(re)capturing the fun & wonder

It’s Birthday Season!

In the middle of all the back-to-school and work hullabaloo, my kids have reminded me (quite forcefully!) that birthday season is here. The boys celebrate in September, and Maggie’s is in October. As I started to write this post (last week!) the olders were busy making invitations for Bjørn & Tor’s party (very loudly) … because of my wacky week, I ended up sending email invites.

I find party planning a heck-of-a-lot easier when there’s a theme or primary activity. It helps keep me focused. Another thing I do (don’t laugh) is sketch out a schedule for the party that usually looks something like this:

  • Free play time until every one is here and settled in
  • Organized activity (usually a craft of some sort)
  • Outdoor games
  • Cake!!!
  • Open gifts
  • Clean-up

I try to get everything lined up so cake is about 1/2 an hour before the end of the party.

The boys’ party will be at a local park where the kids can run around and burn off their cake-fueled energy. I’m thinking I’ll have to refer to some of my more outdoorsy-type activity books for inspiration this time around. My latest purchase, A Boy’s Treasury of Things-to-do might have just the thing I’m looking for. I’m thinking kites … but that might be just a bit too ambitious…

I really like sending kids home with something they’ve had a hand in creating. One thing I do know for certain is that this time around I’m going to have a hard time beating last year’s party favor of hand-painted t-shirts!

I’d love to hear your party ideas! Any suggestions?