My 12 yr old son informed me yesterday that his birthday and party are coming up in the next couple weeks. My son is becoming a teenager! We only do friend birthday parties every other year, saving the even years for family only parties. This is less overwhelming, and we can better focus on baptisms, ordinations, etc. This is the year of the friend parties. My three oldest are having odd year birthdays this year. I haven't had to do a party since Maddy turned 5 over a year ago. I went back to look at the pictures and thought I'd share what we did, because it turned out really cute.
The theme was a tea party. The invitation:
We decorated hats for the opening activity and party favor.
I read them Miss Spider's Tea Party and we played "tea, tea, tea, cup". My daughter has a toy tea pot that plays music, so we played a version of "hot potato" with it.
We had a tea party, of course, with a teapot cake, ice cream, herbal tea, apple juice and cream cheese and raspberry jam sandwiches cut into shapes with cookie cutters. I let them use my grandmother's vintage tea cup saucers as plates, but only the birthday girl got to use an actual tea cup. I didn't want any to get broken.
Of course, my son won't want this type of party! Gone are the days of crepe paper and cheesy party games for him. He wants a more mature party now. A sleep over with movie watching, video game playing and tacos. It actually sounds like less work for me, but less sleep, too!