Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by CoolWife, Feb 23, 2016.
My best friend always had a sleepover party and this is what she did a couple times! It was great!
Whatever you choose, I think it should be something your rooster can handle on his own, because who knows where you'll be on the end of pregnancy/newborn chaos spectrum at that time. If what he can manage is Chucky Cheese, then lean into it, imo.
I was telling D that I usually had sleepovers and made our own pizza, etc. But I can’t handle that rn and I’m not committing him to more than a few hours given the situation. If he really wants the petting farm I’ll just go buy snacks and load a cooler now and rooster can handle that, plus I’m sure grandparents will be there. But you are 100% right it needs to be easy (for us).
@CoolWife my mom was very pregnant with my sister on my bday (the party was 2+ weeks early because she was due on my bday). She and dad found a local theater performance of a musical adaptation of Rapunzel. Maybe there's something like that around? I think we were seated at a table instead of theater seating, so easier to wrangle kids.
Toddler rave birthday is today. Bring on the glowsticks and anxiety!
Dinosaurs! But like, low key because I'm lazy and not crafty at all.
I approve of all dino related themes, lazy or otherwise.
I’m not crafty at all either but I buy things from crafty people and pretend haha. Dinos is awesome!
We are going to need photos on FB.
We just did dinosaurs for G! It’s a great theme that kids love!
Speaking of DIY and dino parties, a friend of mine had a dino themed first birthday for her son. Got the idea on pinterest to have a cake smash photo session decorated with gold dinos. Per instructions, she went to the store and got some cheapo plastic dinos and some gold spray paint and painted away.
Idk if it was the cheapo dinos or the type of paint she got, but it never dried. Ended up with gold paint all over the place.
My SIL did dinosaurs for Nephew's 6th birthday. J found us shirts on Amazon with a Trex in a party hat that said "It's party time." Would recommend.
Cutest thing ever.
E's 4th birthday is next month and I'm feeling pretty down about it, this is the first year she had her own friends to invite and now she won't even have our families there. How can I make this really fun for her? She's been wanting to try camping this summer, so I thought of maybe getting a tent and having a backyard camp out if it's warm enough (living room if that fails, but very tight space for that), but who knows how really into that she'd be in the end; ideas can be super exciting one day and zero interest the next I'm just feeling lost on this one
@Dorothygale I think that sounds super fun! Do you have a BBQ or like a little Coleman grill or something where you could cook campfire food? Is she into space/stars? You could lay out and look at the sky and talk to her about what she sees and likes and life things like what she wants to do this next year when she’s 4. Could bring all her favorite snacks and blankets. Could maybe go for a walk or hike around in the wilderness a little if you’re allowed/have anywhere to go like you would when you’re camping. Maybe even string lights in the backyard? (String lights always say party to me.)
Ooh and could still do birthday decorations in the yard/in the tent!
@Dorothygale C’s third birthday was yesterday, and in advance, I asked our family and friends to make a video wishing her a happy birthday. G edited them down into one, and she liked it! It doubles as an amazing keepsake, so I recommend.
Also, some of the adults went (hilariously) wild with their video since they were so freaking bored and liked having a project.
She is not into barbeque type food except roasting hot dogs and marshmallows specifically on a camp fire since this is something she does with my parents at their fire pit.
She is heavy into space right now so that could end up being a theme and maybe I can decorate the living room ceiling that way.
It’s so hard to predict what our weather will be at the time, some years it’s so beautiful and others (like the last two) quite cold or rainy
@RoryGilmore that’s a really cute idea! I know she will definitely get a lot of video calls that day, but if I can get them to record videos ahead of time that would be fun!
I bet you could order one of those things that projects stars into the ceiling. I know she’s too young for the constellations to mean a ton to her but she could grow into that part in a few years.
She actually is into constellations so that could be really fun. She doesn’t know them off by heart yet or anything, but she’s been learning them. Her bedsheets are space themed and she picks out which stars are the constellations by the ones that have the lines connecting them.
When I say we’re deep into space right now, I mean it. We’re reading space books, watching live cams of the satellites, astronaut footage, etc.
Pretty sure she needs those glow in the dark stick on stars for her room. There's also some new and old Magic School Bus space episodes on Netflix.
You guys could decorate cookies or something to look like planets. Have astronaut ice cream (not cheap) for a snack. I think camping out in the living room with just sleeping bags or a fort would be super fun I'd the weather isn't good.
Are you close with her friends' parents? I saw online someone whose friend dropped off cake at everyone's houses with an invitation to a Zoom call where they'd sing Happy Birthday and eat the cake together. Could even just do that with your families.
Got the glow in the dark stars, watched all the Magic School Bus episodes (pretty sure it’s where her interest started), have the Magic School Bus space book. If anyone else’s kids are into space, the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space is what she has us reading nonstop right now.
Zoom idea is good! Might not be able to do the whole group cake thing due to being pretty spread out, but maybe at least for her blowing out the candles with our families.
I'm finding this really helpful. My nephew is turning 3 and is obsessed with Wall-E. SIL and I are trying to brainstorm ideas to redo his new "big boy" bedroom in a space theme.
@Honey if you decide to do glow in the dark stars, get these
A little more time consuming because there's so many, but more realistic looking than the old star shaped ones
...But does it matter if they’re realistic looking?
I had a shit ton of glow-in-the dark stars and other things (frogs, butterflies, a smiley face made out of braided string) on the ceiling in my childhood bedroom, and we have a bunch on the ceiling in our bedroom now too because R and I are meant for each other.
SIL did order star stickers but I don't know which kind. Those are awesome and I wish I had seen them before she ordered!
I just ordered an adorable succulent planter shaped like the boot from Wall-E so that E can grow his first houseplant.