Hi there! Have you ever heard of the “Golden Birthday?” Here in the US one’s golden birthday is the birthday when someone turns the age of their birthdate. Fun, right?!
Today we have a creative DIY to share with you from ambassador Marie-Pierre Capistran who just celebrated her daughter’s “golden birthday.”
She says, “My daughter turned 9 on June 9th. and this year was supposed to be HER lucky year. With that idea in mind, I wanted to celebrate her in a special way. I wanted to bring the theme of luck with the theme of gold into the birthday party. Let me show you some ideas I had and maybe you can use them yourself to celebrate someone’s GOLDEN day!”
I filled my daughter’s room with golden balloons so that she would wake up to them in the morning.
Now, if your kid is like mine and sometimes get up in the middle of the night, I suggest you wait until the next morning to bring the balloons to his/her room. My daughter is very hard to wake up in the morning so bringing the balloons at that time didn’t wake her up and it was just perfect. She really loved waking up to the “happy birthday” song and that golden sight!
Gold Birthday Crown
I substituted the traditional card stock birthday hat with a hand made golden birthday crown. Here is how you can make one yourself:
- Cut out a toilet paper roll in the shape of a crown. Make a slit on each side.
- Press the crown in the Versamark ink, making sure that the whole crown is covered and pour gold embossing powder on it. Heat with an embossing tool.
- Repeat the embossing once more.
- Slip a golden metal headband through the toilet paper roll.
Special Delivery – worth more than gold!
I reached out to many old friends, neighbors, teachers and family members and asked them to send a card our way. I also asked them to write one thing they like about my daughter. The morning of the birthday, my daughter came to the breakfast table to find that huge pile of love letters and cards! She read all of them in disbelief, with stars and sometimes tears (of joy) in her eyes. She said several that this was the best birthday present ever! Just make sure to wake your child up one hour earlier than usual to allow him to read and savor his cards.
Note: When I asked everyone to send a card, I emphasized the fact that the card had to arrive before the birthday and I sent a reminder 12 days before the birthday to the ones I hadn’t heard from. We now live in Europe, so I knew the post would take about 10 days to arrive. This was a huge success!
“Luck” Themed Cake
I enjoy decorating cakes as a hobby and every year, the cake is one of the highlight of the birthday party. This year, it took me a long time to thing of something related to gold. I finally had the idea of doing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My daughter then requested a unicorn.
I found the golden Happy Birthday candles at a Paper Chase shop. They were the perfect golden addition to the cake.
And a bit more gold…
I think it’s important to not overwhelm with too much gold. Some accents are enough to make a big impact. I used some golden balloons, mixed in with white and pink ones.
I used lots of glass jars on the table and filled some of them with chocolates wrapped in gold (Lindt and Ferrero Rocher are good choices). I added golden straws to the mason jars as well as tiny labels with the names of the kids.
If you would like to get even more ideas on how to integrate gold accents to your golden party celebration, you can head over to my blog where I’ve documented the whole party.
Marie is an artist at heart and has been crafting for many years. She enjoyed working with many different types of crafts including watercolor, paper cutting and calligraphy before she fell in love with memory keeping in 2008, which is now her biggest passion alongside photography and writing. Marie is currently on her fourth year as a member of the Get it Scrapped design team. She also designs for Citrus Twist Pocket Life Kits and writes for the French magazine Entre Artistes. Her work has been featured with Amy Tangerine and Shimelle Laine. You can find Marie on her blog, Pretty Please.