Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chloe's birthday party

Chloe had a birthday party a few weeks ago with some of her preschool pals. It was a hit! The night before as I was scrambling to come up with ways to entertain 8 three and four year olds for an hour and a half, I found myself beginning to stress! What's funny is we ended up playing generic games like Duck Duck Goose and Hot Potato, and they just thought it was the greatest thing ever! It never ceases to amaze me how something as simple as sitting in a circle with a bean bag can entertain a child.

For weeks Chloe told me she wanted a Tinkerbell party. She also told me she wanted only boys at her party. Maybe it's just me, but an all boy party with a Tinkerbell theme just doesn't mix! Needless to say, we made some compromises.

Want a simple and inexpensive solution to satisfying 8 hungry children?

-1 (8 ct.) tube Pillsbury Grands biscuits
- Pizza sauce
- Shredded mozzarella
- Pepperoni

Place 1 biscuit on a plate for each child. Have them flatten their biscuits, then decorate with sauce, cheese and pepperoni (or any other desired toppings). Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. It doesn't only feed 'em, it entertains 'em! Always a plus!

And what's a birthday party without a Tinkerbell pinata? Luckily, each child had a turn to whack the thing around before the birthday girl finally knocked it to the ground!

Time for presents!

This process was pretty entertaining to watch. With each present opened, the kids migrated closer and closer to Chloe. By the time the last present was opened, they were practically on top of each other!

Time for some birthday cake... or should I say a Tinkerbell cup cake tower!

Thank you, Better Crocker, for being more creative than I! I never would have thought of this on my own! Then again, cake decorating was never my cup of tea.

Starting this year, I began a tradition that's been in Neil's family for generations. I wrapped pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters in wax paper and inserted one in each cup cake. Growing up, Neil said this was always one of the highlights of birthday celebrations, and that the goal was always to end up with the piece of cake containing the quarter!

All in all, Chloe's party was a success! Thanks, Allison, for helping with crowd control. It was great fun and even three weeks later, Chloe's still talking about it.


Rebekah said...

Happy Birthday Chloe!! Looks like the party was a hit!! The cupcake tower was super cute!!

Camille said...

I notice that there are still more boys than girls at the party! She's popular with the gentlemen! You can do the little pizzas with english muffins too, that saves on time for baking - that's what we do for all our kids' birthday parties and the kids love decorating their pizzas probably more than eating them. :)

BK said...

how funny, i'm pretty sure we had the same piƱata for Addie's Bday party. And Addie had a donut tower instead of a cupcake tower. Great minds think alike :)

Wendy said...

What a fun party! I love that she only wanted boys to come. :) I wish we lived closer so Chase could have been there...he's always telling me how much he misses Chloe.

Anonymous said...

Very cute girl. I am glad she had a fun birthday. I love the cake too.

Melissa said...

i love how reese is laying on the couch instead of playing duck, duck, goose. so typical!

Nells-Bells said...

such a great cupcake cake! i too am not very creative in that department and am grateful for any recipe or idea with pictures included. :) your kids are growing so fast!!