Planning kids parties – Littlest Pet Shop

They are still over 1 1/2 months away, but I am already starting to plan birthday parties for my soon to be one year old and soon to be three year old.  I LOVE planning parties.  I often spend way too much time planning them (that’s why I am starting so early).  I just love getting into the theme and finding cute games or cute crafts to do at the party.  I think my last one… a Littlest pet shop party for Elise’s 6 birthday was my favorite (at home) so far!  I think it turned out so cute.  Here is a little snippet from it: 
We started out with a bit of lunch:  for the kids I made either PB and J or cheese sandwiches cut out into animal shapes, the adults got subway sandwiches, then there was “my” infamous fruit salad, fishy crackers, animal crackers, carrots … I think that was it.

Then, we moved on to the craft:  Littlest pet shop masks.  In the weeks before, I had spent (again way too much) time finding pictures of petshop characters online, printing them out, then cutting shapes of the individual colors, tracing and cutting them out of that foam paper stuff, putting all the pieces into ziplock bags along with a picture of what the petshop character should look like when it is done… then the kids glued the pieces onto the mask and we punched holes on the sides and put an elastic string to make it a mask.  They turned out SUPER cute and I think the kids all liked them!  They were all different and I think I made at least 15 or 16 of them.
 After the craft, we did a pull-the-string pinata (which was a dud… so we ended up just ripping it open and dumping it out.)

 

And cake!

Lastly, we set up a little pet shop for Elise.  She was the pet shop owner and each kid was given some play money and they all waited in line to buy a pet from the pet shop.  (their party favor)… it was so cute.  I drew a cage onto some clearish-white favor bags, so they could put their pets in their cages to take them home. 


It was so cute and fun.  I will blog soon about my plans for the next couple of parties!  🙂

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