It’s March 2, which means we just finish celebrating Little’s birthday. Little is a Leap Day baby. She only gets a “real” birthday every 4 years. On the off years we celebrate on February 28 and March 1. Because, why not?
For her 5th birthday, she picked a butterfly theme. After a quick peruse on Pinterest, I came up with a few ideas. We I decided to have the birthday at home (Sole Man wasn’t backing me up on this. His exact words were, “You’re crazy.”) It’ll be fine!
I ordered an ice cream cake, came up with a craft and some games, and felt completely prepared to host 14 kids (8 of them ages 4 and 5).
We are fortunate enough to have a dedicated play space in the basement, so most of the party would take place there. I built a Lego table for the kids when we moved in (I promise to post about it this month) and made them clean it all off so the kids had a space for crafts. Here was my plan:
2:00pm Party starts
2:05-2:20 Butterfly craft
2:20-2:35 Pin the Wing on the Butterfly (Little came up with this idea)
2:35-2:55 Dance Party (Little really wanted this, too)
3:30 Presents (followed by play time if any time is left)
Now, those of you with experience will look at this schedule and understand immediately that I’m not someone who spends a lot of time with preschoolers. You may also be understanding why Sole Man said I was crazy. It was precisely at 2:30, when we had already finished the craft, Pin the Wing, and the dance party that I realized the giant flaw in my plan.
Surrounded by 14 very energetic children, I started sweating. Like, working out at the gym sweating. After silent gratitude to educators and caregivers everywhere, I dug deep for a way out. Luckily, 2 years ago I bought this indoor snowball kit from a local toy store. We used them at Little’s 3rd birthday and some classroom parties.
Here’s a link to a similar product. I can’t remember the exact one I bought because it’s been a few years and of course we long lost the original packaging. But they are loads of fun.
We started snowball games and were saved from mass chaos.
This was fun and the kids seemed to enjoy it. Finally, I let them run wild with Snowball Fight. This is by far the most fun they had. It was also so much fun to watch. All the kids, from ages 4 to 10, had a blast. And it bought me time to get us to 3pm and cake.
A massive shout out to anyone who works with kids. You have my everlasting appreciation and respect. It is not for the faint of heart.
Neither is a birthday party at home (but don’t tell Sole Man I said that.)