Back in June, when places were first starting to open up in our area, we decided to do a Zoom birthday party for Zoey and after looking around we chose to go with Amazing Fairytale Parties (no affiliate) and had Anna, from Frozen, join our Zoom call with friends. After Zoey’s party Ada immediately started planning her own, but limited herself to the Disney princesses that she could think of. I jumped back onto the Amazing Fairytale Parties’ website, saw a photo of Wonder Woman, and, after messaging them and confirming that Wonder Woman was in fact offered, I waited until they started planning again and let them know that we could maybe check if Wonder Woman was available. Both girls got so excited and thus this party theme was born.
The best part about having a virtual party is that it doesn’t matter where your guests live as long as they have a stable internet connection. I did; however, want to offer Ada’s nearby guests a treat bag that could be fun for the party, and entertain them afterwards, without it being a distraction from the party since everyone didn’t have one. I also wanted to tie the bags to Wonder Woman herself or, at least, a general superhero/heroine theme. I started out by buying a couple items, planned some others, and then, a couple of weeks before the party, I sent out a message to the guests to get a total head count for the treat bags. Once I knew who all were interested in picking up a bag I was able to write their names on white paper bags, bought two years ago for Ada’s science-themed treat bags, and got Ada to decorate them. So Zoey wasn’t left out I got her to decorate Ada’s bag for her.
Crocheted Water Balloons
A couple years ago I came across the idea of crocheting water balloons using blanket yarn. I absolutely loved the idea; however, other than buying a ball of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn I never got around to trying it out. A month or two before Ada’s party I thought of it again, looked online for crochet patterns, bought three more balls of yarn at Walmart, and started making them. Once I crocheted a couple balloons it was time to take them outside to test with the girls and they worked splendidly… although the kids ended up using them to clean the concrete rather than practice Wonder Woman throws. At this point I knew the balloons would be perfect for after the party so I continued crocheting them and ended up with enough to include two balloons in each treat bag along with a printed off tag, from the Left in Knots website, so the guests would know what they were. I added the words “and target training” to each tag and included two sticks of sidewalk chalk so they could draw targets for the balloons to hit making it more superhero/ione themed. If you want to take this further last year, for Zoey’s birthday party and then Ada’s, we bought water blasters from the local Dollar Tree and laminated coloring pages for the targets. I can see mixing and matching multiple targets and water throwing methods for a larger crowd or if you just want to change up your outside fun.
My Ravelry project page for these balloons, including any needed links, can be found here while the pattern I used, including a printable tag, can be found at the Left in Knots’ website.
Assembling the Treat Bags
In addition to the water balloons I wanted something that the kids could do before or during the party. I ended up hopping on Amazon and bought a twenty-four pack of AIMIKE Superhero capes, masks, and stickers while Ada, later on, chose to make everyone glittery pipe cleaner hearts. She originally wanted to make four or more pipe cleaner shapes for each person but we ended up putting two in each bag instead.
The last couple years I’ve been making cupcakes or a sheet of brownies for the girls’ personal birthday cakes so they’d blow out the candles on their plate only. I didn’t realize I’d done it so much until Zoey and I made a simple birthday cake back in June and the girls got so excited because it was their first actual birthday cake. Coming up to Ada’s birthday this year she made sure to quickly request her favorite birthday dessert: Ghirardelli brownie mix with a can of pineapple added. I wanted the brownies to be easy to split up among all the treat bags so I decided to make personal cupcakes and, as they’d gotten stuck on paper liners before, I decided to make them using silicone liners so, once they cooled, I could take them out of the liners and package them up for the guests’ treat bag. I kept the packaged brownies in the fridge and whenever someone came by to pick up a treat bag I was able to grab the pre-filled and labeled treat bag, toss their brownie inside, and bring it out for them. The treat bags were, mostly, handed out the day before the party.
Night Before the Party
Leading up to the party I also bought comic book themed punching balloons, found our birthday banners, and printed several copies of a Wonder Woman W logo I found online so Ada could decorate the walls (through The Graveyard by The Lair of Gary James). The kids didn’t manage to finish decorating the walls so after they went to bed I laid out the requested special tablecloth and left the coloring pages out for them to finish in the morning.
The morning of the party, after having breakfast and getting in costume, I gave the girls their treat bags and we all decorated our capes. Some of the stickers, that came with the capes, started peeling off almost immediately but the rest have remained stuck, so far, and the capes were fun to decorate. I also made sure to lay out candles for Ada’s cupcake and added cream cheese to a saucer, and put it back in the fridge, so I could make the birthday candle stand up easily. And finally it was time for the party. Wonder Woman lead them in a quick training involving jumping, pushups, and some running before going over her story and leading everyone in singing Happy Birthday to Ada. Ada had a blast and was so happy to see her friends.
I wanted to share what we did during Ada’s birthday party in case you’re also looking at what you might be able to do from home while sheltering in place. I would much prefer an in-person party with fun sensory activities but this was a great alternative I found that worked for both Ada and Zoey. What have you done for your kids’ birthday parties? I’d love to hear ideas in the comments below in case we’re still, mostly, sheltering in place next year. I hope your year is going well, considering, and you’re having a good day.
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