So, it’s official that my husband is deploying. He leaves 3 weeks from tomorrow, actually. (More on that later.) To take my mind of reality and focus on something positive, I’m starting to plan a joint birthday party for my kids. My son will be 4 in mid-December and my daughter turns 2 mid-November. My poor kids are stuck with birthdays smack dab in the middle of the busy holiday season so I’m going with the joint birthday party for as long as I can get away with it.
You know how The Today Show plans a wedding, and viewers vote on everything? Well, I think that’s fun so we’re going to plan this birthday party that way. First up? You are picking the party theme!
Boy & Girl Birthday Party Ideas
I took some of the party ideas you suggested on Facebook and made some very quick and ugly simple inspiration boards for my favorite birthday party themes. Check them out and then VOTE for the Birthday Party theme for my kids.
Inspiration Credit: Farm ABC Wooden Blocks from tiny giraffe shop, Happy Birthday Banner & Party Circles from DoodleLulu, Around the Barn Invitation from Sweet Paper Lane, Farm Friends Cupcake Topper from The Birthday House.
Barnyard Bash Ideas: Party would be in the afternoon at a local stable with Pony Rides and Petting Zoo! Party favors would be custom blocks from tiny giraffe (right, Amy?)
Inspiration Credit: Children’s Superhero Mask from SuperflyKidz, Birthday Superhero Favor Tags by Ciao Bambino, our capes from SuperflyKidz, Superhero Party Printabls from Petit Bouh, Superhero Write-In Invitation from Sweet Paper Lane.
Superheroes Party Ideas: Party would be at our home, with every child getting their own superhero cape. We’d play superhero games and eat superhero food – whatever that is.
Inspiration Credit: Team Spirit Shirt & Tutu from The Funky Bee, Football Crayon from Design A Crayon, Football Cupcake Toppers & Printables from Partysaurus, Football Plates, Pom Poms and Football Jersey Die Cut Invitation from Sweet Paper Lane.
Football & Cheerleader Party Ideas: The party would include some football theme games, but not football because, well, the kids are 4 and 2. Party favors would include footballs and pom poms and food would be traditional tailgate fare. I love that the Jersey Invite would have our last name since it’s a party for both of them.
Inspiration Credit: Pirate Ship Die Cut Invitation from Sweet Paper Lane, Princess Pirate Custom Round Label from Manuni, Pirate Queen and King Hats from Scarlett Dalila, Treasure Chest Craft Kit from Oriental Trading, and Pirate Ship Cupcake Toppers from The Birthday House.
Pirate & Princess Party Ideas: Crafts include treasure hunt in the backyard followed by chest decorating. Pirates would receive eye patches and princesses would wear crowns.
Cowboys & Cowgirls Party Ideas: The western-themed hoedown would take place at a local Stable with pony rides. Kids would wear their best western garb and do a little line dancing. Food would include kid-friendly barbeque food.
Vote for Your Favorite
Okay, now it’s up to YOU. What party should I plan?
I’d love to know what you voted for and why. And, of course, all your brilliant ideas to help make your choice a sweet party.
A big thank you shout out to Sweet Paper Lane and the owner Jayne. She saw the party conversation on Facebook and, to show gratitude for my husband’s service and our situation, she offered my family invitations on the house. I only hope everyone’s is so kind to me throughout the next year!