I know it is a little ways off, but Coop’s birthday is at the end of July. I just picked up last month’s issue of Parent’s Magazine (thank you dollar store, for carrying old magazines for super cheap) and they featured a birthday section, which helped me remember that I need to figure this gig out. The article wasn’t as helpful as I hoped it would be….though, I did find my new favorite kids website…like forget pottery barn kids!
Honestly, last year Cooper’s birthday was a disaster. I felt so bad for him. We had just moved into our house 1 week before, (boxes still everywhere) we spent the majority of the day in the Emergency Room because Jer sliced open his thumb cutting 2 arteries, and we ended up with a hodge podge birthday party of Army guys and our one friend we had made with the Metcalfe family! I felt like the worst mom ever. No invitations, only one friend his age (and his cousin was here too) the poor little guy! We did the best we could and I know that, but it is really important to me to do better this year. I know Coop won’t remember a ton, but birthdays are special to me and they should reflect that value.
So this year, I want to go all out (though not break the bank…think inexpensive fun for a three year old. I don’t do blow up toys etc!). I do want invitations and party hats, friends and a fun cake and party games! It won’t be a big huge party…just a couple friends. But I’m thinking trains…this is where you girls come in… I need ideas. I don’t necessarily want to do Thomas. I would prefer to keep it just trains in general. I’ve got cute favor ideas (but would love more) and I think I’ve got the cake figured out…but what about games? Any ideas ladies?
And since you are sharing with me, here are the things from the magazine article I thought were cute ideas:
* Put your child’s face on the invitation. Have him/her hold a sign that says “it’s my birthday!”
* Set up a craft table and have each guest decorate a card for your child’s future birthdays. Every year, the child can open a card that was made at the party.
* For a first birthday, serve dessert in recycled baby-food jars-think chocolate mousse, ice cream etc.
* For give-a-ways, fill a sandwhich baggie with jelly beans and tie it tightly. Place the baggie closure side down in a paper cup cut in half, then glue a red pom-pom to the top for cupcake goodies.
*Give away cloth drawstring goody bags
*Make a backyard bowling alley. Add a few drops of food coloring to ten clear plastic bottles of water. Stand them up on flat ground, use party streamers as lane margins and sidewalk chalk for keeping score!
*Create a unique birthday seat. Buy an inexpensive children’s chair, and every year on your child’s birthday, family members and friends can decorate it with notes, drawings, and stickers.