Do you need some ideas of what to do for your toddler’s birthday party? My son just turned 3 years old, and for at least half a year he has asked for a superhero party – or a batman party as he always called it, he has been obsessed with batman for almost a year and then one week before his batman/super-hero party he decided he wanted to be Captain America, and that I would have to find a new super-hero outfit for him at the last minute (thank you amazon).
In spite of the last minute costume change I have been planning a few small ideas, some ways to add a little creativity, rather than just buying everything, and some ideas that Nate could help with too.
1. Super-hero Bunting
Nate and I had a a whale of a time one afternoon cutting out his avengers comics. I provided him with pritt stick and scissors and left him to be creative. I on the other hand, was on a mission. I cut out a bunting shaped template, basically a big triangle with a tab on top, then used that to cut out the best pages from the comic, I deliberately chose pages that had the most characters in them.
What do you need: comic books, ribbon, scissors, hole punch.
How long will it take: several hours I am afraid, but its fun and worth it.
Then I hole-punched two holes, one each side, to poke the ribbon through, which can be a bit fiddly. And that is it, simple. The end result is your very own super-hero bunting, although this idea could very easily be used for any theme, if your toddler/child loves minions, Frozen, Thomas, anything, just buy a magazine of that theme and do as above. Since it is made from paper it is quite fragile, so best to keep it in a folder or some kind of protection, otherwise it may rip. I found the original idea of this bunting from This Girl’s Life.
2. Cheese Monsters
I found this idea on Pinterest (Danya Banya), some people are just so creative! I’m not the best cook so anything that is easy to make and I am there, well nothing could be easier to make or more fun than cheese monsters.
What you will need: pack of Babybel cheeses, non-toxic glue or Pritt stick, scissors, googly eyes, toddler to help!
How long will it take: 1 minute per cheese, at the most.
Nate loved helping me with these, and they were so easy. I did the cutting and he did the gluing of the eyes.
How: Take off the outer wrapping and peel the centre wax from the cheese. From the centre cut out teeth shapes, as few or as many as you like, then put some glue onto the top portion of the wax, then arrange your googly eyes. Now this is the fun, how many different types of monsters can you make? With every different number of teeth and eye combinations will spring a new type of monster. This is what we created:
These were the most popular food item at the party – above the cakes! I couldn’t believe it, the kids went nuts for them. Best of all they are healthy, as well as gluten and nut free. Tip: make sure the children don’t eat the outer Babybel packaging or the googly eyes.
3. Batman shaped sandwiches
Again this is a fun, quick and cheap idea to make sandwiches more interesting, and can be personalised for any party theme.
What you will need: a cake/pastry cutter in the shape of your theme (ours was the batman logo), sandwiches.
How long will it take: It will take a little bit extra time to cut the shape out, less time with a metal cutter than a plastic one, maybe 30 seconds per shape (on top of the normal sandwich making time).
I love simple ideas, so again all you do is make your sandwich, then press the cookie cutter/pastry/cake cutter into the sandwich and voila you have your sandwich in a shape. I was able to make 2 batman logos from each sandwich, but on the downside there was a lot of excess sandwich which went to waste (although I might not have needed to if I was the creative type who could make bread and butter pudding from the leftovers).
The two ideas above would be fabulous to spice up a lunch box, so not just for parties.
4. Frozen Banana pops
A yummy snack that is actually healthy, it is hard to provide healthy snacks at a kids birthday party because most children gravitate towards the cakes, however, with just a thin layer of chocolate and sprinkles, they have the sweetness but also get to eat some fruit.
What you will need: bananas, cooking chocolate, assortment of topping (such as sprinkles and nuts), lolly sticks.
How long will it take: a few hours because this involves freezing.
Break up the cooking chocolate and melt over a pan of boiling water (or use a microwave to melt, although the consistency may not be as smooth). Cut the bananas into 2 or 3 pieces, depending on how large you would like them, into two pieces works well. Poke the stick into the banana about half way (not all the way through). Then encase the banana in yummy gooey melted chocolate, cover in sprinkles and then freeze in the freezer. Take them out to thaw for a short while before tucking in, yum! If you would like it to be even healthier, you could use yoghurt instead of chocolate, but for the party, we thought chocolate would be fun.
I’m so glad everyone had fun at the party, there were 22 children and 36 adults so it was big and a lot of work, and my mum and dad did brilliantly helping me on the day itself (my bestie made fabulous cupcakes and my husband did all the quiet hero stuff that husbands always do). I was totally shattered at the end, having been on my feet for 10 hours non stop, but look at his happy face at the end, totally worth it!
What did you do for your little one’s last birthday? It’s fun to share ideas.