To make the necklaces, we strung the beads onto string or ribbon, and pushed the ends through with a toothpick or skewer. With the ribbon, we tied knots to keep the beads in place and add spaces or length - just like we did at the craft weekend with the fabric necklaces.
For the headdresses, I made some paper feathers and decorations out of construction paper ahead of time and the kids picked them out and glued them to strips from large sheets of construction paper. They really seemed to enjoy coming up with their own designs, and cut some of their own shapes too.
To make the origami paper hats we folded sheets torn from a large pad of newsprint sketchpad paper. (For the folding instructions, click here.) They didn't stay on very well, but they looked cute decorated with the cut outs.
There were snacks, drinks and sweets displayed on this sweet table in a corner decorated with paper poms, and hot chocolate, lemonade and milk were served in covered glass jars with paper straws. A good time was definitely had by all. We were a little worried initially, because it rained, and the last thing you want in your beautiful home is a bunch of cooped up, cranky children - but the house is a lovely and calm place to spend a rainy day with it's double-sided fireplace and walls of glass, and the crafts proved to be a perfect rainy day activity - so it all worked out well in the end.
Another shot, because I just can't resist. I adore this child.
I bought the construction paper at Michaels and Joann (they had slightly better quality supplies at Michaels, it seemed to me). All you really need is good quality, bright construction paper, some scissors and a couple of glue sticks.
I had actually bought most of these wooden beads at Michael's a few months earlier, intending to do a project with my nieces. We never got around to it, and by the time I went back to buy more for this party all I could find were natural colored ones, which I mixed with the colored ones to stretch the quantity. I did find a few sources for colored wooden beads online, here, here and here and while I can't vouch for them, they look promising. (If you have extra time on your hands, this also looks like a fun idea.)
It was a little bit of work to put everything together and set it all up, but it was an absolute blast. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!