last week my oldest kids turned 5. in the era of over the top birthday parties, [don't get me started on that topic] we had a simple birthday party at woodlake nature center.
the first half was with a naturalist who helped them make plaster animal tracks to take home
and then she led them on an outdoor excursion to look for animal tracks or scat (animal poop) outside.
then cupcakes, cookies & water. [my kids don't get nor like juice]
i typically don't like party favors because it's always candy. candy my kids can't have. i ended up finding $1 sand pails at target. the kids helped me load them with recycled paper shreds for filler, a bottle of bubbles, a personalized notepad [compliments of my business], a pencil made of recycled products and a squishy lizard [my kids insisted]
when we left i asked what their favorite part of their party was. "ALL OF IT!" that is really all that matters. friends. family. nature. and some cake.