Saturday was a beautiful day for Riley’s birthday party! We had it at a nearby park with a covered pavilion, plenty of wide open space, and a playground (that we never made it to during the party.). The pavilion was ours from 1-5 to give us an hour to set-up and pack-up around the two hour party, and we needed that whole time and then some! Just after noon, we packed up the family and all of the party stuff in two cars and took off for the park! Alli, CE, and my parents came down from Virginia to celebrate Riley’s birthday and Easter with us. I don’t know what we would have done without their help!
1. I took this idea from Pinterest:
And had Shawn and CE put up the table cloths across the top of the pavilion. It was a bit breezy, but they certainly filled the space nicely and created a cool effect.
2. We had three helium-filled Mylar balloons for the cake table.
3. Alli did streamers around each of the pavilion poles.
4. On the tables, I just had table cloths and bowls for candy and food in Candy Land colors.
The Party Plan
Our idea for the party was four half-hour blocks of time for the following activities: games, eating, art, and playground. But actually, we ended up with blocks for games, eating, art, and free-play around the pavilion while the parents and fam all chatted. The two hours went by so fast, and I think everyone had a good time. I hope so! Riley said she did!
1. Balloon Pop Candy Race. We did this last year, but with dinosaurs and lizards in the balloons instead. The kids formed two teams of three, and raced out into the field where they popped a balloon, retrieved the candy, and ran back to tag off. It was adorable watching all of the kids run and find new ways to pop the balloons. Good times.
2. Easter Egg Hunt. This one seemed like a no-brainer considered Easter was the next day, and the party was focused around candy! Alli and CE and Riley stuffed the eggs in the morning, and my dad and Adrian hid them around a field. Total: 131 eggs!
3. Bucket Ball Toss. I had this idea from Pinterest for this game:
But instead of buckets, I used brightly colored pots and ping-pong balls. Then, we just had all of the kids stand around and try to toss a ping-pong ball into a pot. Okay, so this was a little lame, but the kids seemed to have fun! Next time, I’ll just get buckets!
1. Cookie Cakes. Since I had had a cookie cake for my birthday, Riley wanted a cookie cake for hers. But instead of one cake, the plan was to create four 9″ round cakes (since she was turning four and I had bought four packs of cookie dough). In the end, we had three. Two rounds turned out perfectly and popped right out of the pan (Kroger’s brand). The next two didn’t, and I ended up destroying one cake and leaving the last one in the pan (Nestle’s). Then, Riley and I iced and decorated the cakes with M&M’s, so they looked like giant pieces of candy. Who knows? She may be the next Cake Boss.
2. Candy. In keeping with the theme, we had a ton of candy at the party! It was also part of the party favor, but during the party, we had all different sorts available for everyone to enjoy: gummy bears, jelly beans, Hershey kisses, Reese’s cups, M&M’s, Robin Eggs, and assorted mini Hershey’s bars. We still have a bunch of candy left, too!
3. Snacks. We kept it simple since we had so much candy: pretzels, grapes, and strawberries.
4. Drinks. Capri Suns for the kids and bottles of water for everyone.
1. I picked up a balloon animal kit for three dollars from Target. The plan was to have Shawn blow them up for the kids, so the kids could decorate them as snakes (or something simple). Instead, the kids helped blow them up and got a chance to wave them around a bit until they popped. Adrian went through at least ten balloons!
2. My dad is a sign-making genius! So I asked him to make a banner for the kids to color together at the party. Riley loves to color, and I thought it would be nice to have a chill activity in addition to the games. My dad brought markers, and I picked up glitter glue pens and stickers. The adults did most of the work on the banner, but the kids sat down for a little while, and it was nice having something for them to do quietly for a time. I will definitely post a pictures of the completed banner once I get it from my dad!
1. A friend of mine, for her baby shower, attached a thank you note to the favor for all of the guests, and I thought it was a genius idea! So Friday afternoon, Riley picked out thank you notes and filled them out for her friends.
2. Then we picked up water bottles for all of the kids and attached the thank you notes to them. At the party, the kids filled their water bottles with candy before they left.
I love being able to celebrate our kids’ birthdays in fun ways. Now that Riley is getting older, it is nice having her help plan and prepare for the party, too. A big thanks to all of Riley’s friends for coming to her party! A big thanks to my family for being there and helping so much!
Enjoy the pictures!