Creative fun

Today I took my son to his friend’s fifth birthday party. We’ve looked forward to this party for weeks, since the invitation came saying, “Indoor Camping Party”! It met our expectations – the family had two tents set up in their family room, complete with a nylon tunnel between them. There was a game to find the animal footprints on each child’s card (bobcat, mountain lion, beaver). Once you’d found all the footprints on your card, you got to go into a cave (also known as a large closet) to search for hidden treasures, using the cool flashlight that was your party favor. And, then the boys ate hot dogs on a blanket on the kitchen floor. The final treat were s’mores out in the back yard.

I loved this party because  it was creative fun. I’m sure it required planning and lots of effort but it wasn’t plastic. The kids used their imaginations – and they connected. I aspire to host this kind of party in a few months. Today served as a good reminder that it’s the experience, not the extravagant location or the perfect party favors that makes a birthday party great.

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2 Responses to Creative fun

  1. Luci says:

    And in this economy, every bit helps. How creative and festive for the kids! I will have to file this one away for Aidan;s next birthday. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Jenni says:

    I think I may need to steal this idea. That, I think, is the best party idea I’ve heard to date. And no pink fairies. Thank you for sharing!

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