It seems like every year kids have a different obsession. For Nicholas’ second birthday, we had an ambulance party. For his third birthday, it was all about the ocean, and this year, nothing but bugs would do.
By February, I was off and running and into the planning stages for his party. It was still snowing. Have I mentioned that I research to a fault? At any rate, the first thing I did was research where to have the party. I came across a fantastic place right near where we live called Webb Mountain Discovery Zone. Since finding it, we have signed up for a weekly class (Discovering Spring and now, Discovering Autumn) that we enjoy immensely, and he even attended summer camp for a week there. I digress. Back to the party. They offer all different themes, and I chose the bug theme. With the date reserved (yes, I know it was February), I focused on invitations.
For invitations, I went right to Etsy, my go-to for homemade items, and found an amazing artist who uses her own work to design invitations in all sorts of different themes. You’ll have to check out her Etsy Store: Sara Jane Studio.
Next — on to decorations. Really, all I needed to do was choose a color and I went from there. I went with green. I don’t often like things that are too “matchy/matchy”, so I didn’t get bug themed everything. I used the green color and then accented with the many different colors of plastic bugs, stickers, etc that I found.
I didn’t want to go with pizza for the event, but lunch still needed to be portable and kid friendly. For the adults, I ordered a big sandwich and made some salads on the side. Easy peasy. For kids, I wanted to make sure I was sensitive to any allergies — nuts, peanuts, gluten are the first three that pop into my mind. I decided on homemade “lunch-ables”. I picked up containers from the dollar bin, put a bug sticker on the top of each, and filled it with ham and cheese cut into cute shapes, pretzels, and apple sauce in to-go packs. I used silicone cup cake holders I had on hand to separate the different food items, and we served organic juice boxes and water.
Nicholas wanted cupcakes, so I went to our local bakery and asked them to make “dirt” cupcakes. They added the gummy worms I brought in along with a bug ring. The kids (and the adults) loved them. A good time was had by all.
Share any ideas, and just let me know if I can help you brainstorm! I love this stuff!