I went to a great 3 yr old party today!
really love kids
My friend's DH (oh how I envy her) is French and LOVES to cook. He is the cook in their house. (now where is the green envy sign?)
They always have parties at a park (free!) near a playground (cause their house is too small). This year, DH set up a small kerosene grill (2 burners) and was making CREPES TO ORDER!
He pre-made homemade Crepes (one plain adult size, one buckwheat adult size, 2 small sizes for kids) and had Cheeses, turkey, ham and people could choose their filling (I would have added the following choices - Spinach, eggs, tomato and maybe some slightly sauteed mushrooms.) They also had a nice salad. (Last year he served a yummy spread - all home made - which included homemade Foccaccia bread.)
Anyway, my friend had her 2 month old dd in the Maya Wrap sling. That is her 2nd homebirth baby, so I guess this is a "granola birthday".
sCRAFT FOR KIDS - Kids would paint their own flower pots.
Luckily they got three tables near each other (one for DH to cook, one for people to sit and eat at and another for the craft set up). My friend purchased1. Teeny clay pots for planting seeds
(3 for $1 at local crafts store)2. Paint
(she provided each child with a teeny paint container. She didn't have any water for dunking. Not that it mattered much to the kids. I would have put more paint out in empty egg cartons and water in empty plastic containers for dunking.)3. Brushes4. Stamps
Nobody used these much. First 3 were enough.
I would have left it just as is, but THEN she had a 1/4 full bag of dirt. Each child reached in the bag to fill the pots after they were painted. Then she put in seeds (in a few weeks, flowers would bloom.)
She provided ZIPlock bags
to protect the potted plants to take home. And that was the "goody bag." How cool
I think that's AWESOME! I would love to do this, but my DH would veto it because it would take work and stress us both out (they seemed perfectly calm.)
We have "money." The con for me is while it's "nice" the downside is that it's so easy to go overboard and overspend, KWIM? And I'm so sick and tired of it.