My oldest turned 8 last week!
It was perfect timing too. We got almost a week straight of fresh snow followed by a warm Friday on which to enjoy it.
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:
1. I created the words and pictures in Picasa (the trees are Wing Ding 3 triangles and regular dashes) and put them into a table in Word. I then printed them on white card stock. I rounded out the bottoms using my circle cutter mold as a guide (a cup or bowl will do) and made the tops like rolling hills of snow.
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.
All in all it was a great party with lots of fun and funny memories attached.
After planning this party, I found a couple of other bloggers who also threw a sledding party. Check them out if you want some more ideas!
Ready for more Winter White projects? Stop over at Kojodesigns for this uber lovely pillow stamping project: