We found our place to be a bit of a party house in the last 4 weeks. Now, if you know me personally, you probably ‘Laughed Out Loud’ at the idea of MY place being a party house and …yeah, you’re right! We had a 3 year old birthday party followed by a Convocation “gathering” that my mother planned (at my house.
As you know I am the mom that loves planning a birthday party for my kids! Once I get a theme, I am pinning, list-making and buying like a crazy person! Get out of my way, ’cause that is my mission for the 2 weeks before!
So this year’s theme was “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” by Eric Carle… I know, right? Super easy to find stuff for that theme! Nope. I had to search and search for ideas and forget BUYING decorations. Why did I pick such a challenging theme?! Well, if you heard LittleL recite this book over and over, you’d quickly know why! He’s in LOVE with it.
Here are some theme things I made or came up with for his party:
Banner: I found the premade banner at Michaels and just added printed pictures from the book. It was a simple cut and paste project.
Cake: Thanks to my mother-in-law, my kids always get an awesome cake, that looks like the Cake Boss made it.
Balloons: No big deal right? But this year I bought helium so these balloons were the main source of entertainment for the kids. Adults passed them down, kids let them float up to ceiling. This game did not get old!
Photo Booth: So in my searches I noticed the trend of photo booths. I thought, I can do that! I cut the cute little things out of card stock, covered the door with yellow tissue paper and I made a photo booth. Great! However, sharp bamboo skewers, dress-up hats and scarves to three years olds did not scream “ HEY LETS GET OUR PICTURES TAKEN!” Take a moment to pause and create a picture of what 3 year old little boys would do with those objects! OK, enough said! Lesson learned. Leave that idea for the weddings &/or showers or any other adult type parties.
Take home favours: I found my inspiration for this on a few different pinterest posts and compiled them to make my own thing. I had * green Frogs * Yellow Ducks * Bear Paws * Goldfish – If you know the book, you will know the significance of each of those items.
Entertainment: I played the Youtube video of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” on the TV, I had printed colouring pages to match the theme, and we also tried one game of matching. I quickly learned the crowd was not into games that day! So, they went back to the toys and the balloons!