Faith has a serious obsession with a certain obnoxious, back-pack-wearing cartoon character....and while not quite as passionately dedicated as Faith, Avery entertains a certain amount of affection for la niña desagradable. So- it looks like we'll be having a Dora Fiesta Party in a few weeks.
(By the way, Did I impress you with my Spanish-speaking fabulousness? Don't I sound intelligent? Well rounded? That, my friends, is why I love Google)
Cookie Cutter parties make me a little sad in my heart - and thankfully, my friend Kris feels the same way. We really didn't want to do anything too cheesy, fabricated, or mass-produced.
The thing is, lofty, snooty ideals are all well and good until reality slaps you in the face. Reality in the form of a cheesy, fabricated, mass-produced cartoon character.
We definitely have our work cut out for us.
In an effort to de-cheesify the event, we've been doing a bit of el research-o.
Getting Dora to come to the Fiesta.
I found a company here in town that sends costumed characters out to birthday parties.
For a nominal fee and your firstborn son, you get a bunch of balloons and 20 minutes of hang time with Creepy Big Headed Dora.
Budget constraints - not to mention affection for my firstborn son - prompted me to forgo that option.
On to Plan B:
Find a fun, outgoing, monetarily motivated teenager or college girl to BE Dora for us.
I did a little recon at church and found the perfect
With the victim secured, I moved on to the search for the perfect Dora costume.
I did some Ebay searching and found a super fancy deluxe wig. I also found some orange shorts on clearance at J.Crew (yes. Dora will be stylin' at the soiree) and rounded up the infamous pink t-shirt.
Side Note: Our Dora will be wearing a little longer version of the T-shirt than the Nick Jr. one. No belly bearing at this three year old party thank-you-very-much.
Once the Dora 'Do came in, I just had to try it on.
Y'all - I literally laughed out loud in the bathroom as I looked at the loveliness that was me in that crazy wig. And because I have no shame, here 'ya go:
Muy Bonita, No?
(Can you stand the smartness, people? This post is oozing with it. Smart, smarty, smartness)
For the Decorations, we found a little inspiration at Style Me Pretty
and another cute inspiration board at Wedding Bee:
At Brenda's Wedding Blog I found this:
Clearly, budget and time constraints won't allow us to do things as elaborately as the wedding inspiration boards I found, but we figure it's a good place to start.
Wedding blogs are insane these days. I wish they were around when I was planning my wedding 9 1/2 years ago.
I didn't even have a computer then.
That's what we've got so far. Lots more work to do... Lots.... and since I'm currently quarantined to the house, looks like Etsy and the debit card will be my new best friends.