We love birthday’s in our home and try to make them special for each child. This usually includes their favorite dinner, a birthday cake, and an outing to a local park with some friends. Once a year, though, we like to throw a birthday party for one of the four children, alternating between each child to make it fair. We came up with this idea a few years ago to make sure each child was able to experience the fun of having a birthday party without throwing four birthday parties a year (and three within one month of each other – oy). A few years ago was Elijah’s turn with an ice cream party, the year after was Eliana’s zebra party, last year we decided against one (because babies), and this year’s was Isabelle’s. It was only fitting that our pink princess flamingo loving gal have a proper flamingo birthday party.
The goal for the theme was plenty of flowers, pink, balloons, and flamingos (obvs) without being overly cheesy, meaning I wanted to avoid those big-eyed cartoon flamingos to the best of my best ability.
For the birthday cake, I made my go-to recipe, very vanilla cake by thefauxmartha, with an italian meringue buttercream and topped it with an array of flowers and a Schleich flamingo. It took me two days of hopping from florist to florist to find just the right carnations for her cake. It’s actually pretty humorous how finicky I can be, especially when I set my mind around something. I’m glad I persisted in the flower finding search because I love how her cake came out.
I like to serve snacks for children’s birthday parties instead of full-fledged meals. That allows things to be relatively easygoing while still providing something for everyone to nibble on. I kept it simple by serving things that could be made in advance and brought out right before the party. Things like fruit skewers and vegetables with hummus or dip can be prepped, covered, and refrigerated the day before. Crackers, cheese, and simple snacks like yogurt covered raisins and goldfish can be thrown on the table an hour before go time. (We served pink goldfish to keep with the party’s theme.) I used freeze dried strawberry powder to make pink chocolate covered pretzels and strawberry popcorn. I also skewered homemade miniature marshmallows on cute flamingo food picks which were the biggest hit (as usual).
Hiding tiny plastic flamingos around our backyard for the kids to seek and find was a perfect activity for the party. And by me hiding them, I really mean my son and his friends continuously hid them as they were being found by the younger crowd. This little game kept the kids entertained for the majority of the time, so much so that we ended up playing Pin the Party Hat on the Flamingo after the party since we didn’t find time during it. I’m still finding tiny flamingos around our home and have heard stories of handfuls of them being found in friends’ clothes dryers the weeks following the party. Another activity I like to utilize during birthday parties is coloring. For this theme, I printed out a few dozen flamingo pictures and placed crayons (washable!) next to them on our dining table. It was such a beautiful day outside so not many kids spent time inside coloring.
Overall it turned out really well. Isabelle had a blast, although you’ll have to take my word for it as I don’t have many pictures from during the party. For me, setting up is the easy part, coordinating (and documenting) during the event is the part I still need to work on.