Butterfly Birthday Party
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One of the privileges of being a mom, and one of my favorite activities in the world, is planning birthday parties for my children! I typically start daydreaming about the theme and location about 4 or 5 months in advance and spend the remaining time Googling, cruising Pinterest and generally obsessing over every other detail. Am I alone here or are there other party-crazy moms out there?!
To me, the theme is everything. It’s like the roadmap for the whole party, and it gives me direction. Since I’m totally into printed invitations, that’s where I start. I endeavor to find the perfect invitation that will convey my theme. After all, our slogan here is “The Party Starts with the Invitation” because I really believe it’s true. The invitation is the first impression of my party to each of my guests. It’s not only informational (the who, what, when, where and why), but it gives them an idea of the feel of the event in every way…casual or dressy, fun or sophisticated, loud or quiet. I like to take every chance I get to make these occasions memorable and if my child happens to like the theme, then all the better. Ha! Actually, I do let them pick, but luckily my daughter is too young, so I got to pick this one!
The “By-Wy” Party
When our daughter turned two last month, she celebrated with a butterfly (or, as she would say, “by-wy”) party. This butterfly invitation was a perfect choice because it’s not only absolutely precious, but the pink butterfly is a die-cut topper attached by a wobbly spring, making it wiggle and bounce around after it is pulled from the envelope. I love that little something that makes it extra special!
On party day, we gave each little girl their very own pair of translucent butterfly wings, and they flitted around like little beauties! We decorated with pink, purple and green balloons and hung tissue paper butterflies from the chandeliers as if they were looking for a place to land. The guests dined on butterfly cake and lots of yummy snacks including Butterfly Hot Dogs, a play on pigs in a blanket using croissant dough and little smokies hot dogs.Tissue Paper Butterflies How-To: These cute decorations were made by layering several sheets of tissue paper, crimping them in the middle and twisting a pipe cleaner around the center. We made variations with different color combinations and by trimming the edges to get just the right shape. Then, hang them up with fishing line!
Butterfly Hot Dogs How-To: Use 2 cans of crescent roll dough, unroll them and press the dough together at the seams. Then, using a butterfly cookie cutter, cut out the butterfly shapes and place them on cookie sheet, each topped with a cocktail weinie. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Parachute Game Time
For game time, we hauled out our large parachute, gave each child a handle, and tossed some lightweight balls on top. Every kid was entertained by the frantic parachute flapping away and the balls flying everywhere! Then, we had the kids raise the parachute up high and duck underneath, pinning themselves inside. We were reminded that sometimes the best games are the simplest ones, because the kids from two to seven years old were all entertained, and asked to do it again and again.
Spin Art Craft Time
Favor ideas were abundant for this party, and my favorite one was to bundle up little items like bubbles, a tiny kite, a party horn and some fruit snacks and tie them up in a butterfly net! I also love these little butterfly-shaped goodie bag of jelly beans. They are irresistible because they are so bright and inviting!Butterfly Snack Bag How-To: Just fill up snack-size zipper bags with any treat and tie them up like a butterfly using a variety of colored pipe cleaners. Couldn’t be easier!
Our little birthday girl had a great day and so did all of her little friends and cousins. Only 10 months left to plan her next party. I better get busy!