Friday was P’s birthday and on Saturday we had her party. In my humble opinion, I think it was fantastic! We only invited 8 kids. 6 came and everyone was between 15 and 28mos. Keeping it to a narrow age gap is one reason why I think it went so well. It wasn’t just the kids who got along great but all us parents had so much in common. We’re all basically at the same stage with our little ones.
The theme was mod monkey. I got all the party gear: balloons, plates, center piece, invites, etc from an online store called Birthday Express. I loved that I didn’t go out and shop for all this stuff. It came to my door in a box ready to go. Everything I needed, from invites to goodie boxes: done. I also loved that when I went to the party store they didn’t have this theme. I like the uniqueness.
The night before I was up till 2 making her cake. Not because it was complicated, just because that’s how the day went and I finally got to it at 9pm. I’m not good with icing so this was a MAJOR accomplishment for me. I did the monkey face with frosting. The cake itself was banana bread, a healthier option for the kids. Frosting was all sugar and butter though.
P has been into painting a lot lately so I wanted to incorporate that into the day. We have scaffolding from a home repair project we’ve been working on for the past month. I used it to hold up large wood panels which held a large roll of white backdrop paper. I bought paints, palettes and brushes and the kids went to town painting.
I don’t dig having P covered in paint and I assume other parents don’t either. I made smocks for all our guests. I went to our local Goodwill and bought size small or medium women’s button down shirts. Blue for boys and pink for girls. I sanitized them twice and personalized them with each child’s initial. They turned out awesome.
One of my peeves about kid’s birthday parties is the food. Usually it’s pizza and ice cream. You’re lucky if there is a veggie in sight. There is no parent food and yet we’re suppose to hang in there with not just our own but many other crazy kids hopped up on sugar. We ordered Persian from our local Persian market. It was fantastic and I know guests loved it as I saw them going back for seconds.
Last but not least, P’s gift from us…besides the party. I found a vintage toy crib. It was in desperate need of a paint job. Also, given it’s “vintageness” the original paint probably had lead in it. I sanded it and repainted it all white. I made bed linens for it. She loved it and I Ioved the process of making it! I hope it lasts. An hour after giving it to her, two slats fell off. My dad fixed it while I continued with the birthday party prep.
P had a blast with all her friends. I think they all did to. The kids played in P’s room and at her play table in our living room. They also had the out door toys to play with, the paints and a climber/slide. With all this set up there was lots to do.
Hubby and I decided to start a birthday tradition. We have a wall up in our house dedicated to P’s art work. Every year on her birthday we are going to photograph the wall so we can see her work evolve.
We look forward to many many more years of birthday parties to come!