2015 Birthday Guide

. May 1, 2015.
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Need ideas for throwing your next birthday bash? Look no further than our Birthday Guide, filled with themes thought up by local parents!

Mia

AGE: 5

HOSTED BY: Erin and Andy Zimmer, Ann Arbor

THEME: Gymnastics

ACTIVITIES: When guests arrived, a coach takes them through several different activities including an obstacle course on the gym floor. They used the bars and beam and the long runway trampoline that ends in the foam pit. Then the kids were free to do whatever they wanted and play freely.

CAKE: Flower-themed. Costco

BIRTHDAY FUN: “This was Mia's second gymnastics party. I love the fact that the kids can move, play and have fun and it is super easy and hassle free for the parents. All of the kids ranging in age from 2-6 (both boys and girls) had a great time!Champion Gymnastics in Ann Arbor,  240 Metty Dr., 734-222-1810.

 

Olivia

AGE: 5

HOSTED BY:
Rebecca & Kevin, Northville

THEME: 
Hello Kitty Baking Party

ACTIVITIES:
The guests each colored their own Hello Kitty and/or Froggy mask. Rebecca made homemade sugar cookie dough for each child (rolled out on parchment paper and pre-chilled).  Each child had their own rolling pin and there were an assortment of cookie cutters (including Hello Kitty) to choose from. They cut out and decorated their own cookies and we marked their individual parchment sheets with their name.

CAKE:
Two layers, chocolate and vanilla, with fresh strawberries mixed in the vanilla. The frosting was a cream cheese frosting and the cake topper was a Hello Kitty Baker that she made out of fondant. Recipes for the chocolate and vanilla layers found online from Magnolia bakery. Visit annarborfamily.com to try it yourself.  

DECOR:
The birthday was in the backyard under a tent with various shades of pink and blue paper lanterns hanging. She created an "Olivia's Bake Shop" and "Open" sign and hung them on the fence leading to the back yard. Also, Hello Kitty faces with baking hats decorated the fence and tent.  


PARTY FAVORS:
Baking aprons and hats for each child from Etsy (Corakids). She made party favor bags to match the aprons by cutting out scrapbook paper in the shape of an apron and gluing in on the front of a paper bag.  Each child also brought home the mask they colored, a rolling pin and a box of cookies cut and decorated by them.

SWEETS & TREATS:
Strawberry cupcakes with a Hello Kitty fondant face, adding eyes, whiskers, nose and bow out of frosting).

 


Dillon

AGE: 4

HOSTED BY:
Shimul Bhuva and Roger Trombley, Ann Arbor

THEME: 
Marble Runs

ACTIVITIES:
They chose three activities to match the theme. The first activity was Marble Painting- the kids dropped a marble in a bowl of paint, then dropped it onto a sheet of heavy-weight paper in a foil casserole dish. The second was Build Your Own Marble Run- a cooperative activity where the kids decorated their own section of a marble run made of cardboard tubes and colored tape. Then the parents helped them tape the track pieces to the sliding glass door to create a large marble run. The third activity was Marble Racing – they took pool noodles and cut them in half, and secured them next to each other with toothpicks and tape to form tracks. They added a sign for "start" and "finish" at either end, propped the tracks up on a step, and the kids had fun racing their marbles down the track.

CAKE:
Baker's Nook in Saline made the cupcakes – "Funfetti" cake with their "Bettercreame" frosting. Shimul added a pearl-blue sixlet on top of the cupcakes, the closest thing to an edible marble! thebakersnook.com

DECOR:
They chose the colors red, blue and green and picked out pearlized helium balloons because they had a marble-like appearance, and hung circular paper lanterns from the mantle and the chandelier to look like colored marbles. 

PARTY FAVORS:
Multi-colored glass marbles filled in a small mason jar, with a homemade label on top that thanked the guests for celebrating Dillon's 4th birthday.

 

 


Simran

AGE: 1

HOSTED BY:
Vandana and Puneet, Ann Arbor

THEME:
Butterfly Garden

ACTIVITIES:
“Make your own craft bag” with butterflies, candy, pink bow and grey chevron cookies, other trinkets and a Pinata.

CAKE:
Butterfly theme with edible, life-like butterflies. Shatila. 248-865-8870. www.shatila.com

DECOR:
“Pink butterflies because our one year old daughter is like a fresh flower!” The parents chose the decorations and theme, but mixed it with different ideas found on Etsy. “I love decoration. In general, I send myself into this décor crazy zone as soon as there is an opportunity to pretty something up.”

BIRTHDAY ATTIRE:
Birthday dress- Ava Madison Boutique, www.etsy.com/shop/AvaMadisonBoutique. Butterfly dress- Boutique Dress Supply.

PARTY FAVORS:
Gift bags with eats, painting colors and little butterfly toys.

SWEETS & TREATS:
Edible butterflies and delicious Indian sweets. Sugar Robot, www.etsy.com/shop/SugarRobot

PHOTOGRAPHER:
Sudeep Studio, www.sudeepstudio.com

 

 


Amelia

AGE: 2

HOSTED BY: 
Rebecca & Kevin, Northville

THEME:
 Princess and the Pea

ACTIVITIES:
Each child received their own paper colored suitcase with bunny slippers and fabric crowns (made from Etsy) for a Princess and the Pea "sleepover".  She stacked several mattresses and blankets on her daughter's bed with a hidden green pea between one of the layers and we played "find the pea".
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CUPCAKES:
Rebecca made mint chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting and marzipan crowns and peas on top.   

DECOR:
Rebecca created a hanging Princess and Pea bed design out of scrapbook paper (crown on top with several layers of the mattresses and a pea on the bottom) and hung green and pink paper lanterns throughout the house.    

PARTY FAVORS:
All of the children had their own suitcase, bunny slippers and a fabric crown to keep.

SWEETS & TREATS:
Rebecca made and decorated crown sugar cookies.

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Photography is a hobby of Rebecca’s so she made sure to take as many photos as possible of the party details and the children.