I just love to throw kids parties! Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, tea parties…FUN! FUN! FUN!
I have never done a Valentine’s party.
Last week during our snow days, Leah decided to plan one. The kids will sometimes set up a club, store, game room, dance party, etc., in their bedrooms and the rest of the family attends. I figured that’s what she was doing. Actually, she invited several friends from school. Unfortunately, the inviting was one of those things where first graders make all the plans but the parents aren’t really in sync…nobody knows a time or place…
When I broke the news to her that her friends were not likely to come, she was heartbroken. I promised that the entire family would participate and that helped a little. One of her friends actually did come over for awhile in the evening (only because her mom was here to pick up Girl Scout cookies, but she didn’t care why) and that helped a lot.
After her friend left, she asked if we could have the party. Our 11 year old son had a friend over and the boys were playing. I asked (ok, insisted on) their involvement for a mere 5 minutes. They all went along with it enthusiastically, staying for another activity even after I told them they could leave.
I have to say, she did an amazing job planning and executing this party!
She planned games, activities and snacks:
Pin the Heart on the Donkey–She drew and cut out a donkey and several hearts. She taped them all to the wall in her bedroom.
Heart Potato–She used a heart shaped pillow and sang a song for the music while we sat in a circle and passed the heart.
Valentine Storytime–She spread out her heart blanket on the floor and read Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day to us.
Snacks–She baked cookies yesterday (Pillsbury Simply Cookies ready made chocolate chip cookie dough dressed up with pink sprinkles prior to baking).
She even had heart stickers and drawings she had made as prizes for the games.
A perfect little party completely planned by a six year old!
She did her mama proud!