This weekend we are celebrating Henry's third birthday party. Henry is what is commonly referred to as a Christmas Baby. At least, that's what everybody says when they find out that he was born on December 23rd. This year, he is completely taken with the idea of Christmas and has been talking about it since at least October. We can't pass a tree or an ornament without Henry stopping to gawk and admire. So I thought it was only appropriate that we dedicate his third birthday to the majesty of winter. Simple Lovely
I've been collecting all sorts of inspirational images over at Pinterest for the party. We're having the party at a community centre in the neighbourhood so we'll see how much of a transformation I am able to achieve. I'm loving the idea of mixing lots of icy blues and silvers with some colourful confetti-like accents. I think I might be up very late on Friday night with sheets of tissue paper before me!
I have two activities planned for the party and I hope they are enough to keep mainly three and four year olds occupied. (I might be pressing my luck!) I thought I would make ahead a few dozen sugar cookies in the shape of stars and have the kids decorate them with icing and sprinkles. This might be a completely, sticky disaster but I think the little ones will enjoy it.
I'm also planning on giving all the kids homemade snow globes as their goodie or takeaway treat . I'll make ahead the jars which requires using heavy duty epoxy glue to adhere the figurines to the lids and then let the kids fill their jars with glitter, water and glycerin.
Food wise I'm keeping it simple. I'm going to make this delightful white sprinkle cake maybe in the shape of a start and provide some good cheese and bread for the adults.
I'm still contemplating whether or not to set up a little hot chocolate station for the little ones complete with marshmallows and candy canes for decoration. (Could be another gooey undertaking.)
All of this might seem a little excessive for a child's birthday party but I think homemade events like this mean a lot in a small person's life. These are the things you remember when you're growing up. Maybe all the small details are unnecessary (and yes, probably more for me than for him - I really do get a lot of joy out of this kind of thing) but I think a little celebration on a big day is never a bad thing. I'll let you know how the actual party goes!