Last summer on a trip to Maine we stumbled upon a gem of a thrift store where I found stacks of these vintage “Children’s Activities” magazines from 1940. It literally makes my teeth hurt that I didn’t buy them all. (Does this phenomenon affect anyone else? Deep regret=dental discomfort?) But luckily I did buy two, and every page is a treat.
We take birthdays pretty seriously around here. I am always on board with an excuse for treats and streamers, and why not make a kid feel like a superstar for a day? Ivy lives for a party and has loved a good project since her little fingers could grab a crayon, so I always try to include her in things like thank you notes, decorations, and of course invitations. Her birthday is next month (as she constantly reminds us) so she is in full party planning mode. We were reminiscing about some of her past invitations.
As Ivy approached two, it was all robots all the time. She LOVED them. We bought some slightly metallic paper and printed a very simple robot. Taking inspiration from Brooke’s counting card, we attached some candy buttons to his tummy. Ivy had fun slipping the buttons into the plastic (trimmed cellophane bags) and helped glue the googley eyes on. Voila!
For her third birthday, she decided on an animal party. [Sidenote truth: Ivy was way ahead of this season's leopard trend. I think it's the Brooklyn in her—she observed it on a neighbor a while back and fell in love.] We printed a few sheets of leopard print and cut out the simple silhouettes. Ivy added whiskers and a button nose to her list of gluing responsibilities. Done and done.
The days of robots and animals are long past—princesses reign supreme and there is no stopping it. Given executive control, Ivy would bedazzle Disney cards and smear them with a good thick coat of glitter glue. We are in negotiations for a happy medium. Ideas?