|made with chocolate buttercream and a double recipe of chocolate glaze drizzled on top|
Nowadays, the idea of birthday parties is a little more intense. Gone are the days where all I really had to do was pick out cake, tell my mom, and by magic the rest would appear (Thank you Mama!). Now I am in charge of making things happen! Yikes!
My theory with all parties, birthday or not, is simple: you tell me what you want. I try my bestest to make that happen. You want lazertag? Done. You want dinosaur cake? Easy. Oh, you meant a ice cream cake shaped like a dinosaur? Well.....challenge accepted! (Those are all Brandon, my fiance, btws).
Over the years I've realized a thing or two about which parties were more successful than others:
- Ask questions. Just like adults, kids know what they want. Just ask!
- Stick to the theme. Be it Dinosaurs or Carousels, sticking to theme makes the party feel cohesive.
- Keep it small. It's easier to pull off an amazing party for 15 than it is for 30.
- Keep the kids busy, but also have a place where kids can play unstructured, such as a jungle gym. Not everyone want to finger paint or make balloon animals, and those kids will need a place to be where they won't ruin it for the rest.
- Have a plan b. Rain happens. Make sure a few activities can be indoor activities if need be.
- Location, location, location. It's not just for real estate. Picking a place that fits your theme can do wonders for a party. If your kid wants a hockey party, take them to the ice rink.
- Have other traditions. Forcing a 12 year old to attend his 5 year old brother's party won't be fun for either of them. Have a family tradition where you celebrate together at another time.
- Have favors. Kids can get jealous when the birthday child gets tons of gifts. Have a party favor for each child to help stem off jealousy.
- Remember the adults: Odds are some parents will stay for the party. Make sure you have refreshments and activities for them as well.
- Have good cake. A pretty cake. It's a focal point. It's going to be in pictures for the rest of your life. Have a good cake.
Why is this on my brain? Taking up space where wedding planning would be?
Well, none of kid sized kids have birthdays right now, but I have a birthday coming up! Three weeks to go! And what's the plan? A carousel full of ponies, cotton candy, carnival games, and a giant chocolate cake. I'm not much for the growing up stuff. :) That is exactly what I loved and adored as a little girl, and still do! Happy birthday to my four year old self!
Luckily, I live near the BEAUTIFUL Dentzel Carousel! Ponies? Oh check and check! Just a short drive to Glen Echo Park and we've got a great location! It's perfect!
a yummy vanilla filling!
|provided to me as part of the DailyFood Buzz Tastemaker program|
Admit it, at least a few of you love your Starbucks. I live in DC. It's on every block. I've seen the proof. Well those little bottles that Frappacinos come in are mighty like a milk bottle wouldn't you say? A quick spray of mettalic paint and we have ourselves a milk bottle toss! Easy upcycle!
This post is brought to you by Nestle Toll House Birthday Sugar Cookies. Bake some birthday love.