This weekend we celebrated my oldest daughter’s 6th Birthday.
Over time, each of her parties has gradually become more themed.
I blame the blog world.
With all the party blogs, etsy shops and what not….I have become obsessed.
Last year I threw a Ladybug Birthday party….complete with hand made Tutu and wings (a friend made the wings – and there was some cursing of my name in that process I’ve been told.).
This was the first party where I bough etsy signs, cupcake toppers and matching table linens. Of course, by party’s end, the tutu was gone and the wings….well, they were never worn other than for the pictures.
Flash forward to this year…again, the decorations, lots of fun and it came together nicely. I even re-used the Happy Birthday sign from the ladybug party and the twin’s first birthday – because I do try to be thrifty.
2011 ~ 6th Birthday
This year, I was excited to try the whole candy bar trend….tons o’ fun. I reused apothecary jars that I have all over my house and I used the linens from last years birthday party and the baby shower I put together a couple of weeks back. It’s amazing how many different types of candy you can find in purple, pink, and green.
She even had a cute outfit that coordinated, although this time, there was no hand making of anything…..thank you Target.
But the whole, “age-appropriate-keep-em’ interested” part….
yeah….I consistently blow it.
You see these relay races below from last year? We had like 20 kids….
because I have a hard time leaving anyone out – so we had neighborhood kids, dance class kids and preschool kids…
And did I mention that the twins had just come home from the NICU three months before so I was still only on a few hours of sleep?
Anyway, the relay races, in theory, were a good idea…you know, if the kids could actually hop on those balls and leap in those burlap sacks but because they were between the ages of 3 and 6, the bulk of them struggled with it.
So part way through the party, we abandoned the formal races for….
Hanging by the banyan tree talking, climbing said trees and swinging on the vines of those trees.
Sure, a few kids kept giving those bouncing balls a try and those eggs on a spoon a run for their money – but the bulk of it…epic fail.
Flash forward to this years craft party….
We had three stations with crafts for the kids to complete. We had some packing paper left over from our move, so I used that to cover the tables in addition to the linens from the baby shower. Obviously, the decor and planning part is not an issue for me….
I envisioned colorful travel mugs, breathtaking pinwheels and paint covered canvas bags that would take, you know, more than two minutes to create.
No such luck. Each craft took the kids a solid 5-10 minutes, max.
Apparently, the attention span of 6 year olds is not what I thought it would be.
One kid literally made a stick figure on his canvas bag and said he was done. I kid you not.
So, my three hour party – was over in just about an hour. And that included the cupcake creation station.
Although this was the ONE station where they took their time…
Because a cupcake that will be devoured in two seconds flat should be beautiful, adequately covered in color and should have a variety of sprinkle items to really make it a work of art.
So…basically, I’m going back to how I did things at the start of this beautiful little girls life…
A family barbecue with water play, cake and laid back fun.
Ok, so the candy bar will probably make an annual appearance …because who doesn’t love a good candy bar?
What kind of parties do you like to throw for your kids? Do you prefer at-home parties or do you like to have it somewhere like Build-A-Bear or Chuck E’ Cheese – no muss, no fuss?