Last weekend, we held my daughter’s third birthday party. Let’s just say I was not in the mood to plan another party. I kept toying with holding it somewhere besides our house so I could minimize the effort I had to exert, but I just couldn’t find somewhere appropriate. So, dragging my feet, I did another party in our pole barn. And, it was great.
I’ve decided three year olds are old enough to pick their own party theme. My daughter said she wanted a lollipop party. So, we went with that, not feeling overly inspired. I got online and found some beautiful mini swirl lollipops and ordered them. They came in a package of 48, which meant I could use them to top cupcakes and for the goodie bags. And then, I was a bit stuck. What to do at a lollipop party … hmm … So, we went really simple!
Invitations: I drew my own little lollipop and made these brightly colored invitations for her party. I always like to include a photo.
Activities: These are the easiest ones I’ve done yet. I still feel a little guilty for the lack of effort I put into them, but the kids still had fun.
For the first activity, I put out all our playdough tools and toys on a low table. Then I bought a new package of all the colors of playdough so they would be nice and soft. The kids loved this area. I will warn you that all the colors ended up mixed together, but who cares, right!
For the next activity, we set out all our play pots and pans and food. Most of these toys live at grandma’s house so they feel new to my kids.
And then, I set out our play tent and tunnel, and soccer balls and goal. The kids didn’t use these too much this time. My son led a group around outside catching bugs for most of the party, ha! (Note the grasshopper in the bottle turned “bug box” above.) I always say, “They never play with things like I think they will.”
Food: I went for my standard party food: pizza, watermelon, grapes, veggies and dip, Cheetos, water bottles, juice boxes, cupcakes and ice cream cups. The cupcakes were cute and super simple. I iced them with white frosting and rolled the edges in sprinkles. Then I stuck a pretty lollipop in the middle. I left these wrapped so that kids could eat them later, if they wanted.
Decorations: This part was pretty easy for the lollipop theme. I just took the lollipops I drew for the invitations and printed them out as large as I could to hang on the walls. I made some full page versions to wrap around our outside posts. I also made little matching tags for our goodie bags.
My designer takeaway: Sometimes you’re just not feelin’ it, but you have to show up to the “party” anyway.