soda, looking chic in her dress-up hat and gloves.

A classic birthday "cheers" with Isabella and her friends.

A classic birthday "cheers" with Isabella and her friends.

Cutting the cake. It's Birthday Cake time!

Cutting the cake. It's Birthday Cake time!

All the kids were sent home with their loot bags filled with candy and popcorn. And it's nap time.

All the kids were sent home with their loot bags filled with candy and popcorn. And it's nap time.