Since our daughters’ birthdays are less than a month apart, we decided to celebrate it with a combined birthday party. I swore off birthday parties years ago, but I have since adjusted my position to not throwing “crazy” birthday parties.
When I say “crazy” parties, I mean going to a location or having a special service, spending a few hundred dollars, and inviting a ton of kids that I/we don’t know really well. That’s not to say we don’t enjoy going to a decked out party, but it’s just one area where I don’t want to “keep up with the Joneses” in our life.
What we’ve been doing instead is having a couple of friends over, and treating it like a fun playdate of pizza/food, ice cream cake, and just playing. This year Bunny and Nagini asked for a “party” and we invited 3 of their friends with an art themed birthday party at our house.
We set up dropcloths, and stocked up on canvases, paper, paints, brushes, and aprons. I moved a lamp over the table and put up a “drying rack” for the kids art projects:
I picked up both the Apron Smock 6 Color Painting Art Paint Tray Palette Kit 6 Pack.
Paints and brushes were purchased at Michaels. I bought 2 of the $8 acrylic paint sets, and two different $8 brush sets.
The kids got a goody bag of a pack of markers and a set of coloring book style canvas. They also got to take home their art smock and palette (with their creation of course).
It was really cute to see the kids get into it:
We ordered pizza, had chips, ice cream cake, and I had to splurge and ordered macarons from our friend’s daughter. They came out super cute:
Looking back now, the party on the “crazy” scale was small, but it was special and more intimate than some of the other parties we have attended. I’m not sure how next year will be, but I definitely want to stick with the simpler, the better!