The countdown is officially on! Brynn’s 4th birthday is now less than 6 weeks away, so we have launched into full-on party planning mode in the Rowley house (and by “we” I totally mean me!). Ha!
It’s definitely gotten harder to plan ahead of time, especially this year, as she’s had an opinion on what kind of party she wants… and then almost immediately changing her mind. This year we went from Princess Party, to Superheros, to My Little Pony, to Paw Patrol, and (finally) back to My Little Pony.
She’s so ahead of the game she has already started asking for different parties for future birthdays – “Mommy, when I’m 3 years more older can I have a Star Wars party?” Sure kid, whatever floats your boat!
So I’ve put together a little mood board for the party for some inspiration.
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Now, I didn’t think I would be this person, but I really have loved planning all the of birthday parties for the kiddos!
Fun fact: I used to be an event planner/fundraiser for a national nonprofit (at a local branch here in New York state). I guess I didn’t realize how much it would affect me later in life! 😉
So back to party planning… when it comes to any party we throw, but especially the kids birthday parties, I try to do a combination approach – buy some of the things and make the rest.
On the “to make” list, here is what I’m currently planning to tackle:
- Cupcakes (Brynn has requested a cake and cupcakes, of course. I think I’ll just do a mix for the cupcakes though with some homemade frosting, and a few cute cupcake toppers)
- Cookies (I know I’m going crazy here, but I have a new-found love of making beautiful cut-out cookies. Well, at least I try to make them beautiful! 😉 I stumbled across Alison’s Cookie Party tutorial last year and have been hooked ever since. I’m not a super talented artist though, so I will have to find a simple design that fits in with the My Little Pony theme)
- Punch (I love me some punch and it puts my punch dispenser to good use a couple times each year!)
- Tissue tassel banner
- And, I’m toy with the idea of making some sort of rainbow. I have a few ideas but I don’t want to spoil anything make any promises too early!
We also sometimes make the food for the party. That’s the husband’s area of expertise, so it’s really up to him. *Ahem* Hint, hint, Jeffrey. Better start planning yourself! 😉
In the past we’ve put together buffets for roast beef sandwiches and tacos. And we’ve had the standard pizza/wings/subs, as well. Last year we even catered Brynn’s birthday from a local BBQ restaurant, since her party also served as a bit of a housewarming party. It was delicious and SO nice not to make anything… but sometimes the cost factor really just wins out. Plus, I’m pretty sure Jeff just likes the challenge to make something that’s tasty that doesn’t take a ton of effort.
Lastly, I love to utilize stuff I already have on hand – mason jars for cutlery (sometimes just switching up the ribbon I tie around it), cake stands, pitchers, trays, runners, etc. It’s fun to shop from your own basement/closet! It’s amazing how you can end up re-purposing things for a party. Not only is it free, but I’ve found those can be the details that really make the party seem special and personal. 🙂
I’ll be sure to post after the party of course. In fact, since I didn’t start this blog until just recently, I thought I would share a few pictures from Brynn’s last birthday (she requested a Sheriff Callie theme last year, which I think turned out really cute – but it’s possible I may be a bit biased!). 😉
And can I just end this by saying, I would probably never be able to do any party without Pinterest and Etsy! ha! They are pretty much the best things since sliced bread. If you like, you can always following my party planning, and my other interests, if you follow me on Pinterest!
As always, thanks so much for reading!