My daughter's birthday is today, just slightly more than a week before Halloween. The timing opens up some fun possibilities for party themes. And indeed she chose to go with a Halloween theme this year, asking her friends to come to her party in costume.
We held the party on a Friday evening and I pretty much spent the entire day shopping and decorating. The kids and their dad helped out after school too. Here's the birthday girl adding washi tape flags to party straws, above.
The kids prepared the loot bags (or, in this case, loot buckets) assembly-line style.
I ordered the birthday banner, "drinks" and "treats" cards, straws and washi tape from Minted.
A Halloween theme calls for candy, of course.
I also put out some healthier snacks, like this fruit platter with banana chocolate chip ghosts and mandarin celery pumpkins. The girls loved these. I found the idea here.
It was a lot of fun to see these cute 8- and 9-year-old girls (and one brave boy) dressed up and ready to party. We started off with some Halloween crafts.
The kids made easy bloodshot eyeballs from paper plates. See the inspiration here. A small note if you buy your construction paper at the dollar store like I did - although they showed lots of colours on the exterior packaging, there were only a few colours inside. Hence, the brown and pink eyes.
They also made lollipop ghosts.
I cut up an old white sheet into squares. Then all you have to do is wrap a piece of the cloth around a Tootsie Pop, tie off the "neck" with an orange or black ribbon and draw on a face with a permanent marker. Simple and fun! Except the girls kept asking me when they could eat the lollipops. I recommended at least taking them home to show their parents first.
My girl opted for ghost-shaped cupcakes instead of cake. We overfilled the cupcake pans a bit, so they overflowed and didn't look much like ghosts. But the kids didn't seem to care. They piled on icing, gummy worms and candy topping and went to town on them.
How do you celebrate your birthday?