Monday, January 26, 2009
Birthday parties galore!
The kids and I attended two birthday parties this past weekend.

The first party on Saturday was a zoo!  The mom had invited at least 30 kids, plus parents, to attend.  It was hectic and crazy and not the kind of party I would arrange, but the kids seemed to have fun. 

The second party yesterday was at Chuck-E-Cheese.  Let me just say that Oronzo and I avoid that place like the plaque when at all possible!  Our children will have to BEG US to have a birthday party there before we'll even consider it, and I don't see that happening because both Snuggle Bug and Boo were afraid of "the mouse."  They did have a blast playing all the games with the huge stack of tokens they got. 

The pizza was marginal at best.

So far, our kids' birthday parties are rather small affairs.  I like to stick to the same list of little friends (about 10 kids max) that I invite.  Because I keep it small, I try to pick a central theme and incorporate a few activities for the kids to do.  For example, Snuggle Bug's 4th birthday party involved everyone making their own pizzas.  The kids loved it!

I'm trying to decide what to do for Boo's 2nd birthday, which is coming up next month.   I know princess parties are popular, but I want to hold off on doing that until Boo is a little older and can understand it better.  In fact, when she's a bit older I'm going to do a "fashion show" birthday party where I'll have her and her little girl friends get all dolled up with costume jewelry, dress up clothes, and have their hair styled and maybe even a bit of kids make-up put on and then put Oronzo's professional photography skills to work in doing a "photo shoot" of the girls with fun props like feather boas, and hats.  But that is a party idea for when she's a little older.  

Right now, I'm trying to figure out what to do for a 2 year old little girl.  I'm open to suggestions! Can you help me come up with some theme ideas?

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At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Erin said...

I don't do huge birthday parties either, mostly because just our immediate family and kids can be quite the crew.

We've done Baby Einstein, Pink & Purple, Fairy tales, and Hello Kitty for Widget's birthday party themes. But I don't really do elaborate parties either, so mostly just get decorations that go with the theme and make a cake that coordinates.

Good luck

At 5:49 AM, Blogger Carey said...

How about fisher price little peoples party? or a dora party, or another character that she enjoys. We have a fisher price store, and they often time sell pasty plates with the little people on them. You can pull out all the little people that she has, and use as decorations, or have them the central theme. Another great one would be a musical theme where if you have play instruments..drum, moraccas, etc..
Keeping the party small is a good idea..esp when they are young..they dont understand can always just base it around a color, with a bunch of balloons..or dots...
We did chuck e cheese for my oldests 6th birthday and i would never do it again.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Lovingmyamazinglife said...

I saw the good news,that boo has a court date,this is atleast a step foward.

Our little one is asking for a snow white party,we are not to into themes,princess partys etc.So we are trying to find a way to make it less "themey",yet bring snow white in.

Go check out:

*Go to archives on the right side,click on it for the jan 2009 area.Go about 3/4 down that page,and see her sweet adopted daughters party,red and white polkadots.I think shes 1 or 2,anyways such a cute party,inspired me for sure.

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Cathy said...

That was also a cool party though... I like them too, but I think it is more suitable for kid's aging 6 yrs old to 10 years old. Small kid's weren't that happy in zoo... They might run away because they're scared.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Having 4 kiddos we have done lots of parties. We don't do big parties. Just a friend or two, cousins and siblings. Normally, we head to a local park for the party or just head out to the backyard and put up the kid play tents and tunnels. For character parties- We have done Sesame Street (several of these), Dora, Blues Clues, and Winnie the Pooh. Also, we had a joint party for my oldest and youngest (who's birthdays are 6 days apart) and we used butterflies and lady bugs. (Kids decorated bug boxes as their treat.)

If you want to go with a non-character party... We held a "Yellow" birthday for our oldest when she was 4. (It was her favorite color, so any color could be used.) We sent out yellow invites and asked everyone to wear something yellow, we had a yellow pinata, yellow cake, lemonade, and all of the decorations were yellow. It was such a fun birthday party. And made for some great pictures!

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

We threw a teddy bear tea party for my niece when she was younger. We had story time, beaded very basic necklaces and had tea and sandwiches. Our "favor" was little teddy bears.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Kathy's Korner said... me 10 kids IS a big party!

I keep the parties to just extended family until the kids are old enough to ask for a friend party...and then they get one of those every other year....

theme's....I really looked to the child and where they are at.

My two year little girl had herself a monkey fit her busy little self very well!

At 12:03 AM, Blogger Jacquie said...

I dropped my 7 year old at a Chuck-E-Cheese party last fall, yikes is all I can say. I did not even like having to drop off and pick up.

We did a Blue's Clues for our youngest DD's b-day, I found a cake template on line and made a cool cake (yes I'm tooting my own horn LOL).

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Alexys was a Winnie the Pooh Party that Tara had at Storybook Land in Rapid City. They have a nice "birthday" room... Then the kids ran all around. It was a smaller affair and a lot of fun. Hugs!

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

If it's not too late to comment on party ideas - when Cookie turned 2, we did a "decorate your own cake" party with just close friends and family. We got butterfly cake pans and all kinds of icing tubes and sprinkle colors, and everyone got to help decorate the butterflies - then we took pictures - it was soooo cool as Mia had icing all over her when it was done - then we ate the butterflies!!! And part of her present was a butterfly net and a butterfly house with live caterpillars and food that will turn into cocoons and eventually butterflies that you can release.


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