You know what the worst thing someone can say to you on the day of an outdoor children's party? There's a 60% chance of thunderstorms. It's basically saying it might be really, really bad out, but then again, there's an almost equal chance it'll be totally fine. In the end, I had too many visions of kids huddled scared under a pavilion, hugging the columns and staring out into sheets of blinding rain and lightning. To be on the safe side, we changed Lu's party at the last minute, and held it in our house instead of the park. Here's how her big day went down...
For entertainment (and their favors), I made neon play dough and sewed bean bags. There were also art supplies and balloons kicking around.
I made a janky bean bag toss game the day before. I cut the holes in thin plywood (leftover from this project) using a jigsaw, nailed some boards together then — in a final nod to child safety — nailed split rubber tubing around the holes. No splinters in this household thank you very much.
Thankfully, it was a HUGE hit. Not only did the older kids hurl those poor bags at the target, it also made an impromptu photo booth for the younger ones. Unexpected bonus!
Did I say the bean bags went over well? Well the cupcakes were an even bigger hit. Everywhere you turned, some toddler had a baked good smashed on their face, not saying a word as they basked in the glory that is icing.
And speaking of icing...does everyone have Martha-style images of perfectly piped frosting, coiled just-so onto the cupcake? I haven't mastered that.
This is real life, my friends.
(Images: Dabney Frake; pretty cupcake from Shutterstock)