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Project Runway Party

For my daughter's 11th birthday, we decided to pull inspiration from one of her favorite TV shows: Project Runway! We created this fabulous birthday party for a great group of girls! See details below. These details would work great for a fashion-themed Bat Mitzvah as well!

This was the invitation, which was tied to a sewing kit with a pink organza ribbon: 


This full-size dress form was the entry sign!


The table was decorated in pink, white, and black. Each guest received a Project Runway t-shirt (iron-on transfers were found on clearance at Michaels, and tshirts were purchased at Michaels as well). Party crackers were at each place setting. Custom party labels were placed on each one. 

Chairs were tied with tulle ribbon--this is a very inexpensive way to dress up your chairs--a whole roll costs only about $3.00!

Here's a close-up of the place setting. Plates and napkins were from the dollar bins at Michaels. Party crackers were from Michaels too!

The table also was set with framed mock fashion magazine covers of Emma:


We set up a mini candy buffet and made a sign to tie it in with our theme:

Here's a closer look at the candy buffet sign:

The first activity was the newspaper design challenge. Names were chosen out of a purse to create teams of 2. Each team was given only a newspaper, scissors, and a roll of tape (I used blue painters tape). They had 15 minutes to come up with a design. One person would create the design, and the other person would be the model. It was a hit, and the kids loved this activity!

The winning design actually had 3 pieces--a hat with a veil, dress, and shoes!

Next was the design challenge. I bought bolts of fabric from Joann's and Walmart. I also provided iron-on letters, fabric pens, res-q tape, safety pins, and a Bedazzler. The kids had to take an old item of clothing and create something new out of it. After their designs were finished, they chose accessories and jewelry to complete the look. We then had a runway show, in which they explained their designs, how they came up with their ideas, and how they created their outfits. The results were adorable!


Dessert consisted of cupcakes with Vogue Magazine cupcake toppers featuring my daughter's photo.

Each guest took home a Vogue Magazine photo (I purchased the frames at the Dollar Tree).

A fun time was had by all!! 

All photos courtesy of Party Perfect (event planners in Orlando, Florida).



Reader Comments (14)

Looks like an AWESOME party!!! Now you need to come up with something as equally FABULOUS for boys!!!! Wish I had a little girl!!!
July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Senderowitz
Wow, it is amazing that the kids were able to create such fun outfits!!! I'm sure they all had a great time.
July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Love this! What a great idea
July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonique Williams
This party and ideas was AWESOME. Thanks for sharing. Now, I have to find someone to "steal" your idea for. lol. It looks like the girls had a blast.
July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTish
I loved this idea i will be using this for my 11 year old daughters birthday
i lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve this idea
July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermadison
WoW, this is Total fun! Great ideas here!
I loved this idea. I have two girls with Birthday's coming up. Would you mind sharing how you did the magazine covers and the invite?
August 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Rodriguez
wow, my daughter and i have been throwing around the idea of project runway birthday party for a few weeks... the ideas you had were great. i would also like to know how to do the magazine covers! i have found picture frames to decorate, but this idea is way better! thanks!!
August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPJ Emmick
I love Project Runway! I would never have thought of using it as a party theme! I luuuv the cupcake toppers, the Vogue covers are awesome and I love the little dress forms on the table.
September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Great party ideas! My daughter will love this party! I too would love to know how you did the Vogue magazine covers, and invitations.
October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris
What a GREAT Idea! We were going to do a Top Model theme but this seems like so much more fun! My daughter is turning 11 in a couple months and now wants to do this for her party! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas! Do you mind sharing how you put together the Vogue Cover?
October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChari
I love this ideal. I'm planning my daughter's 10th birthday party and she wants to be afashion designer when she grows up. Can you also provide me with how you made or acquired the Vogue Cover and Vogue cupcake toppers? Thanks for sharing!
February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaye
These are beautiful - Can you help me with where you found the invitations and Vogue picture back-drops
Great idea - My little one will love it - She has a very special group of friends and this would be amazing for them.

Please share your thoughts

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee
My daughter wants to have a Project Runway party for her 10th and I found your amazing pictures while searching for ideas. You did a fantastic job with the theme! I see where several have asked and I have the same question... Can you please let me know where I can get the printables you used. ie, invitation, sweet shop label, cupcake picks? I found an invitation I can order as last resort, but LOVE the graphics used in yours! Thanks so much.
January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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