I thought I would share a little sneak peek into how we celebrated her 5th birthday.
I was so excited when she chose an Owl theme. There are so many fabulous owl activities that would be perfect for a crafty party. I managed to find some amazing little ceramic tea light holders and knew they would be perfect for the party. Not only would it be fun for the kids to get creative and decorate them but they would make great take home gifts too. Aren't they adorable?
The kids all had lots of fun painting these little owls.
Here's one of the finished owls. Isn't it adorable? I included a tea light in the good bag for the kids to light up their owls when they got home.
Being a winter party, the weather is always a little temperamental, so I had another craft activity planned just in case. Thankfully I did because it was a cold and grey afternoon. So we all made paper bag owl puppets. You can read about how we made them here.
Finally the sun came out and we ventured outdoors for some dancing and a super simple game called Flying Owls. I had three balloons that were the owls and the aim of the game was to make sure the balloon owls didn't touch the ground. The kids had to bounce them around to make sure they kept flying. It was amazing how much fun such a simple game can be. I love this type of simplicity at birthday parties.
You know me, there had to be books somewhere in this party. I used our collection of owl themed picture books as part of the decorations around the house.
I am notorious for over catering for the kids' parties and we are always have so much food left over. So I tried really hard to make this party a little simpler and less expensive in the food department. It was an afternoon party, so we had our own version of a high tea for the refreshments, with homemade lemon slice and jam drops. We also had cupcakes, finger sandwiches and jelly cups and strawberry milk.
I know my strengths and cake decorating is definitely not one of them. So I opted for a simple double layer chocolate cake with butter cream icing and some washi tape bunting. All very easy, tasted delicious and, more importantly, stress free!
One of the requests that Emily made was pink flowers for decorations. We don't often buy flowers, so I thought it would be a lovely addition to the decorations. These pink gerberas certainly brightened up the craft table.
Despite the wet, cold weather, it was a really lovely party and I think Emily and her guests enjoyed it. I also loved how simple this party was to organise.
If you would like some owl picture book inspiration, here are five of our favourite books about owls:
Or you can find more fabulous owl inspired craft ideas via our O is for Owl Pinterest Board.
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