Ideas for "Old Timey" Themed Birthday Party?

My daughter is turning 10 years old and is very interested in "old timey" things, such as quilts, candlesticks, old books, vintage buttons, embroidery, et cetera. She is most interested in the time period from the early pioneer days of the U.S. up until the early 1900s.


I would like to decorate for her birthday party using this theme, and do have a few ideas, but I don't have a clear vision. The decorating takes place in secret and the revelation of the room and homemade cake is an exciting moment for my daughter, almost like a gift in its own way. She is my only child and I try to make her birthdays memorable and special for her (not to show off to those who are attending).

I usually incorporate disposable plastic tablecloths and balloons into a color scheme, but I feel these would clash with this particular theme by looking too modern. I'm also am not quite sure how to decorate the cake... perhaps like a patchwork quilt?

I have a single large room that is basically a neutral blank slate. The tables which are available to use are plastic folding tables, so they will need some sort of covering.

Any ideas for how to develop this old timey theme?

Thank you!


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January 11, 20160 found this helpful
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Patchwork type cake would be adorable, or maybe let the kids each decorate a sort of rectangle cupcake(or round would be OK) and place them all together on a platter for a patchwork effect for the pics-then eat either their own or maybe draw names and each enjoy a min-cake that a firned has made. As a teacher I made a sort of story quilt by having each kid draw a pic according to a theme or a book and place each pic onto a large sheet of butcher paper( a plastic table cloth would work.) Mount all the individual pics on the solid tablecloth like a patchwork quilt with space in between.


A "Little House" book would be a great favor. Other crafts could be candle dipping, cornhusk doll making. What a great interest in things from another time she has!

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January 12, 20160 found this helpful
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Bonnets instead of party hats. Let them make straw brooms for a craft. Fresh squeezed lemonade to drink or you could make the ginger drink Half Pint brought to Pa in the hay field.

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