Another year, another year older for Kat. Wahhh!! I officially no longer have a 1 and 3 year old. After lots of self pity wondering where the time went, I got to planning on how to celebrate my despair… Umm.. Happiness… Time to get cracking on the birthday party planning.
I’m not one to go all out with huge, fancy blowout birthday parties, but I do like to do a couple special touches. We typically have smallish backyard parties since we have April and June babies. We invited our family and a couple friends who have toddlers the same age as Reece and Kat, keeps it somewhat manageable for us.
Since Reece and Kat are still pretty little, I have a good amount of control on all birthday party aspects. At this age, let’s be real, it’s basically the parents party. Regardless, I wanted to make it Kat’s party as much as I could. She’s a pretty sunny baby and loves her unicorn costume, trains, gymnastics, baby dolls, legos… So many interests and cool things, what to pick?! After some brainstorming, and a lot of flip flopping, I settled on an art theme. We do art class every week along with big brother and this was a chance to show off her artistic chops!
I created a pinterest board to help inspire me. Then I tried to figure out what could be done with minimal work and on the cheap.
I hung up Kat and Reece’s art work around the house to showcase their beautiful work (read: scribbles). Then I bought a unicorn table cloth and a couple little strings that had colorful mini poms on them and strung them up on a window and the front door.
I tried to keep things colorful since it was an art theme. I did a veggie rainbow platter and a bowl with all different colored fruit. I stumbled upon some Chewies that had rainbow sprinkles on them. Then we got lazy and bought some chicken bites, plus mac and cheese bites and baked them up. Hey, it’s a toddler party, right?
Of course we have to have some painting at our Art Birthday party! So I bought a pack of board canvas, one for each toddler friend and restocked our paint. Then I moved the craft table into the main room so the kids weren’t squished in the playroom. They spent about 5 minutes painting and crafting, the rest of the time they were either eating (80% of Kat’s time at least) or going to town with whatever toys they could find in the playroom. Somehow, the house wasn’t a huge mess after the party, woohoo!
This is typically the ‘big’ thing I do for my children’s birthdays. To create this cool looking cake, I baked SIX layers of cake then frosted it with vanilla frosting. I melted white chocolate in several bowls and mixed each one with a different food coloring color. Using a spoon, I dribbled the chocolate over the cake edge. I let Reece help by letting him go to town with some dot rainbow sprinkles, covering the entire top. To top it all off, I got a pack of paper poms. A pretty big show stopper. I thought with all the white chocolate it would be disgusting since I’m not really a fan, but paired with the cake it was yummy.
If you are planning an Art themed birthday party, I hope this gave you some ideas of what you could do. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks if you are interested in a Dr. Seuss theme, I’ll be posting Reece’s Dr. Seuss party!