We started by having all of guests in the family room. I made a cardboard Steve's house for the kids to play in and I had Blue's Birthday playing on the TV. We blew up several blue balloons for the little ones to play with. There were ten kids total at the party.
Once everyone had arrived I announced that we had a special activity that we were going to do at the party and that we were going to play Blue's Clues to find out what the activity was. Then I asked them to look around the room to find the first paw print clue. Bee already knew where it was and pointed it out. It was on the house.
Then I reminded them that when we find a clue, we have to write it down in our "handy dandy notebooks." So we headed to the dining room where each child found and decorated a notebook.
Some of the kids saw the playroom and were much more interested in playing than in decorating and some hadn't ever seen blue's clues, so the whole clue drawing was lost on them.
The second clue was found in the playroom on a piece of "candy."
The third clue was found upon leaving the playroom. It was on some bags of royal icing.
Then we headed to the thinking chairs to figure out what our activity would be. I reminded them of the clues: a house, candy, and frosting. One of the three-year-olds guessed it: gingerbread houses.
|I tried to find as many blue candies as I could to decorate the houses with.|
|The decorating was chaos, fun, but chaotic. The parents were extremely helpful. Next time I might reconsider using sprinkles or coconut. The houses turned out perfect and everyone enjoyed themselves.|
|Some guests spent more time eating than decorating. ;)|
|Perfectionist Bee, as usual, tried to make hers neat and orderly.|
By this time my camera battery had completely died. A lot of these photos were taken by a friend whose camera was also about to run out of battery. I let Benjamin supervise the present opening while I enjoyed it from a distance. Princess presents reigned supreme at the party and she was super happy with everything she received. Thanks to everyone who came. We are glad that Bee has such good friends and that we could spend the morning with all of you.
I am not sure if she is going to get a party next year. Being an only child does have it's advantages, she is very spoiled.