A couple of weeks ago, my daughter turned 6. As far as 6 year old girls go, the greatest thing ever is a sleepover. This was Eliza’s demand for what she deemed would be The Greatest Birthday Party Of All Time. My idea of The Greatest Birthday Party Of All Time, however, does not involve several other 5-7 year olds spending the night in my house. We agreed to meet in the middle – a pajama party with “breakfast for dinner”, and all the kids would go home to their own parents before the sugar crash. Win-win, if you ask me!
Eliza and I planned the whole birthday party to revolve around cereal – her favourite breakfast. Normally I can get away with feeding her organic Heritage Os (that look like dog kibble, for real) and unsweetened stuff, but we brought out the total sugar stuff for this party. Now, a disclaimer: I was recently asked to join the General Mill’s Life Made Delicious campaign, so I am killing two birds with one stone here. I went out and bought a whole bunch of tasty General Mills cereals, and we put together a make-your-own cereal bar. What kid doesn’t like the idea of mixing their own cereal? This is pretty much how every bowl looked:
Tasty, huh? I guess if you’re 6 years old, that’s totally your thing. That is totally chocolate sauce on there, too. One of Eliza’s little besties suggested that fine idea, and pretty much every child at the table was on board. We also had the kids put together a 500mL jar of their concoction (without the milk or chocolate sauce), and they had quite a spread to choose from. Four cereals, rainbow chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, dried apples, banana chips, and mini marshmallows. Guess how many kids chose the dried fruit? One. I am totally not surprised.
To go along with the theme, kids also painted their own cereal bowls. I picked up cheap white ceramic bowls, and I put out a bunch of different colours of porcelain paint. We did this early on in the party so there was plenty of time for the paint to dry, and send the kids home with instructions on how to fire the bowls in the oven to make the paint permanent.
The other party favour I put together was hand-stamped spoons. Cheap spoons and a metal-stamping set that I got for christmas, and voila! Personalized spoons. How cool is that?
And I can’t forget the cake! One of my friends made Eliza exactly what she wanted – one with a pink and purple unicorn on it. Perfect.
It was a great party. The kids loved everything, and I got to send them home totally hopped up on sugar and ready to crash. Eliza got everything she wanted – a pajama party, all the sugar she could handle, and a great time with her friends. The cereal bar was a huge hit, and I think we’re going to have to pull that one out again. Since the party, we’ve mixed up some cereal concoctions a few times for the kids, and they love it.
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