Siella’s fourth birthday celebration was magical this year. In addition to the many surprises planned for her actual birthday, I planned a quaint Mani & Pedi Princess party for her and her four besties. The idea for the party came to me after one of the many times Siella and I have enjoyed our special mommy daughter afternoons at the nail salon. This date has become some of my most cherished times spent with her, where she holds her dolly closely, we chat, and I watch her choose our nail polish color, of course the color pink. I enjoyed this same ritual with my mother and sister, and by next year I’m sure Gemma will be joining us as well.
The location for the Mani Pedi Party was my most beloved salons in all of NYC, Soho Nails. I discovered this hidden gem when I was just 18 years old, and since, I have became super close with the sweet women who work there. Even when I am in a rush, and nowhere near SoHo, I carve out the time to make it up there and not another salon. So when I called the owner to inquire about having the party there, she immediately obliged, because she already knows Siella, and was thrilled to be part of this memorable experience for my little girl.
When it came time for invites and decorations, I turned to two of my favorite sources, Minted and Under The Paper Lantern. Since my kids were born, I’ve used Minted for every birthday party invite, Christmas card, and birth/birthday announcement, so I knew I was sure to find the perfect invite for Siella’s Princess Mani Pedi Party. This adorable princess girl invite was exactly what I had in mind, and in addition to picking the font colors and style, I even had the ability to chose the color of the princess’ hair. I was so obsessed with the invite, that I ordered the accompanying “thank you” cards. As if that wasn’t enough, the princess invite offered matching banners, table runners, party signage, stickers, even princess crowns to go along with it.
For more party décor, Under The Paper Lantern was the perfect resource to transform the salon space, adding some cheer. Under The Paper Lantern encourages you to speak with some of their design specialists over the phone or via email, so I was able to explain exactly what I had in mind. The following day, I received an email containing an inspiration board of a beautiful mix of paper lanterns, stars lanterns, paper pompoms, and honeycomb balls to hang on the walls and from the light fixtures. Under The Paper Lantern offered brilliant suggestions on how to pair and dress their custom colored beautifully crafted paper goods. I adored all of the shades of pink in the array of decorations, and I knew Siella wouldn’t accept any other palette.
Arriving at Soho Nails 30 minutes before the party started, Jason and I transformed the nail salon into the perfect party setting all the little princesses. The salon owner was so impressed with the transformation that she asked if I would leave some of the dressing in place, after the party.
The party was beyond the sweetest as all the girls, including 2 year old Gemma, picked out their favorite colors, and naturally most consisted of pinks and sparkles. Each girls sat lined up in the pedicure chairs, and watched studying every move the manicurist made to their tiny toes. It was quite the site, considering I’ve never seen so many young girls still and quiet for such a long period of time! Even the other salon patrons were admiring the adorable girls.
After the girls received their treatments, we had some snacks, topped off by cupcake cones, which I baked the night before. The party decorations were such a big hit, that one of my friends at the party is already planning a similar motif for her daughter’s summer birthday. Here’s to being four and fabulous!