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A Surgery Party That Breaks the Mold

Jun 4 2014 - 6:44am

Two years ago, Jessica Bender was in a car accident that required her to undergo some minor surgeries. Her daughter, Everly [1], was in the car with her, and while many kids may have been traumatized by the experience, she was inspired.

"For the past two years she has been telling us that she wants to be a doctor who cuts bones when she grows up," Jessica says. So it was no surprise when Everly asked that her fifth birthday party have a medical theme. Initially, Jessica, the creative mind behind Jessica Bender Photography [2], was completely stumped. But after a brainstorming session with her daughter, the ideas were flowing.

"She had a few requests for the party, namely around the menu," Jessica says. "She wanted it disgusting, like an operation, and all treats. So I let my inner 5-year-old loose."

Scroll through to see how Jessica put a medical twist on her tot's birthday party.

Source: Jessica Bender Photography [3]

The Doctor Will See You Now

Jessica created the invitations, which were meant to look like prescriptions.

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Poop or Pee?

Iced tea and lemonade were labeled as fecal and urine samples, respectively. Jessica "loved hearing the parents ask their children if they wanted pee or diarrhea to drink."

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Move Your Body

Jessica created posters with healthy messages and hung them up as decorations.

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Eat Your Veggies

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Candy-Striper Push-Pops

Red velvet cake made this medical dessert possible.

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Bone Macarons

Jessica turned this classic French pastry into a surgery-themed treat.

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Scrub In

Jessica shaped sugar cookies into scrubs, bandages, and red crosses.

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Eye Exam

Guests snacked on cake pops as well as candy.

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Blood and Urine Samples

Jessica relied on red and yellow gelatin to make this decoration, which doubled as a snack.

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Edible Poop

What looks like a less-than-appetizing dish is actually a chocolate-covered cereal treat.

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Nurse's Station

To keep guests entertained, Jessica set up a medical corner complete with bandages, gauze, and ice packs. She notes that, "the kids had a ton of fun wrapping up 'injuries.'"

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Surgery Sweets

X-rays, bandages, and doctors were just some of cookies guests could choose from.

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Sweet Bones

Chocolate chip cookies were shaped to look like human bones.

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Open-Cake Surgery

Dessert is often the best part of any party, but Everly [17] especially loved her open-cavity cake from Schur to Please Wedding and Specialty Cakes. [18]

"She liked that it was like a real-live surgery," Jessica says.

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Gross-Out Goodie Bags

The goodie bags, which were made to look like patients' belongings bags, were guarded by jars of pig and cow organs.

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Dr. Everly's Medical Book

The goodie bags were filled with Band-Aids, cookies, and Doctor Everly [21]'s medical book, which Jessica and Everly created together.

"She started reading the month before, and I thought it would be fun to tie in this new skill with her doctor fascination," Jessica shares. "She was a champ for the book photo shoot and hammed it right up!" The book includes fun medical facts and tips on handling a trip to the doctor's office.

Source: Jessica Bender Photography [22]


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