My sweet May baby was birthdayed a couple of weeks ago and it was a great party, if I say so myself. Nothing fancy. Just some old fashioned fun. She chose a Martha Speaks theme, and since there are no readily available Martha party accessories, I had to improvise. You can see her birthday outfit above, which is looking bedraggled post-party by repeated water gun soakings. The purple tank was found at Target, and I made the Lazy Days skirt from madras and purple grosgrain ribbon the night before the party. Easy.
Here's her birthday mixtape. I really enjoyed putting these together last year so I think this might become a birthday tradition. It makes them feel really special to have some music to mark the occasion. This year's selection for Thing 2 was chosen mainly for the toe-tapping beats and rollicking melodies, but some were snuck in there for my own benefit because I know I'll be listening to this in our van for a while. We had this playing outside during the party and also used it for the Pass The Martha game.
I tried not to go overboard on indoor decorations. My felt buntings from birthdays past and some balloons did the trick, plus some homemade Martha signs I put around. I found a picture of Martha online to use for those.
I piled a bunch of jump ropes, bubble makers, frisbees, water guns, ring toss sets, lacrosse sets and hula hoops on a table outside the screened porch for easy access while the party goers were arriving.
After the party got underway, we played Put The Tail On The Martha on the screened porch. I had to make this game myself, so I sketched a picture of Martha from one of the girls' chapter books and painted it on yellow poster board. That was kinda fun because I rarely just get to draw and paint. I used loops of tape on the tails instead of tacks. I was worried that the kids would think this game was completely lame, even though they were mostly younger than seven. Boy was I wrong. They loved it, and it actually became pretty cutthroat with some blatant cheating thrown in.
Passing the Martha
Michael vids the kids pelting around the house, hot after a buried bone.
What you see here is the extent of my cake decorating abilities.
The birthday girl requested eclair cake for her dessert. If you don't know this southern church potluck staple, it is a combination of layers of french vanilla pudding, whipped cream, graham crackers and a dark chocolate glaze. It tastes like a...you guessed it. Eclair. I like to whip my own fresh cream instead of using the store bought kind. Mmm mm good.
As far as other party food goes, we devoured take out pizza, homemade greek salad, homemade limeade, hummus, chips and dips. I am a huge believer in take out pizza for birthday parties. All kids/adults love it, and no prep for me.
I want to thank you all for your clever and amusing party game suggestions! You got my gears grinding. I haven't done a big party for the girls for the last three years, so I was kind of rusty. And guess what Thing 1 is already planning for her birthday in August?