Planning your little one's birthday is both loads of fun and STRESSFUL. Deciding on a theme, choosing a location, making a guest list . . . and if you've got a birthday boy or girl under five years old it can be even more challenging to find a spot everyone will enjoy. Often these early parties have a wide range of ages for the guest list to accommodate siblings, friends, and cousins and it can be hard finding something everyone will enjoy. To make your life a little easier, we've rounded up a huge list of locations that offer on-site parties for kids under five years old!
One of the traditions we started when the kids were one and three years old was a birthday guest book - but it's not the usual kind of guest book. I wanted a fun way to record the guests who shared their party with them, as well as a way to remember their interests and the theme of the party. Finally I wanted something that would be a special keepsake for them to enjoy through their lives.
Tara Byrne is the owner of Swirls Nut-Free Baking in Fall River, Nova Scotia, She is mom to three kids, a preschool teacher, and a baker. She started Swirls: Nut-Free Baking in 2015 and her popularity has been growing steadily as more and more kids (and adults) taste her yummy and beautiful creations and want her to provide cupcakes or a cake at their party that all guests can enjoy safely, whether they have allergies or not.
September is the month of birthdays in this family. I can count seven off the top of my head (including three of the five family members I grew up with, and two in my little family) plus I just had a new nephew both this month which brings it up to eight! As soon as I start telling people this their eyes widen and you can see them counting backwards so I just fill it in for them: "Christmas, and New Years. That's 40 weeks before September."
So we had a full set-up of race cars and tracks, along with an outside car wash for the Grand Prix portion; and a butterfly game, and a craft to make fancy necklaces for the tea party. Then, the grand finale, was a full on fancy tea party (with half the table in Cars decor, and half in pink/butterfly/garden decor. Let me tell you, there is nothing more adorable than 3-5 year olds sipping pink and chocolate "tea" (lemonade and milk) out of china tea cups. They were ENCHANTED. (The 1 and 2 year old guests got paper cups, just to be safe). I made Miss M a pink butterfly shaped cake and Mr M a cake with a number 2 shaped race track on it (with new Cars cars racing down it).
So now that it's over and life is settling back into a routine (HA! I don't even know what a routine is any more) I hope to get back on track here.
First stop, BlogJam Atlantic this Sunday! I can not wait!