Youngest girl was to have her first friend party last week. Unfortunately we had to cancel at the last minute because of sickness. But we still may squeak in a celebration some how before Thanksgiving.
The theme was Cookies, Milk and Bedtime Stories, an idea I got from Everyday Celebrating. The simpler the better, I say. Click over to Milk and Cookie Birthday for the original post.
We adapted those ideas a bit. Rather than a store-bought or custom-printed invitation, we used what we had on hand – brown construction paper. The girls and I traced a cup onto the paper. Then they decorated with brown crayon ‘chocolate chips.’
I then typed up the wording for the invitation and printed it
It’s a Cookies & Milk
In honor of 5th Birthday
Friday, November 5th
Milk, cookies, bedtime stories
Please eat supper before and feel free to come in your pjs
Then taped on the back of the ‘cookie’. Parents were invited to stay or plan ahead the time for a quick date night 🙂
The idea is that it would sort of be a ‘half sleepover.’ Having friends come in pjs makes it simpler for parents once home.
Instead of a birthday cake, we would stack up homemade cookies on the tiered cake stand. Chocolate, strawberry and regular milk would be served. This is simple for us because of allergies. I can make the cookies safe for the youngest two.
Bedtime Stories: Hodgepodgedad was scheduled to read Cat in Hat, Goodnight Moon, Max & Ruby and other fun bedtime stories. And, of course, he would enter wearing the Goofy hat he wore on Halloween 🙂
Other ideas for activities:
• rather than a pinata – a balloon drop from the staircase. Pre-blown up balloons would be stashed into a big garbage sack. The children would all huddle in the foyer and enjoy the celebratory drop. They could each choose one to draw a silly face on with a soft tipped permanent marker.
• Decorate sugar cookies – with a plastic knife, spread icing and enjoy!
• Open presents, eat cookies and drink milk, and, if time allowed , watch the new It’s a Meaningful Life DVD five-year-old got for her birthday.
• Goodie bags included a glow in the dark bracelet, a snack-sized bag of cookies, fruit snacks and a few Veggie Tale faith silly banz.
Maybe soon or maybe we’ll save the idea for her 6th birthday…
• I’ve compiled more simple birthday ideas in Birthdays the Easy Way