I’m sure some people think that birthday parties for young kids are over the top and not worth the stress, but for us, its more like a “Yeah! We made it another year with each other without going crazy!” I feel like the birth of a human(s) is definitely something to celebrate. And while it is uber stressful to put together, I love to plan and make things just to see the little surprised look on their faces. Throw in the factors that I have been on a leave of absence from teaching for two years with a bunch of built-up creativity, and being cooped up for a nasty, long winter… we needed a party.
The girls were finally old enough to have opinions on what type of birthday party they wanted this year and they made a list of their little preschool/play date friends they wanted to invite. We settled on a Princess and Pirate Tea Party and Treasure Hunt. While we won’t be doing a big party like this every year, it was super fun to see a bunch of dressed up little kids just having a good time together.
I made them decide on a theme in January so that I could shop sales for decorations as they popped up, and Pinterest my life away. If you are ever looking to create a fun, not too expensive “homemade” birthday party, hit up Hobby Lobby. I think I only spent a total of $60 on all of the decorations, costume props, favors, paper products, and games. Plus a $12 punch bowl set from Goodwill, which is glass, and will probably only last a few tea parties before all the cups are broken… but thats why I got it at Goodwill.
They painted treasure boxes, had a tea party etiquette book lesson followed by a tea party lunch, played many games including “Pin the Tiara on the Princess”, “Captain Hook’s Ring Toss”, and dug for buried treasure in the sand; devoured cupcakes, opened very generous and very special gifts, and ended the day with a pirate treasure hunt! It took MANY hours of prep and a little stress here and there… but add in some yummy food, cupcakes, and pink “tea” (read: Lemonade), some perfect weather, sweet friends, and a lot of excitement, and you have yourself a party.
Cue sweetness picture roll.
Such a great memory to cherish.
The days may be long, but the years are short.