So... mythology? Yeah, not exactly a theme the local party supply store stocks on its shelves. She also wanted a "pool party," so we devised the name "Poseidon Pool Party" for one big water theme heavy on the color blue. (Apparently Percy Jackson's mother made him blue food for holidays and birthdays. We found blue-wrapped Kisses, cookies and creme flavor; had blue cupcakes; and used blue as our color scheme.) We sent out invitations with all the pertinent information, as well as a free clip art image, a cartoonish Poseidon, in the middle. I printed them on regular 8.5x11 white printer paper -- no fancy stuff this year!
|Blue plates (and matching napkins, unseen) from Walmart; |
blue dots and stripes favor bags from Target;
and blue candy Kisses, cookies and creme flavor. (
And yes, Swedish fish from Poseidon's ocean!)
I've found that with house birthday parties, it's sometime best to keep it simple -- not too many activities, since the kids really just want to hang out and play. And since swimming was going to be involved, that would take up a good deal of time. (If this was a winter birthday party, I would need more activities, I think!)
Our party was from 1 to 4 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon. I came up with two quick activities to kick the party off. The first? Toilet paper togas!
|Don't buy expensive toilet paper for this project...|
|Bunny Twin's toga! |
It's kind of funny to hear two-year-old twins repeatedly
saying "Toga! Toga!" Is their future in Animal House?
This was definitely a trial-and-error sort of thing. I realized, in hindsight, that Medusa's head was probably too big, making it pretty easy to pin a snake near her head. But who cares, right? Just silly fun.
Followed by some water balloons, which turned into a sort-of Capture the Flag (or capture the beach towel) game... And, finally, FOOD!
Of course, Poseidon, the LEGO mini-figure, was our decoration. We had to feel our way through mini-fig packages in Toys'R'Us to find him, but we figured it out on the first try. So happy to have a cheap cake topper which can be used later!
I was trying to be somewhat frugal on her party, although it still involved spending more than anticipated. That said, I do plan a post of frugal birthday party tips in the near future. Stay tuned!
Next up is a party for these two:
I'm starting planning early, to shop for supplies on sale. Their birthday is in December, which cuts not only into the busy time of year, but the holiday budget.