I love throwing birthday parties — probably more than my kids love having birthday parties. It’s so much fun to come up with a theme and plan so many fun activities to go along with it. Neither my husband nor I can remember having big blowout birthday parties. Most were family affairs with a cake and maybe a friend or two. I remember several being slumber parties or pool parties. But, nothing too elaborate. So, obviously, I’m making up for my parents’ lack of proper birthday party planning (Just kidding, Mom!).
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This year the youngest is turning 8. It’s an important year. She is no longer a baby, but not quite a tween. Since her birthday has often had snow or cold, rainy weather, she doesn’t get to choose a pool party. And since most of her friends are still a bit young for full-on slumber parties, that’s out too. She had a considerable time trying to come up with a theme this year. She liked the idea of a cooking party, but the appeal of the trampoline park was great. So, like her mother, she decided to take the problem to paper. First, she began surveying the family. Then she made a Pros and Cons list. After several weeks, she finally decided we should combine the two –A Pizza Jumping Party. Well, of course!
Pizza Party Invitations
So the plan was set. First, we ordered these adorable invitations off Etsy. Next, we ordered a bouncy house to be delivered the day of the party. Then I got on Oriental Trading and started ordering all sorts of fun things for the party.
The day of the party the temperature dropped 20 degrees and was a brisk 45 degrees at 8 in the morning. But, that didn’t stop my girls from bouncing away as soon as the bouncy house arrived. Coats, gloves, scarves, and no shoes. They would come in every few minutes to warm up by the fire. Crazy kids!
Pizza Party Crafting
When the guests arrived, they were greeted at the front door and ushered to the Chef Hat area. Here they used crayons, colored pencils, and markers to create their personalized chef’s hat.
Pizza Party Cupcakes
Then we were on to the cupcake decorating area. This was by far the favorite station. Each child was given a choice of cupcake and frostings in an array of colors and flavors. And, because all cupcakes must be adorned, there were plenty of options for sprinkles. Each cupcake was then put into a box as a take home favor.
Pizza Party Pizzas!
Finally, they made it to the Pizza Making station. Since the children were in the 5-11 age range, toppings weren’t as varied as with the cupcakes. Dough, sauce, cheese, and pepperonis lined the counter. Some were huge cheese fans while others were huge pepperoni fans, but all were fans of designing their very own pizza.
While the pizzas were baking, the kids bounced…and bounced…and bounced. Honestly, if there’s a bouncy house around, it’s hard to get a kid to stay off of it. But, soon the pizzas were ready. And since they had worked up an appetite, lunch was served.
Pizza Party Birthday Cake
And of course, no birthday party is complete without a birthday cake.
A- insisted she must bake her own birthday cake. She had sketched a design earlier in the week that she referred to often. She wanted a giant Oreo cupcake with baking utensils sticking out of the frosting and a #8 candle at the top.
She added all the ingredients, and I put it in the oven (along with a lot of cupcakes). When it was finished, she crushed Oreos for a filling. She wasn’t satisfied with Mom making all the decorations and decided to take a turn with the fondant. After several attempts (and a few tears), she made a plate with two slices of pizza.
The birthday girl turned 8 and another year of her childhood disappeared into the land of memories. I know it’s cliché to say they grow up so fast, but they do. Each birthday is just a reminder that we have so little time with our children — to teach them everything they need to know before they are set loose in this world on their own. This week she learned how to bake a cake. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her.
What have been some fun birthday parties you have planned?