Jewel of the Nile + Egyptian Spa Birthday Party

Posted on July 6th, 2013 by Kara
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This magnificent JEWEL OF THE NILE + EGYPTIAN SPA BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Jen Carver of Banner Events.

What an awesome theme for birthday party. There are so many ideas and details that are just spectacular. I especially love all of the peacock feathers.

My favorite Egyptian Spa party ideas and elements from this awesome event are:

  • The fabulous pyramid cake 
  • The fun Egyptian outfits
  • The peacock feather chandelier
  • The awesome drinking bottles
  • The scroll invitation
  • The cupcake and cookie toppers
  • The cute cake pops
  • and MORE!

Items used in this Egyptian Spa Party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:

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Party Details:

This is what Jen said about planning the party- 

“Our “Jewel of the Nile” recently turned 8 and invited her friends to come celebrate– Egyptian style. I have to admit, I was thrilled when Kaylee asked for an Egyptian spa theme. She’s the 3rd in a line of women who are obsessed with all things Ancient Egypt. (I did a study abroad there while in college and have longed for the day when some of my ‘ancient’ souvenirs could be unearthed from the depths of storage boxes for a fun purpose!) She was a gorgeous Cleopatra for Halloween earlier this year, and her costume was a natural springboard for the color palette for this celebration.

As you can imagine, finding party ideas and/or premade/packaged decor for an Egyptian spa party was beyond difficult. Pinterest, generally a collective wealth of brilliant ideas from talented curators, left me grasping at straws (more like Papyrus reeds). I basically had to start from scratch, but Anders Ruff was there once again to save the day and designed something amazing for my daughter’s unique celebration.

So how do you plan a unique party theme when there isn’t much to inspire you? Here are a few tips I learned along the way.

#1: Research: Thankfully, I had a little background knowledge of Ancient Egypt I could withdraw from my memory banks from both my study abroad experience in Egypt and my 3 years of teaching about Ancient Egypt as part of our World History class as a 6th grade teacher. But, a refresher course was fantastic for helping me think of clever wording for the invitation & activity stations, deriving an appropriate event color palette & design scheme, and dreaming up creative treats, decorations & favors. Kaylee and I had fun looking at books from our bookshelf, DIY make it/take it books from my teaching resources & scouring the internet for inspiration.

Just one example of how our research paid off and was incorporated into our party design: we discovered that the peacock feather had significance in Ancient Egyptian history, so we used it as the basis for our color palette and incorporated it throughout our party space. Our peacock feathers came from Wholesale Event Solutions (you can order in bulk).

#2: Think outside the box (or should we say pyramid?): If money were no object, I would’ve booked a flight for 8 little girls to Cairo, Egypt. We would’ve caravanned via camel to the base of the Sphinx or an ancient step pyramid or perhaps even traveled a little farther to the Valley of the Kings and set up our party at the foot of King Tut’s tomb. But because money is an object and taking our ‘jewel’ and her friends to see ancient Egyptian antiquities in their country of origin was not an option, I brainstormed ways to bring the ‘ancient’ antiquities to them.

e of my favorite ways we accomplished this was by bringing in costumes for the girls to wear (which also doubled as a take-home favor). I found an Ebay seller (see vendor credits) that would give me a bulk rate discount on Cleopatra costumes. (See below for details on “Cleopatra’s Closet”.)

#3: Don’t be afraid of a little DIY work: So, 6 ft. Egyptian columns aren’t in your price range? Make your own at a fraction of the cost! (The columns I looked at were several hundred dollars a piece without shipping costs factored in.) You already did step #2, right? You thought outside the box; now you’re ready to work!

I knew I wanted tall Egyptian style columns as a part of my daughter’s dessert table display. A quick trip to Home Depot & the Dollar Store later, about 30 minutes worth of time, and about $16 in materials and I had some Egyptian columns! I made mine from cardboard cement forms (round tubes that come in several diameters), some black insulation tubing (that already had double sided adhesive), gold spray paint, a roll of wrapping paper (Dollar Tree) and some cheap gold chargers. Easy peasy.

Another DIY project was the chandelier that hung above the dining table. Now this was really inexpensive and easy to make. Materials included: two different sized embroidery hoops, leftover gold spray paint, scrapbook paper punched circles, fishing line, gold ribbon & peacock feathers (Wholesale Event Solutions). Believe it or not, I assigned the task of contstructing the chandelier’s frame to my husband. He whipped it out in a matter of minutes, and then I just got to embellish it! I think it adds so much to the decor.

#4: Use your food choices and/or dessert table to tie in the theme: One of the best parts of my job is becoming acquainted with brilliant, talented dessert artists. And when I call them artists, I mean it in every sense of the word. I mean, check out their work below!

From the jaw dropping Egyptian pyramid cake with cartouche & hieroglyphic detailing (4 Kids Cakes) to exquisitely detailed fondant cupcake toppers (Sugar High, Inc.), to intricate lotus cake pops (Maskipops by Adri) & shimmering macarons (Felt & Flour) to scrumptious cookies (Sugary Sweet Cupcakes & Treats) & gorgeous pharaoh & eye of Horus chocolate covered Oreos (Love & Sugar Kisses), plus Pharaoh pretzel rods (Berry Delish), all our desserts tied in with the Egyptian theme.

#5: Coordinate party activities & favors with your theme:

Cleopatra’s Closet:

Most children love to get ‘dressed up’ in character, if a party lends itself to that opportunity. Upon arrival, Kaylee’s friends made a quick stop at “Cleopatra’s Closet” where they picked out a beautiful Egyptian tunic & accessories carefully hung on gold hangers to change into. We tried to make this shopping experience authentic with fun clothing tags on each dress & a store sign made to coordinate by Anders Ruff.
I also used the talents of Anders Ruff to bring in a little more Egyptian flair to both the dessert table and the dining tables. Some of the fun details included an oversized backdrop sign turned into a large scroll banner, a flag bunting designed to look like Egyptian cartouches spelling out “Kaylee” in hieroglyphics. Ornate glass bottles (Via Blossom) were glammed up with Nile Water beverage wraps, gold tassels and metallic gold straws (Little Ink) and drink flags. Place cards were also made to look like cartouches with the girls initials in hieroglyphics. Sucre Shop designed some fresh new patterns on their eco-friendly utensils, perfect for our event.

After the girls had dressed the part, they were whisked away to Kaylee’s beautiful Desert Oasis & Spa where they received the royal treatment. Clever Egypt inspired names were used at each of the spa stations. Fun and child friendly spa products from Moodylicious Children’s Spa were used by each of the guests. I loved the darling labels Anders Ruff created to personalize each of these products. They had facials at “Pharaoh’s Facials,” manicures at “Nefertiti’s Nails,” makeup applied at “Mummy’s Makeup” and hair fixed at “Hatshepsut’s Hairstyling”.

In addition to all of the fun spa activities, we provided some other fun Egyptian themed appropriate activities for the girls.

‘Jewelry’ of the Nile: 
 
Almost every girl I know loves jewelry! Since Kaylee and her friends are often found beading their own necklaces, we thought a “Jewel”ry of the Nile station would be perfect! Do and J of Piggy Bank Parties created the most perfect favor boxes to house the treasured jewelry making essentials. I seriously gasped when I saw the incredible detail work on these King Tut sarcophagus favor boxes. What a fun way to tie in the theme, right? The favor boxes had little gold sachet bags with jewelry elastic, fasteners, beautiful beads and a Nefertiti charm.

At the crafting table, we made a special place for each girl, which included a fun activity coloring page, coordinating crayons & a cartouche image on authentic papyrus for them to add hieroglyphics to using an Egyptian stamp set. The girls loved learning about ancient Eyptian writing and had fun recreating their names.

Favors:

The fun of attending a party is leaving with some fun favors! Favors don’t have to be complex or expensive. We filled some Egyptian pyramid favor boxes, masterfully designed by Piggy Bank Parties with some gumballs from SmashCake Studio. We also sent the girls home with some treats from King Tut, dressed up with some cute treat bag toppers by Anders Ruff.

