Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by CoolWife, Feb 23, 2016.
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.
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.
These are great!
@Dorothygale I can’t remember how old your E is so pardon if these are off age wise ideas for her:
1. What about a space themed food you can make- moonpies, constellations https://mrsplemonskindergarten.com/2017/02/tot-school-space.html, star cookies, a pizza decorated with ingredients to look like a plant, a galaxy guzzler (put lime sherbet in some sprite and pineapple juice)
2. Make a paper mache a planet or moon
3. Watch space jam/some other “space” movie thats fun and silly in the dark with just some star lights plugged in
https://etsy.me/349BGkR (many options online under star/moon twinkle or curtain lights)
4. Make the planets out of toys balls and construction paper or paint and hide them around teh house. Have her do a space themed scavenger hunt. Could even have special finds like a little alien toy that she has to rescue and when she finds them all she gets her official astronaut certificate. She could even get a special shirt for her mission https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081YFJKI/?tag=danmel-20
It doesn't matter, but it is nice when they can get a similar experience to the night sky with a ceiling full of small lights instead of the giant star shapes.
We swapped my nieces from the classic star shapes to these and they were so blown away
@whatchyagonnado those are all great!
It definitely doesn’t matter, but E recently had a big thing when she discovered that heart shapes are not the same as what an actual heart in our bodies looks like. In this case I like the look of the more realistic ones. But we currently just have the big regular star shapes.
I just blew up a few balloons and piled his presents on the table and C1 was happy. We Skyped my parents so they could sing happy birthday and see him open their gifts. Let him pick out dinner (Taco Bell ugh) and he helped me make a cake.
These are all super adorable ideas and if you’re into it, do it. But if you don’t have it in you, just let a kid do whatever they want for a day and tell them how special they are a million times and they’ll be happy.
Full circle from when I started this thread, C2 will be one this weekend. Time flies. Fucking covid though.
I scheduled a Zoom for family to watch him smash a cupcake and tear into the couple gifts he’s been sent. And since everything sucks I also ordered a million balloons and some helium and I’m going to make it magical. For me at least.
Yeah S’s 1st birthday was pretty low key too. We still can’t have indoor gatherings with anyone who isn’t in our household, minus childcare situations. We did the video chat cake smash and A opened up his presents for him lol.
JFYI I’m an expert at balloon decorating now.