Sunday evening we finally got around to having Journey's 5th Birthday party! We had a little celebration with my parents and just us on her actual birthday.... but the party was done much later! :) It was very breezy so I didnt bother putting up all of the crepe paper banners I had cut. In fact the wind put a kink in quite a few of my plans, but it did feel nice once the sun started setting.
The Unicorn theme was inspired by a drawing Journey did of a Unicorn head. I thought it was really good and used it on her invitations:
She is ALL about Unicorns and horses right now... so the Unicorn theme seemed fitting. The unicorn heads are a printable that will be making it into my digital shop VERY soon! I illustrated about 7 different unicorns. I needed 10, so I just reprinted a few... and those were the heads that were mounted on shorter sticks for the younger kids. :) Jaydon made a little obstacle horse/race track and the kids had one big race.
I also drew up printable "ribbons" and each kid received one after they finished the race. I had them attached with masking tape to a hanging poster type set-up and just peeled them off and attached it to either their horse's neck... or their shirt. Most wanted the ribbon on their horse, and my mom wrote their name on the ribbon... which made keeping track of the kids' horses easier. :)
When I started making the horses I was thinking to myself... these are without a doubt not going to survive the party. I tried my hardest to make them sturdy (and I'll share how when I post them separately) but I wasnt expecting much in terms of durability. I was pleasatly surprised when out of 10 horses, only one was falling apart at the very end of the party... after NUMEROUS races, and being dropped a few times. It was also one of the last horses I made, and I didn't attach/assemble it the same way I did the others.
The stick horses really occupied the kids! They were racing all around the house and having a good ole time. In fact they were so occupied that we were almost able to completely serve ALL the adults before the kids noticed!
Journey really enjoyed her party, and it didnt cost a small fortune. The stick horses took a bit of time printing, cutting, and assembling, but if you try to start early enough in advance it shouldnt be too bad. I had done 7 and decided that was ALL I was doing... they were going to have to take turns. But about an hour before everyone showed up my mom offered to help me cut more out, so we rushed and finished up the remanining 3... and I am SO glad we did. Kids taking turns? Who ever heard of such a crazy idea!? Doing it this way, they each got to take their Unicorn home with them. :)
You mommas that have your kids birthday's so close together... I don't know how you do it!