Sometimes it's really funny (and bittersweet) to look back to this exact time one year ago. I see my kids all day every day, so I don't notice how much they're changing. But when I look at pictures of them from last Halloween or from last year's birthday party, it strikes me how much they've grown up. Case in point: it feels like our six-year-old has been a major, hard-core tomboy forever, so it amuses me to think that for her birthday last year she wanted a Sleeping Beauty party! This year, in fine tomboy form, she wanted a body birthday party (she wants to be a "tummy doctor" when she grows up). Since her birthday is less than a week after Halloween, we were careful not to make her party Halloween-y at all: no bloody body parts, no gory limbs, etc.
When the party-goers first arrived, we traced their outline on a big piece of butcher paper and gave them crayons to do a life-sized self portrait.
We hung all of the self-portraits in the hallway and took pictures of each kid with their artwork!
We had some unexpected down-time between activities and lunch (because I completely forgot about one of the activities we had ready to go), so I put some Yoga for Kids on the TV. And they LOVED it! Seriously, those children were positively spellbound!
We tried to keep lunch easy and relatively healthy, so we had pizza delivered, and carrot and celery sticks, red and green grapes, and juice on the side.
After a failed attempt at a homemade pinata (it cracked), we bought a white baseball pinata from the party store, picked off the red detailing, and taped on some construction paper to make it into an eyeball. That seemed way less weird than buying a person pinata and having the kids bash it, which just seems creepy and inappropriate!
The birthday cake was actually really easy. A homemade chocolate cake with homemade chocolate frosting, and then a skeleton torso made from white store-bought fondant. It was just like play-dough. (idea from Country Living magazine)
Our party favors were inspired by the Scooby Snacks we had at a friend's Pink Puppy Party over the summer. They're shaped like bones and taste like cinnamon grahams. We just dipped them in white almond bark and made them into "Bone Cookies." I ate a ton of these! Luckily, I saved enough to give away as party favors.
|The other party favor each child got to take home was this cute, very scientific book full of facts about skeletons. I spotted it in one of the Halloween book orders that came home from kindergarten.|