It's hard to have a party in the winter but we try to make the best of it (see here and here). This year we thought we would embrace the winter aspect of his birthday and have a sledding party!
I really made the party pretty low key and geared toward my little boy.
The craftiest I got were with the invites.
I made them snow globe style.
Every child seemed to really like them, so it was worth the effort.
Here is a quick how to:
2. I cut the paper invites out, as well as two clear vinyl circles for every paper invite.
3. I stacked the paper invite on top of one vinyl cut out, add a dash of silver glitter, then placed the second vinyl circle on top.
4. I sewed with white thread all the way around. The vinyl is sticky so sew slow. You can place tissue paper on the top and bottom if you can't get it through your machine. I didn't like doing that because I couldn't see what I was doing very well. I just lengthened my stitch and sewed slow.
5. Done! Sew ;) easy.
I also sent home a letter to the parents, inviting them to stay if they wanted to. We got a couple of parents that stuck around and one who helped a lot (I am so grateful to her), in addition to my husband. Although it was a simple party, it was nice to have multiple sets of eyes as 8 boys flew down the sled hills.
We kept the party to an hour and a half at the warmest part of the day which turned out just long enough.
Instead of goodie bags we gave everyone a plastic dish sled. We found ours for $5 at Walmart.
The boys loved it!
I planned other activities like build a birthday snowman (with a birthday hat and noise maker instead of a pipe), and maybe some fort building but all they really wanted to do was sled. So we let them.
Instead of cake or cupcakes, I made each boy a doughnut hole snowman. I originally posted about those here.
I also made a square "snowball" cake which was less successful. It keep falling apart and when it came time to light the candles it was too windy to get them all lit. Owen just pretended to blow them out and all had a good laugh. :)
We made sure we had plenty of hot chocolate to help keep everyone warm. I used some lidded coffee cups from Walmart and an igloo cooler to keep it all warm. The igloo cooler kept the hot chocolate the perfect temperature for the length of the party but didn't last much longer than two hours.
We ended things up with gifting chaos and more sledding.
Elsie Marley threw an adorable party for her son here.
And Two Straight Lines threw a tail gating version here.
Ready for more Winter White projects? Stop over at Kojodesigns for this uber lovely pillow stamping project: