My little dumpling is now four. We celebrated her special day with – yep – a pinwheel party. I made many pinwheels, but I have to admit, I gave up trying to get them to spin. I tried straight pins, push pins, pencils and lollipop sticks. Either I couldn’t get the pin to push through (lollipop stick), or I could push them in (pencil eraser) but didn’t feel right handling out pushpins to toddlers. Yes, there are tutorials online that I could have followed, but I draw the line when a party decoration starts requiring hardware and power tools. Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I have to say the party was a blast!
We made cones out of square paper and filled with popcorn. The kids had fun manning a popcorn stand at the puppet theater. It was really a great icebreaker for some of the guests who were a little overwhelmed when they first walked in the door. This is the second time we’ve had a birthday popcorn stand, and I think it’s going to be a tradition. By the end of the party, the kids had turned it into a full on refreshment bar, stocked with popcorn, chocolate milk and water bottles.
I copied Jaimee Rose’s idea of using these Target plates for the kids (got them on clearance. woo hoo!), and wrapped candy necklaces around napkins, alongside a (non-spinning) pinwheel. I set up the kids table the night before, which was a little hard for my kids to resist. I finally gave in the morning of the party, when my daughter asked if “the birthday girl could take a little lick” of her necklace.
Outside, the kids stayed cool sliding down into an inflatable pool, slipping and sliding, and tossing water balloons. Yay for my husband who spent lots of time filling water balloons, which seemed to disappear in seconds once the kids got their hands on them.
We ate my favorite bagel/cream cheese/avocado/tomato combo, along with fruit salad and chocolate vanilla marble cupcakes. I’m not a huge fan of goody bags (read my friend Andrea’s brilliant thoughts on this topic here), but we did put a few things together because my kids love handing out gifts to their friends. Lollipops, pencils and Hello Kitty rings for the girls, and lollipops and monster finger things for the boys. I almost made the mistake of giving the boys pencils, but my son quickly pointed out that they were glitter pencils, and should not be given to the boys.
I think next year, I’m going to try to incorporate more classic party games. For sure I will refer to this great post at Stephmodo that gives some great ideas for younger kids’ birthday party games.
My daughter has already requested a “candy party” for her 5th birthday — and a pinata. I think I’ll be looking to my favorite party blogs like Sara’s Party Perfect and TomKat Studio for some sweet inspiration!