our biggest little one is 4! we had his birthday party on a sunny saturday morning at buffalo park. it was maybe my favorite party yet.
luke and i were kind of exhausted from hosting and organizing and cooking so much lately, so much so that we *almost* didn't have a party for mateo, but then i remembered how much he had been talking about one and how it wasn't his fault that his special day came after so many others. so we planned it 4 days in advance, with the one rule that we wouldn't really cook anything. we got bagels, bought some coffee and orange juice and champagne, sliced some fruit and that was it.
i made a giant pinata the night before. it took me four hours and was fun to make but at the same time i kept thinking how all my work would be destroyed in a matter of hours! i think it was worth it though - the pinatas in town were $30 (and shaped like children!?!) and mine was about $3 to make, and it stayed together for a really long time.
we told all the children to bring their bicycles for a bicycle parade - something we'd seen on a 1970s sesame street episode. we gave mateo his gift (a new bike) early so he was super excited about it and really all he did through the whole party was ride around on it in his own little happy bicycle world.
i don't love pinatas but since mateo has been to so many parties this year with them he asked me for one. i struggled with the idea of filling it with sugar and cheapie throw away plastic toys so i asked our community and got so many good ideas of other things to put in. we put in some bird and dinosaur tattoos, some stickers, some mammoth sunflower seeds for planting, some coloring pages of the grand canyon and usa, homemade crayon discs from all of our broken bits of crayon, bags of popcorn and, for mateo's dream pinata, some organic lollipops from trader joes. i heard lots of good feedback from all the mamas and papas about the pinata contents, so i think we succeeded in pleasing everyone, hooray!
instead of baking a cake, mateo and ruby and i made messy fruit and yogurt popsicles all week long and they survived the party.
he asked to match me so of course i obliged.
i think he had a happy day.