The Kid's Curious George Party!
We had such a great time at Reaghan and Everett's shared Curious George party! I have to admit at first I wasn't sure about this theme because I'm not a huge fan of primary colors, HA! Rae had told me back in the spring this is the theme she wanted, and as time went on I ended up loving it so much! I found the most precious Etsy shop with printable decorations (more on them below) and seeing how cute the theme could be got me excited. I also loved how easy it was to pull together and the kids LOVE themselves some Curious George. Their excitement is what makes it so fun to throw a party.
Jordan and I both commented to each other after the party how oddly relaxing it was. I don't know if it was a shift in our attitudes, or just doing a little less than we did last year for the kid's parties, but we both felt so calm through the whole process. Being able to share in the prep ahead of time with Reaghan this year was really fun, and seeing them enjoy their friends and get excited about everything makes it so worth it.
This year I did something different and actually made all of the food from scratch. I usually have a policy that when I'm doing so much for the party set up, I lax on the food and get whatever is most convenient.
But this year since I am on a healing diet for my gut, I wanted to be able to enjoy party food without worrying. Because of that, I made less food, but went more quality with it. All of the recipes were Paleo and came from the birthday section of Danielle Walker's cookbook Celebrations. I am loving this cookbook so much!
Food is always the hardest part for me because I want to have enough but don't want to end up with a ton of leftovers that could potentially get wasted. For Reaghan's Frozen party last year, we had sooo many leftovers. It seemed like we had enough food this time, and had about 30 guests, with very little leftover :)
Mini Corndog muffins (I forgot to put out ketchup, oops!)
Fruit Kabobs with dairy free whipped cream
Veggies and homemade ranch
Chocolate cupcakes with dairy free whipped cream
We could not have asked for better weather for their party! I debated moving the whole thing outside because it was so nice, but I thought of it too late in the day to switch up all our decorations. It was a beautiful day with a high in the 70's, perfectly breezy and sunny. The kids got to play in our backyard on our swing set like they normally do whenever anyone comes over, but we also had a couple games for the kids too.
First we wanted to share some words of blessing for Reaghan and Everett. Jordan and I shared a few things we are grateful for from this past year with them, and also some aspects of their personality that we see developing. For Everett, he is so spunky, funny, and the life of the party, yet tender and sweet. For Reaghan, how much of a leader she is going to be, how compassionate she is and that she wants to be a doctor and a mommy when she grows up.
We filled a monkey piñata with monkeys and candy. I got the piñata from Walmart.
We also had a ring toss game with yellow hats (made from yellow paper plates and cups and some black paint), and pool rings. The kids loved the games!
I did a search on Etsy for Curious George and found this printable pack from this adorable shop! I love being able to buy a pack of things and print it all out. So easy and inexpensive, and I don't have to think of a bunch of decoration ideas or run from store to store searching for things.
I wrote "go bananas" on our chalkboard in the kitchen just for fun.
Hope this gives some ideas for a gender neutral shared birthday party! We had a great time putting it together! :)