Monday, September 23, 2013

How to Have Birthday Party for Your Toddler's Stuffed Animal + Life Lessons



My toddler, D, dug through the party decorations in the basement and picked out his favorite: swirly Donald Duck hanging decorations, a vibrant red tablecloth and a homemade decoration of Styrofoam balls on a stick in a beach pail that I made to look like Mickey Mouse. We had plenty of decorations from his birthday party last year.

We had been stuck in the house all weekend because D was sick. Now that he was starting to feel better I wasn't ready to take him out yet but I knew I had to come up with something more exciting than just another movie. So, we had a birthday party for his favorite stuffed animal, his penguin from the movie Happy Feet.

First I had D create a Happy Birthday card for "Penguin." He loves to color and decorate with stickers so this just added to the party fun. 

While we were digging around for the decorations we found a present for Penguin (a stuffed toy that I got at a blogging conference) and we put him in a decorative box. Then it was off to decorate!  D helped me smooth the plastic table cloth and then he started putting out the table decorations. The cute Mickey Mouse ear idea was found on Pinterest. Where else?! Check it out. And since one of D's favorite things are balloons I had to blow them up and rub against the wall. He loved that.


Now it was time to set the table. I put D on this since I was using paper plates but we had to decide what we would use first. We didn't have any more Mickey Mouse table settings (hey, I am not perfect we already ran out!) so we had a choice between summer beach theme or Elmo - he went with Elmo of course! After all the plates were in place he put out the napkins and cups. 

Next up? The party guests of course! I told him he could invite three other "friends" besides Penguin so off we went to his room to decide who should come. He choose his frog, his stuffed dog and another adorable penguin. He set them at the table so we could serve them their doughnut hole. If you really wanted to extend the activity you could make cute cupcakes but since this was somewhat a spur of the moment activity I didn't have time. Consider these cute frog cupcakes. Or how about these fishing cupcakes? I love them! D loves doughnut holes just the same so it worked! The only problem is we only had five left which is why we had to keep our guest list limited!  

After we "chatted" with our guests we had to sing "Happy Birthday" to the guest of honor. D was just learning the song but he didn't do too bad! I took some pictures to document the special event and so did D with his "big boy" camera.


Penguin loved his present and card and D felt great about giving something to him!


All-in-all the event was a success! Since we spent so much time preparing for this I left it up for a few a days. While my family thought I was a little crazy D loved it and that's all that matters right?

Learning lessons from stuffed animal parties:
Your child learns to make their own decisions.
It teaches them to be thoughtful and do nice things for others.
Your child learns a few domestic skills (decorating and table setting).
It's a chance to let your child's artistic abilities to shine (card making, picture taking, decorating). 
If you made homemade cupcakes they learn how to bake and some basic mathematic concepts when measuring flour, etc. 

To what lengths have you gone to watch your child's face light up?





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