Athena is outside playing with her friends. They came knocking on the door at 9:30 this morning and, like other days, I’m sure they will be out pretty much all day. Now that we live in a family-orientated neighborhood in Montreal, we are surrounded by kids Athena’s age. No more meeting in the park because her friends live so far away. No more scheduled playdates to find a time that works. She just goes outside and knocks on their door. If one child isn’t home, there are four more friends within a few doors. It’s magical. There are so many friends around that I think it’s time we throw Athena a bucket list birthday bash. We usually just take Athena and a couple friends to Disneyland for the day, but this year, I want to have actual party with printed party invitations, a theme, and plenty of Athena’s friends so we’re starting the planning process early.
I found a site called Basic Invite and it was helpful in coming up with a birthday party theme and I think I’ll use them for the invitations as well. They have almost unlimited color options with instant previews online so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. Even the envelopes come in over 40 different colors. You can order a printed sample of the actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you place your order.
Rather than making the party about what I want, I sat down with Athena and asked her what she thought about it. We looked at invitations together to think about themes and colors.
Her first choice in theme was a sleepover party. She asked if she could have friends camp in the backyard, tell ghost stories, and have s’mores. I loved the Camp invitation option on the site and I found plenty of fun ideas on Pinterest to have a camping night for Athena, but when we started to think about the weather in Montreal in April, we went in another direction.
We both loved the colors and the pool party theme and I was certain we’d found a winner. It was so easy to add Athena’s name to the invitation to have a feel for what it would look like for her. There is a community pool not far from our house and they do have a party option for kids. We talked about it throughout the day, but we decided to have one more look through the possible invitations before we decided. It’s possible to create invitations from scratch and design them your own on the site but we liked so many of the options available that we decided to go with a theme from the site.
When she saw the Treasure Hunt option, she was 100% certain that was the bucket list birthday party theme for her. Tomorrow we’re going to focus on making the invite exactly how she wants it and pick a matching color for the envelope. By starting a few months in advance, we can build her anticipation and make the whole process fun for the whole family.
I was so inspired by the invitations on Basic Invite for a treasure hunt birthday party that I spent the rest of the evening looking on Pinterest for Treasure Hunt party options. I made a Pinterest board with rocks spray painted gold, printable treasure hunt clues, treasure chest ideas, and too many other fun ideas to list. It was the ideal starting point for a bucket list birthday to remember.
Do you go all out for birthday parties or keep it simple? After five years of keeping it simple, I’m ready to have a party.