And finally, so the girls could recreate their spa experience at home, we sent them each home with a personal spa kit (I found the aqua bowls on clearance 2/$1 at Walmart!) full of Moodylicious Children’s Spa products, a cosmetic bag (Dollar Tree), and manicure set (Michaels on sale).”

VENDOR CREDITS: 
Event Concept & Styling: Jen Carver, Banner Events
Photographer: A Fresh Take Photography 
PAPER GOODS: 
Graphic Design Suite & Invitation: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Invitation: here
Coordinating printable suite : coming soon
Printable 3-D Egyptian pyramid & sarcophagus favor boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
DESSERTS: 
Cake: 4 Kids Cakes
Custom fondant cupcake toppers: Sugar High, Inc.
Custom sugar cookies: Sugary Sweet Cupcakes & Treats
Custom fondant chocolate covered Oreos: Love & Sugar Kisses
Custom cake pops: Maskipops by Adri
Custom chocolate dipped pretzels: Berry Delish
Custom macarons: Felt & Flour
Rock candy: Bulkcandynuts.com 
PARTY GOODS: 
Gold satin tablecloths, gold satin napkins, peacock feathers & drabs: Wholesale Event Solutions
Shimmer gumballs (white & blue used in pyramid party favors): SmashCake Studio
Custom eco-friendly wooden utensils: Sucre Shop
Gold cupcake wrappers, petite gold cups, vintage glass bottles: Via Blossom
Gold striped straws: Little Ink
SPA PRODUCTS:
Cherry lip gloss, musk gold glitter lotion, gold glitter musk perfume, gold glitter chocolate mani-pedi sugar scrub, chocolate masks, gold glitter mani-pedi sugar scrub: Moodylicious Children’s Spa
COSTUMES:
Cleopatra costumes: Ebay seller fnfcostumes

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7 thoughts on “Jewel of the Nile + Egyptian Spa Birthday Party

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  1. Lynn H.

    WOW, I’m speechless!! This party is one of the best I’ve seen – so original and fun. I love how peacock feathers were used throughout the party. They are really popular right now, who knew they were popular with the Egyptians too – BONUS!! I don’t think any detail, not one was left out – right down to the tassel and jewel on the “Nile” water (so cute). Looks like I missed the party of the year (ha, ha). What a vey lucky little girl!!

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  2. Marlene

    Perfeita, maravilhosa, original, linda! Parabéns por tanta criatividade!
    É a festa dos sonhos da minha filha e, por coincidência, ela vai fazer 8 anos em junho de 2014 e quer este tema. A princípio achei que não ia encontrar nada , mas esse Pinterest é mesmo demais, eu chequei até aqui e estou encantada!
    Bjosss

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  3. LesPetitsLys

    Your party is FANTASTIC!!!! My daughter is 8 months and I’m bookmarking this for the future. How did you make your banner? It’s too cool!

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  4. ana fabani

    wowee my daughter said” there was nothing better” wow wow wow i cant stop saying wow and egypt well egypt i know they invented eyeliner but like egyptian spa ,so cool, now i know this will be her 8th birthday

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  5. MamaCat62

    Kara, thanks so much for sharing JEN CARVER’s AMAZING!!! party. The ideas are so cool! My littlie is wanting an Egyptian themed party, and you have given such inspiration. Well done to Jen – a true artist!
    =’.'=

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  6. Carrie

    I love the party ideas and the images… What did you do for an invite? I didn’t see the invitation? Did you do it yourself? I am planning an Egyptian themed party for my son’s birthday but having a hard time finding someone who will assist me with the invite.
    Thanks
    Carrie

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  7. PartyPlnning

    I am interested in creating an Egyptian themed party. Can you share the significance of the peacock feather in Egyptian culture please? I can’t find anything consistent or current. I would like to explain how I tie in the peacock with Egyptian theme. Thank you. Your work is outstanding!

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