This year I finally implemented Waldorf birthday traditions into my children’s birthdays…the felted crown, the cape, the candle ring, and my kids LOVED them. But, I still love planning birthday parties for them and usually plan them around a theme of the birthday child’s choice. This weekend finds me wrapping up the planning and prepping for my middle daughter Charlotte’s birthday party that will be next weekend…Harry Potter Themed. I have been waiting 10 years for someone to want a Harry Potter party so I am enjoying every second of the planning stage for this one.
Two years ago, before I started My Sweet Homeschool’s blog, this same daughter (above, sporting her Brave Halloween costume from the same year) wanted a Brave themed birthday party for her 6th birthday. It is just too sweet not to share; even though we are now celebrating her 8th birthday. (and what a lovely break from all the Frozen themed posts everywhere, right?) So, thanks for indulging me!
Darcy and I were married in Scotland in 1999, so I was happy to oblige Charlotte that year with a Brave party that was less Pixar and more Scottish Highland Games…
Did I mention this particular daughter was also born on Mine and Darcy’s wedding anniversary?
She sure was!
Yep, the chance to plan a Scottish themed party had me in party planning bliss.
Here’s some pictures from that party and maybe they will give you ideas for your own Brave or Scottish themed party. I must admit, throwing a Robert Burns (Scottish poet) themed dinner party is so on my bucket list of things to do one day).
Personalized water bottle labels from the Etsy shop Woods Design Studios made an average cooler of water bottles look special.
These little enchanted cakes are not homemade; but a store bought pastry that we added maraschino cherries to the top to look like the little cakes in the movie.
Our living room became a dining hall…table cloths were purchased from our local Party City. Goblets were purchased online from Oriental Trading Company. (OTC often has online coupon codes that can be easily googled.)
I tend to follow the same process with parties I plan for my kids. I strive for them to be fun, relatively inexpensive, and unique. Here’s my tips…
1. Pick a theme
The less commercialized the better–while “Brave” was our theme, we played on the Scottish Highland History of the story to create a unique party, and p.s.–simple themes can make great parties as easy as complicated ones.
2. Pick one-two high impact decorations or elements
For the Brave party, My high impact elements were visual: the sashes everyone wore and the goblets which I worked into the party budget. I was lucky to have been able to borrow the stone circle.
3. At least one activity that is FUN that goes with the theme
For the Brave party we had one activity, just one…the bows and arrows/archery. It was a HIT. And the bows and 2 arrows each doubled as the girls’ party favors that they got to take home.
4. Good food/simple food
For the Brave party, the food was simple. BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, a veggie and cheese tray, bear paw cookies, the “triplets” cakes, and the birthday cake. I was amazed how many pulled pork sandwiches those little girls put away. Never underestimate how much kids will like real food and not just party food or hot dogs…
5. Small guest list.
We invited 8 girls and their parents. I am always amazed (and not really in a good way) when I attend a child’s birthday party and there are 50 people there… This was the biggest party Charlotte, age 6, had ever had and there were 8 guests.
I hope you enjoyed getting a view of our Brave themed Birthday party!