Ivy’s colouring party

Ivy's party

colouring in

ivy's colouring party

Ivy turned six last week and we hosted a little party in our back garden to celebrate her big day. It’s become a tradition in our family of hosting parties at home and on the actual day of the birthday rather than waiting for a weekend day to celebrate — it’s our way of keeping things small and intimate, and I always think it makes their  birthday that much more special for them. Ivy got to invite a few friends to come over after school, and we spent a sunny afternoon celebrating the birthday girl.

Ivy’s favourite thing to do right now is to colour and draw, so we loosely themed the party around colouring. We bought her these cool, eco-friendly Kitpas markers which colour on windows (seriously cool!) and the kids had so much fun colouring our glass sliding doors. We also gave each of the kids a pack of sidewalk chalk to decorate the pavement and write messages to Ivy.

happy birthday to you

ivy colouring at party
party decor from Little Lulubel

Marlow at party

writing

Ivy on her birthday

window grafitti

writing on windows

I picked up some colourful party decorations from Little Lulubel and ordered their colour-in party kit, which, in addition to all the cute tableware and accessories, included colouring sheets/placemats for the kids to colour in. I’ve mentioned before how much I like party-kits — they make it so easy to decorate your table and throw a pretty party together at the last minute, which admittedly is always the case for me.

What I liked about this party was that we really didn’t need to organise games or provide any entertainment. It was super relaxed — we played music, the kids danced, they coloured, they chalked, they ate, they played… and that was really it. Just good old-fashioned party fun!

Courtney x


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Comments (23)

Karolina
May 18, 2015

Such an amazing idea with celebrating on the actual birthday! Your ideas are so simple, yet refreshing and such a lightning bulb moment for me haha. My son’s birthday (born on 21st December) we celebrate it half way though on 21st June with a picnic! I felt sorry for him that he was born so close to Christmas and everyone’s focus is somewhere else.
xxx


Esther in Amsterdam
May 18, 2015

Such a sweet party! (Funny because Pim first wanted a colour(ing) party but in the end he changed his mind and it became the Lego party.) x


Marine
May 18, 2015

Love it! Such a good idea about having a small party at home. In the UK people book venues and organise big birthday parties but in France we always do it at home with 5 to 8 friends max. That’s how I want to do it for my son but I was wondering how will he feel when he is invited to these big birthday parties but only gets to do a small one at home for his birthday. Are your kids invited to the big British extravaganza birthday parties Courtney? And do they ask to do the same? Sorry for the questions but I have been wondering for a while how to deal with that as there’s no way I’ll pay for a venue for a 5 year old! Love this blog, so much inspiration. xx


Mel
May 18, 2015

I hope you don’t mind me answering, but I’m in the UK and my children have mostly been to large venue based parties however they have also attended some very small parties like Ivy’s. In truth it has not been the size that has determined whether my child has enjoyed it or not. It has been down to the activities on offer in the party. They have attended cooking parties for 5, admittedly hosted by a professional but in their own home to girly tea parties to paint balling for 20 and Go Karting amongst many others and I can honestly say that they have enjoyed both types equally. As long as you have a little structure and theme they will enjoy it… even as Londoners 🙂


Mel
May 18, 2015

Just to add. There are some great venue based parties for small groups if you’re not a natural organiser or your space is too small, plus hosting kids parties can be hard work! The Natural History museum do a sleepover with activities and Build a bear parties are pretty popular. You don’t have to book a soft play venue. xxx


Lucy
May 18, 2015

Hi Courtney

I just wondered if you could tell me where Ivy’s gorgeous dress is from, it is so sweet?
Thanks

Lucy


Lucy
May 18, 2015

Sorry I meant to ask where Marlow’s stripey dress was from

Thanks

Lucy


Karolina
May 18, 2015

Heya, looks like ace&jig to me 😛
x
K.


Lucy
May 20, 2015

Thanks Karolina but couldn’t see it on the Ace and Jig website. The mystery continues..


Courtney in London
May 20, 2015

Hi Lucy,
Sorry for the slow reply.
Marlow’s dress is a vintage find from Monster Vintage Kids: http://monstervintage.bigcartel.com. (It reminds me of something I wore back in the ’80s when I was her age!) x


Fiona Napthine
May 18, 2015

Lovely sweet ideas. I do the same and have them at home with lots of old fashioned fun! Just wondering what do you do about presents from friends?

Thanks
Fiona


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May 18, 2015

Ooo – those markers sound super fun! I’ve yet to throw a bday party for any of my children – we’ve kept it to just family all these years. But if I ever do, a party kit sounds like a great way to go!


Catherine
May 18, 2015

Love those markers! All our parties have been just like this. The last was decorating fairy cakes and a box to carry them in, cheap, easy, colourful and the kids (6yrs old boys and girls) loved it!


Beatriz
May 18, 2015

Such a simple but perfect party! (Love the markers too!). So far we have been celebrating my children’s birthdays at home and just with the family, but my daughter has been talking/planning her 4 birthday for a year…so I guess we will have to organize a ‘real’ party this time. I was wondering, how do you keep it small? Doesn’t your daughter ask you to invite her entire class? If so, how do you persuade/convince her?. Thanks!


Courtney in London
May 19, 2015

Hi Beatriz,
Thanks for your comment and question.
We’ve always had a rule in our family that the kids can invite as many children as the age they turn. Ivy invited 4 friends and then had her 2 siblings (Easton was away at camp) so she had six people in total for her 6th birthday. I think this is a way of keeping children’s expectations of their birthday party in check. My kids have never really enjoyed big, massive parties, and thankfully for me, have never asked for that type of party for themselves.
As with anything, I always think it’s all about how you describe something. If you explain that they get to invite their best friends and spend an entire afternoon playing with them and eating cake and playing games, etc. then they will be excited about it rather than disappointed it’s not a bigger ordeal.
Also, I always bake cupcakes to bring into their class so that the whole class can sing happy birthday and eat cake – this way they feel like they were celebrated at school as well (I remember loving that when I was little). xx


May 19, 2015

Looks like a lovely party. We’ve just finished party season for my 3 year old and all his friends. There was a mix of big parties in soft play centres, halls and smaller ones at home. I agree with Mel, he has enjoyed both types equally. You can put children in an empty room and if they are with their friends they will enjoy it.


May 19, 2015

Love the idea of drawing on the windows. I work for a progressive school and they encourage students to draw and write on windows all the time. If the student has a poem in their heart they want to share then they just write it up for everyone to see.
Great idea.


Beatriz
May 19, 2015

Thanks so much for the advice!


nikki
May 19, 2015

Oh love this idea. Kids parties can be a total stress fest. This simple idea keeps it fun and enjoyable for both guests and host. Which is what celebrating your children’s birthday should be.


May 20, 2015

Such a wonderful and creative concept; the birthday girl looks gorgeous in her new dress. 🙂


Ludivine
May 21, 2015

Hi Courtney!
I guess that with 4 kids, you get many invitations to children’s birthday parties.
How do you manage to take them to all these parties? Or how do you convince your children they can’t attend all of them?
These parties can really be time-consuming (and presents aren’t free!) and often prevent the family from spending time together on week…


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August 31, 2015

What an awesome idea for a birthday party! So simple but yet so much fun.


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