January 26

Birthday Party Theme: Blanket Fort

Blanket Fort Birthday Party

In the coolest-mom-ever category, I present to you Marita of Stuff with Thing. For her daughter’s 9th birthday, she threw a Blanket Fort Birthday Party. In addition to party activity stations, party-goers got to assist in the creation of a massive blanket fort, complete with disco ball! It sounds like they rented out a hall for the party, allowing plenty of room for fort expansion, plus an impromptu track for cardboard box race cars!

How’s this for low-cost birthday party planning – provide tables, chairs, cardboard boxes and blankets that you probably already have and let the kids go at it. Kudos to Marita for encouraging kids to pool their brain power in a creative way that also acted as an activity for the party.

Additional hat tip to the Minecraft references at the beverage table and birthday girl attire.

What was your favorite birthday party theme or activity as a kid?

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May 8

Jawa Chupa Chup cover

Jawa chupa chupa cover

My eldest boy recently had a Star Wars birthday party. I was inspired by this pin, to sew some little cloaks for some lollipops, to make Jawa favors. I took notes and photos as I went, so I figured I may as well share the tutorial on my blog.

Of course, if you aren’t sewing inclined, but can’t do without these, the original pin I was inspired by points to a store, so you can buy some too!

  • Jawa lolly cover tutorial at Never mind the Claw Marks
  • Jawa lollipops for sale at Whimsical Boutique
  • See more Star Wars crafts at Geek Crafts
  • August 24

    Star Wars Day birthday party – planned in under 6 hours!

    I’ve bookmarked this May the Fourth birthday party post by Annalea Hart on Offbeat Mama for the near future – the simple but awesome Star Wars party she planned and pulled off the same day for her 6-year-old son Luca is super inspiring! Yoda sodas, ice-cream sandwiches, movie-night popcorn, and easy decorations… the force is strong with this one.