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Not all girls love princesses, fairies, and tutus. This year my daughter hosted a small birthday sleepover with two of her closest friends. The theme? FORT BUILDING. Whether your hosting a party or looking for some weekend fun…
Below are 4 simple steps for celebrating your little engineer’s creativity.
1. Gather the Blankets
Get ALL the blankets and sheets in your house and make a pile. Our favorite place to build a fort is over the kitchen table. This gives you a nice solid framework and the chairs quickly expand the width of the fort. Between the two of us, it is also an easy way to ensure the fort gets taken down. Eventually you’ll need to eat dinner! My daughter Rose decided she wanted to host a fort building party after a joyful afternoon of fort building with her sister.
The game plan: Build a huge blanket fort and sleep in it overnight.
What I love about this? It is an opportunity for a little spring cleaning. Afterwards, it gave me the chance to sort through and donate old blankets, sheets, and pillowcases.
2. Prep the Goodie Bags
Get creative! If you’re hosting a small party, don’t send kids home with a bag of candy. Last year, one of our girls hosted a pool party with a Giving Back theme. Children came with donations to the humane society. Instead of them bringing gifts FOR my daughter, she helped pick out presents for THEM instead. The children loved receiving a pair of Beeposh Rainbow Lounge Pants. Rose asked if she and her friends could wear matching PJ pants and I thought it was the perfect during-party goodie bag gift!
While looking through the Beeposh Collections we couldn’t resist these fleece stuffies. The girls were so surprised and gracious about receiving a gift on Rose’s birthday. You could see the joy in their faces. One of the girls even took time mid-sleepover to draw a picture of her new alligator because she loved it so much.
- Beeposh Groovy Alligator Stuffed Animal
- Beeposh Ozzy Alien Stuffed Toy
- Beeposh Ocho Octopus Stuffed Animal
Last of all, we decided to create “fort building kits” for each of the girls. The best tool for creating blanket forts is CLOTHES PINS. We purchased a bag of one-hundred and spent a rainy afternoon painting them.
Quick Tip: We also use these pretty clothes pins for chip clips!
3. Offer Construction Birthday Snacks
Skip the traditional cupcakes and instead offer treats the children can build with!
At the party we offered the following eatable building supplies:
- Rainbow toothpicks
- Mini candy bars
- Marshmallows of multiple sizes
- Gummy bears
- Twizzler ropes
- Apple chunks
- Cheese chunks
Additional resource on creating toothpick sculptures:
- How to Build a Marshmallow Catapult
- Edible Art! Grape + Toothpick Sculptures
- Gumdrop and Toothpick Sculptures
- Making Marshmallow and Toothpick Sculptures
- Toothpick Sculptures with Cheese Cubes
- Building with Apples and Toothpicks
4. Let them Build and Sleep in the Fort
The little ladies built a GIGANTIC fort that stretched the entire length of the room. After watching a movie, they finally slipped under the blankets around ten and quickly fell asleep.
Looking for additional birthday party inspiration?
Be sure to check out Melissa & Doug’s Birthday Wishes Pinterest board.
Will you be hosting a birthday party for your child this year? What theme are you thinking about? Let’s chat in the comments!
These creative spring cleaning tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador
Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments.
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