The older two girls haven’t had a birthday party in a while. With October being a crazy month, we had previously let them decide on a place to have a family dinner. And they enjoyed it, but they really wanted to celebrate with friends again.
We’ve had some great birthday parties at the house with bounce houses, pinatas and more fun. But, with a crazy month ahead, I knew I couldn’t do it, so we decided on a party outside of the house. We had discussed a bunch of different options and locations, but while at the YMCA one day, I remembered they do parties there for a pretty good price. I thought I could choose between swimming and rock climbing, but then I saw Zumba and knew it had to be that.
I used Canva and an image subscription service to whip up the invitation. It turns out, finding a zumba dancing person is hard…especially one that is clothed appropriately. So, I went with this one. In a very classy way, I sent the invitation via text/image message to the children the girls wanted to invite. Yes, maybe that should say klassy.
I then had to decide on favors for the party. I’m not a fan of the quick ones you find in the store that get tossed in a about two minutes. I didn’t spend huge, either. I went to the Dollar Tree and grabbed some water bottles. I then used my Silhouette Cameo with some permanent Oracle 651 vinyl and the Sortdecai Handmade Script and Bonus font and typed each of the kid’s names into the software, printed it out on the vinyl and they were ready to go.
The kids and parents loved them. Practical, functional and personalized…definitely a party favor win.
The party / The activities
Part of the party fee was having helpers with the kids and a ZUMBA instructor. We were able to put in music requests and the kids had a great time. They danced and exercised their hearts out and kept moving for the full hour.
In addition to the ZUMBA dancing, they did congo lines, a little limbo and even a challenge with the hula hoops. Keeping all of the kids ages 4 and up entertained wasn’t hard and they had so much fun. We had people tell us it was the most fun the kids had at a birthday party in a while…and I love that it wasn’t the same old party that most kids have.
In addition to the water, cake and pizza mentioned on the invite, we also had veggie and fruit trays, protein bars, granola and juice boxes. The kids worked up quite the appetites, too because they were starving after their activities.
Pro tip: Don’t forget the candles! Thankfully, they weren’t too upset about it because they had all of their friends there to celebrate with them. We all sang happy birthday and there wasn’t a fight over the candles being blown out. So, that’s a win!
And, I’m super thankful to the mom that offered to take a picture of the four of us with the birthday girls (the other two were probably busy eating strawberries by the plateful!)
We’ve been in serious purge mode. There is so much stuff in our house and we just don’t need more. The girls and I chatted and decided that instead of gifts, they’d like to suggest if somebody wants to bring a gift, that they bring a donation for our local food pantry as there is serious need this time of year. I’ve put together a list of other alternative birthday gift ideas, some of which we’ve previously used. It was nice to be able to give to our community via their birthday and the girls were happy to help facilitate the donation.
We all had such a fun time at the ZUMBA birthday party. Every time we do a fun party like this (yeah, it’s not a “pinterest party” but it’s fun), I wonder how the next party will go and how we can make it even more fun as they grow up.
Happy 10th and 8th to my biggest girls. We love you!
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