We had a fantab-ulous time at Color Me Mine in Naperville, IL for my daughter’s 6th birthday. Here are some photos of the shin-dig, along with some crafty ideas you can re-create for your own child’s party.
My daughter and I especially had fun with the pencil-crazy-band favor she handed out to her classmates at school. Most schools these days have a “no food” policy in place. What’s a parent to do? I typed up a quick little ditty on the computer–adding fun fonts and text color, adhered them to cardstock, securing to the pencil with a crazy band. Done! She’s already looking at pencil designs for next year’s pencil favor.
- Make a bookmark out of cardstock, stickers, and markers (you can also purchase pre-cut bookmarks for less than $3 for a pack of 12+).
- Tiny containers of Play-Doh with a label indicating the birthday child’s name and age
- Gel-clings appropriate for the season–look at the dollar store or dollar section of Target for small, individually-wrapped packages, or cut large sheets of them and place in your own small bag for each child.
- Erasers/Crazers…often 4 come in a $1 pack. How can you beat a $.25 treat? Look for them at Micheals.
- Have your child collect and decorate small rocks for each child. Add googly eyes and glitter, if you want. Pop ’em in a cello bag and tie with a ribbon. Pet rock, anyone?!
- Small notebooks. Make a “to-do” list on the first page…”Celebrate ___’s birthday!” with a little checkmark placed by their name.
- Stickers…Cut large sheets of stickers into smaller sizes, add a note: I’m stuck on you…Happy Birthday to ____!”
Really, the possibilities are endless (want me to keep going?! ) Have fun, plan ahead a week or two and involve your child.
Until then, happy weekend and happy crafting!