The planning part was actually quite simple. In years past when throwing a party, I always wanted to cram too much into an event. As all experiences provide a lesson, I learned that a few simple, heartfelt ideas can go a long way.
Adam requested a magic party. I went to my favorite party supply website, Oriental Trading, and started to scope things out. To my surprise, I found plates, napkins, party favor ideas, and decorations.
I wanted a few simple activities for the kids to do as they arrived. I decided on "magic" bookmarks, that when the kids draw on a their design it is revealed in rainbow colors. The kids also decorated their own magician hats with stickers.
The food was also kept simple. I ordered pizza, and provided fruit skewers and a vegetable platter.
After the meal was complete we enjoyed a rainbow cake, which I will give step by step instructions to in tomorrow's post.
To round out the activities we had a pinata and a magic show. The price of magicians for a children's party can be very expensive, so I enlisted my husband to provide the entertainment. The guests and myself were pleasantly surprised as how good he actually was. He learned tricks the month prior from a magic book.
Finally as the kids were heading home we offered them a few party favors. Included in the bag were magic tattoos, stickers, their own box of tricks, and a magic wand. I made the magic wands from doweling and then painted them with sparkle paint.
My best advice for giving a party, is keep it simple and stick to one theme. My next project: Brandon's Toy Story birthday in November!