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Mum-of-two creates spectacular swan-themed pamper party for her daughter’s eighth birthday

Mum-of-two creates spectacular swan-themed pamper party for her daughter’s eighth birthday – and it cost her less than $1k to put together

  • Evelyn Moodley is a mother-of-two with a full-time job but loves parties
  • For daughter Tamika’s eighth birthday she chose a swan-themed pamper party
  • Ms Moodley used her Cricut machine to DIY every aspect of the 14-person affair
  • The cake was the only job she outsourced to a professional for the occasion
  • After posting the final product to Facebook, other parents swooned over design 


A mother-of-two has showcased her daughter’s spectacular swan-themed pamper party that was almost entirely put together with DIY projects and a Cricut machine.

Evelyn Moodley, who lives in Western Australia, started planning her daughter Tamika’s eighth birthday party a few months in advance to ensure all 14 guests at the November soiree would be ‘wowed’ by the end result.

Despite having no experience in event planning, she loves setting up parties – and after hearing what theme her daughter wanted – immediately turned to Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. 

‘I did all the party favours and decor myself,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

Evelyn Moodley, who lives in Western Australia, started planning her daughter Tamika’s eighth birthday party a few months in advance (pictured)

'I followed some YouTube videos to learn how to make the arch backdrops and balloon garlands,' Ms Moodley said

The chairs and tables were sourced from Facebook Marketplace

‘I followed some YouTube videos to learn how to make the arch backdrops and balloon garlands,’ Ms Moodley said

‘I followed some YouTube videos to learn how to make the arch backdrops and balloon garlands. 

‘Then I hired the tables and chairs from local Facebook marketplace advertisements.’

The party room, which was an area at the back of the Moodley house, was completely transformed on the day with a pamper station, plenty of pink swan decor and even customised thongs. 

‘I have a Cricut machine so did all the swans and personalisation myself. I bought the gowns off eBay and added the crowns and birthday girl print using the Cricut,’ she said.

The party room, which was an area at the back of the Moodley house, was completely transformed on the day with a pamper station, plenty of pink swan decor and even customised thongs

The party room, which was an area at the back of the Moodley house, was completely transformed on the day with a pamper station, plenty of pink swan decor and even customised thongs

'I have a Cricut machine so did all the swans and personalisation myself. I bought the gowns off eBay and added the crowns and birthday girl print using the Cricut,' she said

The cake was outsourced to a professional

‘I have a Cricut machine so did all the swans and personalisation myself. I bought the gowns off eBay and added the crowns and birthday girl print using the Cricut,’ she said

Plenty of the items used were sourced from Big W and Kmart, meaning the total budget for the party was kept well below the $1,000 mark.

Ms Moodley shared the result to Facebook, inspiring other parents to try DIY parties themselves.

‘I didn’t think it was for an eight-year-old. I thought it was for a 16th. Happy birthday little lady! I’m sure they will have fun,’ one woman wrote beneath the post.

'I didn't think it was for an eight-year-old. I thought it was for a 16th. Happy birthday little lady! I'm sure they will have fun,' one woman wrote beneath the post

‘I didn’t think it was for an eight-year-old. I thought it was for a 16th. Happy birthday little lady! I’m sure they will have fun,’ one woman wrote beneath the post

‘Well done beautiful mumma. What a special day for your daughter! I bet everyone is still talking about it,’ said another.

A third added: ‘If you aren’t a party stylist/planner you should be! This is divine’.

Ms Moodley did all the ‘pampering’ of Tamika’s friends herself with help from her 16-year-old daughter, sending the guests home with spa-related paraphernalia at the end.

While she isn’t currently an event planner she joked at ‘almost considering it’ after trying her hand at a number of family parties. 

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