Big, over-the-top birthday parties have been a trend for a few years now. This year, scale things back a little bit and create a more meaningful and affordable party with a handful of your child’s closest friends and family members. If your little one was born in the wintertime, create a birthday party theme that celebrates the frosty weather. If you are trying to plan a birthday party for a child with a winter birthday, you may be struggling. The good news is that while it seems easier to plan a birthday outdoors at the park, swimming pool, or even the backyard, there are still plenty of fun and creative options for those kids born during the winter months. Winter itself can lend a fun theme to a birthday party. So before you give up, and just go the local party venue.
Create your own invitations by making snowflakes out of white paper and gluing them to silver or ice-blue pieces of card stock. Your child can help cut out the snowflakes each one will be different and special. You can handwrite the party details onto the cards or print them from your computer. If it’s still snowing in your neck of the woods, plan the party games and activities outdoors. Depending on the age of the kids, sledding, ice skating, snow tubing and other winter activities are a fabulous idea for a winter birthday party. Even if you don’t leave your front yard, your kids can enjoy the snow. Set up a game where kids need to toss or roll snowballs into a hole in a snow mound that you’ve created. Keep track of points and award small prizes. Another fun game is to bury a treasure chest (a waterproof plastic box a cooler would work) filled with treats and trinkets somewhere in the snow in your yard. Write down clues or create a map puzzle indicating where to find the treasure. Split the kids into two teams and have them answer trivia questions to earn a clue or puzzle piece. Back inside the house, decorate with snowflake- or penguin-themed garland, confetti and other decorations. You can make your own, find them at your local craft store or look on Etsy. If you keep the party small, you can serve a great meal rather than just cake and ice cream. Warm up the kids with comfort food like grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. You can create a “soup bar” where kids can choose from an assortment of different soups and crackers. Even if you aren’t planning an entire meal, you can keep everyone warm and cozy by serving hot cocoa or cider. When it comes to the cake, stick with the winter theme. Though you might be tired of cake pops by now, you can’t pass up these adorable tuxedo penguin cake pops. Of course, you don’t have to order them online. Your neighborhood bakery can probably make something very similar if you aren’t prepared to make them yourself.