Ava will be 3 in March, and I lamented and lamented over having a party. So far we have just had a little family gathering with a hay ride and it's been so sweet. Why do I want to mess with that? I don't know, but let's just, ok! So, off to the blog search for some creative ideas.
First came the invitations, I decided to stick with pre-K kids, as we have a couple of circles, and it could get out of hand really quick. The budget is tight right now, so I am trying to keep it simple. I got the initial idea from HERE. And it evolved from there. This was the final product.
Then came the idea for a banner. I really loved this little monkey, so I will find a way to put him on each letter.
ice cream sunday party and made it banana split as monkey's and banana go together! I won't be doing it that elaborate I can tell you that, but I like the offerings in the muffin tins, and I may make cupcakes and let them decorate with frosting and sprinkles as well.
Now for some preliminary "To Do" list. While I have toddlers, that does not mean I am "hip" on entertaining a gaggle of them. I am more the sit in the living room and socialize while the kids jump on the trampoline kind of mom. So I did a little googling here for some advice. Apparently it is better to have a bit of structure for toddlers. I know we will have a hay ride, but a few simple games handy helps too. So I picked Down on the Farm, where you make up a story about farm life and when kids recognize a word they make the sound, like duck or tractor etc. I MAY need a script for this! I also chose Pair Them Up. Here you gather items that come in 2's, like socks. You give several "one pairs" to the child in a bag and have them look for the hidden other pair. Whoever gets the most first wins. But apparently with toddlers it is best if all win, so I will keep that in mind.
It was also suggested to have some soft children's music playing in the background. I use Pandora a lot and created a Baby Einstein station that I will have playing. And that's that!