Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Henry's 5th Birthday Plan

Henry's 5th birthday is coming up! We decided to throw a chef party at our house. We've started getting invited to parties at expensive venues like amusement parks and jump houses, but we only gave Henry two choices: home or the park.

For appetizers were going to serve:
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Fruit kabobs (strawberries, bananas, and grapes)
  • Chips and homemade guacamole (plus queso from our neighborhood restaurant) 
The the main course, the children are going to make their own quesadillas with a choice of rainbow colored vegetables and toppings:
  • Minced red bell pepper
  • Grated carrots
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Grated beets
For dessert, Henry picked ice-cream, so we're doing make-your-own sundaes with the following toppings:
  • Cookie dough bites
  • Gummy bears
  • M & Ms
  • Strawberries
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Cherries
  • Homemade whipped cream
We're going to follow the recommendation of only invited a small group of children since Henry is so young (his age + 1). The smaller group is likely to be less over-stimulating and overwhelming.  

I don't think we're going to do anything special with games, although Henry does want a pinata. We're going to make one in the shape of an ice-cream cone. 

It might also be really cute for Henry to bake something in advance that we then wrap up for favors. 

I'm looking forward to it!


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anna said...

Hi, I have a question...my older son is 6 months younger than H. I often wonder how to do the "age plus 1" rule for B-Day parties, because it then "excludes" kids from his pre-school class (there are 16 including him). As a general rule, the parents at our school tend to invite the 'whole class' to avoid hurt feelings. What are your thoughts on this, and how do you handle moms, kids and even mom-friends who may not "make the cut" for the party? As a side note, I agree with the theory totally - and see how it would be a much more enjoyable experience for the birthday kid. Just not sure how to execute it without hurting feelings...

Sara E. Cotner said...

I know how you feel, Anna! I face the same dilemma. I just try to tell families what I'm doing and why. I'm not sure that it totally works, but it's what we choose to do for now.

Kaitlin Wainwright said...

This is a really fun idea! I'm not sure if you've thought about activities beyond food, but I remember painting t-shirts at friends' parties and imagine something could be similarly done with white aprons?

Kristy said...

I really like the idea of age +1. At 5, I'm not sure most of the kids would be too aware yet whether they were invited/excluded from parties so long as the invites were handed out discreetly if it was done at school. For years 6 & 7 we avoided the whole class thing by extending invites to only the boys (we counted on some not being able to make it) it ended up coming close to age +1 but we didn't feel we were really excluding since the boys and girls started to really split up.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi, Kristy! I just e-mail evites directly to families!

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