I started with contacting Jo’s Paper Kitchen to design these lovely invitations, cupcake toppers, tags and thank yous.
I then raided my mothers fabric closet and stole all the items to make a party dress for the honored guest. I kinda fabricated it out of my head from the cartoon and from other party dresses that inspired me. I bought yellow and white striped leggings to match the attire.
For party favors, I picked up most of them here and supplemented else where. I also used left over fabric plus some extra I bought to make a banner.I just had to make things for everyone so I made stiff felt lemon slice hair clips sewed onto bobby pins for the girls. Then I made 17″ square handkerchiefs for the boys.
Still with left over fabric, I made 2 braid headbands and 3 bean bags. Oh, did I forget to tell you the kids are playing bean bag toss? The kids loved the bean bag toss. Yea, more scrap yellow fabric for bean bags. My husband designed and cut out two lemon tree boards to play Bean bag Toss. He is awesome. It was even challenging for the big kids.
I spent an entire morning creating a wall hanging for the party. I glued it to a cardboard back. I poked holes in it before I began and strung it up with curling ribbon. I used all the construction paper I had in a drawer. I glued it all together with wood glue, don’t laugh, I don’t have a hot glue gun. I stapled the outside fans that extended beyond the cardboard. Turned out super fab I think!
For the food I made actual lemon Meringue Cupcakes for the kids. I have never made Meringue before, so I even practiced the day before. The directions were not clear about where in the oven the meringue needed to be, or how long or what over beating looks like. I made Lemon Meringue Pie in a jar for the adults. It was still delicious and it all was eaten. I didn’t have jars for all my guests, so I put all the filling in clear 6 oz. plastic cups and did the meringue in paper cupcake sleeves in the cupcake pan. It held its shape nicely after coming out of the oven. After it cooled, I unwrapped it and set it on top of the dessert. It worked great. Definitely practice before hand. For 40 deserts ,I used about 12 egg whites. I also made a Lemon Cake with a sugar frosting, it went super fast. I also made, for the first time, these gum drops for the treat bags. A must, make 3-4 days in advance.
Of course we had lemonade to drink with fancy straws.
For the treat bags I picked up at Party City yellow and green pencils, pencil sharpeners (I made sure to have sharpeners since my kids have gotten pencils at parties before but no sharpener), kazoos for the boys, crown clips for the girls, a picture of my kids and homemade candy.
Overall, we had a great party and it was a fun theme to work with. Check out more pictures of the Lemon Meringue dress I made my daughter here.