My Party: Julian

Toronto, Ontario

Julian and his friends had a blast at his history-filled party. And we're guessing there was a lot less clean up for mom Debra. She tells us all about the fun day: My son celebrated his birthday at Historic Fort York in Toronto. All I have to say is that this party theme is a surefire hit with 7 year old boys. I usually do parties in our backyard. It's the first time I have ventured off site for a party. I can definitely see the advantages!

The boys arrived at Fort York and were assigned a Historic Guide named Eric for the duration of the party. He proceeded to give the boys a tour of the Fort. Highlights included "Drill Training", learning to march, a mock "charge!" on the hills, and free run of the beautiful grounds.

After, we refueled with cold drinks, snacks and cupcakes all they wanted to do was head outside to explore the Fort and play.

The favor bags were fun to put together. The boys got a replica pop gun, war of 1812 era soldier toy, and a "candy ration". I packaged them in a cotton muslin bag to which I added the image of a Union Jack.

The invitations were antique reproductions of a postcard with the party details printed separately and toed together with bakers twine.

The decor was minimal to go with the overall esthetic of the era. Simple mason jars with flags lined the table. Red replica toy soldiers stood at attention at each place setting.

I highly recommend Fort York as a birthday party destination. It was the perfect mix of fun and education in a stunning location. My son declared it the best birthday party ever!

Thanks Debra, you can't argue with that!

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.