For Clara’s third birthday, we had a barbeque birthday party with all of her best friends invited. It was quite the bash and Mama was pretty tired afterward, but it was all worth it. Here’s a pictorial review of the shindig…
We had an art table with painting of butterflies and dragonflies that could be stuck into pots later or just flown around as their wings are on springs and flap as they are “flown.” I set it up on a “table” that was really a carboard box with a $1 table cloth on it so I didn’t have to worry about spills or wet at all. We just recycled the entire thing when we were done.
There was a “water table” that was really just a large under the bed kind of tupperware filled with water and water toys. The water wheels were from Target’s $1 bins and then I added various measuring cups and bath toys (like rubber duckies).
Then I had a bubble station out. It was good fun and nobody thankfully got clobbered in the head with a wand. I used my favorite bubble solution and put it in a couple of cookie sheets for dipping with the wands. Apparently if you stir it up with the wands, it stops making bubbles, but then is great for a late evening soap fight!
And don’t forget the food! For snacks we had the toddler top picks: olives, pretzels, and watermelon. For dinner we had black bean or beef burgers and corn on the cob (plus more watermelon). Then there was of course cake (in a yellow dinosaur shape!), and after dinner the kids watched a movie (Winnie the Pooh) and ate popcorn. Then they came back outside and ran around like mad! The chickens were in heaven, too since anytime anyone had a finished watermelon rind or corn cob, a kiddo would throw it in the run for them. Come to think of it, that was an activity for the kids all of itself!
Overall, this was a great party. It was a good balance of different activities for the kids, and the grown ups were given some space to talk at least a bit. Even though there were ten kids there, it didn’t seem overwhelming at all. Everyone had fun, more importantly, and the birthday girl had so much fun that she couldn’t fall asleep because she was so wound up. The next day when I asked her what the best part was, though, she answered, “The cake!”