Aging Expectations

An Intimate Four Year-Old Birthday Party

As you might remember, I was lamenting about what to do for my daughter’s fourth birthday. She wanted a party but I didn’t. She’d been to a few this year and had her heart set on having one. She wasn’t specific about it but definitely wanted a party.

My husband and I finally decided to have a party but to keep it really small. We only invited her closest friends (mostly defined by those with mothers I had contact information). I called or emailed the four friends on the exclusive guest list. One has an older sister who Leah knows, so I invited her too. That was five guests and Leah.

The party agenda was as follows:

  • Welcome
  • Dress Up
    We have quite a few dress-up clothes thanks to my very good friend’s daughter’s hand-me-downs.
  • Play
  • Craft
    Color paper plates, put dried beans in them, and staple them together for take-home tambourines.
  • Dance
    Five songs played on the computer from You Tube
  • Swim
    We have a small jacuzzi, which is the perfect size for six small kids. I also had a small water toy for each of them
  • Pinata
    Homemade. I’ll share what I did in a different post.
  • Eat
    Pretzels, chips, carrots, pizza.
  • Cake
    Homemade. I’ll share what I did in a different post.
  • Good-bye
    I did go goodie bags – actually, pencil cases with pencils and notepaper.

Here’s how it went:

  • Welcome
    Fine, once some got over their initial shyness.
  • Dress Up
    Hardly any of them dressed up, in fact, my daughter took hers off as soon as the first guest arrived.
  • Play
    Lasted the longest – new toys to the guests could have meant days of fun.
  • Craft
    Okay – some color faster than others so it was tough to keep the group together, even that small of a group.
  • Dance
    Good – five songs were plenty. The hokey pokey was a winner!
  • Swim
    Good – we could have done two sessions here since some wanted to swim longer but a few were tired…mainly my daughter.
  • Pinata
    Perfect fun.
  • Eat
    Fine – of course, I knew of all allergies prior to the party.
  • Cake
    Fine – I kept in the fridge to keep the icing from melting but I should have taken it out early. The cake part was too cold to really enjoy.
  • Good-bye
    Fine.

So that was it. I’m not sharing too many pictures because I don’t have permission from the other party goers. I mean it’s fine for me to push pictures of my children all over the internet but I’m not sure others feel the same!

I thought it went really well, especially considering all of my apprehension. Because it was a small group the moms got to talk, the kids played nicely, any minor issues it were handled quickly and quietly…it was perfect. The best kids at-home party I’ve had.

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An Intimate Four Year-Old Birthday Party

As you might remember, I was lamenting about what to do for my daughter’s fourth birthday. She wanted a party but I didn’t. She’d been to a few this year and had her heart set on having one. She wasn’t specific about it but definitely wanted a party.

My husband and I finally decided to have a party but to keep it really small. We only invited her closest friends (mostly defined by those with mothers I had contact information). I called or emailed the four friends on the exclusive guest list. One has an older sister who Leah knows, so I invited her too. That was five guests and Leah.

The party agenda was as follows:

  • Welcome
  • Dress Up
    We have quite a few dress-up clothes thanks to my very good friend’s daughter’s hand-me-downs.
  • Play
  • Craft
    Color paper plates, put dried beans in them, and staple them together for take-home tambourines.
  • Dance
    Five songs played on the computer from You Tube
  • Swim
    We have a small jacuzzi, which is the perfect size for six small kids. I also had a small water toy for each of them
  • Pinata
    Homemade. I’ll share what I did in a different post.
  • Eat
    Pretzels, chips, carrots, pizza.
  • Cake
    Homemade. I’ll share what I did in a different post.
  • Good-bye
    I did go goodie bags – actually, pencil cases with pencils and notepaper.

Here’s how it went:

  • Welcome
    Fine, once some got over their initial shyness.
  • Dress Up
    Hardly any of them dressed up, in fact, my daughter took hers off as soon as the first guest arrived.
  • Play
    Lasted the longest – new toys to the guests could have meant days of fun.
  • Craft
    Okay – some color faster than others so it was tough to keep the group together, even that small of a group.
  • Dance
    Good – five songs were plenty. The hokey pokey was a winner!
  • Swim
    Good – we could have done two sessions here since some wanted to swim longer but a few were tired…mainly my daughter.
  • Pinata
    Perfect fun.
  • Eat
    Fine – of course, I knew of all allergies prior to the party.
  • Cake
    Fine – I kept in the fridge to keep the icing from melting but I should have taken it out early. The cake part was too cold to really enjoy.
  • Good-bye
    Fine.

So that was it. I’m not sharing too many pictures because I don’t have permission from the other party goers. I mean it’s fine for me to push pictures of my children all over the internet but I’m not sure others feel the same!

I thought it went really well, especially considering all of my apprehension. Because it was a small group the moms got to talk, the kids played nicely, any minor issues it were handled quickly and quietly…it was perfect. The best kids at-home party I’ve had.

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