Monday, March 15, 2010

simply fun

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.


Chris said...

Wow! Sounds like fun. It's great to see you doing things that don't involve candy. Kids get too much of it sometimes.

Heather said...

I've given similar party favors for my kids' parties. One year we also did plastic bug boxes and the kids had a great time looking for bugs during the party!

Happy birthday to your big kids!

Stelie Designs said...

Heather, I love the bug party idea. My kids love bugs! Thanks for the future idea, my youngests were born in July.

Stelie Designs said...

I don't understand why party and candy are synonomous. We were at a 4th b-day party a few days ago and that was the goodie bag.