Last year for L's birthday I went a little crazy and spent ages on preparations, planning and decorations. We invited L's whole Montessori class and had a marimba band come in and play. You can read about it here and here.
This year I have to admit I'm just not as inspired. I think it has to do with the fact that I'm working now.
Anyhow we came up with a great compromise.
Our local Aquatic center rents out the pool for private parties. This is the perfect solution. We can invite L's whole class and their families as well as other friends and family and there is no preparation or clean up for us! Yippee! They even have tables we can set up in the foyer for snacks and birthday cake after so L won't feel like she's missing out.
Here are the invitations we came up with. I wanted to keep it really simple since we have to make so many.
First L covered water color paper with a mixture of blue water color paint, water and modge podge. She then crumpled up a plastic bag and dabbed it all over the paper to create a water effect.
Once that was finished she sprinkled sparkles all over the paper(her favourite bit!)
I cut out the invitations and L added little fish stickers.
On some of them she also added sequin air bubbles. Too cute!
I put the party info on the back and viola! a free set of party invitations.
Last year we asked for no gifts but a donation to the food bank instead. This year we have still asked for no gifts but have asked that the children make their own birthday card for L so she will have a keepsake.